Are we really prepared to risk WIT for nothing more than a re-heated commitment from 2009?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At todays Waterford City and County Council Plenary meeting a motion that I had submitted in January was finally debated and passed unanimously. The motion read ‘That Waterford City and County Council calls on the government to clarify the funding and configuration arrangements for their proposed Technological University before dissolving Waterford Institute of Technology’ …” (more)

[Cllr Mary Roche, 9 April]

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€1,000-a-day job filled without following procedures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A €1,000-a-day job at the new Technological University of the South East was filled without regard to proper procurement procedures, which are supposed to apply to all positions over €25,000. Tom Boland was announced as executive director of the Technological University of the South East consortium by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris last July …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Technological Universities – Munster TU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures he is taking to ensure that the Institute of Technology Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology merger to Munster Technological University is balanced and fair; if reassurance will be given to all stakeholders that both former institutes are fairly represented now and in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 March]

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Minister Harris to meet with IT Sligo and St Angela’s representatives next week

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A meeting between Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, and representatives of IT Sligo and St Angela’s College will take place next week. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday next in relation to the possible merger of IT Sligo and St Angela’s College as well as the potential for a Technological University in the north west …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 18 March]

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The Black Spot

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… Why is everything around TUSE so opaque? Can government ever just make a direct announcement in favour of Waterford city? Not while politicians from Wexford or Kilkenny are in power? We have been burned often enough to be wary lest the site becomes the grave of Waterford’s final separation from the other cities of Ireland. ‘Announcements’ about its purchase for WIT were recently imminent, but vanished like the snow of a few weeks ago, without trace. Why is everything around TUSE so opaque? …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 16 March]

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TUSE application set to be lodged next month

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An application for the Technological University of the South East (TUSE) is set to be formally lodged on April 28th. The proposed merger of Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow is set to have a significant campus in Wexford, according to Senator Malcolm Byrne. The project has been interrupted by COVID-19 as well as significant political tensions in recent weeks regarding the location of its headquarters …” (more)

[Jordan Norris, Munster Express, 16 March]

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Minister Harris gives clarity about South East Tech Uni in Dáil

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education says there will be no changes to the terms and conditions for staff at the new university in the south-east. The new technological university is expected to open early next year with the consortium to submit their application no later than April 28th …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 11 March]

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When Is It Our Turn?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some years ago during a few days in Bologna Italy, home since 1096AD to the oldest university in the world, I was privileged to see in its ancient library a copy of the 1662AD work of Robert Boyle, from Lismore. A university is for ever a piece of educational infrastructure, vital to the wellbeing of any city. Waterford has sought university designation for over 80 years without success …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 9 March]

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University of south east looking likely for January 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The south east of the country is increasingly likely to have its long-awaited university next January. An application for the Technological University of the South East (TUSE) will be lodged on April 28, many years after it was first mooted. The proposed university, based on a merger of Waterford Institute of Technology IT and IT Carlow, will have campuses in Waterford, Carlow and Wexford …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]

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TDs criticise loose talk and ‘bun fight’ over location of university HQ

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A number of TDs have criticsed the chatter emanating from some quarters regarding the location of the headquarters of the new South-east university, saying it is not helpful. At the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, chair Paul Kehoe said people were doing ‘a considerable amount of damage’ to the TUSE …” (more)

[Sam Matthews, Kilkenny People, 4 March]

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Political Promises?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Has Waterford become so desperate for success, any success, that we grab any TUSE kite, shadow or waffle in the hope that our university turn might come? Man up, be strong, accentuate the positive and believe in our manifest destiny: the words, signs and omens in the Ireland 2040 national plan actually mean what they say for us. Grab it while it’s going, no matter what it is, lest it be snatched away from us, say the Chamber of Commerce …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 2 March]

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TUSE HQ in Waterford ‘very unlikely’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Eleven Waterford Councillors say they will not support the application process for the Technological University of the South East (TUSE). The group, comprised of Independent and Labour Councillors from across the city and county, believe ‘it will not deliver the shift required to allow the region reach the targets outlined in Ireland 2040’. The Councillors made their announcement in a statement following a meeting held last Thursday February 25th …” (more)

[Kieran Foley, Munster Express, 2 March]

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Talk of a Stand Alone University is ‘Futile’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Following a meeting with Waterford Oireachtas members and a selection of its members, Waterford Chamber has reconfirmed its commitment to the process of securing a Technological University of the South East. During the two-hour meeting, the elected officials heard from business representatives from various sectors and were also afforded the opportunity to address the concerns raised …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 24 February]

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Do We Know Where We’re Going To?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s a line from a song in the film ‘Mahogany’ sung by Diana Ross. It goes, ‘Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?’ It’s an appropriate ask for the TUSE process. Can anyone give a sensible rationale for where we’re going or why? Is the rush to get the word university over the door in any form supposed to make us all step into line regardless of the outcome? …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 23 February]

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Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the workstreams activity agreed regarding the new technological university for the south east development (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 February]

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We’re Being Asked to ‘Buy a Pig in a Poke’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“With the latest deadline for the application of the Technological University of the South East due in April, a new group has been formed – Friends of the University of the South East (FUSE) – with a view to ‘protecting the best interests of WIT and the future of education in Waterford and the South East’. Speaking to the Waterford News & Star this week, FUSE member Padraig O’Griofa …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 10 February]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford and the South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJohn Cummins (Fine Gael): I welcome the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to the House and thank him for taking this Commencement matter in person. I wish to acknowledge the interest and determination of the Minister in ensuring that Waterford and the south-east region finally achieve the long-held ambition to have a university of international standing …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 8 February]

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Are You Enjoying the Regional TUSE Wars?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Who do you think is winning, who are you up for? Who do you think started it? And, of course, what do you make of our new fellow South-Easterners in Wicklow, Kildare and Laois? Are you a closet greater Dublin area hater, probably an unacceptable form of racism? After all, they have had a warm welcome for our children for years …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 9 February]

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Metro Mayor: ‘TUSE HQ Must Be In Waterford’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Metropolitan Mayor Davy Daniels has re-iterated his call for the Headquarters of a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) to be located in Waterford. ‘It’s hugely important that the decision on locating the headquarters be secured for Waterford now’, said Mayor Daniels (Ind). ‘Any delays on this critical decision for Waterford cannot continue’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 8 February]

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Minister labels TUSEI speculation ‘divisive and counterproductive’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education has described recent speculation over the headquarters of the new technological university for the South East as ‘divisive and counterproductive’. Responding to questions from Senator John Cummins in the Seanad, Simon Harris said the government was committed to expanding Higher Education in Waterford …” (more)

[Julie Smyth, WLR FM, 8 February]

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