Technological Universities: IT Carlow and Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Sinn Fein): I also welcome the Minister and thank him for taking this important motion, even though it does not fall into his portfolio. I am glad the Minister has taken this Commencement matter because he has taken a hands-on approach to what has been happening in the south east in recent years with the jobs action plan and the south-east action plan as well. The Minister will be aware of the importance of the need for a technological university for the south east …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 18 November]

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Jan O’Sullivan believes huge progress has been made on SE tech uni

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education says the South East could be in a position to apply for Technological University status in three years time …” (more)

[WLR FM, 18 November]

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€45k just to get colleges to talk to each other about merger

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than €45,000 of public money is being spent just to get two third-level colleges in the south-east talking to each other about the possibility of resuming merger talks. The figure includes at least €33,000 to fund a report, last July, for Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 October]

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Another year when nothing happened: A WIT perspective on the university campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ten years ago, in 2005 WIT applied to become a full university. Since then it appears that the Department of Education and the HEA have actively undertaken a campaign to weaken WIT. Specifically, three WIT Presidents and two Chairmen have been dispatched from office before their terms were served …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 28 September]

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Technological University for the South East: Report

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail): We will now discuss the report from Mr Michael Kelly and thereafter the financial statements of the HSE. I welcome Mr Kelly to the meeting and invite him to make his opening statement. Mr Michael Kelly: I thank the committee for the opportunity to discuss this project. I regard the technological university for the south east, TUSE, project as being of enormous significance for the future …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 September]

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Tech university ‘is achievable if trust is restored’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The establishment of a technological university (TU) in the south east is achievable within three years it has been claimed — if the partners involved can rebuild mutual trust and the necessary investment is made available. The suggestion was made by the former chairman of the Higher Educational Authority …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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IT merger sees sixth facilitator in 2 years

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A sixth facilitator in two years has been appointed to try to get Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology back talking about merger plans for a possible joint university application. The process is to resume after governing bodies of both colleges decided to enter a preliminary process of facilitation ahead of possible resumption of dialogue …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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Plan for new technology university back on track

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Moves aimed at creating a technological university in the south east are back on track. The governing body of Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford IT) has agreed to enter preliminary discussions with the Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) about the project …” (more)

[Katherine Donelly, Independent, 28 August]

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Waterford IT agrees to reopen talks on IT Carlow merger

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has agreed to reopen talks with IT Carlow on a possible merger to get the bid for a technological university in the south east back on track. However, WIT – which triggered a crisis in the application when it pulled out of discussions last October – signalled that more work had to be done before the two institutions start co-operating …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 27 August]

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The Kelly Report reviewed and Technological University Status

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The deep desire amongst all the stakeholders in the South East for University status is understandable. However any objective reading of the Michael Kelly Report to Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan on the Engagement and Consultation Process on a Technological University for the South East which was published last week would have to leave one with a bad taste in their mouth …” (more)

[Cllr Mary Roche, 10 August]

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Warning over merger plan for Waterford IT and IT Carlow in south east

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“‘There are significant risks to proceeding. As far as I can see, these have not yet been properly considered, and no mitigation is proposed’. On July 27th, the Department of Education published a report from Michael Kelly, a well-respected public servant, on the proposed merger between Waterford IT and IT Carlow, to form a Technological University of the South East, or TUSE …” (more)

[Anthony Staines, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Talking points: For heaven’s sake stop obsessing about mergers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The extraordinary public policy obsession in Ireland with the idea that merged multi-campus institutes of technology must inevitably be more university-like than stand-alone ones continues …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 August]

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IT Carlow Chief says ‘TU’ Prize is worth pursuing

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“IT Carlow (ITC) President, Dr Patricia Mulcahy, has endorsed the Kelly Report, the latest attempt to kickstart the Technological University (TU) status the Government hopes both ITC and Waterford IT will jointly pursue …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 4 August]

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TUI response to publication of Kelly report

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“TUI is opposed to the forced merger of Carlow IT and Waterford Institute of Technology. Annette Dolan Deputy General Secretary Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) in responding to the publication of Michael Kelly’s ‘Engagement and Consultation Process for a Technological University for the South-East’ report, stated …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 29 July]

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WIT President says there are other options, other than merger with IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford IT says he’s doesn’t accept that a merger with IT Carlow is the only option available going forward …” (more)

[WLR FM, 28 July]

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Kelly Report an opportunity to kick-start process – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Fein’s Waterford based Senator David Cullinane noting the publication today of the ‘Kelly Report’ on the engagement and consultation process on a Technological University for the South East said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 July]

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Southeast colleges leaders willing to resume merger talks

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Senior figures at two third-level colleges in the southeast have given positive soundings about the prospect of restarting talks on a university for the region, despite serious problems highlighted in a plan …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 July]

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IT heads’ level of distrust saw discussion stall

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“‘Stepping stone’ approach urged to rebuild respect between ITs and restart bid for joint university. The level of distrust between Carlow and Waterford institutes of technology meant top figures from both would not even sit down together during seven months of efforts to restart their joint university bid …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 July]

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President of IT Carlow welcomes findings of report into viability of Technological University for South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“President at IT Carlow Dr Patricia Mulcahy has today welcomed a report into the viability of the South East Technological University …” (more)

[KCLR 96FM, 27 July]

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A University for the South East?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Following today’s report on the viability of a Technological University for the South East – despite a falling out between Waterford and Carlow ITs last year – we hear the views of some business people in Waterford and also the view from Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of Carlow IT on how the relationship can be fixed and the project advanced …” (mp3)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 27 July]

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