Kelly report on South East University is good news for Carlow – Deering

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

Ireland“Fine Gael TD for Carlow, Pat Deering, has said that the report by Michael Kelly on the future of a university for the South East is good news as it makes the case that the project is viable and should go ahead …” (more)

[Cliona Doyle, Fine Gael, 27 July]

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Southeast university designation possible ‘within three years’

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

Ireland“The southeast could qualify for a Technological University within three years but only if ‘mutual trust’ is rebuilt between merging institutions, a report into the troubled university bid has found …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 27 July]

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Kelly Report findings are positive for a south east technological university

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

Ireland“Labour TD for Waterford Ciara Conway has welcomed the publication of the ‘Kelly Report’ which was commissioned by the Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan, to reinvigorate the Technological University for the South East project …” (more)

[Labour Party, 27 July]

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Deadlock in merger plans for education institutes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A ministerial-appointed troubleshooter has failed to broker agreement between Carlow and Waterford institutes of technology on merging, to assist a possible creation of a university in the south-east …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 July]

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Towards a Technology University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Last week, I had a good meeting with Dr Brendan MacCormack and Ms AnneMarie MacCormack, both of whom are based at the Institute of Technology, Sligo …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 21 July]

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University Status Applications: Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Sinn Fein): I welcome the Minister of State to the House. He will be aware that parts of the Kelly report, which has not been published but has been furnished to the Minister for Education and Skills and brought to the Cabinet, on a technological university for the south east were leaked last week. The belief was that the report was going to be discussed by the Cabinet, but I do not know whether that has happened yet …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 16 July]

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Technical university for the South-East moves step closer

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The creation of a technical university for the South-East was set to move a step closer today, as the Cabinet was poised to approve a long-awaited merger between Waterford and Carlow ITs …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 14 July]

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South-east college ‘viable’

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

Ireland“Moves towards a controversial university of the south-east have been backed in a new report. Efforts to bring together Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow into a new-style technological university for the region have been mired in difficulty …” (more)

[Independent, 10 July]

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Report on WIT merger due soon

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Waterford Institute of Technology says a report on the merger is due to be published very shortly …” (more)

[WLR FM, 2 July]

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Third Level Institutions Mergers – IT Carlow and Waterford IT

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

IrelandDeputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the report of the independent facilitator between Carlow Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology will be published; if she has seen it yet, even though it has gone past its release date; and if she will reconfirm her commitment to a technology university for the south east …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 26 May]

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Waterford Institute of Technology appoints new president amid efforts to set up university

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Professor Willie Donnelly has been appointed president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) amid efforts to get the process of setting up a university of the south east back on track. He replaces Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn, who has been seconded to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 April]

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Institutes of Technology: Waterford IT and IT Carlow

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

IrelandJohn Halligan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the projected cost of the proposed merger between Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology; if parallel management structures will be retained at each institute after the merger; the projected cost of retaining parallel management structures at each institution; the amount that has been spent to date by each college on due diligence on the proposed merger; the amount the State will contribute to the cost of the proposed merger; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Written answers, 26 March]

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Lecturers still opposed to Waterford/Carlow merger

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

Ireland“Lecturers say they are unconvinced by the academic rationale for the proposed merger between WIT and IT Carlow. Last week, representatives of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) met with Michael Kelly, who was assigned by the Minister for Education to consult with stakeholders …” (more)

[Munster Express, 10 March]

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Union considers action on proposed IT merger

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers Union of Ireland has reaffirmed its opposition to any measures taken to force a merger between Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow in order to form a South East University …” (more)

[Padraig Byrne, Carlow People, 7 March]

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Waterford IT president set to move jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) president Ruaidhri Neavyn looks set to move to a different job amid continuing efforts to get the college’s university application plans with IT Carlow back on track …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 March]

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Colleges vote for action over merger bid

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

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has asked management at Cork and Tralee institutes of technology to keep up consultation with staff who are concerned over their planned merger. Her message came as Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members at the two colleges voted strongly in favour of industrial action if the proposed amalgamation goes ahead …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 March]

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TUI ask Education Minister to remove merger requirement for TU status

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

Ireland“Teachers’ Union of Ireland branches in both Waterford IT and IT Carlow say they remain opposed to the requirement which forces institutes to merge before they apply for technological university status …” (more)

[WLR FM, 24 February]

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TUI meeting on WIT IT Carlow suspended merger

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from the teachers Union of Ireland will meet with Michael Kelly, the man appointed by the Education Minister to consult with WIT and IT Carlow, later today …” (more)

[WLR FM, 23 February]

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Southeast college merger: a suitable match or a forced marriage?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The long-running saga of Waterford Institute of Technology’s bid for university status has had a few problems of late. There were particular issues when the college decided last October to pull out of a merger process with IT Carlow aimed at making a joint application for technological university status …” (more)

[Conor Kane, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Botched ‘TU’ merger costs run to €400,000

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

Ireland“Almost €400,000 has been spent to date on the planned merger between Waterford’s Institute of Technology and IT Carlow, which was suspended late last year when the former institute pulled out of the negotiations. Last week’s Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was told that the negotiations were at a ‘delicate’ stage …” (more)

[Munster Express, 4 February]

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