Parents buying properties for students amid rental squeeze, says Cork agency

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A real estate agency in Cork has reported that parents are buying investment properties in the city in order to secure accommodation for their teenagers who are due to attend college locally later this year. Mark Rose, managing director of Rose Properties, says that certain sectors in Ireland have an abundance of cash and are using it to purchase properties for their children when they reach university age …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 3 June]

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‘There is still an opportunity to contain these cases’: Third level students in Cork offered Covid-testing amid increase in cases in community

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third level students in Cork are being offered testing for Covid-19 amid an increase in cases of the virus reported in the student community in recent weeks. A pop-up testing facility has been established at University College Cork (UCC) and students from UCC and Munter Technological University were invited to attend for free testing at the facility. Testing took place today and will also take place again tomorrow …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 20 May]

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MTU President finally able to visit campuses

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

Ireland“The first president of the Munster Technological University has finally been able to visit the Kerry campus. Professor Maggie Cusack is just the second ever female president of an Irish university and her arrival in Ireland from Scotland was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 19 May]

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Protected Disclosures – Munster TU

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 8th, 2021 by steve

IrelandAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to instances in which a person has made a protected disclosure to CIT or MTU and that CIT or MTU have since engaged in mediation with that person and as part of that have asked as a condition of settlement to withdraw the disclosure …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 6 May]

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TUSE and MTU Hired Consultants Without Following Procurement Process

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Following on from recent revelations that Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow hired two consultants to drive on the TUSE application – at €1,000 per day – without advertising the tender as per European procurement rules, the Waterford News & Star can reveal that the two colleges involved in the Munster Technological University’s application did the same thing …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 5 May]

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Ten-storey student apartment block planned for Cork’s Victoria Cross

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Planning sought for €31m development of 40 student apartments, ranging in size from single-bed studio apartments to eight-bed apartments, comprising 243 bed spaces …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 6 May]

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Uninest to operate third Cork student accommodation centre

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UK student accommodation operator Global Student Accommodation Group (GSA) has been chosen to manage the new Melbourn Point property in Cork close to the Munster Technological University (MTU). It is the third student accommodation development in Cork that GSA has secured operations on. It also runs the Amnis House centre on the Western Road and the Lee Point student accommodation centre on the former Beamish & Crawford brewery site on South Main Street …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Irish Examiner, 20 April]

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Healthcare students at MTU taken off placement for vaccine refusal

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

Ireland“A number of healthcare students at the MTU Kerry campus have not consented to Covid-19 vaccines offered to them. Radio Kerry understands that some of the students have been removed from their placements and a number will not be allowed to take up training placements as a result …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 12 April]

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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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Students are not the problem – fix the rental issue

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

Ireland“I refer to article of March 3 last by your correspondent Eoin English Residents near UCC fear summer of Magaluf-style parties which outlined the stark reality of life for the residents of Magazine Road and the surrounding areas adjacent to UCC. Both UCC and MTU (formerly CIT) expanded significantly over the years, but little or no provision was made for the additional accommodation requirements of students …” (more)

[Tony Long, Irish Examiner, 19 March]

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COVID19 vaccinations begin on Munster Technological University campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The first vaccinations at the Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Bishopstown campus of Munster Technological University (MTU) will take place today. GPs will vaccinate patients from certain GP practices aged 85 or over, by appointment only …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy, TheCork.ie, 27 February]

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Board approves demolition of Cork’s Kino cinema for student accommodation facility

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

Ireland“The demolition of the former Kino cinema on Cork’s Washington Street is set to go ahead after An Bord Pleanála approved plans for a large student accommodation scheme on the site. However, the proposed €4m five-storey development will also include an art house on the ground floor consisting of a cinema and performing arts space as well as a café/bar …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh, Irish Examiner, 12 February]

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Minister Harris extends deadline for applications for role of Chairperson of Munster Technological University Governing Body

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

Ireland“Minister of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today (12 February 2021) extended the closing date for Expressions of Interest as Chairperson of the first Governing Body of Munster Technological University (MTU) …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 12 February]

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UL and MTU to benefit from €193m investment in SFI Research Centres

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris has today announced an investment of €193 million in five Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres for six years. Lero, the SFI Research Centre for Software, led by University of Limerick (UL) and ADAPT, a SFI research centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology led by Trinity College Dublin in partnership with Munster Technological University (MTU) and other universities and institutes of technology across the country are among those to benefit …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Pandemic pushes out opening of MTU sports arena

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Plans to open a new €12m multipurpose sports arena at Munster Technological Institute’s (MTU) Bishopstown campus in time for the student intake of 2021/2022 have been hit by the coronavirus lockdown …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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Extension of closing date for expressions of interest for nomination as Chairperson of MTU Governing Body

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today (13 January 2021) extended the closing date for expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for consideration for nomination as Chairperson of the first Governing Body of Munster Technological University (MTU) to 9 February 2021 …” (more)

[gov.ie, 13 January]

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Merger of colleges is a potential ‘game-changer’ and ‘great for Cork’

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

Ireland“As Barry O’Connor steps down as president of Cork Institute of Technology, he is confident that the college is in a secure and healthy position. Yesterday saw the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU). The consortium of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) has six campuses in Co Cork and Co Kerry, and a student body of 18,000 …” (more)

[EchoLive, 2 January]

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A new dawn for the Munster region as CIT and ITT become Munster Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Today marks the formal establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU), and the beginning of a new dawn for the region. This is only our second technological university in the country, and is a major step forward in ensuring each region in the country has access to a university …” (more)

[Simon Harris, Irish Examiner, 1 January]

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Creation of new Munster Technology University ‘a milestone for south-west’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The creation of Ireland’s newest university, Munster Technology University (MTU), has been hailed as a historic development for both the education sector and the economy. MTU is formally created today through the merger of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 1 January]

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Minister Harris invites expressions of interest to fill position of Chairperson on the first Governing Body of the Munster Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, today (18 December 2020) invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for consideration for nomination as Chairperson of the first Governing Body of Munster Technological University (MTU) …” (more)

[gov.ie, 18 December]

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