Christmas jumpers outnumber face masks as hundreds of Cork students queue for pubs

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It was Christmas jumpers that were the order of the day as opposed to face coverings as students gathered at pubs across Cork City today to mark an early start to the festive season. To the outside observer, the optics were not great …” (more)

[Steve Neville, Irish Examiner, 18 November]

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‘Why is education so cheap?’: UCC president says honest conversation needed on third-level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of Cork universities UCC and MTU have said third-level education has suffered from underinvestment in recent years and must be improved in order to generate significant returns for the Irish economy and wider society …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Irish Examiner, 10 November]

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MTU say they are fully committed to engaging with TUI

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

Ireland“Munster Technological University say they are fully committed to engaging with the Teachers Union of Ireland through normal industrial relations channels. It’s after some employees attached to the TUI staged a silent protest this morning at a flag raising ceremony …” (more)

[RedFM, 8 November]

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Demand for places at Munster Technological University surge

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Demand from CAO applicants for places in the newly-established Munster Technological University has surged, according to the university’s president, Professor Maggie Cusack. She was speaking at a ceremony where the MTU flag was raised for the first time …” (more)

[Paschal Sheehy, RTÉ News, 8 November]

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Capital funding: UCC and MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2021 by steve

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the funding for capital works and equipment at UCC and the Munster Technological University will be disbursed; if the funding will be put to use in the current academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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‘Students who are coming to us are very hungry,’ says Cork Penny Dinners coordinator as cost of living soars

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The coordinator of a charity which provides cheap dinners in Cork City has said ‘students who are coming to us are very hungry’. Penny Dinners Trustees volunteer coordinator Caitríona Twomey said the high cost of rent and utilities means some students in Cork have ‘nothing left over for food’ …” (more)

[Paul Hyland, Independent, 8 October]

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Penny Dinners: Cork college students quitting studies due to hunger

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College students have been turning to a Cork soup kitchen as a last resort before quitting their studies due to extreme hunger. Caitríona Twomey from Cork Penny Dinners on Little Hanover Street said that they have always welcomed university students. However, this new college term has seen growing numbers as a result of serious financial hardship among young people …” (more)

[EchoLive, 27 September]

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Students on campus for handful of days ‘opting to commute’

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many students who are on campus for just three days a week are opting to commute long distances to college rather than pay for housing, according to an accommodations officer at Munster Technological University (MTU) in Cork …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Pop-up vaccination centres to be established on college campuses across Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pop-up vaccination centres are to be established on third level campuses across Cork next week. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD have today announced 11 pop up vaccination centres for colleges across the country …” (more)

[Maeve Lee, EchoLive, 22 September]

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Minister says Kerry campus of MTU will not become a forgotten outpost

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

Ireland“The Kerry campus of the Munster Technological University will not become a forgotten outpost. That’s according to the Minister for Higher and Further Education, Simon Harris, who was in the county today to visit the campus in Dromtacker, Tralee …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 20 September]

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Residents near UCC call for National Strategy on anti-social behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Residents of the area surrounding University College Cork (UCC) who have been plagued by anti-social behaviour have called for a national strategy to deal with such issues after experiencing an ‘an unprecedented’ period of unrest as students return for the new college term …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Student accommodation schemes for Cork and Limerick get green light

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

Ireland“Developers have secured the go-ahead for 561 student bed spaces in two separate developments in Cork and Limerick cities. In granting fast track planning in two separate cases on Monday, An Bord Pleanála has cleared the way for the construction by Cloncaragh Investments Ltd of 318 student bed spaces and 30 build-to-rent apartments containing an additional 104 bed spaces at Punches Cross in Limerick …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Green light for plans for student accommodation complex in Cork city

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

Ireland“Plans for a major student development in Cork city have been given the green light. Bellmount Development Limited has been granted planning permission from An Bord Pleanála for the demolition of existing structures on the site of Kelleher’s Auto Centre, Wilton Road, Victoria Cross, Bishopstown and the subsequent construction of 243 student bed spaces …” (more)

[EchoLive, 23 August]

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Cork City derelict site to be sold to facilitate €25m student apartment block

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

Ireland“A long-time derelict publicly-owned site in Cork City centre is to be sold to facilitate a €25m student apartment project. City councillors voted last night to dispose of the city council’s leasehold interest in number 96 North Main St to Pantherlee Ltd for €100,000 – half its current market value. The disposal price was agreed over two years ago …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 13 July]

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Chair of MTU Governing Body says Kerry will not be outpost to Cork

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

Ireland“Kerry will not be an outpost to Cork in the Munster Technological University. That’s according to the new Chairperson of the MTU’s Governing Body, Jimmy Deenihan …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 1 July]

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New chairperson of Munster Technological University announced by Minister Harris and MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris and Munster Technological University (MTU) have today (Tuesday, 29 June 2021) announced the appointment of Mr Jimmy Deenihan as chairperson of MTU’s Governing Body …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 29 June]

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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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