Déise’s High Noon

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

Ireland“… Why do we believe relativities have changed when Limerick, Cork and Galway now have two universities, a traditional high level one and a lower level Technological University, while Waterford will have, according to Simon Harris, a third of a TUSE? How does Prof Willie Donnelly of WIT or Ger Hurley of Waterford Chamber think this is a good idea? I have to believe that our politicians, Matt Shanahan excepted, see something in this hill of magic beans that is not obvious? …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 11 May]

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‘Hopefully only a minor setback’: Further Education Minister on vote rejecting university terms

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

Ireland“The Minister of State for Further Education has said that the TUI vote at WIT rejecting the terms for the proposed new new technological university is ‘hopefully’ only a minor setback. Fianna Fail’s Niall Collins, who is the Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, said what has happened is a bit of a ‘bump on the rollercoaster’ and hopefully, the Governing bodies of both WIT and IT Carlow will be able to find a way to move the process on when they have their respective meetings this week …” (more)

[Jennifer Long, WLR FM, 26 April]

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Technological University facing further setback as union at Waterford IT reject terms

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

Ireland“It seems the merger of Waterford IT and IT Carlow could be facing a further setback. Members of the Teachers Union of Ireland in WIT have voted to reject the new Memorandum of Understanding for the Technological University. Those involved in the union say they have ongoing concerns and little progress has been made to reassure them …” (more)

[WLR FM, 23 April]

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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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Waterford and Carlow IT Presidents Chair First TU Advisory Group Meeting

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

Ireland“The Presidents of Waterford and Carlow’s Institutes of Technology co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the Technological University of the South East’s (TUSEI) Regional Engagement Advisory Group this afternoon …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 28 January]

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WIT president defends decision to charge full student fees as almost all classes move online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) said students will be asked to pay full fees for this academic year as all lectures and tutorials move online. Students and staff were informed last week of the blended learning approach for the upcoming academic year …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, TheJournal.ie, 31 August]

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WIT President optimistic over the future development of the Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology says there’s a huge sense of optimism over the future of the Technological University for the South East following the appointment of former HEA CEO Tom Boland to oversee the process …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 28 July]

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WIT say they will hold on-campus classes with social distancing come September

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology have issued guidelines for students who are awaiting offers of college places, saying they will have as much on-campus activity as its permitted at the time. Ahead of the CAO Change of Mind deadline of 1 July, WIT has shared information on what WIT freshers can expect college life to look like …” (more)

[Aoibhin Fallon, WLR FM, 22 June]

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Push for Tech Uni status ‘Must be Front and Centre’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The push for Technological University status in the South East will require a cross-party, trade union and business-led approach according to Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane. Speaking to the Waterford News & Star, Deputy Cullinane said a collaborative shoulder to the wheel is now required ‘to get this over the line’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 19 June]

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IT Carlow President Confident That Regional ‘Tech Uni’ Will Be Realised

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Carlow’s Institute of Technology (ITC) has told staff that financial challenges and legacy issues must be addressed in furthering the bid to achieve Technological University (TU) status in co-operation with Waterford IT (WIT). However, in an all-staff email issued this week, Dr Patricia Mulcahy stated …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 3 June]

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WIT President: ‘We Have Earned the Title of University’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“While admitting to feeling ‘a little let down’ in the wake of last week’s Munster Technological University (MTU) announcement, WIT President Willie Donnelly has told staff: ‘We have earned the title of University’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 31 May]

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WIT Responds To National Call During Covid-19 Emergency

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Playing their part in with the national effort to address challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, students, staff and researchers at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have made their own significant contribution. Professor Willie Donnelly, President of WIT, spoke of the Institute’s immense pride at their efforts over the past number of weeks …” (more)

[Claire Quinn, Waterford News and Star, 6 April]

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WIT Seeks Solution for Anxious Final Year Students

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A meeting held on Friday last between final year Construction Management and Engineering students and WIT management, including Institute President Willie Donnelly, failed to reach agreement on the delivery of an autumn module that remains outstanding …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 31 January]

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The President of Waterford IT says the City needs a master plan that includes the expansion of the institute

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Professor Willie Donnelly says the Institute which is aiming to become a technological university will have to expand. There was talk in recent years about WIT acquiring the former Waterford Crystal in Kilbarry however, owner Noel Frisby plans to redevelop the site …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 17 October]

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WIT President says Technological University for the South East has to happen within next 6 to 12 months

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford IT says the Technological University for the South East has to happen within the next six to 12 months. The application from WIT and IT Carlow still hasn’t been submitted after a memorandum of understanding between both IT’s was rejected by the unions in Carlow …” (more)

[Eimear McKeown, WLR FM, 10 October]

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WIT Engineering building reaches planning stage

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning application has been submitted for a new multi-million euro building for Waterford Institute of Technology’s main campus. The proposed 12,800m² Engineering, Computing and General Teaching building is the largest of one of 11 state-of-the-art projects announced in 2017 as part of a Project Ireland 2040 investment in institutes of technology …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 1 October]

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€397k spent by Waterford Institute of Technology did not follow guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology paid out almost €400,000 – more than a third of which went on travel – without going through proper procurement, new accounts show. In 2017, three areas of expenditure totalling €397,708 were identified by WIT that did not comply with public procurement guidelines, according to the institute’s most recently filed financial statement …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 10 September]

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Plan to create technological university for southeast hits setback

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans to create a technological university for the southeast have hit a new setback. While Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow are preparing a joint bid to merge and become a technological university, staff at Carlow voted down the latest step in this process …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 June]

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WIT Teachers Union of Ireland branch say IT Carlow members have not engaged in the Technological University process

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A blip on the journey to creating a technological university for the South. That’s how the President of WIT has described the rejection by TUI members in IT Carlow of proposals to progress the process. The WIT branch endorsed the proposed Memorandum of Understanding by 92.7% but the IT Carlow Branch rejected it by 60% …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 21 June]

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Focus on securing TU HQ ‘undisputed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The focus on creating a ‘university of international standing’ in this region remains high on the agenda of Waterford TD and Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member David Cullinane (SF). Speaking to The Munster Express in the wake of the PAC’s examining a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) into the sale of Feed Henry, a spin out company of TSSG, to Red Hat for €63.5m, Deputy Cullinane said his eyes remained fixed on the establishment of a Technological University …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 31 January]

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