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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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 104 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Waterford Institute of Technology – Development and Disposal of Intellectual Property in FeedHenry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We will now deal with item No 8 on today’s agenda, which is the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Special Report 104, which deals with Waterford Institute of Technology in respect of the development and disposal of intellectual property in FeedHenry. The Comptroller and Auditor General is joined by Shane Carton, deputy director of audit …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee to consider universities’ handling of staff pensions and severance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, Jan 24, the Public Accounts Committee will consider how certain third-level educational institutions have managed remuneration of senior staff and overseen the sale of a campus technology spinoff …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 January]

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WIT marks 25 years of research degrees

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The impact of research and research degrees at Waterford Institute of Technology on the south east region and Waterford city was highlighted on Thursday last. In 1993, Waterford Regional Technical College (WRTC) conferred its first ever PhD graduate. At the time WRTC was the first Regional Technical Colleges to award PhDs …” (more)

[Munster Express, 28 December]

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Concern over lack of oversight involving sale of spin-out company

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) retained less than €1 million from the €65 million sale of a spin-out company developed on its campus, according to a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG). The report also raises concerns over the WIT’s governing body’s lack of oversight of the sale, including issues such as changes to the institute’s equity stake and conflicts of interest involving senior staff members …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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PAC Chairman calls on the WIT President to ‘man up’ and put his comments in writing

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has called on the President of WIT to ‘man up’ and put his comments in writing. It’s after Professor Willie Donnelly appeared on WLR News calling on Deputy David Cullinane to stop attacking the institute. He hit out at what he called ‘constant attacks’ by the Sinn Fein TD at the committee …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 12 October]

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WIT President excited by the ‘new Waterford’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has warned about the dangers of negative commentary emanating from Waterford city both in relation to the Technological University (TU) application process and the future of the city itself. ‘Negativity begets negativity’, Professor Willie Donnelly told The Munster Express …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 10 October]

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