University governance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Matthew Glover suggests in his letter of January 10th that the push for university status in some areas is ‘driven by managers and staff seeking improved prestige and pay’ …” (more)

[Des Griffin, Irish Times, 12 January]

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Why don’t third-level colleges postpone the second semester until February?

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Like many third-level colleges in Ireland, WIT is set to resume face-to-face teaching next week. Thus the college will begin the second semester of the academic year at a time when the Covid infection rate is running at over 20,000 a day, surely close to peak Omicron …” (more)

[Antimatter, 11 January]

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Waterford IT postpones graduation ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has made the decision to postpone next week’s graduation ceremonies for 2021 graduates. The ceremonies will be moved to a later date and the planned ceremonies will not take place as scheduled in January …” (more)

[Clodagh Nagle, Waterford Live, 3 January]

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WIT Exams On Campus Despite Rise In Covid Cases

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Despite Waterford Institute of Technology’s main campus being located in Waterford City South, which at one point recently had the highest incidence of Covid-19 anywhere in Ireland, the Institute is ploughing ahead with plans to hold end of semester exams on campus …” (more)

[Claire Quinn and Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 24 November]

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Attempting the Triple

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

Ireland“… One can only look askance at the recent comments by Minister for Further Education Simon Harris when visiting the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency. What is the man at? Senator John Cummins must think his general election hopes are being toasted in front of his eyes as Harris promises TUSE largesse all over the region without really committing to WIT’s lead role! Not, mind you, that we want to see Simon if his previous form as health minister is anything to go by …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 23 November]

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TU Requires University Level Monies

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

Ireland“‘I am concerned that the announcement about Waterford, which took into account not only the status and achievements of that college, but also the specific higher education needs of the south-east region, has been interpreted as in some way diminishing the status of Cork regional technical college. That is not the case’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 9 November]

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Embedded Inequality at Third Level

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

Ireland“‘WIT has been stymied mercilessly by the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education.’ In October 1985, I met the late Padraig Ó Gríofa, Waterford Chamber President Tom Bradfield and Ollie Cleary coming down the steps of the Tower Hotel after the launch of the Bannon Report on a Tech University for Waterford …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 9 November]

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Creating a university in the South-East is all about stroke politics, not education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Italians had Machiavelli to explain their political culture, France had Richelieu and we had Paddy O’Carroll, the late, great UCC sociologist. His paper ‘Strokes, cute hoors and sneaking regarders’ is still the best user manual for Irish politics …” (more)

[Ray Griffin, Irish Examiner, 4 November]

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Technological Universities – TUSE

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJohn Cummins (Fine Gael):Yesterday marked a very significant milestone in a journey which has had more twists than a murder mystery novel. Thankfully, that chapter has come to a conclusion and a new chapter has begun with yesterday’s announcement that a technical university for the south east will be established by 1 May and that all final year students currently attending Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT, and IT Carlow will graduate with a university degree …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 3 November]

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New technological university to be established next year in south east

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

Ireland“The country’s newest technological university is on course to be established next year with the merger of IT Carlow and Waterford IT. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris announced on Tuesday that an application to establish a technological university for the south-east has been assessed and will be established in 2022 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Establishment of Technological University of the South East confirmed for May 2022

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

Ireland“The long mooted Technological University of the South East (TUSE) took a significant step closer to becoming a reality today (Tuesday) as Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris officially announced its establishment …” (more)

[Padraig Byrne, Wexford People, 2 November]

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TUSE ‘approved’ claims Wexford TD

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

Ireland“Wexford TD Verona Murphy has announced – via her Facebook page – that the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has approved the merger of Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow and that Cabinet will sign off on it next week. However, there has been no official confirmation of Deputy Murphy’s assertion …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 28 October]

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WIT Waterford Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a commitment will be given that funding and development for the WIT campus at Waterford will proceed regardless of other developmental issues that may arise in the other campus areas of Carlow and Wexford with respect to the revised National Development Plan which stipulates expansion of the WIT campus area; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 October]

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Kilkenny ruled out as base for new Students’ Union for Technological University for the South East

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

Ireland“The new Students’ Union for the Technological University for the South East will not be in Kilkenny. The city had been mooted for the base for the combined unions of Carlow IT and IT Waterford when they merge under TUSE status but that suggestion has now been quashed …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR 96FM, 19 August]

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TUSE’s Advisory Panel Concluding Its Work Today

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An international advisory panel of higher education experts is concluding its review of the Waterford IT (WIT)/IT Carlow (ITC) application for designation as a Technological University (TU) this afternoon. Since Monday, July 5 (and over seven days in total) the advisory panel, appointed by Further Education Minister Simon Harris (FG) has held three different daily sessions for six of those days, extending to one hour each …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 15 July]

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TUSE – Tom Boland

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

IrelandBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the role his Department played in the appointment of a person (details supplied) to a position …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 July]

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TUSE – Application

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application for a technological university for the south-east; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 July]

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Broke or Broken?

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

Ireland“The vote of the WIT branch of the TUI to accept the TUSE and the merger with Carlow IT puts an end to our hopes for a university of similar status to UL in Waterford. Hope springs eternal and the case that Waterford had for full university designation has not gone away. Maybe a more enlightened government or a more forceful political push from this area will achieve what seemed to be within our grasp in 2006 …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 8 June]

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Union Members in WIT and IT Carlow Vote in Favour of Merger

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

Ireland“Following ballots of members of the WIT and Carlow IT branches this week, the Memorandum of Understanding between TUI and WIT management and IT Carlow management in relation to the Technological University of the South East Ireland (TUSEI) has been accepted. The results of the ballot were as follows: 79% voted in favour of the memorandum in WIT branch; 90% voted in favour of the memorandum in Carlow IT branch …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 27 May]

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Technological Universities – TUSE

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

IrelandPaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the technological university for the south-east; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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