Waterford IT exams won’t go ahead with ‘alternative assessment’ found

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“The Academic Council at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has announced today that as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic all semester 2 examinations scheduled for May 2020 are to be replaced by alternative assessment. The submission dates for the revised assessment will be set by the lecturers for each module and can be expected within the period of 8-18 May 2020 …” (more)

[Justin Kelly, Waterford Live, 30 March]

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Waterford IT issue statement on coronavirus testing

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute in Technology (WIT) in partnership with UPMC under the direction of the HSE have commenced preparations to set up a testing facility for the Covid-19 coronavirus at the WIT Arena …” (more)

[Dylan White, Waterford Live, 23 March]

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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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Chinese student in isolation in Waterford amid coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Chinese student who traveled to Ireland from Wuhan in recent days has been isolated as a ‘precautionary measure’ amid coronavirus fears. The patient, who is a student at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), arrived in Ireland yesterday, having left Wuhan before the city was locked down and is showing no symptoms of the virus …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Institutes of Technology – IT Carlow and Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in the submission of the application from the institutes of technology in counties Carlow and Waterford for designation as a technological university; and the measures he is taking to assist in such a designation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 December]

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Technological Universities – Wexford campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding securing a location for a campus (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 December]

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University Status Applications – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2019 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application by Waterford Institute of Technology for university status …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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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 ordered to review rules on sex harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has been ordered to review the way it responds to staff who complain about sexual harassment. The Labour Court issued the instruction when it awarded €10,000 compensation to a lecturer who was subjected to sexual harassment by male agricultural science students …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 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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Lecturer sexually harassed by students awarded €10,000 compensation

Posted in Legal issues on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A female college lecturer who was told male students ‘would do her’ in one of a number of incidents of sexual harassment has been awarded €10,000 …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 26 September]
[The judgment is here]

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Lecturer who was told how male students ‘would do her’ awarded €10,000 by Labour Court

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A female college lecturer who was told how male students ‘would do her’ in one of a number of incidents of sexual harassment has been awarded €10,000. In the case, the Labour Court has ordered Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to pay the €10,000 compensation …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Lack of a full university in Waterford is choking the South East’s economy

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“WIT lecturer Dr Ray Griffin talks to Julie Smyth about the upcoming budget, what Paschal Donoghue can do to boost the South East’s economy and why, as an academic working in the region he is frustrated with the Taoiseach’s reported ‘frustration’ regarding the formation of a Technological University for the South East …” (interview)

[Spreaker, 15 September]

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Multi-million euro building for Waterford Institute of Technology reaches planning stage

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning application has been submitted to Waterford City and County Council for a new building for Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) main campus on the Cork Road in Waterford. The proposed 12,800 square metre 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)

[Waterford Live, 13 September]

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Taoiseach ‘Frustrated’ by Protracted Technological University Bid

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken of his frustration with the protracted progress of the Waterford IT/IT Carlow submission to create a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 12 September]

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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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Taoiseach frustrated at lack of progress with Tech Uni in the South East

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he is very frustrated at the lack of progress in the establishment of a Technological University in Waterford. The application for the TU South East from WIT and IT Carlow has still not been submitted after a memorandum of understanding between both IT’s was rejected by the unions in Carlow …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 9 September]

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WIT left out of €100m College Funding pot

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s been another difficult week for Waterford. The Government announced over €100m worth of funding for five colleges, IT Sligo, Maynooth University, University College Cork, NUI Galway and University College Dublin, as part of its 2040 strategy, but once again, WIT is left out in the cold …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 3 September]

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Talks for New Tech Uni Stalled

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It seems talks to try and resolve problems around the Technological University for the South East are on hold. At the end of June TUI members in IT Carlow voted against an agreement that had been reached at the Workplace Relations Commission. It’s expected talks will resume in September after progress came to a standstill over a month ago …” (more)

[KCLR 96FM, 5 August]

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