DUBLIN Institute of Technology's (DIT) frontrunner status in the bid to become a technological university was underlined yesterday in a significant appointment made by the Education Minister.
Ruairi Quinn announced that leading educationalist Dr Tom Collins is to be chairperson of the DIT governing body with effect from December 8.
Dr Collins (pictured) is already chairperson of IT Blanchardstown, one of DIT's two partners in the Dublin-based alliance that is seeking university status. The Institute of Technology Tallaght is the third member.
He has vast experience in the education sector, having previously served as president of the Dundalk Institute of Technology as well as interim president of NUI Maynooth.
His appointments to both bodies are regarded as a straw in the wind indicating the strength of the bid being prepared by the Dublin alliance led by DIT.
Mr Quinn said Professor Collins would play a leading role in steering the process.
The Dublin group is one of three that are pitching to be designated as a technological university.
The others are Waterford IT/IT Carlow alliance, which wants to become the University of the South East, and a Cork IT/IT Tralee partnership.
Mr Quinn has made no secret of his view that the Dublin-based alliance is the frontrunner and said a few months ago that it was "in a different position" to the other two bids.