QQI overseeing ITT recommendations
THE State body charged with upholding academic standards in the third level sector says it is currently following up with IT Tralee on the implementation of a set of recommendations introduced following a review of postgraduate degrees at the college.
Quality and Qualifications Ireland issued a set of 22 recommendations to the college last year following a review of postgraduate degrees, which was carried out following the outcome of an investigation into an allegation of plagiarism against former IT Tralee Chairperson Flan Garvey. Mr Garvey, a former Fianna Fail councillor, was awarded a masters degree in 2008. The granting of the award was subsequently investigated following allegations of plagiarism made by some staff at the college.
A letter signed by 26 staff at the college accused Mr Garvey of plagiarising parts of his thesis entitled 'A Study of the Saoicht of a Parish in Co Clare' and called for an independent investigation. An investigation was subsequently launched by QQI and Mr Garvey was cleared of any wrongdoing. QQI found that Mr Garvey, who has since stepped down, had plagiarised sections of his Masters thesis but that the plagiarism was unintentional. The institute has since drawn up an action plan to deal with the 22 recommendations, 13 of which have been implemented. QQI is now working with the college to oversee and ensure the implementation of the remaining recommendations.