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New job on the cards for boss at Waterford IT


Ruaidhri Neavyn

Ruaidhri Neavyn

Ruaidhri Neavyn

The president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Dr Ruaidhrí Neavyn, is expected to move to a new role.

WIT has confirmed that on Tuesday the Governing Body will consider a request from the Department of Education & Skills for his secondment to the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

It is the second change in senior personnel at WIT, amid controversy over plans for a new-style technological university in the south east.

The Government, and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin in particular, is committed to a technological university in the region.

There was dismay in Government circles late last year when WIT pulled the plug on merger talks with IT Carlow, intended as a forerunner to an application for university status.

Waterford IT chairman Donie Ormonde was called to a meeting with Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan, following which he stepped down.

Wrangling between the Waterford and Carlow ITs came to a head after a report raised questions about how long it would take for IT Carlow to meet the criteria necessary for university status.

Proposals for a technological university in Dublin and another in Munster are advancing, while this week a Connacht-Ulster Alliance indicated its intention to pursue designation as a technological university.

Irish Independent