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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