DkIT’s opportunity for University status slipping away, claims union
Fears that Dundalk IT will miss a historic opportunity to become a Technological University grew this week as it was revealed that DkIT is now one of only two Institutes of Technology in the country yet to apply for Technological University Status.
The Technological University Bill enacted by the Dáil last year allowed Institutes of Technology a route to University status with the Dublin Technological University becoming Ireland’s first Technological University in January. Planning for three other Technological Universities are in advanced stages covering Munster, the South East and Connaught-Ulster.
However despite overwhelming staff support in DkIT to pursue Technological University status Senior Administrators are yet to engage in the process.
DkIT Teachers’ Union of Ireland chairperson Kenneth Sloane said in a statement on the matter that management at the Dublin Road institute should be looking to pursue the application as a matter of urgency.
He said: “Given the excellent researchers and highly qualified lecturers and support staff we have in DkIT we know we are in a very strong position to achieve University status. However it is incredibly frustrating that the Institute’s Administration have neglected to pursue University status despite an overwhelming consensus amongst staff that this is essential to protect the future of DkIT.
“Achieving Technological University status requires at least two existing IoTs to merge and with an ever diminishing number of potential partners remaining, the inaction of DkIT’s current Administration could see Dundalk’s chance of hosting a University campus slip away. Consequently staff will continue to call upon Management to start the process of pursuing University status as a matter of urgency.”