Posts Tagged ‘WIT’

WIT lecturers prepared to go on strike

Almost 95 per cent of the academic and research staff at WIT who took part in a Teachers’ Union of Ireland ballot for industrial action in the case of a forced merger with IT Carlow are prepared to strike during the academic year. Sixty four per cent of WIT’s TUI branch voted in last week’s ballot [...]

Visionary talk at TSSG’s first Industry Open Day

Tracey Browne and Christine O'Meara of WIT trying out the Oculus Rift, Virtual Reality Headset, also pictured is David Whelan of Immersive VR Education at the TSSG Open Day  								| Photo: Patrick Browne
A FUTURISTIC tech start-up supported by Waterford Institute of Technology’s globally renowned Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is facing into a landmark year and is launching its first virtual reality experience to the market shortly. Immersive VR Education confirmed it will bring its Apollo 11 moonlanding Virtual Reality (VR) experiences to market this year and [...]

“Smart City” Dream

Thinking big: Tech Mahindra's Aashish Washikar.
A potential link-up between Butlerstown-based IT company Tech Mahindra and WIT’s telecommunications wing could lead to the creation of a ‘Smart City’ digital business roll-out in Waterford. Waterford would be the ideal sized urban centre for an initiative which one of the city’s newest [...]

WIT facing another key personnel change

Set for departure: WIT President Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn. 			| Photo: Mick Wall
Just weeks before the release of a Government-commissioned report into getting a proposed merger and university application between WIT and IT Carlow back on track, the Department of Education has sought the secondment of WIT’s President Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Should Dr Neavyn depart [...]

Students Deliver A Masterclass

UL's John McGrath and WIT's Austin Gleeson tussle for possession in the Limerick rain. 								| Photos: Noel Browne
This year’s college competitions have not gone without controversy. Not for the first time there has been accusations of impropriety with teams being disqualified for playing illegal players and then reinstated on appeal and then naturally you have the appeal on the appeal. I would have thought that all these clever [...]

WIT Dig Deep To Draw

WIT's Pauric O’Mahony and David McInerney contest the high ball.     | Photos: Noel Browne
Ever the comeback men, Waterford IT simply don’t know when they are beaten, and once more Colm Bonnar’s men produced a magnificent display to ensure a replayed Fitzgibbon Cup Final after an epic with UL in Limerick on Saturday night. This game brought [...]

Lecturers still opposed to Waterford/Carlow merger

Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan, who continues to support the Waterford/Carlow IT merger.
Lecturers say they are unconvinced by the academic rationale for the proposed merger between WIT and IT Carlow. Last week, representatives of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) met with Michael Kelly, who was assigned by the Minister for Education to consult with stakeholders regarding the South East Technological University (SETU) proposal. The TUI, which represents over [...]

New WIT labs to provide ‘blue sky’ vision research

Pictured at MPRG, WITs West Campus at Carriganore on Friday last were Rachel Moran (Scientist, MPRG), Minister of State Paudie Coffey TD, Alicia O'Rourke (European Research Council)  and Professor John Nolan (MPRG). 			| Photo: Patrick Browne
On Friday last, Minister of State Paudie Coffey officially opened two new laboratories at Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) €4 million Vision Research Centre which houses the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG). The new labs will support the MPRG’s ambition to generate viable industry for the south east by developing more efficient methods of harvesting lutein, [...]

A Thousand Thanks

Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental speaking about his experiences at Belsen-Bergen concentration camp at WIT's Good Shepherd Chapel on Tuesday last. 								| Photos: Mary Browne
Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental enthrals WIT Good Shepherd audience. Detailing the horrors and ultimate liberation of Belsen Concentration Camp, Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental vividly recalled one of the 20th Century’s most haunting episodes in Waterford on Tuesday last. Before a 600-strong attendance at Good Shepherd Chapel, and with a further 400 watching via video streaming in [...]

Botched ‘TU’ merger costs run to €400,000

John Deasy, who has called for a "drilling down" of the governing bodies of both WIT and IT Carlow. 								| Photo: Noel Browne
Almost €400,000 has been spent to date on the planned merger between Waterford’s Institute of Technology and IT Carlow, which was suspended late last year when the former institute pulled out of the negotiations. Last week’s Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was told that the negotiations were at a ‘delicate’ stage and it would not be [...]