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Dick Langford (b. 1941), former CEO, Cork City VEC (part 2)

Dick Langford (b. 1941), former CEO, Cork City VEC (part 2)

2009

 

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Dick Langford took up duty as CEO of Cork VEC in 1978. He has much to say about education in the VEC schools in Cork during this time, and he points out the many and complex reasons for the delay in the establishment of Cork RTC. He talks at length about his brief on his arrival in Cork and his encounters with academic staff. While the National Institute of Higher Education (NIHE) in Limerick, now the University of Limerick, was established under the aegis of a planning board in 1970, the first Governing Body was appointed in 1975. Dick Langford was invited to sit on this board, at a most interesting and challenging time. His tenure as CEO in Cork was colourful and intense at times. He discusses the School of Music and its development over the years and he feels that the hosting of the International Apprentice Competition, now known as the International Skills Olympics was a major factor in the bonding and teamworking of the institutions of learning in Cork.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 26.78 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-35
Subject: A life in education
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 29:20


JOHN HAYDEN, BORN 1939, FORMER CHIEF LECTURER, H.E.A

JOHN HAYDEN, BORN 1939, FORMER CHIEF LECTURER, H.E.A

2010

 

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John Hayden grew up in Ranelagh in Dublin and was educated by the Christian Brothers at Synge Street. He joined Dublin Corporation as a clerk when he finished school and during this time he studied and graduated with a BSc in Economic Statistics in an external exam. He spent four years working with the ESB and with Bord Fáilte for one year, before joining RTÉ in 1968, in the Management Service Unit. He developed a system of unit costs there. He discusses his introduction to the HEA in 1973, the Ballymun project and the NIHE. He also discusses the proposed establishment of a third university in Dublin, his input on gathering statistical information on the whole sector and his brief on his appointment as CEO of the HEA. He provides his views on the separation of the colleges from the VEC, his opinion on the HEA today and on the proposed move the Grangegorman.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 10.15 MB, 7.72 MB, 6.89 MB, 15.70 MB, 5.65 MB, 26.32 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-44
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 79:17


DON THORNHILL, BORN 1947, FORMER SECRETARY GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

DON THORNHILL, BORN 1947, FORMER SECRETARY GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

2010

 

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Don Thornhill was born in Cork, and on completion of his early schooling, he studied at UCD and graduated with a BSc in Chemistry and Maths. He later worked on his PhD at the college. He worked in many government departments during his career, before being appointed Secretary General in the Department of Education. He directed the White Paper, the output from which was the Universities Bill, and he discusses the reaction to it. This was followed by the Education Act. In 1998 he moved to the HEA as Executive Chairman, where he worked closely with John Hayden. He discusses the funding which became available for research and how it was distributed, and he provides his views on university status for DIT, and his work in this area. Other challenges during his tenure are discussed, such as the uncomfortable relations between the DIT and HEA leadership following the formation of DIT.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 13.66 MB, 8.79 MB, 8.91 MB, 13.02 MB, 4.14 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-49
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 53:05


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