GMIT welcomes €200m announcement of investment in Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, and the Chief Executive of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), Dr Joseph Ryan, have welcome the announcement of a major capital investment in higher education …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 19 October]

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GMIT chief denies claims Mayo campus is being downgraded

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The head of GMIT has categorically denied claims that plans are in place to downgrade the Mayo campus now or in the future. Speaking to The Connaught Telegraph in Castlebar, Dr Fergal Barry, president of the institute, said steps are being taken to secure the long-term viability of the facility …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 14 May]

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Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Management at GMIT has insisted it has no plans to downgrade or close its facility in Castlebar, following suggestions that it’s being run down and could become unviable. John Cooke has been at the GMIT in Castlebar speaking to students, we also spoke to President of the GMIT Dr Fergal Barry.” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 15 May]

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GMIT funding crisis could have impact on education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT says that a funding crisis facing the IT is ‘perilously close’ to impacting on education being offered to students. Dr Fergal Barry was among a group of Presidents from the Technological Higher Education Association who presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 14 November]

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GMIT president welcomes HEA commitment to review funding for third level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology president Dr Fergal Barry has welcomed this week’s announcement by the Higher Education Authority that it will conduct a full review into the way it funds third level institutions …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 14 July]

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War of words over job cuts proposal at GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Body of GMIT is divided over proposals to axe staff from the payroll. In an unprecedented move, a Governing Body member has publicly challenged GMIT President, Fergal Barry, over alleged ‘factually incorrect’ statements made by him regarding proposed job cuts …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 9 May]

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60 GMIT staff face chop in cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Up to 60 staff of GMIT face the chop in a ‘downsizing’ plan to save money, the Galway City Tribune has learned. Confusion reigns on the Dublin Road campus as to the exact number of employees of the college whose contracts will be terminated or not renewed over the next 12 months …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Galway City Tribune, 29 April]

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GMIT staff boiling mad over Barry’s tea ban

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Anger is brewing in Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) over penny-pinching policies to ban cups of tea and coffee at meetings – unless visitors are present. The new hospitality rules, which include rationing hot beverages, have caused a stir among staff since being introduced by college president Fergal Barry …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 11 March]

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GMIT president refutes damning report on drop out rates

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT is refuting a damning report that shows the IT has some of the worst drop out rates nationwide. It follows reports that one course offered in Construction Management has a drop out rate of 75% – the third highest in the entire country …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 January]

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Fergal Barry leaves LIT with heavy heart for new challenge

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It will be the end of an era at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) this month as one of its most loyal servants Dr Fergal Barry departs to take up the presidency at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 13 September]

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New GMIT President says plagiarism issues should be resolved shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The new president of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology says issues regarding alleged plagiarism at the college should be resolved soon. Dr Feargal Barry will take up the new role this autumn, having previously been Vice President of Limerick Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 August]

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GMIT’s new president has strong record in securing research funding

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The new president of GMIT, 41-year-old Dr Fergal Barry will start a five-year term in the role in October, bringing with him a wealth of experience in securing funding for international research projects …” (more)

[Declan Varley, Galway Advertiser, 20 August]

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