Director and Leuven Institute guilty over fire which killed two Irish students

Posted in Legal issues on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The conviction by a Belgian court of the director of the Irish college in Leuven, Belgium, over an apartment fire that killed two Irish students in 2014 has been welcomed by their families …” (more)

[Patrick Smyth, Irish Times, 5 September]

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GMIT Castlebar applications up 43%

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former Castlebar town councillor has welcomed a marked increased in applications for degree courses in GMIT Castlebar. However, he feels the revelation could eclipse the reality that five courses have been cut at the institution …” (more)

[Mayo News, 29 August]

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Students criticise ‘nimby’ opposition to Galway housing development

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in NUI Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have criticised residents in the Newcastle area of Galway city for campaigning to block a planned 400-bed student housing development. Mark O’Brien, head of the student union in GMIT, said local opposition to the student housing development was ‘discriminatory’ and a ‘a classic example of not in my backyard’ (‘nimby’) politics …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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Galway Minister says Technological Universities plan will benefit GMIT

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

Ireland“Progress on the national Technological Universities Bill will provide a boost to GMIT’s Connacht-Ulster Alliance Plans. That’s according to Junior Minister Sean Kyne, who says a number of amendments will be made to the Bill …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 18 July]

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Galway college students call for support to oppose student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The students’ unions at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and NUI Galway are calling on senators to support a Labour party motion rejecting the implementation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 11 July]

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Ministers welcome progress made by GMIT Working Group

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, have welcomed the significant progress being made by the Working Group that has been established to secure the future of the GMIT campus in Castlebar …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 July]

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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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€20m STEM building earmarked for GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology is in line for a €20 million investment in a new Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) building at its Dublin Road campus. College authorities are meeting with the Department of Education and Skills towards the end of this month with a view to progressing plans for the major development …” (more)

[Dave O’Connell, Connacht Tribune, 1 June]

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Mayo senator wants GMIT chiefs to appear before Oireachtas committee

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mayo Fine Gael Mayo Senator Michelle Mulherin has written to the chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to highlight her concerns regarding the Mayo campus of GMIT …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 26 May]

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Colleges start installation of gender neutral toilets

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology is introducing gender neutral toilets at its campus on the Dublin Road. The college’s Centre for Creative Arts and Media (CCAM) on the Monivea Road was the first campus in the country to have such bathrooms installed …” (more)

[Shelly Hannigan, Connacht Tribune, 23 May]

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GMIT

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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Higher Education Authority Funding: Mayo campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding granted to the Mayo campus of the GMIT for each of the years 2012 to 2016 and to date in 2017; if he will consider proposals for future allocations to be ring fenced for the Mayo campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 May]

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Minister’s position kept open – but 50 GMIT jobs slashed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Government Minister’s teaching position at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) will not be axed in the swingeing cutbacks planned at the third level college. GMIT is planning to slash up to 50 jobs through a series of redundancies, non-replacement of staff who retire and non-renewal of temporary contracts …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 13 May]

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‘No plans’ to close GMIT Mayo campus despite Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan claims

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Head of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) says there are no plans to downgrade or close the Mayo campus in Castlebar – despite claims by Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 May]

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Mayo GMIT Action Group meet with forty campus staff

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The group met with 40 staff from the Castlebar campus on Wednesday evening, and following a survey of the staff 92% of those present at the meeting backed the group’s call for ringfenced funding to be made available to the Castlebar campus and for full autonomy in decision making for the campus …” (more)

[Mayo Advertiser, 5 May]

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Report calls GMIT sustainability into question as deficit mounts

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A ‘slash and burn’ policy of deep cutbacks, including at least 50 job losses, is proposed in a dossier being considered by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). The new report, seen by the Galway City Tribune, calls into question the future sustainability of the institute, and warns that drastic cutbacks are necessary to arrest the perilous financial decline faced by GMIT …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 5 May]

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GMIT refuses to comment on transfer of staff from Mayo to Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“GMIT is refusing to comment on speculation that it’s to transfer staff from its Castlebar campus to Galway. It follows reports that following a reduction in the number of courses offered at the Mayo campus, some staff were to be transferred …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 3 May]

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Councillors express alarm about GMIT redeployment fears

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fresh fears have surfaced about the future of the Mayo campus of GMIT. This follows a claim today (Tueday) that up to 15 staff at the Castlebar complex have been informed they will be redeployed to Galway in the next academic year …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 2 May]

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Fianna Fáil leader slams lack of investment in Mayo GMIT Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The leader of Fianna Fáil Micheal Martin has expressed disappointment over the ongoing decline of the Mayo GMIT Campus. After visiting the centre today, he said there had been no capital investment in the college since 2008 and it was a sad indictment …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 26 April]

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Institutes of Technology: GMIT Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the working group which he has established to look at the GMIT Mayo campus; the persons that will sit on the working group; if they will meet in public or private; if the minutes of meetings will be made available to the public; the terms of reference for the working group; the person the working group will report to; the timeline for the working group to report; the overall objective of the working group; and if this working group will liaise with the already established community working group that has been established …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 April]

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