Future of Mayo GMIT Campus to dominate minister’s Castlebar visit

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

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton is due to visit Castlebar tomorrow amid ongoing concerns over the downgrading of the Mayo GMIT Campus. He will officially open the new education centre at Rush Street in Castlebar while a visit to the Mayo GMIT Campus is also scheduled …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 30 March]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrian Ó Domhnaill (Fianna Fail): In context I raise the issue of third level funding in general, with particular reference to the Castlebar campus of GMIT which, like many institutes of technology, faces significant financial challenges, notwithstanding the fact that student numbers are growing at third and fourth level across the State. However, most of the buoyancy is within the universities sector and, unfortunately, the institutes of technology are struggling …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 March]

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GMIT ‘Peeping Tom’ faces teaching ban under new vetting policy

Posted in Legal issues on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at GMIT – previously the subject of a student toilets ‘Peeping Tom’ investigation – could be banned from teaching under Garda vetting policy introduced at the college. At the time, the investigation did not determine that the lecturer had been responsible for drilling holes in student toilet cubicle walls, or that he had used them as peep holes. He continues to work there …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 24 March]

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Institutes of Technology: Mayo campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will allocate direct once-off funding to the Mayo campus in Castlebar of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, similar to the Killybegs campus in Donegal to the tune of €3 million, in order that the Mayo campus can invest in developing new courses …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Save Mayo GMIT campaigners considering general election move

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Campaigners involved in rescuing the Mayo GMIT campus from further decline and possible closure are lining up a candidate to run in the next general election, The Connaught Telegraph has learned …” (more)

[Tom Kelly, Connaught Telegraph, 22 March]

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Save Castlebar GMIT: Public Meeting, 10 March 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Former GMIT student’s return to show their support. Martin Corcoran and Celine King will both attend the Save Castlebar GMIT meeting. Martin graduated with a BA (Hon) in Business while Celine graduated with a first class honours degree in B.A (Hons) in Outdoor Education …” (more)

[Facebook, 3 March]

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GMIT history can teach us valuable lessons

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

Ireland“Why should we study history? Well, frankly, history is the study of human nature, and history most definitely repeats itself. History can teach us lessons so that we are forearmed when facing situations, better informed when planning to proceed. The history of the long campaign to establish the Regional Technical College (RTC, now the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, GMIT) campus in Mayo contains, I believe, guidance on how the Castlebar based college can be rescued from those who oppose its survival …” (more)

[Noel Campbell, Mayo Advertiser, 3 March]

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GMIT Castlebar a political time bomb

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

Ireland“A lack of sufficient political intervention to secure the future of the GMIT campus in Castlebar will lead to people standing for election on the issue. That’s according to Paddy McGuinness, the leading activist behind the establishment of GMIT’s Castlebar campus in 1994 …” (more)

[Mayo News, 28 February]

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Downgrading plans for GMIT Castlebar revealed

Posted in Teaching on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Plans to scrap four courses currently on offer at GMIT Castlebar were announced yesterday (Monday). Staff at the campus were informed yesterday afternoon while local councillors and Oireachtas members met with GMIT management at Breaffy House Hotel yesterday evening …” (more)

[Edwin McGreal, Mayo News, 21 February]

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GMIT and Teagasc form new strategic partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“GMIT and Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, have formed a new strategic partnership to develop academic and educational co-operation in areas of mutual interest …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 16 February]

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4000 ecstasy tablets destined for Galway rag week seized by gardaí

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí in Galway have arrested two men in connection with the seizure of cannabis and ecstasy. As part of ongoing joint investigations targeting drug trafficking in the Galway area, a joint intelligence led operation was conducted by Revenue’s Customs Drugs Law Enforcement and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by officers from the Galway Regional Drugs Unit …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 10 February]

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Appointment as Chair to the Governing Body of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Applications are now invited from suitably qualified applicants with a demonstrable interest in Higher Education for the position of Chairperson of the Governing Body of GMIT. Applicants must have: Significant senior management level experience in corporate governance (including strategy, governance and change management) in a large/complex organisation …” (more)

[State Boards .ie, 21 December]

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Institutes of Technology: Galway-Mayo IT

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

IrelandPaddy Burke (Fine Gael): I thank the Cathaoirleach for selecting this Commencement matter and welcome the Minister for Education and Skills to the House. I thank him for taking this serious matter in respect of the Mayo campus of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. It disappoints me greatly to have to discuss what has happened on the Mayo campus of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 13 December]

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Head of GMIT Castlebar campus resigns

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

Ireland“Concerns were expressed about the long-term viability of the Mayo campus, due to ongoing funding issues. The head of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Castlebar campus has resigned from her position after concerns were expressed about the long-term viability of the Mayo campus, due to ongoing funding issues …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 December]

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GMIT to make statement on funding crisis

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

Ireland“GMIT is to make an announcement next week regarding the future management of the institute. It follows the recent revelation by President Dr Fergal Barry that a funding crisis facing GMIT is ‘perilously close’ to impacting on education being offered to students …” (more)

[Galway City Tribune, 9 December]

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‘Grave concern’ for future of two GMIT campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology’s two rural campuses face the threat of closure due to Government underfunding, a trade union has warned. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said it is ‘gravely concerned’ by continued funding cuts to the Institute of Technology sector …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 2 December]

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GMIT wants to end funding commitment to Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) says it can no longer finance the support of its loss-making Mayo campus in Castlebar. GMIT has informed the Higher Education Authority (HEA) chairman, Michael Horgan, that the Mayo campus is ‘not financially viable’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 November]

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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 calls for more investment following report on debt facing ITs

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“GMIT is calling for more investment following a new report which shows that half the ITs around the country are facing serious financial debt. In a statement to Galway Bay FM News, GMIT says that despite having its funding slashed in half in recent years, it has managed to maintain student numbers …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 4 November]

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GMIT issues apology over unsubstantiated exam cheat claims

Posted in Legal issues on October 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has apologised for the ‘hurt’ it caused to staff during an investigation into exam cheating claims, which were not substantiated. Jim Fennell, GMIT Financial Controller, issued the ‘unreserved apology’ to all schools and departments via email last week …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 17 October]

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