GMIT progress plans to expand innovation building

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology is planning an extension to its innovation – iHub – building at its city campus. The college is seeking planning permission for an extension and alterations to the building at Old Dublin Road …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 11 January]

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Govt must follow up commitments on GMIT Mayo campus with action – Chambers

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Lisa Chambers has welcomed an announcement by the Minister for Higher Education to provide ring fenced funding for the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Castlebar campus over the next five years …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 December]

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Statement on GMIT Mayo Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The HEA welcomes the announcement from the Minister today on the additional recurrent and capital investment to be provided to GMIT to facilitate the delivery of the sustainability plan for its Mayo campus. The HEA played a key role in producing this plan, chairing the Working Group, and we would like to thank all the other members of this Group who worked tirelessly to set out and agree a future path …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 15 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces ring fenced funding for the Castlebar campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 15th December 2017 published the report of the Working Group on the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT. The Working Group was established by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, in March 2017. The objective of the Working group was to formulate a plan for the sustainable future of the GMIT Mayo Campus in Castlebar …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 December]

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Ring-fenced funding of €3.75m announced to safeguard future of Mayo GMIT campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has tonight published the report of the working group on the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT. The report provides a wide-ranging assessment of the context within which the campus is currently operating, and outlines a proposed vision for the Mayo facility …” (more)

[Connacht Telegraph, 15 December]

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Commencement Matters – GMIT Castlebar

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

IrelandJohn O’Mahony (Fine Gael): I thank the Cathaoirleach for selecting this topic and thank the Minister of State for attending to reply to my queries. All of us in the west know that the campus of GMIT has played a huge role in the economic, educational and social life of Castlebar, Mayo and the surrounding regions over the many years since it was founded in, I believe, the 1980s. Issues have arisen in recent times in regard to underinvestment and lack of upgrading of facilities, as well as the range of course development …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 12 December]

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Institutes of Technology: Mayo campus of GMIT

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

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the working group established to examine the future of the Mayo campus of GMIT …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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GMIT facing legal action over death of students in 2014 Belgium fire

Posted in Legal issues on October 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“GMIT is facing legal action over the death of two students in a fatal house fire in Belgium in January 2014 …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 October]

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Institutes of Technology Funding: GMIT Galway and Mayo campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the details of the project for GMIT Galway campus in view of his recent announcement of €200 million for 11 major infrastructure projects in the higher education sector; the estimated cost; and when will it be completed …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 October]

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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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Third level institutions confirm closure as Hurricane Ophelia closes in

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick will be closed tomorrow Monday as a result of a code red weather warning in the area. UL said the decision was made in the interest of safety of the university community …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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Gusts of 130kmh expected throughout tomorrow and GMIT to close four campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Met Eireann Status Red Wind Warning which includes Galway is in place from 9.00am Monday morning. Gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected throughout Monday and into Monday night. There is a high risk of flying debris and householders and businesses are advised to secure material in gardens and other sites …” (more)

[Declan Varley, Galway Advertiser, 15 October]

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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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