NUIG set to commission Nuns Island master plan

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

Ireland“NUI Galway will commission a master plan for the Nuns Island area. The university has budgeted €250,000 for a ‘master plan and design project’ for its buildings at Nuns Island in the city centre. Sanction for the master plan was approved at a Governing Body meeting in February, minutes of which were released to this newspaper under Freedom of Information (FOI) …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 14 August]

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More time for Greenway river walkway at NUI Galway

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

Ireland“More time has been allowed for a Greenway Enhancement Project at NUI Galway in Newcastle. The college applied for an extension of planning permission for the N6 underpass and approach roads near the Quincentenary Bridge …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 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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Government task force on gender bias welcomed, but at NUI Galway and other Irish Universities, it helps to look at where the power is

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

Ireland“In July, the Higher Education Authority issued this year’s figures for gender percentages in Irish Universities and other higher-education institutions. Because this Web page focused on the four female lecturers’ mediation coming to an end at NUI Galway, we made no comment on the HEA report – and we didn’t produce an updated version of our table ranking the Irish Universities. But we found we didn’t need to …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 4 August]

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Third Level Institutions Face Funding Cuts Over Gender Gap

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third Level institutions across the country have been condemned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as new figures revealed that women in senior positions are under-represented. New measures implemented by the HEA will see State funding being linked to each Third Level institutions’ performance in overcoming the ongoing issue of gender inequality and has resulted in mandatory gender quotas to decrease the gender gap at senior levels …” (more)

[Niamh Haskins, Campus.ie, 31 July]

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A Female University President is No Panacea for Deeper Gender Equality Issues

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway, which for years has been at the centre of the storm when it comes to gender inequality, is actively headhunting a female president. Apparently convinced this will be the solution to the institution’s problems, the university is more likely to learn a different lesson: tackling the symptom without addressing the root cause is always going to be to some extent futile …” (more)

[Niamh Haskins, University Times, 30 July]

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NUIG recruiters told to ‘reach out to women’ for president

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

Ireland“Recruiters headhunting the new president of NUI Galway were specifically asked to ‘reach out’ to women academics in Ireland and abroad. Members of the Governing Body of NUIG, ‘expressed a worry’ that the competition to replace Dr James Browne, the incumbent ‘might not attract significant female interest’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 July]

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Call for urgent action over student accommodation crisis in Galway

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

Ireland“The government is being urged to tackle the lack of student accommodation in cities such as Galway, Dublin and Cork. Young Fine Gael says student rents in Galway city have risen by a third in the past year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 24 July]

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Micheline’s US Tour takes shape

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

Ireland“Micheline’s tour of the US following her grandmother Hanna’s historic tour 100 years ago now has an outline itinerary, shown below. Invites have come in from universities, historical societies, Irish American centres and feminist organisations …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 16 July]

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NUI Galway seeks more time to build river walkway

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

Ireland“More time is being sought for a Greenway Enhancement Project at NUI Galway in Newcastle. The college is looking for an extension of planning permission for the N6 underpass and approach roads near the Quincentenary Bridge …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 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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NUI Galway team defends work on major US intelligence project

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A team at NUI Galway is defending a decision to support a major US intelligence project amid fears over privacy. NUI Galway partner, Compact Imaging, is teaming up with SRI International to develop improved detection of attempts to evade or deceive security systems, such as fingerprint identification scanners …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 July]

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Mediation is extended again

Posted in Legal issues on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The adjournment of the High Court case has been extended for another two weeks to allow mediation between the four female lecturers and NUI Galway to continue. Neither Micheline nor the campaign are privy to the details of the negotiations but the longer the mediation continues the more hopeful we become …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 7 July]

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Report examines issue of consent among third-level students

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Young people’s ambivalence towards what constitutes sexual consent when alcohol is involved is captured in new research which shows that while the majority of college students (86%) agree that alcohol impacts on the ability to give consent, more than a third (37%) feel that a woman can still give consent after drinking heavily …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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Ministers Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor Announce Capital Funding for St Angela’s College, Sligo

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today announced capital funding of €343,000 for St Angela’s College, Sligo. The funding will support the College in undertaking essential infrastructural improvements over the summer months …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 July]

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What you can do today to help the five female lecturers

Posted in Legal issues on June 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The only reason NUI Galway have extended mediation with four of the female lecturers for two weeks is our campaign. Management’s usual strategy is delay, delay and yet more delay …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 27 June]

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NUIG to drop students’ names from exam papers amid bias concerns

Posted in Teaching on June 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway will no longer require students to put their names on exam papers amid concern over marking bias. The college’s academic council has approved a proposal to introduce anonymous marking which will commence in the new academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 June]

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RTÉ stands over university spending probe

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ is standing over an investigation on spending and governance at third-level colleges as it prepares responses to complaints from two universities. University College Cork and NUI Galway have submitted complaints over its May 25 RTÉ Investigates programme, Universities Unchallenged …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Top architectural award sheds its image

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

Ireland“A group of sheds that have been transformed into the new O’Donoghue Centre for Theatre, Drama and Performance at NUI Galway has been selected for a top architecture award. The centre, designed by Taylor Architects in association with Richard Murphy, won the Public Choice Award at the annual RIAI Irish Architecture Awards …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Mediation extended!

Posted in Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Examiner has reported that the mediation between the four female lecturers taking High Court cases and NUI Galway has been extended for another two weeks! It seems our previous post on Tuesday reporting how it had failed and detailing what we had heard about NUI Galway’s Machiavellian moves may have done some good! …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 23 June]

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