NUIG Access Centre introduces 150 new undergraduate places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) Access Centre has introduced 170 new full-time places for undergraduate students entering from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), Further Education and Training (FET), and Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) routes …” (more)

[Aoife Ní Chadhain, Trinity News, 18 January]

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Anne Scott is Shepherding NUI Galway Towards Equality

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Anne Scott has listened to the critics and, as NUIG’s gender equality vice-president, is promising big changes. It was walking down a street in Kenya, surrounded by people with a different skin tone to her own, that Prof Anne Scott was struck by what it meant to be treated differently …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 3 January]

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University chief calls for college fees to be doubled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 100,000 students at Irish universities should pay tuition fees of up to €6,000 a year – twice the current charge – according to retiring NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne who says the idea of free fees is simply ‘naive’. Higher fees should be accompanied by a new scheme of loans which students would start repaying once they reach a certain income threshold after graduation …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 31 December]

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Delay in NUI Galway Nun’s Island masterplan

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

Ireland“There’s been a delay in the appointment of a team to progress NUI Galway’s major Nun’s Island masterplan. A design consultant was due to be appointed this month to start the ball rolling on the regeneration project. NUI Galway’s Education Building is located at Nuns Island, and it also owns the adjacent building …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 22 December]

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We post the NUI Galway Athena SWAN application

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The campaign has been sent NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN application. This is the application that was submitted by the closing date of November 30th but which has failed to appear, or even be acknowledged, on NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN web page. This is the application they haven’t sent to Micheline and others who have asked for a copy, deliberately hindering any objections. Their action is in contrast to Maynooth University’s open announcement and application publication on Dec 1st …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 21 December]

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Disrupting the Status Quo? Discrimination in Academic Promotions

Posted in Legal issues on December 22nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandAbstract: In June 2016 the HEA Report of the Expert Group stated that there was a need for ‘radical action’ without which they could not guarantee that Higher Education Institutes would ‘ever be free of gender inequality’. This report was commissioned in the aftermath of the now high profile case of Sheehy Skeffington v National University of Ireland Galway (DEC-E2014-078) and the controversy surrounding this decision. This article addresses the decision in Sheehy Skeffington v NUI Galway, the fallout from that decision and the recommendations of the Gender Equality Review as regards recruitment and promotion. In particular, this article looks at that recommendation considered most radical, yet also considered necessary, namely the introduction of mandatory gender quotas. This article seeks to assess why it was deemed necessary for the Expert Review Group to recommend the introduction of mandatory quotas and to posit the question: what happens if the HEIs do not comply with that recommendation?

Quinlivan, Shivaun, Disrupting the Status Quo? Discrimination in Academic Promotions (July 18, 2017). Irish Employment Law Journal 2017, 14(3), 68-75.

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NUI Galway have applied to Athena SWAN but are not making application available!

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A campaign member who wrote to the Athena SWAN board has been told that NUI Galway has applied for a gender equality award (closing date November 30th) but there is no requirement for NUI Galway to make its application available! They were also told they had only until the end of this week to submit an objection – to an application they have no access to! …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 19 December]

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Decision to accord retiring NUIG President a civic reception questioned

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

Ireland“A city councillor has questioned the council’s decision to accord the retiring NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne a civic reception. Sinn Fein’s Mark Lohan says he feels this act is not appropriate given the inequality issues which arose at the university during Dr Browne’s ten year term of office …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 December]

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Four Christian Students at NUI Galway Punished with Lifelong Sanction

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

Ireland“The story of NUI Galway students Enoch Burke, Isaac Burke, Ammi Burke and Kezia Burke raises serious questions regarding freedom of expression and religious liberty at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 18 December]

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Are NUI Galway deliberately hiding their re application to Athena SWAN to prevent objections?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On the heels of the successful #SolidariTEA held last week by NUI Galway staff and students in support of the four female lecturers who have taken their battle for promotion to the High Court, we thought an update on the latest round of Athena SWAN applications was warranted. The word around the university is that NUI Galway submitted a third application for the award by the Nov 30th deadline …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 December]

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Planners approve €25m student accommodation near Docks

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

Ireland“Galway City Council has approved plans for a €25 million student accommodation development in the new ‘urban quarter’ at Galway Docks – which will include 345 en suite bedrooms – adjacent to a €104m office project approved last month. Developer Gerry Barrett of Bonham Dock Ltd has been given the go-ahead for the ‘Queen Street Development’ on a three-quarter acre site adjacent to the United Methodist and Presbyterian Church on Victoria Place …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 15 December]

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Dáil votes to accept bill requiring future NUIG presidents to be fluent in Irish

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

Ireland“The Dáil has voted to accept a bill which requires all future presidents of NUI Galway to be fluent in Irish. The bill was introduced by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv to guarantee all future presidents are capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 December]

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Galway TD clashes with Education Minister in Dáil over NUIG Irish language requirement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway TD has challenged the Education Minister in the Dáil over legislation to ensure all future presidents of NUI Galway are fluent in Irish. It’s after management at the university recently decided to change recruitment criteria …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 December]

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Today’s #solidariTEA to support the women lecturers a huge success!!

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Today’s #solidariTEA event at NUI Galway supporting the women taking court cases had over 300 participants and raised a lot of money, we hear. It was organised by the University Women’s Network along with the Students Union, Fem Soc, Gender Arc and others …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 7 December]

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Gender Equality – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the scheme, as identified as necessary by NUIG’s gender task force, to address the gender imbalance among administrative staff grades will be implemented; the reason for the delay in its implementation; the number and grade of persons tasked with its formulation and implementation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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NUIG urged to resolve issue of four women seeking promotion

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chair of NUI Galway women’s staff network has called on the outgoing university president to resolve the situation of four academics taking legal action over lack of promotion. Dr Rachel Hilliard said NUIG president Dr Jim Browne ‘still has time’ to address the issue before he leaves his post at the end of this year …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 December]

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University Governance – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of moneys due to NUIG in view of the confirmation given by the Comptroller and Auditor General to the Committee of Public Accounts on 6 April 2017 that the financial statements of NUIG recognised an amount of €17.5 million due from a foundation to the university at 30 September 2014 regarding capital projects in 2011, if that sum has been paid in full or in part and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 6 December 2017]

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NUIG seeks consortium to develop second phase of student accommodation

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

Ireland“NUI Galway is progressing its plans for student accommodation. The college has advertised the 1.5 million euro tender contract for a single point design team for Phase 2 of its planned student accommodation in Dangan …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 November]

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NUI Galway response to Open Letter fails to refute anything Micheline wrote!

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

Ireland“NUI Galway’s response in the media to Micheline’s Open Letter is very interesting and worth studying carefully. Galway Bay FM and the Connacht Tribune both reported that NUI Galway stated there is ‘no connection whatsoever’ between their unsuccessful applications and the legal cases of four colleagues …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 22 November]

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NUI Galway refutes claims unsuccessful bid for gender equality award linked to ongoing discrimination cases

Posted in Legal issues on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has moved to dismiss claims that an unsuccessful bid for a gender equality award is linked to ongoing legal action involving four female lecturers. It follows the issuing of an open letter by Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, who won a discrimination case against the university in November 2014 …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 November]

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