Tommy Tiernan on Gender Discrimination at NUI Galway

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

Ireland“We’ve had several requests from staff to see the rest of Tommy Tiernan’s riff about NUI Galway at our benefit concert. So here it is in full, for all the ‘nerds’ …” (more, video)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 29 April]

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Student residence developers set to drive forward Dyke Road project

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

Ireland“Developers of student accommodation are set to drive forward the construction of a new concert hall, library headquarters and multi-storey carpark on the Dyke Road. The Galway City Tribune understands that bed spaces for hundreds of students could be provided on the site – which would be linked to the NUI Galway campus by a pedestrian and cycle bridge …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 28 April]

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Oireachtas committee challenges NUI Galway on president Irish fluency requirement

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

Ireland“An Oireachtas committee on Irish Language is challenging NUI Galway on its decision to drop the Irish language fluency requirement for its new President. The ad for the role was published on Holy Thursday, and does not refer to the Irish language as a requirement or a desired skill …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 19 April]

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Why was the 2008/9 Promotion Round to Senior Lecturer at NUI Galway so much worse for the promotion of women than any other, before or since?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“President Jim Browne made a point during his questioning by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee ten days ago, that the 2008/9 round of promotion, which was so bad for women, was worse than those which had preceded it. This is true, as you can see from the table …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 April]

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Appreciation: Prof Matthew F McCarthy

Posted in Life on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Prof Matthew F McCarthy, Emeritus Professor of mathematical physics in NUI Galway and former registrar, was an accomplished scientist with a strong sense of humanity. He was born in Cork on November 19th, 1938 to Daniel and Margaret McCarthy …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 April]

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NUI Galway seeks new ‘leader with a compelling vision’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has advertised the position of president as current incumbent Dr Jim Browne ends his term of office next year. The university is being assisted in finding a successor by recruitment specialists Perrett Laver …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 14 April]

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President urges universities to return to ‘humanistic’ values

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Creativity’ is in great danger of misuse and at risk of being reduced to an ‘advertising slogan’, President Michael D Higgins has warned. Speaking at the opening of NUI Galway’s (NUIG) new O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, Mr Higgins has also appealed to universities to ‘re-dedicate themselves to originality of thought and a commitment to humanistic values in teaching’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 10 April]

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Precarious employment in academia

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

Ireland“Sir, – Peter McGuire’s article on precarious employment in academia (‘Is this the end of job security in academia?’, April 4th) highlights practices that are unquestionably exploitative, and about which there is mounting discontent and unrest within the education sector …” (more)

[Louise Campbell and others, Irish Times, 8 April]

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National University of Ireland Galway: Financial Statement 2013-2014

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

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … In this session, we will deal with the financial statements of the National University of Ireland Galway. From there, we are joined by Dr James Browne, president, Mr Gearóid Ó Conluain, an runaí, Ms Mary Dooley, bursar, and Mr Keith Warnock, capital projects adviser. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr. Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love, Mr Damien Kilgannon and Ms Jennifer Gygax …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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NUI Galway management = Hypocrisy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hypocrisy seems to be de riguer at NUI Galway. On Wednesday, NUI Galway President Jim Browne revealed at his biannual speech the university’s hypocritical stance regarding the treatment of female staff, particularly the women who have sued the university in the High Court for gender discrimination, and then on Friday, Micheline further exposed the university’s hypocritical attitude towards the women in a Letter to the Editor in the Galway City Tribune …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 27 March]

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NUI Galway renames engineering building after first female engineering graduate

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

Ireland“NUI Galway have renamed their engineering building this week after the first woman in Ireland and the UK who earned an engineering degree. The Engineering building was renamed the Alice Perry Engineering Building this week. Alice Perry earned a degree in engineering in 1906, graduating from Queen’s College Galway …” (more)

[Sorcha O’Connor, Independent, 22 March]

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NUIG Officially Commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

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

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has officially committed to divesting from fossil fuels by the end of 2017, following through on its pledge to do so in December 2016. The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Society in NUI Galway were informed of the success of their divestment campaign on February 28th …” (more)

[John Conway, University Times, 13 March]

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Leinster House hears gender equality issues at NUIG ‘far from sorted

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway Senator has told Leinster House that issues surrounding gender equality at NUI Galway are far from sorted and may in fact be deteriorating …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 9 March]

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Video is ‘Brewing Up a Storm’ for NUIG 5 benefit concert

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

Ireland“… In the 2.34-minute video, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington eloquently states the history of the injustices committed against the five women, who have taken NUI Galway to court over the university’s refusal to promote them to senior lecturer in 2009. In addition, two NUI Galway students passionately voice their support for the women lecturers and their right to be promoted …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 8 March]

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Go ahead for 47 student accommodation units in city centre

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

Ireland“Galway is to get new student accommodation. An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for the student block at Fairgreen Road in the city. CWC Webworks Limited was initially granted planning permission for student accommodation at Fairgreen Road by the city council …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 March]

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NUI Galway to name iconic building after first woman to earn an engineering degree

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A ceremony to mark the official naming of the Alice Perry Engineering Building will take place at NUI Galway on Monday next March 6 to honour the woman first woman in Ireland or the UK to have received a degree in engineering …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 2 March]

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DASH app ensures all students get safely home

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway tech student has come up with an app to ensure that students get safely home at night – even if they are without cash or their bank card. DASH – which stands for ‘Driving All Students Home’ – had its official launch in Galway City last week; it is the brainchild of NUIG Business Information Systems student Richie Commins …” (more)

[Steven Heaney, Connacht Tribune, 2 March]

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To condone RAG Week is to condone carnage

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the second month of the year of our lord two thousand and ten, Galway descended into anarchy. Cans littered the streets, flares illuminated the skies and a young student reveller took a dump on a nice couple’s porch in Newcastle. This is all part of the tainted legacy of RAG Week that the central authorities of the University sought to distance themselves from when they exerted considerable pressure on the Students’ Union to ban the god-awful week of debauchery in 2011 …” (more)

[Eoghan O Connaire, SIN, 27 February]

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An argument in favour of RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RAG week is a tradition amongst most colleges. Traditionally a week of ‘raising and giving’, the Students’ Union and students themselves would help charities out through events such as on campus gigs. In 2011, the SU of NUI Galway voted to scrap RAG week, on the basis that five concessions would be made by the college …” (more)

[Aileen O’Leary, SIN, 27 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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