Date set for NUIGSU’s Case Against Cúirt na Coiribe

Posted in Legal issues on July 6th, 2018 by steve

“The case brought by NUI Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) against private student accommodation Cúirt na Coiribe is to be heard on July 20th, amid calls for private accommodation providers to reduce rents throughout the country …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 6 July]


Third-level students forced to sleep rough due to accommodation crisis, TD claims

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2018 by steve

“At least 50 third-level students will be forced to sleep rough in September in Galway due to a lack of accommodation available, a TD has claimed. Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has alleged that she knows of 22 students who slept in Eyre Square at the beginning of the last academic year as they were unable to find somewhere to live …” (more)

[Payu Tiwari, Independent, 5 July]

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NUIGSU’s Tenancies Board Action is a Creative Way of Tackling the Accommodation Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 2nd, 2018 by steve

“By and large, titanic battles have never intimidated the student movement. For decades, they have used various forms of protest to face down governments and university administrations. The accommodation crisis, however, has forced students to reflect on these efforts. As faceless corporations continue to build extortionately priced accommodation sites across the country, students and the groups that represent them have rightly rallied against their growing hold on the student accommodation market …” (more)

[University Times, 1 July]

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Is The End In Sight?

Posted in Legal issues on June 26th, 2018 by steve

“The above report appeared in the Connacht Tribune last Thursday, but is it right? Are we really near the end of the campaign, and can we soon celebrate the four women finally being given what they deserve by NUI Galway? Or is this simply university management feeding the press a line? The campaign knows management told another reporter, more than a month ago, that the cases were settled …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 25 June]

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NUI Galway Students’ Union files case against student accommodation provider

Posted in Legal issues on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway Students’ Union (SU) has filed a case against Cúirt na Coiribe after the Galway student accommodation provider increased rent rates by 18% for the upcoming academic year. The decision by Cúirt na Coiribe to increase rates was made known to current student residents during the second week of NUI Galway’s summer exam period …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 25 June]

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NUI Galway to progress phase 2 of major student accommodation plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway is progressing phase 2 of a major student accommodation plan. This project is part of a substantial initiative by NUI Galway to develop commercially viable, modern on-campus student accommodation …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 June]

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Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has tasked NUI Galway to undertake a comprehensive survey of students, welfare officers and HE personnel, on how they are promoting and protecting students’ mental health

Posted in Research on June 15th, 2018 by steve

“While attending the Mindful Way Conference at NUI Galway the Minister announced the Department of Education and Skills is to fund an important new wellbeing and mental health self-review survey tool on best practice and initiatives from across Higher Education in this critical area of healthcare …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 June]

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SIPTU representatives describe NUIG gender equality award as misleading

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU Industrial Organiser Noel Maguire, said: ‘This is a very misleading development. SIPTU representatives are flabbergasted that Athena Swan gave this award when there are many outstanding discrimination cases in the university’. He added: ‘It is deeply concerning that this award gives NUIG disgraceful on discrimination record a new air of respectability. The narrow focus of these awards combined with the cosmetic lustre of a PR campaign provides window dressing that is in gross denial of worker’s experience on the ground …'” (more)

[SIPTU, 10 May]

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NUIG addresses gender equality issues

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway has avoided losing out on research funding after securing the first level of an international standard for gender equality. The university has been the subject of criticisms over the low level of promotions of female academics, and there are still cases pending against it in the High Court by four women who were overlooked in a previous promotions round in 2008 and 2009 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 May]

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Students protest over rent increase at Galway accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students are due to protest in Galway over planned rent increases of up to €1,000 at private accommodation in the city. Students at Cúirt na Coiribe were notified of the move by a new management company in recent days …” (more)

[Teresa Mannion, RTÉ News, 8 May]

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NUIG Protest a Sign of Growing Anger at a Yawning Accommodation Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2018 by steve

“Over the past few days, students from NUI Galway have camped outside the buildings of the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation facility in protest of an 18% rent hike being introduced by the accommodation provider. It’s yet another example of students voicing their opposition to the travails of an increasingly expensive accommodation market …” (more)

[University Times, 7 May]

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Galway Students Protest Accommodation Rent Hike

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2018 by steve

“Students in NUI Galway are protesting a €1,000 rent hike in accommodation introduced by provider Cúirt na Coiribe. NUI Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) has led the criticism of the private student accommodation company …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 7 May]

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NUI Galway awarded Athena SWAN Bronze despite not promoting four female lecturers taking High Court cases

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway have been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award for gender equality. Future government research funding to Irish universities is dependent on universities receiving this award. NUI Galway was one of only two Irish universities who had not been awarded Bronze and the only Irish university whose application had been refused twice. We believe this was because of all the bad publicity NUI Galway had received through this campaign …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 7 May]

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NUI Galway wins recognition for gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway, which was at the centre of a high-profile gender discrimination row, is to receive official recognition for its work to advance gender equality. The college, along with Maynooth University, has received the internationally-recognised Athena Swan bronze award, which demonstrates a solid foundation in eliminating gender bias …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Third Level Institutions – St Angela’s College, Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2018 by steve

Tony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of capital funding for a college in view of significantly increasing student numbers on home economics teacher education and nurse education programmes; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is now a need for larger capacity classrooms and laboratories to accommodate students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 April]

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Court lifts stay on NUI Galway investigation into bullying and harassment complaints

Posted in Legal issues on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An order staying an investigation into complaints of bullying and harassment made by a member of staff at NUI Galway against another staff member has been lifted by the Court of Appeal. In 2014, the complainant alleged bullying and harassment against nine members of NUIG staff …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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Forum on Minister Bruton’s Action Plan for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A forum was held in NUI Galway on Friday 9th of March to discuss ‘Meeting the needs of Senior Cycle Students and the Skill needs for Work and Enterprise’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 20 March]

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Higher education and precarious work

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We disagree with Jim Miley, director general of the Irish Universities Association, that allowing universities to pay salaries of up to €337,000 to high profile academics will ‘provide the best value for money for the State’s investment in talent’ (‘Universities get green light for salaries over €335,000’, News, March 12th) …” (more)

[Ulf Strohmayer and 10 others, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Two students hospitalised during ’emergency’ at NUI Galway

Posted in Life on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two students were hospitalised following an ’emergency’ at NUI Galway yesterday evening, the college has confirmed. The alarm was raised about the condition of the students yesterday evening and the university put their emergency response protocol in place …” (more)

[Kathy Armstrong, Independent, 8 March]


Self-driving car tech to be developed in Ireland’s wet west

Posted in Research on March 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUIG, Lero, Valeo teamwork will lead to robotic cars better able for bad weather. Lero, the software research group, has announced a collaboration with Valeo, the French car components and technology giant. The plan is to develop new sensor technology for autonomous cars …” (more)

[Neil Briscoe, Irish Times, 1 March]