NUIG reserves accommodation for Irish speaking students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish language speakers are to be allocated reserved places in student residences at NUI Galway as part of a scheme to boost the language at the university. The scheme includes Irish language student residences, which are described as ‘designated accommodation with reserved places for Irish-speaking students’ …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 6 September]

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If we don’t support students, how can we expect our society to flourish?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This month more than 50,000 students received CAO offers for places in third-level colleges amid a national accommodation crisis, with many wondering how they will find accommodation in the face of rising rents and a housing shortage …” (more)

[Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh
and Megan Reilly, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Galway student unions highlight student accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Galway’s third level Student Unions have come together to condemn rent prices in the city. The call comes ahead of the return of thousands of third levels students for the beginning of the new academic year. The unions have criticised the prevalence of new ‘luxury’ student housing …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 27 August]

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It’s Time for Conversations About How Universities Handle Sexual Assault

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new study launched by NUI Galway this week further cemented the fact that we are some ways away from solving the plague of sexual harassment that continues to blight our campuses. The results – 70% of women reported that they had experienced sexual hostility – offered yet another stark reminder that there is much left to be done …” (more)

[University Times, 12 August]

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Sexual consent workshops for students should be compulsory after ‘troubling’ report – Minister

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sexual consent workshops may become mandatory for students in all third-level colleges in the wake of new research on sex-related attitudes and behaviours on campus. Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she thought it was time to make them compulsory, describing as ‘troubling’ findings from a study by NUI Galway …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 August]

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Majority of students ‘do not think 12 pints makes a person unable to give consent’

Posted in Life, Research on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than two-thirds of students do not think 28 standard drinks makes a person too drunk to give sexual consent, a study has found. As part of a number of investigations into sexual consent among third level students, researchers at NUI Galway carried out an online survey of 753 participants, who were shown two versions of a scenario in which two students go home together after a night out …” (more)

[Dean Ruxton, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Before Universities Demand More Autonomy, How About They Provide Quality Education?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last week, almost 40 students received fee refunds after lodging complaints about the quality of the journalism programme at NUI Galway (NUIG). For many third-level students across the country, the problems cited – poor communication from co-ordinators, lack of work placements, little access to equipment – were no doubt all too familiar …” (more)

[University Times, 6 August]

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Most female students ‘face sexual hostility’, study finds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some 70% of female students and 40% of male students experienced sexual hostility or crude gender harassment by the time they were finishing third-level education, a study by NUI Galway researchers has found. The same proportion of women (70%) and more than 60% of men surveyed also felt sex education at secondary school wasn’t satisfactory …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 August]

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‘They were supposed to direct me but I directed them’ – NUIG students express relief at having course fees refunded

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUIG students have expressed their relief after complaints about the organisation of the BA Journalism course during the third year of the program were upheld. Over the last week, NUIG announced that they will be refunding an entire years worth of tuition fees to current third and fourth year students on their BA Journalism course after they received complaints about the organisation of the course during the third year of the program …” (more)

[Payu Tiwari, Independent, 5 August]

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NUI Galway has lowest proportion of female professors in country

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New research from the Higher Education Authority shows only 12% of professors at NUI Galway are female. Less than a quarter of the top positions in Irish universities across the country are held by women making up only 24% of professors …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 3 August]

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Give me a crash course in … college refunds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandSo, students are getting their money back for university courses. What on Earth is going on? Yes, dozens of journalism students at NUI Galway have received refunds worth thousands of euro over several years on foot of complaints over the quality of the course. A university board upheld the complaints …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 August]

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The campaign’s task is done

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

Ireland“With the settlement of the four women’s High Court cases, the aims of this campaign are achieved. The campaign started when previous University President Jim Browne claimed to RTÉ education reporter Emma O’Kelly that Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, who had recently won her high-profile case, was on his new Gender Equality Task Force …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 2 August]

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Quality of third-level courses ‘at risk’ due to funding shortages

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has warned that the quality of third-level courses is at risk due to a deterioration in staff-student ratios in colleges. Its comments come in the same week it emerged that dozens of third-level students at NUI Galway were refunded fees for a course on foot of quality concerns …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 August]

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Refunds controversy shines light on quality of third-level learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students were left without basic equipment. Printers were faulty for months on end. The outdated studio regularly broke down – and when it did work, the quality was poor. Students reported little or no feedback on assignments they handed in for the first semester and had to request them in order to get an idea of how they were performing …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 July]

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Galway students refunded after complaints about course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dozens of postgraduate journalism students at NUI Galway have received refunds worth thousands of euro over several years on foot of complaints over the quality of the course, it has emerged. The university’s complaints board upheld complaints and found they stemmed from issues such as difficulties replacing staff on sick leave and a poor standard of specialist equipment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 July]

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NUIG apologises over ‘major problems’ with journalism course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The incoming Head of Journalism at NUI Galway has apologised to students over what he called ‘major problems’ in the BA Journalism course at the university. Current third and fourth year students in the course are to receive a refund of one years tuition fees after a complaint relating to the standard of the course was upheld …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 July]

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Student fees refunded on concern over quality of course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dozens of journalism students at NUI Galway have been refunded their fees due to concerns over the quality of the course they were studying. Between 30 and 40 third- and fourth-year students on the undergraduate journalism programme have been refunded at a cost of more than €100,000 to the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 July]

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SIPTU representatives warn NUIG discrimination court cases are just the tip of the iceberg

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 25th July) warned that the four academics who reached a settlement in the High Court represent the tip of the iceberg regarding gender discrimination at National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). Maggie Ronayne, the co-chair of SIPTU’s academic section committee at NUIG, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 25 July]

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IFUT calls for abandonment of legal recourse policy by universities following progress of NUI Galway gender discrimination case

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

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for all issues related to gender and age discrimination to be resolved by negotiation or through normal labour law procedures, not recourse to expensive legal cases. Welcoming developments in the case of four female lecturers in NUI Galway …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 25 July]

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NUI Galway refuses to divulge cost of settling gender-row cases

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

“NUI Galway (NUIG) has declined to comment on the amount public money involved in settling a high-profile gender discrimination row involving the university. It was confirmed on Wednesday that four female lecturers who argued they were discriminated against on gender grounds will be promoted by NUIG as part of a High Court settlement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 July]

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