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 The outdated studio regularly broke down – and when it did work, the quality was poor.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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NUI Galway Settles High Court Gender Discrimination Cases

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

“It’s over! We’ve won! NUI Galway has finally, after four long years, settled with the four female academics taking the High Court cases for gender discrimination in the promotion round of 2009. Today at the High Court the cases are to be withdrawn …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 25 July]

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Four female lecturers promoted after NUIG gender discrimination dispute

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

“Four female lecturers who say they were discriminated against on gender grounds are set to be promoted as part of a settlement with NUI Galway (NUIG) which is understood to run to hundreds of thousands of euro. The lecturers, who initiated a High Court action against the university, had argued that they met the qualifications required for senior lectureship posts but were passed over in a promotion round in 2009 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 July]

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Next good act by new President to be announcing end of High Court cases?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 23rd, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway’s new President, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, is proving a refreshing and enlightened improvement on the previous regime headed by Jim Browne. Micheline tweeted her delight today at the change to the university boardroom. The glowering rows of portraits of previous President’s, all of them male and many of them clerics, have been banished …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 23 July]

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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]

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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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