University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017: First Stage

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

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): … The aim of this Bill is to ensure that the president of the National University of Ireland, Galway, NUIG – the college formerly known as University College Galway, UCG – will be capable of doing his or her business in the Irish and English language as has been the situation since 1929. We must remember that in 1929, under Cumann na nGaedhael, the college was given a special statutory responsibility in regard to the Irish language …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 26 January]

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NUIG seeks recruitment services for new President

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

Ireland“NUI Galway is seeking executive search and recruitment services for the appointment of a new President. The deadline for interested tenders closes on February 15th …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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Dáil to discuss Irish language bill for NUIG president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway West TD is push for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president speaks Irish. Eamon O Cuiv is seeking leave to bring a bill before the Dáil tomorrow which would ensure the new president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 25 January]

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NUIG resorting to low-paid agency staff, says SIPTU

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

Ireland“The ‘unfair and discriminatory’ employment practices at NUI Galway were highlighted at a trade union conference in Dublin last week, which focused on precarious employment in higher education. SIPTU’s seminar at Liberty Hall shone a spotlight on unsavoury work practices at NUIG, which are said to be widespread in Ireland’s universities and colleges …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 23 January]

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Why has the Irish language been removed as a requirement for NUIG’s President?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) are protesting against a decision to remove fluency in the Irish language as a requirement for the position of President. The current President of NUIG Dr Jim Browne is due to resign in January 2018 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 January]

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Up to 50 people gather at NUI Galway protest on change to Irish language requirement for university president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to 50 supporters of the Irish language gathered at NUI Galway this afternoon for céilí protest over the college’s decision to drop the requirement that its president be fluent in Irish. Late last year, NUIG’s governing authority decided to change the recruitment criteria for appointing a new president …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 11 January]

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Head to head: Against capping – an argument on behalf of human error

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Capping is but the latest in a series of crackdowns on the freedom of students here at NUI Galway. In the last two years, the capping of repeat examinations at 40% has been gradually phased in and received by the student body in general with all the warmth of a limp handshake …” (more)

[Eoin Molloy, SIN, 11 January]

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Head to head: an argument in favour of capping repeat exams at 40%

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“So since last year, if you have to repeat an exam in NUI Galway in the summer, the best result you can get is a bare pass, 40%. And this is only fair. The repeat exams are a safety net to stop people having to repeat a year, or fail a course. But they were never meant to be a get out of jail free card for people who didn’t feel like putting the work in during the year. Don’t pretend that isn’t a thing …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, SIN, 11 January]

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Protest at NUI Galway over relaxing of requirement for president to speak fluent Irish

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

Ireland“A céilí protest will will held at NUI Galway tomorrow (Wed) over the college’s decision to drop the requirement that its president be fluent in Irish. Misneach na Gaillimhe is a branch of Misneach – a group that was originally founded by Mairtín Ó Cadhain over 50 years ago …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 January]

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Gender-isory

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This November marks the second anniversary of my successful gender equality case at the Equality Tribunal against NUI Galway for its failure to appoint me to the post of Senior Lecturer. It was hailed as a landmark case and should have been a call to arms, not just for NUI Galway, but for all third-level institutions. However, the awakening is slow and I doubt that much has changed on the ground – or in attitudes amongst university management …” (more)

[Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Village Magazine, 10 January]

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Irish Language Committee asks NUIG to reconsider decision on future presidents not being required to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“At its meeting on 13 December 2016, the Standing Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands agreed to request the Governing Authority of the National University of Ireland, Galway to reconsider its decision that future Presidents of the University will not be required to be fluent in Irish …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 21 December]

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NUIG students given answers with economic exam paper

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is investigating an issue which arose with an exam paper this week.The university has not confirmed the nature of the problem, but according to Galway Bay FM, the answers to the questions were included on the paper …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 8 December]

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NUIG president backs divestment of university’s €3.4m fossil fuel shares

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway (NUIG) have welcomed a commitment by the university’s president, Dr Jim Browne, to back divestment of €3.4 million worth of fossil fuel shares held by the college …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 December]

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NUIG drops requirement for president to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has dropped its long-standing requirement that the president of the university must be fluent in Irish. At a recent meeting of the college’s governing authority, Údarás na hOllscoile, a majority of members voted to change the recruitment criteria on the basis that it was limiting the pool of potential candidates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 December]

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NUIG’s paranoia doesn’t mean they aren’t after it!

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It can get lonely in the ivory towers of academia. So lonely, in fact, that lecturers and professors, and management at third level institutes sometimes get paranoid.Even the high-flyers at NUI Galway feel underappreciated …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 2 December]

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NUI Galway fails President’s promise to be leader in tackling gender equality

Posted in Legal issues on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With the adoption of his Task Force report last May, President Jim Browne claimed NUI Galway would become a ‘leader in this space’ when it came to tackling gender inequality. At the time, this campaign celebrated achieving the first of Micheline’s three conditions, as the Task Force had recommended promotion quotas for women using a cascade system …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 December]

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Mary Robinson: I won’t avail of €1.2m tax credit

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a Mary Robinson Presidential Library in her hometown of Ballina, Co Mayo, have been abandoned after the former President decided to donate her archive of documents to NUI Galway university …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 29 November]

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Two years on and NUI Galway still haven’t learnt

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“When Micheline first won her case, Jim Browne, the University President, said he wasn’t concerned about the resulting bad publicity as it would soon be over, replaced by a positive news story about NUI Galway. Well, here we are, two years later and the fall-out from her win is still causing bad publicity for NUI Galway. That’s precisely because management continues with the same attitude …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 24 November]

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City student accommodation hits roadblock

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a major student accommodation block in the city have encountered a setback. CWC Webworks Limited had been granted planning permission for the development at Fairgreen Road in September with 19 conditions …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 17 November]

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Student Removed from NUIG for Wearing Repeal Jumper during pro-choice demonstrations of Enda Kenny Visit

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A group of students in NUI Galway were removed by an Garda Síochána after a demonstration calling for the repeal of the Eighth amendment earlier this week. The incident occurred on Thursday night at 7pm, when Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived to speak at the college. One student who claims she was not involved in the protest was also removed from the building as she was wearing a Repeal jumper …” (more)

[College Tribune, 15 November]

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