NUIGSU lose case against student accommodation provider Cúirt na Coiribe

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) have lost a case brought against private student accommodation provide, Cúirt na Coiribe. The case was filed following a decision to increase rent rates in the accommodation complex. Speaking to Trinity News, NUIGSU President Megan Reilly stated the result was in accordance with what the SU had been expecting …” (more)

[Michael Gilna, Trinity News, 29 November]

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Leading academics appointed to oversee major Galway language plan

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

Ireland“Galway City Council has appointed two leading academics to oversee the preparation of a seven-year language plan to increase the use of Irish in Galway City. Dr John Walsh, Roinn na Gaeilge and Dr Dorothy Ní Uigín, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway, will lead a six-strong team of experts in language planning to prepare the plan which will run from 2019-2026 …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Local residents suffer because of student behavior

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

Ireland“Residents in the Newcastle/Dangan area of Galway have been suffering because of the behavior of student residents, SIN has learned. Residents have dealt with student tenants for years, but there are still incidences of serious anti–social behavior …” (more)

[Olivia Hanna, SIN, 20 November]

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University at centre of potential data breach after USB stick ‘goes missing’

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

Ireland“A leading university has experienced a potential data breach after a USB stick containing ‘confidential’ details of up to 900 students went missing. NUI Galway, with a student population of over 18,000, confirmed in a statement on their website that the USB may have contained student names, their student numbers and exam results …” (more)

[Rachel Farrell, Independent, 19 November]

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Potential NUI Galway data breach puts students’ information at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) have suffered a potential data breach which poses a risk to students’ names, student numbers, and exam results. In a statement issued on their website, NUI Galway announced that a USB stick was potentially used to store a confidential file containing a list of students, along with their student numbers and exam results. The USB stick has since been misplaced and its current location is unknown …” (more)

[Seán McElroy, Trinity News, 15 November]

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1 in 3 Galway students commuting to college this year

Posted in Life on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A recent survey published in the Connacht Tribune shows that 1 in 3 students are commuting to college in Galway. The survey was carried out with students of NUI Galway and Galway–Mayo Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Cathriona Coleman, SIN, 11 November]

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NUIG incorrectly process financial aid applications

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

Ireland“National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) have incorrectly processed financial aid fund applications this year with 500 students estimated to be affected. According to SIN, NUI Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) newspaper, it is believed that the issue arose due to an administration error …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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‘Cramped, inflexible and uncomfortable … our students deserve better’ – no investment in NUIG library in nearly 20 years

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

Ireland“NUI Galway’s James Hardiman Library has not been invested in or improved upon since 1999, SIN has learned. The other six Irish universities have made investments of at least €20 million in the past ten years to modernise their library buildings, by either extending or replacing them. NUI Galway has made no such investments …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, SIN, 6 November]

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NUIG students secure extra €5,000 for counselling services following protest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Counselling services in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) have secured an additional €5,000 after more than 50 students staged a protest in response to the alleged underfunding of the university support service. The new funds are set to allow an extra four drop-in slots per day for students, bringing the number of drop-in appointments each day up to 12 …” (more)

[Lily Rice, Trinity News, 23 October]

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50 Strong Protest at NUIG over Underfunding of Counselling Service

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A crowd of approximately 50 has turned out at the NUI Galway Students Union organised demonstration this evening to highlight the alleged underfunding of the university’s counselling service …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 October]

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Higher Planning Authority Recommends Further Consideration Of NUIG Housing Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway needs to further consider or amend its plans for new student accommodation at the college’s northern campus before it submits a full planning application. That’s the opinion of An Bord Pleanála …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 28 September]

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GMIT and NUIG Student Unions Lobby City Council’s Housing SPC about the Accommodation Crisis

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

Ireland“The GMIT and NUIG Student Unions have lobbied the City Council Housing SPC about the accommodation crisis. The Student Unions met with city councillors to highlight the need for more purpose built student accommodation …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 September]

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Public Consultation on Regeneration of Nuns’ Island in the City to Begin Next Month

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

Ireland“NUI Galway and Galway City Council have taken the next step in their plan to regenerate the Nuns’ Island area of the city. The university announced today that planning consultants BDP have been appointed to assist in drafting a plan of action for the redevelopment of the area …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 September]

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New NUI Galway study shows worrying statistics about students and consent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A recent NUI Galway survey revealed that 70% of female students and 40% of male students experienced ‘sexual hostility or crude gender harassment’ by the time they were finishing college. Sex education at second level was also deemed unsatisfactory by 63% of the male and 71% of the female respondents …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, SIN, 15 September]

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Accommodation crisis has reached ‘peak’ according to SU President

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union president, Megan Reilly, told SIN this week that the student accommodation crisis has reached ‘peak point’. The comments come ahead of the union’s upcoming ‘Crisis Campout’ protest, which is being planned in conjunction with Galway Mayo Institute of Technology’s Students’ Union and the One Galway initiative …” (more)

[Graham Gillespie, SIN, 13 September]

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Absent NUI Galway employee paid €90k by college during leave

Posted in Legal issues on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A staff member at NUI Galway was paid more than €90,000 while absent on grounds that did not meet the university’s own rules around payments for sabbatical leave. The person was one of an unknown number with whom NUI Galway concluded employment-related settlements in the 2016-17 financial year. The university’s financial statements for the year to the end of last September said those settlements cost it €134,000, including severances …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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The housing crisis is also a crisis of student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In either Galway campus you will hear stories of students commuting from other counties, couch-surfing, and hostel stays …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 13 September]

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Student Unions to Highlight Galway’s Rental Crisis in Eyre Square Sleepout

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The GMIT and NUIG Student Unions, along with the One Galway Initiative will hold a Crisis Campout on Eyre Square tomorrow to highlight a critical shortage of student accommodation in the city …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 September]

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NUIG Freshers to partake in consent workshops

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) are to run the first ever consent workshops at two of their student residences, Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village. Organised by the NUI Galway Smart Consent Programme, over 40 trained volunteers will participate in the education of sexual consent to first year students …” (more)

[Caroline Boyle, Trinity News, 10 September]

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Approval for Student Accommodation on site of Westwood Hotel in City

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

Ireland“The demolition of the Westwood Hotel in Dangan in the city has been approved by An Bord Pleanála. NTM ROI Seed Capital LP sought the demolition of the hotel to make way for student accommodation with 394 bed spaces …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 September]

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