‘If society values third level education, we need to find a way to pay for it’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is looking to make his mark. The 13th president of NUI Galway (National University of Ireland, Galway) has a legacy to leave in the city that first set him upon a path to becoming one of Ireland’s top academics. Just over one year into his new job, Ó hÓgartaigh is embarking on a plan to develop a part of the university’s assets that is falling into disrepair …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 1 February]

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NUI to maintain requirement for mandatory Irish

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland – which includes UCD, UCC and NUI Galway – is to maintain its requirement that students applying to its colleges must have a pass in Leaving Cert Irish. The NUI’s long-standing policies on Irish have been under review in light of the growing diversity of students progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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NUIG pays €1.2m per annum to cleaning firm

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A private company which provides cleaning services to NUI Galway is itself ‘cleaning up’ – earning around €1.2 million a year. NUIG has budgeted some €4.8 million for the provision of cleaning services and associated cleaning supplies from a private cleaning company for a four-year period …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 21 January]

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City Council Calls for Provision of Publicly-Funded Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway City Council is to call for the provision of purpose built, publicly funded student accommodation. Councillors unanimously passed a motion at a meeting of the local authority last evening …” (more)

[GBFM News, 15 January]

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NUIG start-ups secure €35m in 2018

Posted in Research on January 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway start-ups secured €35m in funding for innovation during 2018. 36 companies based at the university’s Business Innovation Centre now employ 173 people, an increase of 20% since last year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 January]

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Almost €3m in funding for Irish Language Academy at NUIG

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

Ireland“The Irish Language Academy at NUI Galway has been awarded funding of almost €3 million. Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge enables the provision of higher education in Irish, as well as research into the promotion and preservation of the language …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 December]

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NUIG release consent video after finding 37% of students think intoxicated women can still give consent

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Debate about what consent actually means has been a major issue in Ireland and beyond this year. NUI Galway researchers made headlines last August when they found that out of 3,500 students in Ireland, 70% said a couple who had 28 standard drinks were able to consent …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 17 December]

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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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