IUA Calls for €900m Package for Third Level in Budget 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has called on the government to inject €900 million into the third-level sector ahead of the announcement of Budget 2022 next month. The lobby group’s pre-budget submission asks for over €418 million in extra core funding and a €490 million capital expenditure programme, with the aim of aiding in economic recovery after the pandemic and Brexit …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 15 September]

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IUA, THEA and RCSI Joint Statement: Higher Education Reopening Plans Confirmed

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The higher education institutions represented by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) and RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, have joined together to announce their plans for a safe return to campuses this September with maximum on-site presence …” (more)

[IUA, 3 August]

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IUA: Vulnerable Students Will Still Have Access to Online Lectures

Posted in Teaching on July 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Vulnerable students will be able to access online lectures even if students return to in-person teaching in September, the Oireachtas education committee has heard. Addressing the committee, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, the chair of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) told the committee that ‘we will be using what was learned this year in order to support vulnerable students and students who may not be able to access campus’ …” (more)

[Emma Taggart and Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 July]

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NUIG to give domestic violence victims paid leave

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to become the first higher level institution to provide paid leave for staff who are victims of domestic violence. Researchers at the Centre for Global Women’s Studies found that those affected are on average missing seven to 15 days of work. In addition the impact of domestic abuse saw productivity levels drop from between five to 10 days when victims returned to the workplace …” (more)

[Teresa Mannion, RTÉ News, 25 May]

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NUIG top brass in €22k expenses spending spree

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Spending between the President of NUI Galway Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh and Vice-President and Registrar Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh has amounted to €22,173.10 over the last three years, according to documents released to SIN under the Freedom of Information Act. Professor Ó hÓgartaigh receives an annual salary of €201,155 per annum, while Vice-President Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh takes home a yearly rate of €165,406 …” (more)

[Valerie McHugh and Paddy Henry, SIN, 4 May]

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NUIG President’s upset at Covid breaches on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh told students and staff at the university this week that he found it ‘deeply frustrating’ that some students were flouting public health guidelines. The HSE has confirmed that there were at least 441 cases of Covid in the city’s 18-24 age group – which has affected 224 households – in the past three weeks …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 5 March]

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2021 must be the year to fix higher education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“‘An té nach gcuireann san earrach, ní bhaineann sé’. This old Irish proverb, meaning ‘whoever does not plant in the spring, does not reap in the autumn’, is one we should all take particular note of when contemplating a lasting solution for the funding of third-level education in Ireland …” (more)

[Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Business Post, 20 January]

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President of NUI Galway calls for more resources for students in need

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway has called for more resources for students in need. Representatives are before TDs and Senators at the Oireachtas Higher Education Committee today on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 3 December]

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University to stay online for Semester Two

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway have announced that Semester two learning will continue online. In an email circulated to all students last week, signed off by President of the University Dr Ciaran Ó’hÓgartaigh the university stated that they, ‘expect to continue next semester with the current levels of on-campus activity still in place’ …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, SIN, 1 December]

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Joint call on landlords by NUIG President and Students Union to offer refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There has been a joint call on landlords by the NUI Galway President and the Students Union to provide refunds to students who no longer need to be in Galway due to the switch to online learning …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 October]

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NUIG Postgraduate Students Strike Against Unpaid Teaching Hours

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students at NUI Galway (NUIG) are refusing to carry out the university’s required 120 hours of unpaid teaching, with the Postgraduate Workers Alliance NUIG describing it as ‘exploitative and unjust’ …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 23 September]

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NUI Galway should live up to its words

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I read with interest the article by Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, the president of NUI Galway, ‘If students want campuses to reopen they will have to share responsibility’ (Opinion & Analysis, August 16th). I thoroughly enjoyed the phrase ‘actions should be for the collective good’. It is a great motto to live by. Yet I wonder if the management of NUI Galway really believes in this at all …” (more)

[Pádraic Toomey, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Covid-19: NUI Galway students must sign pledge to ‘behave responsibly’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All students at NUI Galway are to be required to sign a new pledge to adhere to public health advice and to ‘behave responsibly’. Any breach of the guidelines may be considered an act of misconduct and could trigger disciplinary processes. Signing the community promise will be a requirement for students registering for the forthcoming academic year. Staff are also to be asked to sign-up …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 August]

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NUIG to make student timetables available by end of month

Posted in Teaching on August 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to finalise timetables for students by the end of the month as the university prepares to reopen. The university received guidance on the reopening of third level in recent weeks and is now examining the roll-out before the September reopening …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 4 August]

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University students face delays starting new academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tens of thousands of university students are set to start the new academic year later than normal this year with most lectures continuing to take place online due to the Covid-19 threat. Many colleges are also considering suspending Erasmus programmes due to travel restrictions, which typically see thousands of students study abroad at other higher education institutions in the European Union …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 April]

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NUIG says funding will support Covid-19 focused research

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“The President of NUI Galway has said significant investment in profound research focused on helping human health and well-being during the current health emergency will be announced today by the Taoiseach. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said the funding will support medical, technical and social research projects specifically focused on Covid-19, a number of which are based at NUI Galway …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 April]

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NUI Galway announce major changes to upcoming academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 27th, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway has announced major changes to the 2020/2021 academic year, due to Covid-19. In an email sent to students this morning, the college told students that the academic year will start later and there will be a blend of in-class and online learning. Semester one exams will also be moved to January instead of taking place before Christmas, as is tradition …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 27 April]

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Current NUIG Students to Start College on September 28th, University Says

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s returning students will start next year on September 28th, the college has said, with incoming first years set to begin in November. Colleges around the country are currently attempting to put in place academic timelines for next year, despite widespread uncertainty about potential restrictions as a result of the coronavirus …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 27 April]

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Student Accommodation providers must offer refunds TD insists

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2020 by steve

“Student accommodation providers must provide refunds to people who had to leave college due to the Covid-19 pandemic a Galway TD has said. Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten has said he’s received reports of several private student accommodation providers in Galway who will not refund rent to people who have been forced to leave due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 24 April]

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Seven of Ireland’s Universities are to Roll Out Online Assessments at the End of this Semester

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“The IUA says detailed information on timetables will be issued as soon as possible. Seven of Ireland’s universities are replacing their face-to-face exams at the end of this semester with online assessments …” (more)

[Red FM, 3 April]

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