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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NUI Galway to hold virtual conferrings for over 300 medical graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway is to hold two virtual conferring ceremonies for more than 300 medical graduates and their families. The university took the decision to bring the final year medical examinations and graduation forward to ensure that the medical graduates would be available to enter the healthcare workforce …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 3 April]

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College students face remote test for summer exams

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“College examinations will go ahead remotely with alternatives to the traditional hall exams at Galway’s two biggest colleges which switched tuition online following the cancellation of all campus lectures …” (more)

[Denise McNamara, Connacht Tribune, 2 April]

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NUI Galway President Calls for Community Spirit to Support Student Accommodation Needs

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

“NUI Galway President, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, has called for property owners to work with the University and show care and compassion to students during the COVID-19 emergency …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 25 March]

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NUIG President meets with students over hike in on campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway has met with protestors this afternoon over their call to revoke a 4% rent increase in on-campus accommodation. A group of four students met with President, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh at 3pm and said he supported their concerns and vowed to hold a meeting to discuss the hike with all relevent stakeholders …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 27 February]

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NUIG body reforms expenses regime

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has updated its policies after an investigation found a charity set up to raise funds for the university shelled out money for luxury hotels and travel for directors’ spouses. Last month, an investigation by the Charities Regulator found that the Galway University Foundation spent close to €50,000 on business class flights …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 January]

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National programme aims to enhance the digital capacity of university teaching staff to improve the educational experiences and digital skills of Irish university students

Posted in Teaching on November 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today officially launched the Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities (EDTL) project as the final event of the World Conference on Online Learning. This is an ambitious three-year project, funded by the Higher Education Authority’s Innovation and Transformation Programme …” (more)

[IUA, 7 November]

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NUI Galway Becomes a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has become Ireland’s sixth third-level institute to receive University of Sanctuary status for efforts made to include asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 19 September]

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Grant not intended to cover full college cost – Minister of State

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The SUSI grant was never intended to cover the full cost of college, the Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Higher Education has said. Speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime, Mary Mitchell O’Connor also ruled out a proposal by the incoming President of the National Parents Council Post Primary that the Government could act as co-guarantor for loans that parents have to take out to cover the cost of their children’s third-level education …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 14 August]

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President of NUI Galway says student accommodation is not aimed at making profit

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says the college’s student accommodation is aimed at providing accessible and affordable bed spaces to students. A new survey reveals the university took in €5.2m last year for student accommodation fees – a decrease of several hundred thousand euro for the second year running, despite rising rents …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 9 August]

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