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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NUI Galway president says cheating remains low despite threat by new technology

Posted in Teaching on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says while instances of exam cheating are increasing, overall the number of cases remains extremely small. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is reacting to new figures which reveal ‘smart watches’ are being linked with increases in cheating at colleges nationwide …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 August]

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Confucius Institute of Chinese and Regenerative Medicine to be established at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has signed an agreement to establish a Confucius Institute and to formalise collaborative ties with Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NJUCM). The signing ceremony was attended by the Chinese Vice-Minister for Education, the Ambassador of China in Ireland and the Mayor of Galway …” (more)

[Fiona Lee, SIN, 11 April]

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NUIG in public drive to help shape university’s future

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is seeking the public’s assistance as part of its drive to shape the university’s future. It’s part of an online discussion called ‘Imagine NUI Galway’ which aims to inform strategy over the next five years …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 March]

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‘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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If we don’t support students, how can we expect our society to flourish?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This month more than 50,000 students received CAO offers for places in third-level colleges amid a national accommodation crisis, with many wondering how they will find accommodation in the face of rising rents and a housing shortage …” (more)

[Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh
and Megan Reilly, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Next good act by new President to be announcing end of High Court cases?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 23rd, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway’s new President, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, is proving a refreshing and enlightened improvement on the previous regime headed by Jim Browne. Micheline tweeted her delight today at the change to the university boardroom. The glowering rows of portraits of previous President’s, all of them male and many of them clerics, have been banished …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 23 July]

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Vox Pop: Does the unofficial RAG week give NUI Galway a bad image? President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh speaks out

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

Ireland“Galway’s unofficial RAG week always attracts online attention. Reading comment sections on Facebook on Donegal Tuesday, opinions on the week were clearly divided. New NUI Galway president Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh weighed in on the debate over the contentious week which ran from Sunday 11 – Friday 16 February. He said that while he ‘wasn’t conscious enough of any particular issue’ arising during the week, ultimately students attending university in Galway should have respect for the city …” (more)

[SIN, 21 February]

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Graduates should fund their former universities – says college president

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

Ireland“New NUI Galway president Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh wants to see a culture of alumni giving back to their universities to help fund the education of current third-level students. He told the Irish Independent there was a ‘great tradition’ of past students gifting contributions to their universities in North America …” (more)

[Sorcha O’Connor, Independent, 19 February]

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New NUI Galway president ‘banging the drum’ for more third-level funding

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

Ireland“New NUI Galway President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh believes that Ireland is ‘selling students short’ by not investing enough into third-level education. The former Dean of UCD College of Business commenced his term as President this semester and told SIN that he is ‘banging the drum’ for more funding for Irish universities, rather than focusing on ongoing debate on the cost of university fees …” (more)

[SIN, 7 February]

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New President of NUI Galway wants clean slate

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

Ireland“The new President of NUI Galway has kicked off his ten-year term by extending an olive branch to colleagues, inviting female lecturers who are suing the college for discrimination to a meeting and vowing to review the ‘precarious contractual positions’ of many workers. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh takes up the most senior position of his academic career at a particularly fraught time in the university’s history …” (more)

[Denise McNamara, Connacht Tribune, 25 January]

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New era at NUI Galway: Let’s hope it bodes well for women’s promotions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new era has begun at NUI Galway. We hope it becomes the era of gender equality where the women who have filed discrimination suits against the university are – after what is now a nine-year wait – finally promoted. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, a Galway native, took over as president of the university this month, ending the 10-year reign of Dr Jim Browne. Dr Browne gave a stunning parting interview to Cois Coiribe, NUI Galway’s annual magazine for alumni, that at best could be described as hypocritical …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 24 January]

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University chief calls for college fees to be doubled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 100,000 students at Irish universities should pay tuition fees of up to €6,000 a year – twice the current charge – according to retiring NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne who says the idea of free fees is simply ‘naive’. Higher fees should be accompanied by a new scheme of loans which students would start repaying once they reach a certain income threshold after graduation …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 31 December]

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Galway TD clashes with Education Minister in Dáil over NUIG Irish language requirement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway TD has challenged the Education Minister in the Dáil over legislation to ensure all future presidents of NUI Galway are fluent in Irish. It’s after management at the university recently decided to change recruitment criteria …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 December]

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