GMIT data breach shows ugly reality behind screen of aspirational inclusivity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We have all experienced offensive and hurtful behaviour, similarly, we have all said and done things we regret and which reflect badly upon us. The reverberations and effect of behaving and speaking in careless and offensive ways or in being subjected to such language or behaviour is so much more humiliating and painful if this happens publicly …” (more)

[Úna Kealy, Irish Examiner, 18 December]

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‘Simon Harris says comments made by GMIT lecturers “entirely inappropriate and extremely hurtful”’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education has described comments made by two GMIT lecturers as ‘extremely hurtful’ and ‘entirely inappropriate’. The governing body of the college has launched an internal investigation after two lectures were heard discussing the performances of some of their students, often in very crude terms. The two lecturers made the comments over Zoom and were not aware that some students could hear them …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 16 December]

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Protecting the welfare of college students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The college apology for what was said by its lecturers, when they thought they were offline, is completely inadequate (Home News, December 15th). There was no mention of a disciplinary inquiry …” (more)

[David Cassidy, Irish Times, 16 December]

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Senator calls for unconscious bias training following virtual presentation controversy at GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Galway Senator Aisling Dolan has called for unconscious bias training to be rolled out to all third level staff at GMIT. It comes as GMIT says apologies will be issued to the students at the centre of virtual group presentations in which lecturers accidentally remained live …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 15 December]

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College apologises after lecturers overheard insulting student online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has apologised to students after two lecturers forgot to switch their cameras off after watching virtual presentations, and were overheard using offensive and insulting language to describe what they had seen …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Consortium involving GMIT to apply for Technological University status before year end

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An application for technological university status is expected from GMIT, Sligo and Letterkenny, by the end of the year. Last month, €5.7 million was allocated to the Connacht Ulster Alliance consortium in a bid to assist with the application for the designation …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 23 November]

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Responses from the Department for Higher Ed to Questions raised at recent Education Futures Webinar

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDelighted to hear about the prospect for a cross border university, what stage is that issue currently at and how will it proceed? The establishment of a technological university (TU) in the north-west is being advanced through the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) TU development consortium composed of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Galway Mayo IT and IT Sligo …” (more)

[IFUT, 13 November]

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Councillors want reassurances over future of Castlebar campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Councillors have called for the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT to be secured following a meeting with its president. At today’s monthly meeting of the Mayo County Council, new GMIT president Dr Orla Flynn spoke of her strategy to strengthen the campus, by turning Mayo into a university county and Castlebar into a university town, as part of a long-term project to launch a technological university across eight campuses from Letterkenny to south Galway …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 9 November]

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TD reveals details of his top level talks over future of Mayo GMIT Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has revealed details of his top level talks with Minister of Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, GMIT president Dr Orla Fynn and Government departmental officials and members of the HEA as positive and progressive …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 1 November]

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Make Mayo GMIT campus a unit on its own – proposal to minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The possibility of the GMIT campus in Castlebar operating independently is to be raised at ministerial level. The president of GMIT is to be asked to Mayo to address local councillors, too, and it was suggested at a Castlebar Municipal District meeting today that the Castlebar campus should look to become a unit on its own, with its own funding stream …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 28 October]

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Third Level Institutions – GMIT Mayo campus

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

IrelandDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to plans to close the business school at the GMIT Mayo campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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Third Level Institutions – GMIT Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the engagement he has had with the HEA in relation to a GMIT decision to redeploy the GMIT Mayo campus business department to Galway with staff now reporting to Galway management; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 October]

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TD raises fresh concerns over future strategy for Mayo third level facility

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further answers sought on the ring-fenced funding committed to Mayo GMIT Campus and filling of permanent vice-president role at Castlebar centre. A Mayo TD has sought clarity on the recent correspondence issued to staff working in the Department of Business, Humanities and Technology at the GMIT Mayo Campus in respect of the closure of the facility’s business school …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 18 October]

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Councillors will resist any attempt to downgrade GMIT’s Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Any move to downgrade the GMIT campus in Castlebar will be strongly resisted. That was the message from a meeting of Mayo County Council today where the ending of the business course at the campus, as reported last week, was debated …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 12 October]

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‘Appalled’ at decision to close GMIT Mayo business department

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The GMIT campus in Castlebar has been dealt a severe blow with staff in the business department being told their department is closing. Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has called on the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, to make a statement as to why GMIT Mayo campus business staff were issued letters Sunday night stating the business department at the Castlebar campus was to close and advising staff they now report to the Galway campus …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 7 October]

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Shift to remote learning leaves one in four student beds empty

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A quarter of all beds in Galway’s largest purpose-build student accommodation complexes lie vacant at the start of the new college year – as students stay home and learn remotely. Winters Property Management, which manages almost 2,000 beds at four NUIG and GMIT-related buildings in the city, has confirmed demand for places in student apartments has fallen significantly due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 1 October]

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Galway student gatherings a ‘slap in the face’ says students union

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

Ireland“The massive gathering of students in Galway city earlier this week has been described as a ‘massive slap in the face’ by student representatives, who say students have also been abandoned by the Government. The students union at NUI Galway was responding to the large gatherings of students at the Spanish Arch, Shop Street, and Wood Quay in the city, which prompted concern about the lack of social distancing …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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President of GMIT dismayed at scenes of large student congregations in city

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT Dr Orla Flynn says she is dismayed after large groups of students congregated at the Spanish Arch and Shop Street areas of the city last evening. Her comments come as the county Cathaoirleach James Charity is one of many to have called on third level institutions in Galway as well as the Gardai to take action after images of the crowded scenes were circulated widely on social media …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 September]

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Former GMIT President claims he was lobbied by Fine Gael Ministers

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

Ireland“Former president of GMIT – Dr Fergal Barry – has claimed he was lobbied by former Fine Gael Ministers Mary Mitchell O’ Connor and Michael Ring over a job at the college. According to the Sunday Times, he’s written to the Department of Further and Higher Education outlining the alleged canvassing by both Ministers on behalf of a candidate …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 27 September]

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Technological Universities – Connacht-Ulster alliance

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandVerona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the progress of the Connacht and Ulster alliance of Sligo Institute of Technology, Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology and Letterkenny Institute of Technology on forming a technical university …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 9 September]

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