Castlebar set to become a university town

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

Ireland“Castlebar is set to become a university town. That’s according to the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. He confirmed to Mayo Senator Paddy Burke yesterday that the formal application for a technology university for the western region is due to be lodged by the end in of the month …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 14 March]

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Key report on future of Mayo GMIT Campus to be published later this month

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The mid-term review report of the independent assessor in respect of the Mayo GMIT Campus in Castlebar is on schedule to be presented to the finance and governance section of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) by the end of March …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 7 March]

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GMIT Mayo campus

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

IrelandAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the GMIT Mayo campus mid-term review report of the independent assessor; if a date has been scheduled for when the report will be presented to the finance and governance section of the HEA in quarter 1 of 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 March]

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House parties linked to Covid outbreaks in Galway city

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The HSE has said up to 200 households in Galway city are included in an outbreak of Covid-19, with cases mainly linked to young adults. Galway city has experienced a significant outbreak among young adults from 18-24 years giving rise to 427 cases by the end of last Sunday. This followed a surge in the number of students at NUI Galway and GMIT testing positive for the virus last month …” (more)

[Caitlín Griffin and Ciarán Sunderland, Irish Examiner, 2 March]

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Updated report sought on ‘game-changer’ third level proposal for western region

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Leader of An Seanad, Senator Regina Doherty, is to ask the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to provide an updated report on the proposed west and north-west technological university – an investment that will incorporate the Mayo Campus of GMIT in Castlebar …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 21 February]

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Letterkenny IT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress of capital works at Letterkenny Institute of Technology which were secured under the previous Government; the progress in relation to university status for the institute which also received a commitment; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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Covid-19: Galway and Limerick third-level students register nearly 250 cases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Almost 250 Covid-19 cases have occurred in outbreaks among third-level students in Galway and Limerick despite colleges being largely closed, according to public health officials. In Galway, 135 cases have been confirmed among students, along with 35 suspected cases. Another 30 students were being tested on Monday …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 15 December]

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Covid 19 outbreak in GMIT declared by HSE

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

Ireland“An outbreak of COVID-19 among GMIT students living in Galway has been declared by the Public Health Department of the HSE. An email has been sent to all students who are living in Galway City by the Covid officer of the college …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 February]

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Covid outbreaks identified among third-level students in Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Coronavirus outbreaks have been declared among the student population in Galway city, with HSE West identifying ‘many close contacts of known cases’. A dedicated Covid-19 student helpline is in operation this weekend for NUI Galway (NUIG) students experiencing symptoms. Galway-Mayo IT (GMIT) is urging its Galway-based students who believe they may have been exposed to the virus to get a test …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 February]

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GMIT Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide information and clarity on a timeline and programme of engagement with personnel from the GMIT Mayo campus on the independent working group report …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 January]

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Will St Angela’s College be part of new technological university?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of Education has heard that an amalgamation between St Angela’s College in Sligo with the proposed new technological university for the north west makes more sense than continuing the link with NUI Galway …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 15 January]

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GMIT Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the terms of reference approved by the HEA and a company (details supplied) for the mid-term review report at GMIT County Mayo campus; the progress on the implementation of the working group’s recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 January]

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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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