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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Minister keen to see delivery of Connacht Ulster Alliance

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

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education has confirmed that significant progress is being made in relation to the Connacht Ulster Alliance of LYIT, Sligo IT and GMIT in meeting the relevant criteria …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 10 September]

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GMIT publishes Covid-19 Response Plan ahead of new semester

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“GMIT has published its Covid-19 Response Plan ahead of the upcoming semester. First year students will begin on September 28th while returning students will undertake student orientation on September 21st, and their studies on the 28th …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 September]

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Minister urged to provide clarity to NUIG and GMIT students over upcoming semester

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is being urged to provide more clarity for NUIG and GMIT students over the upcoming semester. City Councillor Alan Cheevers says the Minister needs to contact the third-level institutions to form a plan for the academic year which is due to begin next month …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 24 August]

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State of the art STEM building for GMIT to go to tender early next year

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A state of the art STEM building for GMIT is to go to tender at the beginning of next year. The project is part of a major national programme designed to provide for 8,000 additional students in 11 institutions across the country …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 August]


Plans for 254 bed student accommodation on the Headford Road

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission is being sought to build a new 254 bed student accommodation development on the Headford Road. Cleverson Limited have submitted plans to the city council for the construction of a seven storeys building, which will contain 74 student accommodation apartments ranging between one and seven bed units …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 30 July]

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GMIT Hotel School named one of the Top 10 hospitality institutes in the world

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

Ireland“GMIT has had a strong reputation for support local industry ever since it first opened in 1972, so it’s no surprise the The Galway International Hotel School in GMIT has been named on of the Top 10 Hospitality Management Institutes in the world …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 24 July]

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Harkin airs concerns over progress on Connacht-Ulster Technological University

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

Ireland“A Sligo/Leitrim TD is calling for a commitment from Taoiseach Micheál Martin and the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris that the application for a Connacht-Ulster Technological University will be submitted by the end of this year …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 21 July]

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Plans to double size of Galway City student complex

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

Ireland“The investment fund which owns the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation complex on the Headford Road is planning to more than double the number of bed spaces there to 920 …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 3 July]

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Lectures expected to resume at GMIT on September 28th

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Lectures are expected to resume for all GMIT students on the 28th of September. That’s according to the college’s President Orla Flynn, who says students will receive a detailed communication about the planned reopening procedures in the next 10 days …” (more)

[Galway Bay, 8 June]

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Irish Colleges to Struggle to ‘Compete’ With Online Teaching, Warns SFI Chair

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Irish universities will struggle to ‘compete’ in the sphere of online learning when it comes to attracting students over the coming years, a top research official has warned. Peter Clinch, the chairman of Science Foundation Ireland, said the ‘centralised’ approach to IT of Ireland’s universities means it will be difficult for them to implement ‘blended learning’ – a combination of online and in-person learning – in the coming months and years …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 May]

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GMIT staff produce vital Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare workers

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

Ireland“Staff at GMIT are working to produce vital equipment and Personal Protective Equipment for hospitals and healthcare staff across the west to help the fight against Covid-19. Special-purpose ventilators, face visors and shields are some of the products being developed at the Dublin Road facility …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM News, 15 April]

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Engineering hope: GMIT team making PPE masks

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

Ireland“As Brian de Souza’s wife told him how a friend working in a pharmacy had rung her in despair about having no personal protective equipment (PPE), he was already thinking about what he could do to help. As a lecturer in mechanical engineering in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) he felt ‘surely we could engineer a solution’ to help the friend and others in the same predicament …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 April]

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New GMIT President takes up post amid coronavirus shutdown

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

“GMIT has welcomed the appointment of a new President, Dr Orla Flynn, who has started work at the deep end amid the coronavirus pandemic. GMIT, like all other colleges in Ireland, was ordered to close in the earliest days of the pandemic here, along with schools and childcare centres …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 7 April]

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GMIT staff volunteer for contact tracing

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

“Staff at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have started work as volunteers at a newly-established contact tracing centre at their Galway campus. Over 80 volunteers are supporting the national effort against Covid-19 after getting training from HSE public health workers over the last two weeks …” (more)

[Fórsa, 3 April]

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Mayo third-level students told exams are going ahead online

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Mayo third-level students have been informed that their college examinations will go ahead remotely as an alternative to the traditional hall exams. Students have switched to online tuition following the cancellation of all campus lectures a number of weeks ago …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 3 April]

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Contact tracing centre established at GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“A contact tracing centre has been established at GMIT. GMIT staff commenced work this week at the Dublin Road facility, which has been set up in partnership with the HSE. Work is also ongoing to operate another contact tracing centre in the Mayo campus of GMIT in Castlebar …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 31 March]

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Donegal Tuesday brings massive crowds to Eyre Street for day long drinking

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

Ireland“Donegal Tuesday, the ‘highlight’ of the unofficial Rag Week for students in the city, is back again with big crowds at the Hole in the Wall. Students have turned out in massive numbers on Eyre Street today, as they do every year for Donegal Tuesday, filling the street with Donegal jerseys as they wait to get into the pub …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 11 February]

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Accommodation, University funding, healthcare and climate the key issues for the student voter ahead of GE 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An unprecedented first Saturday election since 1918 raised some eyebrows when the starting gun was pulled on General Election 2020, with Leo Varadkar claiming that the public going to the polls later in the week makes it easier for parents, commuters and students to cast their vote …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, SIN, 6 February]

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GMIT secures planning approval for new STEM building

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

Ireland“GMIT has secured planning approval to proceed with a new STEM building at its Dublin Road campus. The building will incorporate the schools of science and computing and the school of engineering and will be over 5000 square metres in size …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 January]

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