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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GMIT to apply for joint university designation next year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“GMIT will formally apply in the Autumn next year, along with two other west of Ireland colleges to become a technological university, a T-U. The ambition of GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny to a become a TU has moved a step closer following a meeting of the Connacht Ulster Alliance, the C-U-A …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 17 December]

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Letterkenny IT one step closer to Technological University (TU) status

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The ambition of GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT to become a Technological University (TU) has moved a step closer with a very significant meeting of all three governing bodies of the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) in Donegal recently …” (more)

[Connie Duffy, Donegal Live, 16 December]

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GMIT Governing Body officially appoints new President

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Body of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has officially appointed Dr Orla Flynn as the new President of GMIT. In May, the former President Dr. Fergal Barry resigned …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 December]

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Concern over student revellers at Eyre Street Christmas party celebration

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised over the behaviour of student revellers as a large group has gathered at Eyre Street awaiting admission to a nearby establishment. The students have gathered for a student Christmas party being hosted by the Hole in the Wall …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 November]

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Plans lodged for €25m STEM building at GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning application has been lodged at City Hall for a new four-storey building at GMIT to house the schools of science, computing and engineering. The €25m project is part of the college’s plan to achieve Technological University status …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 10 November]

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CUA Consortium Welcomes €90m Allocation To Support TU Development

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

Ireland“The Presidents of GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT (Connacht-Ulster Alliance) welcome the announcement today (9 October 2019) by the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, of an increase of over €153 million for tertiary education including a multi-annual fund of €90 million to assist the development and progression of Technological Universities …” (more)

[GMIT, 9 October]

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology paid to be featured on Monopoly board

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

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) paid to be included as a square on the local edition of the board game Monopoly, buying a ‘gold’ package from UK company Winning Moves. The city’s other publicly-funded third-level institute, NUI Galway, featured on a more expensive square on the board. However, the university says it has no record of having paid for the privilege …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Independent, 20 September]

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Residents opposing student bed spaces plan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans are in the pipeline for the construction of nearly 700 new student bed spaces in two separate developments in the city. The developments are expected to relieve pressure on Galway’s spiralling rental market … but one of them is already generating significant opposition from local residents …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 6 September]

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Hundreds of student accommodation bedspaces planned for the city

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More student accommodation is being proposed for Galway city. Exeter Ireland Property III Limited has submitted preliminary plans directly to An Bord Pleanála for 405 student accommodation spaces at Cúirt na Coiribe …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 1 September]

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Minister McHugh announces Capital Investment of €1.8m for Letterkenny IT School of Tourism in Killybegs

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

Ireland“Investment at campus under Project Ireland 2040 for lecture space, library, offices and upgrade works. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Sunday August 11) announced funding of €1.8m towards significant building upgrades at the School of Tourism at Letterkenny IT (LYIT) Killybegs Campus …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 August]

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GMIT president resigned following dispute over ‘governance issues’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The former president of GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, was engaged in a lengthy dispute with the governing body of the college before his resignation. Dr Barry resigned in May after an extended period on leave, but no reason was given for his departure …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 28 July]

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