A third of NUI Galway students experience depression and anxiety

Posted in Life on May 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A recent survey conducted by NUI Galway found that over a third of students have experienced some form of depression and anxiety over the past year. Feelings of disconnection and isolation were widespread among the 5,000 surveyed …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 May]

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NUIG drops Irish language requirement for staff

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Administrative staff hired or promoted at NUI Galway no longer require a level of proficiency in the Irish language. The university has confirmed to the Galway City Tribune that the automatic requirement for all administrative grade one, two and three workers to have a level of Irish has been removed. The change was approved by Údarás na hOllscoile, its governing body, at a meeting last year …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 4 May]

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NUIG top brass in €22k expenses spending spree

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Spending between the President of NUI Galway Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh and Vice-President and Registrar Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh has amounted to €22,173.10 over the last three years, according to documents released to SIN under the Freedom of Information Act. Professor Ó hÓgartaigh receives an annual salary of €201,155 per annum, while Vice-President Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh takes home a yearly rate of €165,406 …” (more)

[Valerie McHugh and Paddy Henry, SIN, 4 May]

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Referendum passes drastically reduced student levy at NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway have voted to reduce the student levy by almost €100. The controversial referendum drew vocal opposition, including from management at the university, amid claims it could impact on services and supports available to students …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 23 April]

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Warning as students reinfected with Covid within six months

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Three university students have been diagnosed with Covid-19 for a second time, within six months of their initial infection. The three NUI Galway students were infected in February and were part of the major Covid outbreak that kicked off in the city early last month …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 18 March]

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NUIG President’s upset at Covid breaches on campus

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

Ireland“… President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh told students and staff at the university this week that he found it ‘deeply frustrating’ that some students were flouting public health guidelines. The HSE has confirmed that there were at least 441 cases of Covid in the city’s 18-24 age group – which has affected 224 households – in the past three weeks …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 5 March]

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Dr Máire Geoghegan-Quinn appointed chairperson of NUI Galway’s Údarás na hOllscoile

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has announced the appointment of Dr Máire Geoghegan-Quinn as chairperson of Údarás na hOllscoile, the University’s Governing Authority. Dr Geoghegan-Quinn, a former government minister and European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, was unanimously selected at the first formal meeting of the new Údarás on Thursday 25th February 2021 …” (more)

[NUIG, 3 March]

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Mixed reaction to NUIG using a reflective essay as a sanction for breaking COVID rules

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway says a controversial ‘reflective essay’ for students who breach Covid-19 rules is just one of a range of sanctions in place at the university. In a statement, it says the sanctions which can be imposed include fines, letters of apology to impacted staff, reflective essays, formal cautions, suspensions or expulsions …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 3 March]

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Galway students told to write 2,000 word ‘reflective essay’ after breaching Covid regulations

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway who breached public health guidelines have been asked to write a 2,000-word ‘reflective essay’. Sanctions have been imposed on a small number of students who have not complied with the university’s code of conduct during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some have been asked to pay fines to the student hardship fund, which provides financial support to struggling students, while others had to write apologies to staff impacted by the breaches …” (more)

[Independent, 3 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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NUIG Student Faces Disciplinary Action Over Meme

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

IrelandA student at National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) was told by the university to take down a meme containing ‘disparaging language’ this week. The student, Cian Mortimer, posted an edited screenshot of fellow NUIG student, Simeon Burke, holding up a piece of paper during a virtual meeting of NUIG’s student union. The image was posted to Mortimer’s personal account on February 22nd …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 1 March]

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NUIG Student Union supports bill to protect student renters during pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Students Union at NUI Galway is voicing its support for a new bill aimed at protecting student renters during the pandemic. The proposed bill is supported by Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, Labour Party, Solidarity-People Before Profit and Independents for Change …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 25 February]

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‘Multiple factors’ contributing to Galway Covid case increase

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

Ireland“A surge in Covid-19 cases among the student body in NUI Galway has caused concern among the University community and the wider locality. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre confirmed on Monday that an outbreak of the virus has resulted in 135 positive cases. The number is expected to rise, with a further thirty symptomatic cases awaiting test results …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, Irish Times, 17 February]

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NUIG Rules out Waiving Resit Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has come under criticism by students and NUIGSU for not waiving their €295 resit fees despite their purpose being questioned in light of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. This comes in the wake of myriad other Irish third-level institutions waiving this fee, including University College Cork, NUI Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, Athlone IT …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 17 February]

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NUI Galway Student Union President defends college after Covid-19 outbreak in city linked to third level students

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

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Student Union President is defending the college, after a Covid-19 outbreak in the city is linked to third level students. Yesterday the HSE reported 135 cases among students in the area, stemming from 15 clusters ranging from two to forty people …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 16 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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NUIG raised €1.6m through cash-for-residency scheme

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

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) raised €1.6 million through the Government’s €826 million cash-for-residency scheme to fund efforts to boost third-level education access. More than 1,100 non-EU citizens have bought the right to live in the Republic by putting at least €1 million into approved businesses or giving up to €500,000 to charities through the Government’s Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 15 February]


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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NUIG students urged to go for Covid-19 tests if feeling unwell following outbreak

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

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway have been urged to come forward for a Covid-19 test if they feel unwell after an outbreak there. Dedicated helplines are being staffed from 9am to 9pm with support for people who are concerned they may be a close contact too …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 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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