The Only Union UCG Refused To Recognise Was Led By Young Women

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Strikes are ‘unpredictable before the event and only partially explicable afterwards’; this is certainly true of the strike in 1977 by the administrative/secretarial staff at University College Galway (UCG). At that time, a strike for union recognition in the public sector would have been rare enough, a strike by young female clerical workers was rarer still …” (more)

[Tish Gibbons, Look Left, 16 January]

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NUIG President says flexible approach being taken as second semester begins

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 12th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says there will be a need for flexibility in the early stages of the new semester as students and staff return. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh says the planning process is being navigated in a similar fashion to semester one, with a view to being back on campus for the most part …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 11 January]

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Hybrid exam system creates inequalities – NUI Galway Registrar

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The Deputy President and Registrar of NUI Galway has said he would be in favour of students sitting traditional Leaving Certificate exams this year. Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh said he understood the pressures that Leaving Cert students are under and sympathises with them, but said he believes the hybrid system creates inequalities …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 January]

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Trinity, UCC, UCD and DCU to introduce paid domestic violence leave in 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2022 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-level institutions have committed to introducing a domestic violence leave policy for staff in 2022. NUI Galway announced in May last year that all staff members experiencing domestic violence or abuse would be granted 10 working days of paid leave …” (more)

[James Ward, Belfast Telegraph, 3 January]

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Third Level Examinations – NUI Galway

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

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position in relation to exams in NUI Galway; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that students are being forced to sit exams in venues without social distancing or ventilation; if his further attention has been drawn to the added stress and anxiety caused to students and staff that are fearful of catching and spreading the virus in exam situations without proper social distancing and ventilation measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 December]

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NUIGSU Slams College for Moving Exams to Saturday and Sunday

Posted in Teaching on December 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The president of NUI Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) has hit out at the university’s decision to move exams that were postponed because of Storm Barra to this Saturday and Sunday. Róisín Nic Lochlainn said on Twitter today that weekend exams will mean some students could have up to six exams over five day …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 December]

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NUIG students criticise university for holding mass in-person exams

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway have strongly criticised the university for its decision to continue mass in-person exams for students this year despite growing concerns about rising Covid-19 cases. Photos and videos of NUIG’s exam hall layout have spread around social media with many students complaining that desks were not set up in a socially distanced manner …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Students say ‘F*ck the Fees’ in new Cost of College Campaign

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The third of three regional student protests campaigning against the cost of higher education took place last Wednesday in Galway. The Cost of College campaign, directed by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), aims to lobby the government for change in the cost of college fees for students in Ireland …” (more)

[Valerie McHugh, SIN, 30 November]

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NUIG Student Union slams university for ‘playing Russian roulette with the health of students’

Posted in Teaching on November 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has been strongly criticised by its Student Union for the decision to continue in-person examinations this year, despite rising Covid cases. Other institutions around the country such as University College Cork are providing options for students to take exams from home, but NUIG has shared no such plans …” (more)

[Hugh Carr,, 25 November]

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Galway TD urges NUIG to follow lead of other institutes in adopting policy for online exams

Posted in Teaching on November 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Galway West TD has called on NUIG to follow the lead of other universities in moving student exams online, as infection levels rise. Sinn Féin TD for Galway West Mairéad Farrell argues that with rising Covid cases and changing public health guidelines, NUIG should move to allow for students to sit their exams online instead of in-person …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 24 November]

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Student’s union calls on NUI Galway to move upcoming exams on line in light of latest Covid figures

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

Ireland“The President of the student’s union at NUI Galway has accused the college of putting students at risk by holding in house exams before Christmas. In a statement to Galway Bay FM news, a spokesperson for NUIG says the college has advised students that they can request a deferral if they cannot come to campus for in-person examinations …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 23 November]

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Siblings lose civil action in NUI Galway discrimination claim

Posted in Legal issues on November 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Four Mayo siblings have lost a legal action they took against the National University of Ireland, Galway, claiming they were victims of discrimination, because of their religious beliefs …” (more)

[Pat McGrath, RTÉ News, 22 November]

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NUI Galway may rebrand amid confusion over its title

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

Ireland“It was formerly known as Queen’s College Galway and University College Galway. Now, NUI Galway looks set to change its name once again. College authorities are considering rebranding to ‘University of Galway’ in a bid to strengthen its identity and emphasise its status as a university to an international audience …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 November]


Hackers ‘extremely likely’ to attack as NUI Galway goes back online

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

Ireland“The head of tech security at NUI Galway has said it is ‘extremely likely’ the university will be targeted by hackers again when it begins to open up its IT systems to the internet over the coming days …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 22 November]

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NUI Galway tackles food poverty head on with food bank

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

Ireland“An increasing demand for food and hygiene products for students has come to the fore at NUI Galway following national attention gathered from a food bank set up by University College Cork (UCC) …” (more)

[Caoimhe Killeen, SIN, 2 November]

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NUIG society ban on siblings not about religion, court told

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A NUIG academic who headed the complaints committee at the college has told the circuit court in Galway that the decision to sanction four siblings from membership of college societies had nothing to do with their religion …” (more)

[Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News, 29 October]

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Siblings claim they were discriminated against at NUIG

Posted in Legal issues on October 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Four siblings have begun a civil action against the National University of Ireland, Galway claiming they were discriminated against and victimised by college authorities because of their religious beliefs seven years ago …” (more)

[Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News, 27 October]

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NUI Galway Cyber-Attack: Next step of recovery complete

Posted in Life on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway have completed the first step of their recovery plan after a recent cyber-attack locked students and staff out of university systems. Wi-Fi access via Eduroam has been reinstated for people on campus, but it is only available for university teaching platforms, such as Blackboard, MS Teams and university emails …” (more)

[Valerie McHugh, SIN, 19 October]

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NUI Galway subject of attempted cyber attack

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has been subject to an attempted cyber attack on the university’s IT systems. In a statement today, the university said its IT, cyber security and data protection specialists were monitoring and investigating the incident closely …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]


Irish university warns students that lecturers may call security if masks aren’t worn in class

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

Ireland“An Irish university has told students that campus security may forcibly remove them from lectures if they refuse to wear a face coverings or leave a classroom, as part of plans to ensure the safe return of classes this year. In an email circulated to students in one faculty in recent weeks, University College Cork told students that lecturers will ask them to wear a mask or leave the lecture hall …” (more)

[Stephen McDermott,, 24 September]

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