Student houses cold and mouldy, researchers find

Posted in Research on July 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many student houses are cold and half of them have a daily problem with mould, according to new research. The study, entitled Temperature profiles of private rental housing occupied by third-level students in Ireland and carried out by researchers at NUI Galway, found many occupants were living in properties where the temperature was below recommended levels …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 22 July]

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Sexual consent support hub set up for third-level students from autumn

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

Ireland“A new online sexual consent support hub will be available for third-level students and staff when the new academic year begins in the autumn. The digital hub aims to improve sexual consent awareness and understanding on university campuses in Ireland. It will contain material including eLearning resources on consent, video series and training resources for advocates and young people …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Staff and students in four universities urged to volunteer for antigen testing project

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students in four Irish universities are being urged to volunteer for a pilot antigen testing project that aims to help allow the safe return of college students to campuses. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is today urging staff and students in NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and University College Cork to take part in the 16-week pilot scheme …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, Independent, 12 July]

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NUIG student accommodation firm records loss

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

Ireland“The property company which operates student accommodation on behalf of NUI Galway recorded a €3.4 million increase in turnover in 2019. However, Atalia Student Residences DAC (Designated Activity Company), which is owned by the university, recorded a loss for the year of €6,300 …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 14 June]

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Rapid testing pilot begins today in four of Ireland’s universities

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

Ireland“A rapid testing and surveillance system has commenced in four universities today in an effort to support the return of third-level students to campuses. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris confirmed the rapid testing pilot will begin today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC) …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 14 June]

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Students call for end to highest fees in EU

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

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union has joined students across the country in calling for an end to the extortionate €3,000 Student Contribution Fee. The fee means students in the Republic of Ireland pay the highest undergraduate fees in the European Union …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 3 June]

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NUIG to give domestic violence victims paid leave

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to become the first higher level institution to provide paid leave for staff who are victims of domestic violence. Researchers at the Centre for Global Women’s Studies found that those affected are on average missing seven to 15 days of work. In addition the impact of domestic abuse saw productivity levels drop from between five to 10 days when victims returned to the workplace …” (more)

[Teresa Mannion, RTÉ News, 25 May]

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Minister invites expressions of interest for ministerial nominees to the Governing Authorities of Dublin City University and the National University of Ireland, Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, today invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons for consideration for nomination as Ministerial nominees to the Governing Authorities of Dublin City University (DCU) and NUI Galway. Minister Harris said …” (more)

[, 12 May]

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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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