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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Thousands on waiting list for student accommodation in Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The student housing crisis is ‘the worst it’s ever been’ – with thousands on waiting lists for rooms; hundreds relying on hostels and friends’ sofas; and countless more facing deferral or dropping out altogether …” (more)

[Stephen Corrigan, Connacht Tribune, 16 September]

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NUI Galway appoints first full-time Traveller Education Officer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has appointed its first full-time Traveller Education Officer to lead the teaching and learning of students from the Traveller community. Owen Ward, a Traveller, qualified teacher and alumnus of the University, will take on the role as NUI Galway develops a model to empower the community to overcome barriers to access, progression, retention and success in higher education …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox,, 13 September]

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NUI Galway: Hey, Come Visit Our Covid Hall Of Shame

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

Ireland“There have been sufficient articles written in Ireland about the legacy of so-called ‘catholic guilt’ in Ireland that, if stacked one on top of the other, you’d be unwise to bet against them reaching the moon. How many times, over the years, have you heard people sobbing on the radio about dealing with the ‘legacy of shame’ inflicted upon them by various villainous nuns, priests, and brothers? Mostly, of course, it was all about sex …” (more)

[John McGuirk, Gript, 2 September]

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College reopening

Posted in Life on September 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“John Cooke visits NUI Galway as students return to campus and reflects on recent Covid breaches (podcast).”

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 1 September]

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Graduates want ceremonies on NUI Galway campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The head of the student body at NUI Galway has called on the university to ensure that an in-person ceremony takes place for this year’s graduates – with only an online function currently planned for …” (more)

[Stephen Corrigan, Connacht Tribune, 15 August]

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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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