NUI Galway refuses to come on air over ‘obscene’ play

Posted in Teaching on October 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The play ‘The Kinds Of Sex You Might Have At College’ targets 1st Year students. NUI Galway has organised a play that is touring universities and colleges in Ireland, with a view to developing it for second-level students and younger age groups in the future …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 14 October]

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Maoiniú do Chursaí Gaeilge de Luach €1.63 Milliún Fógartha ag Sean Kyne

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“D’fhógair an tAire Stáit don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht, agus do na hOileáin, Sean Kyne, go gcuirfear maoiniú €1.63 milliún ar fáil do chursaí tríú-leibhéil Gaeilge ar an Luan. Thuairiscigh Tuairisc.ie go dtabharfar tacaíocht do 12 chúrsa Gaeilge i gcoláistí timpeall na tíre …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 2 October]

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Irish language courses in higher education receive €1.6 million support

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

Ireland“Nine Irish language courses and institutes of higher education including NUI Galway have been approved €1.63 million in additional funding. The funding was announced this week by Galway West TD and Minister of State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne under the Advanced Irish Language Initiative …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 1 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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NUI Galway Becomes a University of Sanctuary

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

Ireland“NUI Galway has become Ireland’s sixth third-level institute to receive University of Sanctuary status for efforts made to include asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 19 September]

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Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

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

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 September]

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Active Consent Programme to Tour Colleges Across Ireland with Play titled ‘The Kinds of Sex You Might Have At College’

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Alumni of NUI Galway’s Drama and Theatre Studies will perform an original play, The Kinds of Sex You Might Have at College, as part of a limited national tour to Irish universities between September and October 2019 …” (more)

[NUIG, 2 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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State approves €100m for higher education building projects

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The State has approved €100m for five large higher education building projects. The funding is part of ongoing investment in the sector through Project Ireland 2040 and a fund known as the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund (HESIF) …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 30 August]

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Rowing club resists plans for College Bar canopy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The development of a canopy outside the bar at NUIG is being challenged by a local rowing club on the grounds that some of its elderly members feel intimidated by the drinkers who use the facility. Concerns relate to the access to the Eglinton Canal – it was stated that the erection of the new structure would increase the number of patrons using the area along the pathway …” (more)

[Eamon Kerrins, Connacht Tribune, 23 August]

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Board issues opinion on plan for major student accommodation complex in Terryland

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

Ireland“An Bord Pleanala has issued its opinion that an application for a major new student accommodation complex in Terryland can be formally submitted. The plan is led by Montane Developments Ltd …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 19 August]

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November date in Cork for Judge McDonnell recusal appeal

Posted in Legal issues on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Burkes’ request for a new judge to hear their religious discrimination case against NUI Galway will be heard by the High Court sitting in Cork on a date in November. The Burkes appealed to the High Court in June this year after Judge Petria McDonnell refused to recuse herself from hearing their case …” (more)

[Isaac Burke, Burke Broadcast, 12 August]

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President of NUI Galway says student accommodation is not aimed at making profit

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

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says the college’s student accommodation is aimed at providing accessible and affordable bed spaces to students. A new survey reveals the university took in €5.2m last year for student accommodation fees – a decrease of several hundred thousand euro for the second year running, despite rising rents …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 9 August]

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NUIG continues to experience fall in student accommodation revenue

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

Ireland“NUI Galway has once again experienced a sharp drop in revenue from student accommodation. A new survey reveals the university took in €5.2m last year – a decrease of several hundred thousand euro for the second year running, despite rising rents …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 9 August]

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NUI Galway president says cheating remains low despite threat by new technology

Posted in Teaching on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says while instances of exam cheating are increasing, overall the number of cases remains extremely small. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is reacting to new figures which reveal ‘smart watches’ are being linked with increases in cheating at colleges nationwide …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 August]

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Surge in university students wearing banned smartwatches in exams

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities have recorded a sharp increase in the number of students wearing banned smartwatches in exam halls. Most third-level institutions prohibit the use of Fitbits, Apple Watches and other devices which allow users to upload and access documents …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 August]

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NUIG campus bedrooms get Failte Ireland seal of approval as tourist accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUIG campus bedrooms, which are let out to tourists during the summer, have been accredited as ‘Approved Tourist Accommodation’ under Fáilte Ireland’s Welcome Standard Programme. Over 22,000 visitors make use of campus bedrooms at NUIG for tourist accommodation each year through the company Campus Living …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 23 July]

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Judge Petria McDonnell: Submission lodged with Justice Minister, Equalities Watchdog and Parliamentary Committee

Posted in Legal issues on July 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Plaintiffs in Burkes v NUI Galway have serious concerns regarding the conduct of Circuit Court Judge Petria McDonnell. Today, they lodged a formal submission with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, the Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Emily Logan, and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality …” (more, download)

[Burke Broadcast, 8 July]

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