The Housing Disaster: Analysing Our Generation’s Defining Crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We are living in a world with a growing housing crisis around the student population; something that is troubling to young people, parents, and guardians as a problem once someone reaches third-level education …” (more)

[Conor Capplis and others, College Tribune, 23 November]

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We at Irish universities owe it to our students to address our imperial legacies

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The #RhodesMustFall campaign began in the University of Cape Town in 2015, worked its way through several South African Universities, before rolling to a standstill in Oxford in 2016. It is easy to see why the statue of British imperialist Rhodes fell in Cape Town, and easier still to see why he didn’t in Britain. In a 2014 poll, 59% of Britons thought that the British Empire was something to be proud of, and 49% thought that those countries colonised by Britain had gained more from it than they had lost …” (more)

[Ciaran O’Neill, TheJournal.ie, 17 November]

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Setback for NUIG plan to develop two new pitches in Dangan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There has been a setback to NUIG’s plan to develop two new pitches at lands in Dangan, following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála. The plan for a 3G pitch and a grassed GAA/soccer pitch as well as ball stop fencing and floodlighting received the backing of city planners in September, subject to eight conditions …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 15 November]

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Universities tell students no return to campus next semester

Posted in Teaching on November 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of universities have told students that there will be no general return to campus for the second half of the academic year. It means that some students may not set foot on the campus for the entire 2020/21 year, with lecture halls remaining silent and students logging on to classes from their bedrooms …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 November]

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University Management Team refuse to cut levy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s University Management Team (UMT) have confirmed that they will not be lowering the student levy fee of €224 this year, despite access to campus being restricted due to the Coronavirus. Students have raised concerns about the fee being charged this year, as lectures have been moved online until after Christmas and most students are doing college lectures from home …” (more)

[Conor Brummell, SIN, 3 November]

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NUIG seeks retention permission for solar panels on two buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is seeking planning approval from the city council for the retention of solar panels erected on two campus buildings. Two separate retention applications have been made for solar power developments put up on the Arts Concourse and Alice Perry Engineering Building …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 25 October]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a cluster of Covid-19 cases in NUI Galway in the past two weeks of September 2020; and if a rise in Covid-19 cases in NUI Galway had any bearing on the decision by his Department in September 2020 to move learning in universities online for two weeks …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 October]

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Joint call on landlords by NUIG President and Students Union to offer refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There has been a joint call on landlords by the NUI Galway President and the Students Union to provide refunds to students who no longer need to be in Galway due to the switch to online learning …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 October]

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College cancels exchange programmes for semester two

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway have today announced the cancellation of all planned Erasmus, International student exchanges and placement programmes for students in semester two. In an email from Deputy President and Registrar Pól Ó Dochartaigh sent to all registered students of the University, it was announced that …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, SIN, 9 October]

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International students living off-campus during Covid-19 pandemic face lack of support from University

Posted in Life on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway living off-campus have voiced their concerns over a lack of support from the University during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Despite free transport being provided by the University directly from Dublin Airport to Galway, as well as rooms in Goldcrest and Corrib Village being offered for the mandatory two-week quarantine, students have experienced difficulties in areas from receiving course information to lack of mandatory testing upon their arrival in Galway …” (more)

[Caoimhe Killeen, SIN, 7 October]

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UCD and NUIG to stay teaching online until after Christmas

Posted in Teaching on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD and NUIG have decided to continue to operate all teaching and learning activities online for the remainder of the first semester, following the Taoiseach’s announcement on Monday night that the country would move to Level 3 restrictions for the next three weeks …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 6 October]

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NUI Galway classes will be online until Christmas

Posted in Teaching on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has announced that classes will be online until Christmas. The only exceptions will be lab-based and practical tuition, which will remain on campus. The announcement comes on the heels of the Government’s move to implement Level 3 public health restrictions countrywide for three weeks, from midnight tonight …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 October]

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Third Level Staff – Precarity

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the use of postgraduates in precarious positions for teaching and other duties is increasing in NUIG and that the university expects postgraduate workers to carry out unpaid teaching; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that postgraduates at NUIG have declared their intention to refuse to carry out work which is not remunerated at the existing collectively bargained rate; and the steps he will take to meet the demands of postgraduate workers (details supplied) …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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Gardaí called to student accommodation in Galway over false alarm

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí were called to a student residence at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) this afternoon after reports of a possible firearm. Gardaí were called to the location after it was suspected that there was a firearm on the premises …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, TheJournal.ie, 2 October]

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NUIG in hot water over Covid cluster

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway management declined a request from a Head of School to move a business class at the centre of a large cluster of Covid-19 cases to online-learning. At least 14 members in one class of 27 Master’s students at NUIG tested positive for Covid-19 last week, The Galway City Tribune has learned …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 2 October]

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Student parties in Galway

Posted in Legal issues on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I support the current health restrictions and think that the hundreds of people who gathered at Spanish Arch in Galway recently acted irresponsibly. Nonetheless, I am greatly concerned by your report ‘Gardaí to share locations of student house parties with NUI Galway authorities’ (News, September 30th) …” (more)

[Alan Eustace, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Outreach COVID 19 testing base to be set up at NUIG campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A new COVID 19 testing base will be established at the NUI Galway campus from tomorrow. The outreach unit aims to cater for testing demands from the student population across the city as well as those without transport to other sites such as the main base in Carnmore …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 1 October]

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Shift to remote learning leaves one in four student beds empty

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A quarter of all beds in Galway’s largest purpose-build student accommodation complexes lie vacant at the start of the new college year – as students stay home and learn remotely. Winters Property Management, which manages almost 2,000 beds at four NUIG and GMIT-related buildings in the city, has confirmed demand for places in student apartments has fallen significantly due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 1 October]

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Gardai say they will not provide specific addresses of student house parties to NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardai say they will not provide specific addresses of student house parties to NUIG but will continue the practice of highlighting problem areas to the university. It had been understood that Gardai would provide the addresses of student house parties they have broken up to NUIG in an effort to enforce regulations on mass gatherings …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 30 September]

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Galway student gatherings a ‘slap in the face’ says students union

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The massive gathering of students in Galway city earlier this week has been described as a ‘massive slap in the face’ by student representatives, who say students have also been abandoned by the Government. The students union at NUI Galway was responding to the large gatherings of students at the Spanish Arch, Shop Street, and Wood Quay in the city, which prompted concern about the lack of social distancing …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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