Plans to double size of Galway City student complex

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The investment fund which owns the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation complex on the Headford Road is planning to more than double the number of bed spaces there to 920 …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 3 July]

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NUI Galway announces new scholarships for immigrant groups and Travellers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has announced an expansion in scholarships for vulnerable immigrant groups and Travellers …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 June]

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NUIG prepares to reopen research buildings on a phased basis from next week

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is preparing to reopen its research buildings on a phased basis from next week. The university hopes to reopen one research building next week in line with the government’s phase 2 of the roadmap to lift restrictions …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 4 June]

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Trinity plans to limit deferrals for students in the next academic year

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has stated that they plan to put a cap on the number of students who will be allowed to defer places in the next academic term. The plan comes after a leaked Higher Education Authority (HEA) report that said a ‘significant’ number of students are likely to defer from taking college places this year …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 31 May]

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NUIG postgraduates launch petition for ‘fair working environment’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Postgraduate Workers Alliance launched a petition this week calling for ‘a fair working environment and Covid-19 response’ for PhD and post-doctoral researchers at the university …” (more)

[Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser, 21 May]

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UCD Spent €1.3 Million on Exams Last Year

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“Figures for Irish universities’ expenditure on exams have indicated that UCD spent €1.3 million on exams for the 2019/2020 academic year, according to figures revealed by The College Tribune in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. UCD’s spending on exams per student represented the largest in the country according to these figures …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 7 May]

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NUIG Students’ Union welcomes University’s decision to abandon 4% rent hike

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway Students’ Union has today welcomed the University’s decision to provide a rent rebate for on-campus student accommodation for 2020/21. This means that in September students renting in the campus Goldcrest and Corrib Village student accommodation will be entitled to apply for a 3-4% refund of their rent …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 6 May]

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NUIG Becomes Third University to Reverse Rent Increases for Next Year

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway has become the third university to reverse rent increases for next year, u-turning on a 4% hike on its Goldcrest and Corrib Village accommodation. Students who paid deposits in February for the complexes will be refunded the extra amount they paid while the increase was in place, and will pay existing rates for their occupancy for the rest of the year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 6 May]

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University students face delays starting new academic year

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

Ireland“Tens of thousands of university students are set to start the new academic year later than normal this year with most lectures continuing to take place online due to the Covid-19 threat. Many colleges are also considering suspending Erasmus programmes due to travel restrictions, which typically see thousands of students study abroad at other higher education institutions in the European Union …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 April]

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NUIG says funding will support Covid-19 focused research

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“The President of NUI Galway has said significant investment in profound research focused on helping human health and well-being during the current health emergency will be announced today by the Taoiseach. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said the funding will support medical, technical and social research projects specifically focused on Covid-19, a number of which are based at NUI Galway …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 April]

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Accommodation concerns as NUIG unveils radical changes to academic year

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“Concerns over student accommodation in Galway have been raised after NUI Galway unveiled radical changes to the upcoming academic year, due to Covid-19. The university has announced that returning students will commence their studies on the 28th of September – three weeks later than the usual date …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 28 April]

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Financially hit universities consider recruitment freeze

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Recruitment freezes are on the cards at universities as the sector braces for the financial impact of Covid-19 on higher education. With the pandemic expected to have a major financial impact on the sector, universities are working through the many implications of the shutdown for all aspects of their operations …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Áine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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Undergraduate Open Day at NUIG to be held online for first time

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway’s Undergraduate Open Day will be held online for the first time on Thursday, 7 May. The Open Day will give students, parents and guidance counsellors the chance to connect with staff and students at NUIG and explore the undergraduate courses on offer …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 27 April]

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NUI Galway announce major changes to upcoming academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 27th, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway has announced major changes to the 2020/2021 academic year, due to Covid-19. In an email sent to students this morning, the college told students that the academic year will start later and there will be a blend of in-class and online learning. Semester one exams will also be moved to January instead of taking place before Christmas, as is tradition …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 27 April]

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Current NUIG Students to Start College on September 28th, University Says

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s returning students will start next year on September 28th, the college has said, with incoming first years set to begin in November. Colleges around the country are currently attempting to put in place academic timelines for next year, despite widespread uncertainty about potential restrictions as a result of the coronavirus …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 27 April]

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Student Accommodation providers must offer refunds TD insists

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2020 by steve

“Student accommodation providers must provide refunds to people who had to leave college due to the Covid-19 pandemic a Galway TD has said. Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten has said he’s received reports of several private student accommodation providers in Galway who will not refund rent to people who have been forced to leave due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 24 April]

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Ceist na scrúduithe ar líne fós míshocair i measc mic léinn

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“Is tréimhse iontach dúshlánach é do mhic léinn agus léachtóirí araon san Ollscoil, toisc gur fadhb í seo nach raibh aon choinne againn léi. Ba chor gurb í an tseachtain seo caite an tseachtain múineadh deireanaí do chuid mhór na mac léinn Ollscoile in Éirinn ach mar gheall ar an ngalar cuireadh na modúil ar fad ar líne …” (more)

[Conor Brummell, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Trinity Students Receive Degrees In Zoom Commencement Ceremony

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Some 532 Trinity students have been conferred with their degrees in absentia in a commencement ceremony on Zoom, marking the first time a graduation has been held online. Chancellor Mary McAleese conferred the degrees in the traditional Latin, in a ceremony that will be later uploaded online, according to Provost Patrick Prendergast …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 April]

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NUIG medical students graduate early and online to join pandemic fight

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The graduation of 190 medical students from NUIG has been fast-tracked to ensure more doctors are available to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. NUI Galway’s 2020 graduation event, which was held online for the first time, took place on Monday morning through a Facebook live event. The students’ final year exams had previously been brought forward to enable them to enter the healthcare workforce without delay …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 6 April]

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NUI Galway to hold virtual conferrings for over 300 medical graduates

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

“NUI Galway is to hold two virtual conferring ceremonies for more than 300 medical graduates and their families. The university took the decision to bring the final year medical examinations and graduation forward to ensure that the medical graduates would be available to enter the healthcare workforce …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 3 April]

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