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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Mayo third-level students told exams are going ahead online

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Mayo third-level students have been informed that their college examinations will go ahead remotely as an alternative to the traditional hall exams. Students have switched to online tuition following the cancellation of all campus lectures a number of weeks ago …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 3 April]

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College students face remote test for summer exams

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“College examinations will go ahead remotely with alternatives to the traditional hall exams at Galway’s two biggest colleges which switched tuition online following the cancellation of all campus lectures …” (more)

[Denise McNamara, Connacht Tribune, 2 April]

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NUIG Students Union calls on accommodation providers to refund tenants forced to return home during coronavirus crisis

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

“Large scale student accommodation providers should refund students forced to return home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s according to NUI Galway’s Student Union and the Union of Students in Ireland, who say landlord firms are refusing refunds to students no longer living in privately operated student buildings …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 March]

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NUI Galway President Calls for Community Spirit to Support Student Accommodation Needs

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

“NUI Galway President, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, has called for property owners to work with the University and show care and compassion to students during the COVID-19 emergency …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 25 March]

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On the double: academics and industry breathing hope into overcoming the shortage of ventilators

Posted in Research on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Respiratory support can mean the difference between life and death for Covid-19 patients. About one in six people who contracts the disease becomes seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing. While this is most likely the elderly and people with blood pressure, heart or lung problems, or those with diabetes, about half of the patients requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission in Ireland so far are under 50 …” (more)

[Catherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 March]

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Coronavirus: Teaching, gatherings, and meetings at NUIG cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“All teaching at NUIG will cease as of 6pm this evening to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and the university is also taking further steps. NUIG is cancelling lectures as well as all other gatherings at the university and non-essential meetings to help limit the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 12 March]

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NUIG to consider transition to online learning in bid to curb spread of virus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s understood NUI Galway is to consider a transition to online learning in a bid to curb the potential spread of coronavirus, with a decision to be made later in the week …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 March]

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NUIG seeks five-star hotels as students face rent hikes

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

Ireland“NUI Galway is set to splash €180,000 on hotel accommodation, including five-star hotels. That’s quite a lot of public money for any institution to spend on hotels. But the timing of this invitation to tender for hotel accommodation is, well, unfortunate – in the midst of a rent-rise controversy on campus …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 6 March]

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Coronavirus: NUI Galway Erasmus students told to come home

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

Ireland“NUI Galway has warned its Erasmus students studying in Italy to immediately return to Ireland, amid fears of the rapid spread of Coronavirus in the country. One student, who has just returned from the University of Genoa, spoke of the sense of panic felt among Irish students in the affected region …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, Connacht Tribune, 6 March]

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NUIG library to be transformed into state-of-the-art ‘learning commons’

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

“NUI Galway has begun the process of recruiting a project management team to oversee the development of a €39-million interactive learning facility, the first of its kind in Ireland …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 5 March]

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Hundreds attend student protest over rent hikes at NUI Galway

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

“Hundreds of students attended a protest at NUI Galway today to highlight a 4% rent increase in on campus accommodation. The gathering was organised by the NUIG Students Union and a coalition of student groups and activists …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 4 March]

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Fury as University implements 4% hike on student accommodation

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

Ireland“The cost of on-campus accommodation in NUI Galway is set to increase by around 4%, ahead of the next academic year. The hikes will see the cost of a single bedroom in the recently opened Goldcrest Village rise to €6760 for the academic year, while in neighbouring Corrib Village, the price of a similar room will be set at €5950 …” (more)

[SIN, 4 March]

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NUIG governing body to ask that proposed student rental hike be reversed

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

Ireland“The governing body of the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) has said it will contact the college’s accommodation group requesting that the decision to increase on-campus rent be reversed, NUIG’s student union has said. It is understood Údarás na hOllscoile, NUIG’s governing authority, has agreed to contact Atalia Student Residences requesting they revoke their decision to increase campus accommodation rents by 4% …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 28 February]

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Student Rent Protest

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

Ireland“Drivetime’s John Cooke reports on NUIG’s student rent protest, and Joanna Siewierska, President of UCD Student’s Union, and David Condon, Commercial and Communications Officer UCC Student Union, discuss the student rent increases in Ireland …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 28 February]

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Student housing crisis: ‘We have students who are sleeping in cars, on their friends’ floors’

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

Ireland“Some students in UCD are sleeping rough, in their cars and on their friends’ floors as they can’t afford accommodation, the university’s students’ union has warned. Yesterday, students at UCD took part in a tent protest after it emerged rents at campus accommodation are to increase by 12% in the next three years …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 28 February]

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NUIG President meets with students over hike in on campus accommodation

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

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway has met with protestors this afternoon over their call to revoke a 4% rent increase in on-campus accommodation. A group of four students met with President, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh at 3pm and said he supported their concerns and vowed to hold a meeting to discuss the hike with all relevent stakeholders …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 27 February]

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Protests spread as students in Galway begin sleep-out over rent hikes

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

Ireland“Students at another university in Ireland have joined the protests demanding the reversal of rent increases in on-campus accommodation. NUI Galway saw students begin their sleep-out on its campus …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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UCC students protesting against rent hikes believe they’ll be camped for another week

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

Ireland“Students camping out day and night in protest at proposed incoming rent hikes at accommodation owned by their university believe they will remain in their tents on-campus for at least another week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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