NUIG Student Union supports bill to protect student renters during pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Students Union at NUI Galway is voicing its support for a new bill aimed at protecting student renters during the pandemic. The proposed bill is supported by Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, Labour Party, Solidarity-People Before Profit and Independents for Change …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 25 February]

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‘Multiple factors’ contributing to Galway Covid case increase

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A surge in Covid-19 cases among the student body in NUI Galway has caused concern among the University community and the wider locality. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre confirmed on Monday that an outbreak of the virus has resulted in 135 positive cases. The number is expected to rise, with a further thirty symptomatic cases awaiting test results …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, Irish Times, 17 February]

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NUIG Rules out Waiving Resit Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has come under criticism by students and NUIGSU for not waiving their €295 resit fees despite their purpose being questioned in light of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. This comes in the wake of myriad other Irish third-level institutions waiving this fee, including University College Cork, NUI Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, Athlone IT …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 17 February]

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NUI Galway Student Union President defends college after Covid-19 outbreak in city linked to third level students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Student Union President is defending the college, after a Covid-19 outbreak in the city is linked to third level students. Yesterday the HSE reported 135 cases among students in the area, stemming from 15 clusters ranging from two to forty people …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 16 February]

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Covid-19: Galway and Limerick third-level students register nearly 250 cases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Almost 250 Covid-19 cases have occurred in outbreaks among third-level students in Galway and Limerick despite colleges being largely closed, according to public health officials. In Galway, 135 cases have been confirmed among students, along with 35 suspected cases. Another 30 students were being tested on Monday …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 15 December]

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NUIG raised €1.6m through cash-for-residency scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) raised €1.6 million through the Government’s €826 million cash-for-residency scheme to fund efforts to boost third-level education access. More than 1,100 non-EU citizens have bought the right to live in the Republic by putting at least €1 million into approved businesses or giving up to €500,000 to charities through the Government’s Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 15 February]


Covid 19 outbreak in GMIT declared by HSE

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An outbreak of COVID-19 among GMIT students living in Galway has been declared by the Public Health Department of the HSE. An email has been sent to all students who are living in Galway City by the Covid officer of the college …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 February]

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NUIG students urged to go for Covid-19 tests if feeling unwell following outbreak

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway have been urged to come forward for a Covid-19 test if they feel unwell after an outbreak there. Dedicated helplines are being staffed from 9am to 9pm with support for people who are concerned they may be a close contact too …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Covid outbreaks identified among third-level students in Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Coronavirus outbreaks have been declared among the student population in Galway city, with HSE West identifying ‘many close contacts of known cases’. A dedicated Covid-19 student helpline is in operation this weekend for NUI Galway (NUIG) students experiencing symptoms. Galway-Mayo IT (GMIT) is urging its Galway-based students who believe they may have been exposed to the virus to get a test …” (more)

[, 14 February]

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Dedicated helpline at NUI Galway following Covid-19 outbreak

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A dedicated helpline will operate at NUI Galway this weekend, after an outbreak of Covid-19 among students at the University. The HSE says that following a risk assessment, many close contacts of known cases have been identified …” (more)

[Pat McGrath, RTÉ News, 13 February]

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NUI Galway under fire for €295 exam repeat fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has once again come under fire for its €295 exam repeat fee. Students who need to repeat an exam have to pay a flat fee of €295, and repeating one exam costs the same as repeating six. NUI Galway Students’ Union has criticised the fee, saying that the majority of the repeat exams will take place off-campus and students will be using their own laptops …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 10 February]

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The Spiel of Repeat Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“During the first week of the current Students’ Union term in July, the issue of repeat fees emerged much like every issue, it started by raising it with university management. Before our term, it had been sought several times with the indication that the fees wouldn’t be charged. We believed that NUI Galway would be like nearly every other institution in the country and waive repeat fees. This wasn’t the case and they planned on charging them …” (more)

[Pádraic Toomey, SIN, 9 February]

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NUIG team gets €10m to work on IT tools to help prevent pandemics

Posted in Research on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A team led by an NUI Galway academic which predicted three years ago the risk of a global pandemic was ‘greater now than every before’ has been awarded €10 million to help develop robust systems to respond to future pandemics. Prof Máire Connolly from the discipline of bacteriology in the school of medicine, NUIG, was the co-ordinator of Pandem (pandemic risk and emergency management) …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 February]

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Plan lodged to relocate shop entrance door at Dangan student development

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Developers have lodged an application for the relocation of a controversial entrance door of a café and retail shop at Upper Newcastle Road in Dangan. The site forms part of a large student residence development at the former Westwood Hotel …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 January]

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NUIG defends its repeat exam fee policy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The university has released a statement following calls from Students’ Union leaders to remove such repeat fees and also to give students the option to repeat exams if they feel they could have achieved better grades in normal circumstances. In a statement released by the University, it says students who are in the most need of financial support can apply for a fee waiver …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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Galway to show compassion to students sitting exams

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Union leaders are appealing to NUI Galway to show compassion to students who are sitting exams. Students’ Union leaders from GMIT, UCC, Trinity College Dublin and the Union of Students in Ireland have written to the NUIG President and Vice President to voice concern’s over the university’s opposition to the introduction of policies aimed at supporting students …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 25 January]

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Will St Angela’s College be part of new technological university?

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

Ireland“The Minister of Education has heard that an amalgamation between St Angela’s College in Sligo with the proposed new technological university for the north west makes more sense than continuing the link with NUI Galway …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 15 January]

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President of NUI Galway calls for more resources for students in need

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

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway has called for more resources for students in need. Representatives are before TDs and Senators at the Oireachtas Higher Education Committee today on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 3 December]

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University to stay online for Semester Two

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway have announced that Semester two learning will continue online. In an email circulated to all students last week, signed off by President of the University Dr Ciaran Ó’hÓgartaigh the university stated that they, ‘expect to continue next semester with the current levels of on-campus activity still in place’ …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, SIN, 1 December]

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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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