PhD student awarded €13,035 damages against NUI Galway over final ‘viva’ exam delay

Posted in Legal issues on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A PhD mathematical student has won his action against NUI Galway over a delay in scheduling his final ‘viva’ exam, which delayed his graduation and damaged his employment prospects. Isaac Burke (27), of Castlebar Co Mayo, who represented himself in the proceedings, was awarded damages of €13,035 by Judge Raymond Groarke at Galway Circuit Civil Court for breach of contract …” (more)

[Eavan Murray, Independent, 16 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor chairs NUI Galway seminar on universities driving transformational change

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (13 January 2019) chaired a seminar hosted by NUI Galway to highlight the role of higher education in driving the national agenda on regional development and transformational change. Universities play a pivotal role in achieving national strategic priorities and underpin Ireland’s future economic and social sustainability …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 January]

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With State Funding in Crisis, a Show of Startling Ambition from Universities

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

Ireland“This week saw the unveiling of ambitious new plans by NUI Galway (NUIG) to majorly revamp its campus in the coming years. Among the promises of NUIG’s latest strategic plan are another library, a new sports campus and the development of an innovation district – estimated to cost a hefty €200 million …” (more)

[University Times, 12 January]

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‘We can’t do this alone’ – NUIG reveals investment strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has set out a 5-year investment strategy that will see the development of an innovation district, a new performance space, a library and a new sports campus. The university, which is 175 years in existence, wants to be a driver of transformational change for Galway and the region …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 January]

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University unveils plan to become carbon-neutral campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is planning to move towards a carbon- neutral campus over the next 10 years as part of a new strategy focusing on climate action. The plan was developed with students, academics, and alumni, and sees the 175-year-old institution set out several ambitious capital projects over the next five years …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 January]

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NUI Galway sets out strategy for substantial investment in infrastructure

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has set out a plan to spend hundreds of millions of euro over the coming years in a significant infrastructure investment programme that will see the development of an innovation district, a new performance space, a library and a new sports campus. The university, which currently has more than 19,000 students, set out its strategy for 2020 to 2025 in a document titled Shared Visions, Shaped by Value following extensive consultation with students, staff and the wider Galway community …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 9 January]

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NUIG body reforms expenses regime

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has updated its policies after an investigation found a charity set up to raise funds for the university shelled out money for luxury hotels and travel for directors’ spouses. Last month, an investigation by the Charities Regulator found that the Galway University Foundation spent close to €50,000 on business class flights …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 January]

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NUIG seeks approval to use student accommodation for summer tourists

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is seeking planning permission to use the Goldcrest student accommodation in Dangan for tourists during the summer season. The 429 apartment student accommodation complex at Goldcrest was granted planning permission in May 2016 by An Bord Pleanála, and began accepting students for the 2018/2019 academic year …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 25 December]

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‘Well run’ University Foundation to provide updates on value for money after regulator report

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway University Foundation said last evening that it will work to provide updates on all of the spending matters raised in an investigation by the Charities Regulator …” (more)

[Declan Varley, Galway Advertiser, 19 December]

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Students’ Union to meet with NUIG President following regulator report on University Foundation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The NUI Galway Student’s Union is today meeting with the President of the University to discuss the recently published Charities Regulator inspection report on the University Foundation. The inspection examined areas including funds spent on taxi services, business class flights and 4 or 5 star accommodation and funds used on spousal travel …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 December]

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Galway University Foundation highlights regulator report found charity to be ‘well run organisation’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway University Foundation has welcomed the publication of an inspection report from the Charities Regulator and has stressed it has fully addressed two areas where improvements were deemed necessary. The charity has moved to highlight the finding that the Foundation was a ‘well run organisation’ …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 17 December]

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Minister criticises ‘lack of transparency ’ at NUI Galway charity

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has criticised a charity linked to NUI Galway for its ‘lack of transparency and oversight’ on spending on taxis, business class flights and five-star hotels. The Charities Regulator’s investigation into Galway University Foundation, a charity that fundraises for the university, found it did not have adequate controls over travel expenses or credit-card based expenditure …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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NUIG charity criticised over premium flights and 5-star hotel spending

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An investigation by the Charities Regulator into the National University of Ireland Galway’s (NUIG) fundraising charity found spending on luxury 5-star hotels, business class flights and taxi trips from Galway to Dublin were ‘inconsistent’ with value for money policies. The charities watchdog launched an investigation into spending following concerns raised back in June 2017 over hospitality and travel expenses …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 16 December]

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Irish universities secure six prestigious European research grants

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have secured six out of just over 300 lucrative European research grants which are awarded to the continent’s top scientists and scholars. The Irish performance is an improvement on the last round when there was just a single European Research Council (ERC) grant winner from Ireland …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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NUI Galway allocates €240,000 in 2018 Annual Report for gender discrimination payments

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A report from the Connacht Tribune revealed that NUI Galway had set aside a sum of €240,000 last year to settle the cost of covering ‘equality’ related settlements. It was reported that, during the summer of 2018, the University had reached an ‘amicable agreement’ with four female lecturers …” (more)

[SIN, 19 November]

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Rents and rise in costs driving students to seek counselling

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A painful rental market and increasing costs being loaded onto third level students are all contributing to increasing demand on student counselling services, according to Galway’s student leader …” (more)

[Stephen Corrigan, Connacht Tribune, 15 November]

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Concern over student revellers at Eyre Street Christmas party celebration

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised over the behaviour of student revellers as a large group has gathered at Eyre Street awaiting admission to a nearby establishment. The students have gathered for a student Christmas party being hosted by the Hole in the Wall …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 November]

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Higher Education Institutions – Canteen Facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandTony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the importance of sufficient canteen facilities being made available to third-level students undertaking courses; his further views on whether the service of food is a vital welfare issue for students; if his attention has been drawn to a situation (details supplied); the steps he will take to help resolve same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 November]

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674-bed facility planned for NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans have begun for a new €60 million student accommodation complex at NUI Galway. The 674–bed facility is due to open at the start of the 2022/2023 academic year, in an attempt to relieve stress on an already creaking housing market …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, SIN, 5 November]

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Students protest closure of NUI Galway’s Caifé na Gaeilge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Students’ Union has officially confirmed the closure of Caifé na Gaeilge, located in Áras na Gaeilge. The Students’ Union released a statement, stating that the Caifé was closed, having been ‘operating on a loss since 2008’ …” (more)

[Conor Brummell, Irish Times, 26 October]

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