NUI Galway lifts ban on Christian students days before Court

Posted in Legal issues on June 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has lifted a lifetime ban on four Christian students in advance of a Circuit Court hearing next week. The University banned Isaac Burke, Kezia Burke, Enoch Burke and Ammi Burke for life from all student societies on 10 November 2014 …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 14 June]

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When my father met Gandalf: Tolkien’s time as an external examiner at UCG

Posted in Research on June 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“So there I was, staring at my computer screen having just typed the words Chapter Six, when it occurred to me that the sensible thing to do was to log on to Twitter. I believe it’s called displacement activity. It appears to happen when I’m working on a novel …” (more)

[Felicity Hayes McCoy, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Christian Students Win Right to Challenge NUI Galway in Court

Posted in Legal issues on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“From the 18th to the 20th of June 2019, Galway Circuit Court will hear the linked cases of Isaac Burke, Kezia Burke, Enoch Burke, Ammi Burke -v- NUI Galway. This follows a Court ruling in December 2018 which overturned a key portion of the previous decision at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 1 June]

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Medieval history at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The academic societies we represent are dedicated to the study and promotion of medieval Irish culture and heritage in North America, Europe and across the globe. We are therefore greatly distressed to learn about pending cuts in medieval Irish history at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Westley Follett and Patrick Wadden, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Concannon moves to new role in NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The head of the Government’s defunct Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) John Concannon has left the civil service to take up a senior appointment with National University of Ireland, Galway. As assistant secretary in the Department of an Taoiseach, Mr Concannon was the head of the short-lived unit which was disbanded after a controversy of its handling of the Project Ireland 2040 campaign …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 May]

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NUIG awarded Green Flag environmental status

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUIG has been awarded that internationally recognised Green Flag accreditation for promoting sustainability and reducing its environmental impact. The Green Flag was awarded to the university by An Taisce under its Green-Campus programme on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 25 April]

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Confucius Institute of Chinese and Regenerative Medicine to be established at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has signed an agreement to establish a Confucius Institute and to formalise collaborative ties with Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NJUCM). The signing ceremony was attended by the Chinese Vice-Minister for Education, the Ambassador of China in Ireland and the Mayor of Galway …” (more)

[Fiona Lee, SIN, 11 April]

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St Angela’s College, Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

IrelandFrank Feighan (Fine Gael): I am delighted to see the Minister of State and that she is taking this Commencement matter. St Angela’s College in Sligo is the only home economics college in the country and the need for capital funding for larger capacity classrooms-laboratories to accommodate students has never been greater. A national shortage of home economics teachers and a much more health conscious population is making this discipline more attractive than ever …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 4 April]

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Dispute over NUI Galway charging 5% interest rate on students’ bill to build Sports Centre

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway are applying a 5% interest rate on the student contribution towards the bill for building the Sports Centre and redeveloping Áras na Mac Léinn. This contribution takes the form of €100, contained within in the NUI Galway student levy which is €224 in total. All students must pay this levy in September of every year …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, SIN, 3 April]

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NUIG in public drive to help shape university’s future

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is seeking the public’s assistance as part of its drive to shape the university’s future. It’s part of an online discussion called ‘Imagine NUI Galway’ which aims to inform strategy over the next five years …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 March]

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NUIG lodges plans for major student accommodation development at Dangan

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a major student accommodation development on NUI Galway lands at Dangan, have been lodged with an Bord Pleanala. The plans include the creation of four blocks – ranging from four to eight storeys in heights – comprising of over 670 bed spaces …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM News, 1 March]

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Additional Gardaí on duty for ‘Donegal Tuesday’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardai have an operations order in place today as students gather in their droves in the city for ‘Donegal Tuesday’. The annual event is held as part of unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students gathering at Eyre Street from early morning …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 12 February]

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Unions issue warning to students as crowds multiply in city for Donegal Tuesday

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions at NUI Galway and GMIT have issued a warning as revellers form queues at Eyre Street in the city for ‘Donegal Tuesday’. The annual event is held as part of unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students gathering at Eyre Street from early morning …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 February]

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New €35m student accommodation complex officially opens at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new 35 million euro student accommodation complex at NUI Galway has officially been opened. Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Sean Kyne opened Goldcrest Village at the North Campus of the university …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 February]

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NUI Galway Students’ Union condemns extortionate rent increase in Menlo student accommodation

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

Ireland“This week, the Menlo Park Apartment complex have announced a rent increase of an extortionate 20%. These privately-owned apartments are located on the Headford Road and accommodate roughly 140 NUI Galway students each year. Rent prices have been steadily increasing year after year, but this year’s increase has seen the price of a single en-suite room rise by €1,390, in comparison to last year’s prices …” (more)

[Sarah Gill, SIN, 5 February]

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NUI Galway planning €200m city centre development

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is planning to invest about €200 million on developing disused sites it owns in the city centre. Ireland’s second-largest university by student numbers has opened a public consultation process to inform the direction of a plan that will result in the regeneration of lands at Nuns’ Island in the city …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 1 February]

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‘If society values third level education, we need to find a way to pay for it’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is looking to make his mark. The 13th president of NUI Galway (National University of Ireland, Galway) has a legacy to leave in the city that first set him upon a path to becoming one of Ireland’s top academics. Just over one year into his new job, Ó hÓgartaigh is embarking on a plan to develop a part of the university’s assets that is falling into disrepair …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 1 February]

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NUI to maintain requirement for mandatory Irish

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland – which includes UCD, UCC and NUI Galway – is to maintain its requirement that students applying to its colleges must have a pass in Leaving Cert Irish. The NUI’s long-standing policies on Irish have been under review in light of the growing diversity of students progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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NUIG pays €1.2m per annum to cleaning firm

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A private company which provides cleaning services to NUI Galway is itself ‘cleaning up’ – earning around €1.2 million a year. NUIG has budgeted some €4.8 million for the provision of cleaning services and associated cleaning supplies from a private cleaning company for a four-year period …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 21 January]

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City Council Calls for Provision of Publicly-Funded Student Accommodation

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

Ireland“Galway City Council is to call for the provision of purpose built, publicly funded student accommodation. Councillors unanimously passed a motion at a meeting of the local authority last evening …” (more)

[GBFM News, 15 January]

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