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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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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