Shift to remote learning leaves one in four student beds empty

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A quarter of all beds in Galway’s largest purpose-build student accommodation complexes lie vacant at the start of the new college year – as students stay home and learn remotely. Winters Property Management, which manages almost 2,000 beds at four NUIG and GMIT-related buildings in the city, has confirmed demand for places in student apartments has fallen significantly due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 1 October]

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Gardai say they will not provide specific addresses of student house parties to NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardai say they will not provide specific addresses of student house parties to NUIG but will continue the practice of highlighting problem areas to the university. It had been understood that Gardai would provide the addresses of student house parties they have broken up to NUIG in an effort to enforce regulations on mass gatherings …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 30 September]

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Galway student gatherings a ‘slap in the face’ says students union

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The massive gathering of students in Galway city earlier this week has been described as a ‘massive slap in the face’ by student representatives, who say students have also been abandoned by the Government. The students union at NUI Galway was responding to the large gatherings of students at the Spanish Arch, Shop Street, and Wood Quay in the city, which prompted concern about the lack of social distancing …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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College students told they risk expulsion over breaches of public health guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway students who breach public health guidelines face expulsion from the university. On Monday night up to 1,000 students in Galway gathered along the Claddagh Basin across from the Spanish Arch to celebrate Freshers Week …” (more)

[Eavan Murray, Independent, 30 September]

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Gardaí to share locations of student house parties with NUI Galway authorities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Garda has agreed to supply college authorities at NUI Galway with the addresses of house parties they break up in an effort to curtail large gatherings. The move comes following a number of events across Galway city held as the new college term got under way on Monday night …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 30 September]

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NUIG to meet Gardai and city officials following outcry at large student congregations in city centre

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway leadership is to hold a meeting today with Gardai and Galway city council after large groups of students congregated at various areas of the city last evening. The university has described the scenes as ‘deplorable’ …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 September]

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NUIG to meet Gardai and city officials following outcry at large student congregations in city centre

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway leadership is to hold a meeting today with Gardai and Galway city council after large groups of students congregated at various areas of the city last evening. The university has described the scenes as ‘deplorable’ …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 September]

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Covid-19 and Universities

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

Ireland“Drivetime’s John Cooke reports on the return of students to NUI Galway, and Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President and Registrar at NUI Galway, Chris Luke, consultant in emergency medicine, discuss the reopening of universities …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 28 September]

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On the Exploitation of Postgraduates

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

Ireland“Thinking through the implications of Friday’s announcement for teaching I saw the following advice sent out to students from Maynooth University: ‘For the next few weeks most lectures will move online. You will be invited on-campus for practical classes, tutorials and for the teaching which requires a lot of interaction …'” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 September]

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Third Level Education – NUI Galway Research Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 26th, 2020 by steve

IrelandHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to communications from NUI Galway to postgraduate research students for them to undertake unpaid teaching contributions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 September]

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NUI Galway postgraduates address school president and Simon Harris

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

Ireland“The Post-Graduate Workers’ Alliance at the National University Ireland Galway (PGWA NUIG) sent an open letter to the college president Donal Leech and the Minister for Further Education Simon Harris last night, affirming that they refuse to perform any unpaid labour for the college …” (more)

[Connie Roughan, Trinity News, 25 September]

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NUIG to supply free face coverings to students and staff as campus reopens

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

Ireland“NUI Galway is to supply free face coverings to students as the Newcastle campus opens this week. The Students’ Union will distribute the three reusable, washable masks to each student from a pop-up station at the Aula Maxima building until October 9th …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 24 September]

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NUI Galway warns students they could be expelled for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions, on or off campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has warned students that they could be expelled for breaches of Covid-19 related public health restrictions, either on or off the campus. As the new academic year gets underway, the university has sent an email to students warning of the dangers of parties or other risks associated with the pandemic …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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NUI Galway Reopens Campus to Students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Health and safety of students, staff and the wider community is a top priority as campus reopens. NUI Galway reopened its campus this week to welcome its First Year students to a three-day dedicated online and on campus orientation …” (more)

[NUIG, 24 September]

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NUI Galway to refund students who don’t take up places in campus accommodation this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway who no longer wish to take up places in on-campus housing this year are set to be refunded by the company in charge of the accommodation. Students at the university were informed late in August that their time on campus may be limited during 2020/21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Stephen McDermott, TheJournal.ie, 24 September]

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NUIG Postgraduate Students Strike Against Unpaid Teaching Hours

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students at NUI Galway (NUIG) are refusing to carry out the university’s required 120 hours of unpaid teaching, with the Postgraduate Workers Alliance NUIG describing it as ‘exploitative and unjust’ …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 23 September]

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NUIG Students’ Union calls on local TDs to take meaningful action on student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union has joined USI and NUS-USI in the launch of the Education for All campaign which is calling for immediate action on Higher Education funding. The organisation that represents 374,000 students across the island of Ireland has written an open letter to Minister Simon Harris asking him to take action on a number of key areas …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 21 September]

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NUI Galway drops ‘behave responsibly’ pledge requirement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has dropped its mandatory requirement that all students must sign a pledge to adhere to public health advice and ‘behave responsibly’ as a condition of registration for the new academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 September]

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NUIG teaching staff ‘will not cooperate with unsafe work practices’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Unions representing teaching staff at NUI Galway have expressed deep concerns that social distancing will not be possible when classes return at the end of the month. Guidance issued to third level institutes from the Department of Higher Education recommends that a physical distance of two metres during lectures should be maintained ‘where possible’, but adds that there will be situations where classes can only be delivered with less than two metres …” (more)

[Stephen Corrigan, Connacht Tribune, 7 September]

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NUI Galway to launch fundraising drive to raise €30m

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to launch a fundraising drive in order to raise €30m to supported the continued development of the university. The money would be used for a range of projects – including the construction of new buildings and refurbishment of existing campus buildings …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 6 September]

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