New Technological University gets ministerial approval

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has confirmed a new Technological University for the West and North West. It follows an application from the Connaught Ulster Alliance, including the Letterkenny, Sligo and Galway-Mayo Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 28 October]

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GMIT data breach shows ugly reality behind screen of aspirational inclusivity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We have all experienced offensive and hurtful behaviour, similarly, we have all said and done things we regret and which reflect badly upon us. The reverberations and effect of behaving and speaking in careless and offensive ways or in being subjected to such language or behaviour is so much more humiliating and painful if this happens publicly …” (more)

[Úna Kealy, Irish Examiner, 18 December]

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Protecting the welfare of college students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The college apology for what was said by its lecturers, when they thought they were offline, is completely inadequate (Home News, December 15th). There was no mention of a disciplinary inquiry …” (more)

[David Cassidy, Irish Times, 16 December]

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College apologises after lecturers overheard insulting student online

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

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has apologised to students after two lecturers forgot to switch their cameras off after watching virtual presentations, and were overheard using offensive and insulting language to describe what they had seen …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Councillors want reassurances over future of Castlebar campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Councillors have called for the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT to be secured following a meeting with its president. At today’s monthly meeting of the Mayo County Council, new GMIT president Dr Orla Flynn spoke of her strategy to strengthen the campus, by turning Mayo into a university county and Castlebar into a university town, as part of a long-term project to launch a technological university across eight campuses from Letterkenny to south Galway …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 9 November]

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TD reveals details of his top level talks over future of Mayo GMIT Campus

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

Ireland“Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has revealed details of his top level talks with Minister of Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, GMIT president Dr Orla Fynn and Government departmental officials and members of the HEA as positive and progressive …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 1 November]

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TD raises fresh concerns over future strategy for Mayo third level facility

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further answers sought on the ring-fenced funding committed to Mayo GMIT Campus and filling of permanent vice-president role at Castlebar centre. A Mayo TD has sought clarity on the recent correspondence issued to staff working in the Department of Business, Humanities and Technology at the GMIT Mayo Campus in respect of the closure of the facility’s business school …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 18 October]

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President of GMIT dismayed at scenes of large student congregations in city

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

Ireland“The President of GMIT Dr Orla Flynn says she is dismayed after large groups of students congregated at the Spanish Arch and Shop Street areas of the city last evening. Her comments come as the county Cathaoirleach James Charity is one of many to have called on third level institutions in Galway as well as the Gardai to take action after images of the crowded scenes were circulated widely on social media …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 September]

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Lectures expected to resume at GMIT on September 28th

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Lectures are expected to resume for all GMIT students on the 28th of September. That’s according to the college’s President Orla Flynn, who says students will receive a detailed communication about the planned reopening procedures in the next 10 days …” (more)

[Galway Bay, 8 June]

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Irish Colleges to Struggle to ‘Compete’ With Online Teaching, Warns SFI Chair

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Irish universities will struggle to ‘compete’ in the sphere of online learning when it comes to attracting students over the coming years, a top research official has warned. Peter Clinch, the chairman of Science Foundation Ireland, said the ‘centralised’ approach to IT of Ireland’s universities means it will be difficult for them to implement ‘blended learning’ – a combination of online and in-person learning – in the coming months and years …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 May]

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New GMIT President takes up post amid coronavirus shutdown

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

“GMIT has welcomed the appointment of a new President, Dr Orla Flynn, who has started work at the deep end amid the coronavirus pandemic. GMIT, like all other colleges in Ireland, was ordered to close in the earliest days of the pandemic here, along with schools and childcare centres …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 7 April]

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GMIT Governing Body officially appoints new President

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Body of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has officially appointed Dr Orla Flynn as the new President of GMIT. In May, the former President Dr. Fergal Barry resigned …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 December]

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