GMIT Mayo

  • The possibility of the GMIT campus in Castlebar operating independently was raised at ministerial level yesterday.

    Local Fine Gael Deputy Alan Dillon says he outlined the importance of GMIT Mayo Campus to Minister Simon Harris.

    Deputy Dillon says there are opportunities on the table that can enhance GMIT within the Connacht / Ulster Alliance.

    He says An Independent review by Mazars of the Implementation of the GMIT Mayo Working Group Plan will be carried out.

     

    Deputy Dillon believes there is a key focus on multi-disciplinary course offerings for the Mayo campus reflective of local industries stemming from a skills need audit.

     

    Further meetings are scheduled with the Minister and GMIT to ensure the Mayo Campus becomes an integral part of the overall GMIT submission for Technological University status.

  • Concerns have been expressed about the future of the GMIT Mayo campus, as the business department at the Castlebar campus is being closed.

    Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon says he's appalled at the decision, and has called on the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris to explain the situation.

    Deputy Dillon says business staff at the Mayo campus were issued letters on Sunday night, stating that the Business Department at the Castlebar campus was to close, and staff were now to report to the Galway campus.

    No business subjects at the GMIT Mayo campus were included on this year's CAO application form, and Deputy Dillon says he's appalled and shocked that the business department at the Castlebar campus is being closed.

    In a statement to Midwest News, the GMIT explains that the insitute is joiining with IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT in making a submission to become a Technological University, and GMIT - following engagtement with staff at the Mayo campus - is seeking to reorganise itself to be better positioned for this transition.

    The statement continues - "GMIT has already articulated its full commitment to multi-disciplinary provision at its Mayo campus, including business, but also sees exciting opportunities arising from the growing critical mass and expertise on the campus in healthcare and well being.

    GMIT President Dr Orly Flynn says it's intended that the ongoing internal reorganisation will enhance their offerings and services, not diminish them.

    Full statement from GMIT is as follows - 

    GMIT will be joining with partners in IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT in making a submission to become a Technological University; this will provide enormous opportunities for the stakeholders of the region. GMIT, following engagement with Mayo campus staff over an extended period, is seeking to reorganise itself to be better positioned for this transition.

    GMIT staff across all five campuses have proven themselves to be very agile in adapting to the constraints arising from the  COVID-19 pandemic, proving that location is no barrier to effective delivery of services.

    GMIT has already articulated its full commitment to multi-disciplinary provision at its Mayo campus, including business, but also sees exciting opportunities arising from the growing critical mass and expertise on the campus in health care and wellbeing. A more complete description of the reorganisation includes the proposed establishment of a new academic School for GMIT, led from the focused expertise that has been quietly growing at the Mayo campus.

    The challenge for GMIT will be to ensure that all academic Schools in GMIT are enabled to support all our stakeholders in Galway, Mayo and beyond.

    GMIT President Dr Orla Flynn states, “I am very happy to engage with all stakeholders as to the exciting opportunities that arise from what is an ongoing internal reorganisation. It is intended that this reorganisation will enhance our offerings and services, not diminish them. What we are trying to do is to enable the full range of expertise across all of GMIT to be harnessed in service of the wider region. This challenge is one that will also be faced by our new Technological University. I hope to follow through on the establishment of the new School in the coming months, and this will no doubt see additional opportunities emerging for the Mayo campus.”

     

     

  • A new Head of Campus has been appointed to the GMIT Mayo campus.

    Professor Neville McClenaghan has been appointed Vice President of the Castlebar campus, and comes to the GMIT from the University of Ulster where he held a number of roles.

    He previously held research positions in colleges in Sweden and Germany, and has received numerous awards for diabetes research.

    The appointment of a Vice President was one of the key recommendations made in the Higher Education Authority's working group report into the future of the Mayo campus.

    Professor McClenaghan is expected to take up the post in February.

     

     

     

  • GMIT Mayo is opening its doors to the public on Tuesday next, 6 November (10am – 1pm) for an Open Morning for secondary school students, parents and anyone interested in starting or returning to third-level study as a mature student.

    As a special feature this year, staff are running a Graduate Careers Fair on the same day. A wide variety of employers, professional bodies and recruitment companies will available to discuss career options for graduates. Information stands and an expo will take place in St Mary’s Hall on campus.

     

    Michael Gill, Head of Dept, says: “This event represents a wonderful opportunity to discover and find out more about the different options that are available on your doorstep in terms of higher education".

    GMIT Mayo’s Access Officer, counsellor, chaplain and other staff will be available to answer any questions visitors may have about GMIT’s access and disability service, scholarships, financial supports, medical and student service and many more.

    If you have any queries or special requirements or wish to book a place please contact anne.donnelly@gmit  Second-level students may book a place through their Career Guidance Counsellor. For more information about GMIT Mayo see: www.gmit.ie/mayo

     

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    A permanent Head of Campus is to be appointed shortly at GMIT Mayo.

    That's according to Dr Richard Thorn, who's acting as Interim Head of Campus, and who believes the Castlebar college will be thriving in the next 3 to 4 years, once a new academic plan is approved and implemented.

    He says this will see the Castlebar campus of GMIT focusing more on Level 8 & 9 post-graduate courses, with the loss of some Level 6 courses, and also an emphasis on life-long learning, and part-time flexible courses for people working fulltime.

    Last year, a Working Group was set up to consider the challenges facing the Mayo GMIT, and its report - issued in October 2017 - included 33 recommendations.

    The first recommendation was the appointment of a permanent Head of Campus at Vice-President level, and Dr Richard Thorn told Midwest News that the appointment will be announced shortly - possible before the end of the year.

  • GMIT Mayo will host a virtual Open Evening on Wednesday, 5 May, from 5pm to 8pm, for prospective students and their families, featuring live Q&A sessions, videos, and tours.

    This online event will feature live-to-camera sessions with staff and students who will answer questions about the range of programmes on offer at the college.
    Virtual visitors are invited to browse videos on all Mayo campus programmes, student supports and virtual tour of the historical campus itself which dates back to 1866.

    Anne Donnelly, Student Services Officer, GMIT Mayo, says they have timed the event to coincide with the opening of the CAO change of mind facility, as this is a time when students are reassessing their options. It’s not just for Leaving Cert students. Anyone interested in undertaking a full time or part time course is invited to take part.

    Interested participants are asked to register in advance on  https://openday.gmit.ie/