NUI Galway

  • NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for the upcoming academic year.

    Last year NUIG students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November among other activities to raise €20,500 for charity.

    All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2017/18 – Domestic Violence Response and AMACH.

    Application forms for the 2018/19 fund are available from the Students’ Union website www.su.nuigalway.ie and the closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 5th of September 2018.

  • A charity set up to raise funds for NUI Galway spent more than 30-thousand euro on 102 taxi trips over a three year period.

    The Galway University Foundation also spent over 48-thousand euro on business class flights between 2015 and 2017.

    Other expenses include four and five star hotels in cities such as New York, Singapore, Beijing and Toronto.

    The Charities Regulatory Authority launched an investigation due to concerns about the use of funds for travel and hospitality.

    In response, Galway University Foundation said it welcomed the report, it had fully addressed the areas for improvement raised by the inspector and would provide the Charities Regulator with an update on the matters raised in the report.

    It added that average administrative expenditure as a percentage of total income was 15pc and well below both national and international comparators.

    The Foundation is a registered charity set up to raise philanthropic funds for the development of NUI Galway - both from a strategic and an academic perspective - and has raised over €200 million to date.

  • Four female lecturers, who claim they were discriminated against on gender grounds, are being promoted as part of a settlement with NUI Galway which is understood to run to hundreds of thousands of euro.

    The lecturers, who initiated a High Court action against the university, had argued that they met the qualifications required for senior lectureship posts but were passed over in a promotion round in 2009.

    In a statement - NUIG says an amicable agreement has been reached with Dr Sylvie Lannegrand, Dr Róisín Healy, Dr Margaret Hodgins, and Dr Adrienne Gorman, and each of them have now been promoted to Senior Lecturer positions.

     

  • The marketing guru behind the Wild Atlantic Way has been appointed to a new role of Vice-President: Development of NUI Galway.

    John Concannon has worked on The Gathering and the 1916 commemorations, along with various tourism initiatives.

    In recent years, he has worked as head of the Government’s Strategic Communication Unit and is currently Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in the role of Director General of “Global Ireland”, the plan to double Ireland’s international footprint by 2025, which includes the campaign to win a seat on the UN Security Council.

    The Galway man is a widely respected businessman who has held a number of high profile roles.

  • A major two day conference on Brexit and the future of British-Irish relations kicks off at NUI Galway today.

    The free event, which is open to the public, will aim to address critical questions surrounding the Good Friday Agreement, a possible hard border and the backstop.

    Among those to attend will be MEP Mairéad McGuinness, British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett, Ulster Unionist MLA Steve Aiken and former Tory MP Angela Knight.

  • Mary Immaculate have reached a third Fitzgibbon Cup final in four-years.

    The Limerick college beat N-U-I Galway on a 1-18 to 18-point scoreline in Ennis this afternoon.

    Mary-I will face 38-time champions UCC in the final on Saturday-week.

     

  • Mayo surgeon Dr Ronan Waldron is to be honoured at the NUI Galway 2019 Alumni awards next month.

    Dr Waldon, a consultant surgeon at Mayo University Hospital and highly-respected clinical educator, graduated from Medicine at NUI Galway in 1976.

    At the 20th annual gala banquet on 13th April, Dr Waldron will be presented with the Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

    Awards will also be presented to Fiona Mitchell, RTE's London correspondent,

    Journalist & broadcaster Póilín Ní Chiaráin,

    Cancer scientist John Lyons,

    Sports medicine pioneer Dr Mick Molloy,

    Senior Counsel Grainne McMorrow

    and Aviation entpreneur Dómhnail Slattery.

    The NUI Galway Alumni awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among the university's graduates worldwide.

  • A Mayo surgeon was honoured at the 20th NUI Galway Annual Alumni Awards over the weekend.

    Dr Ronan Waldron, consultant surgeon at Mayo University Hospital received the alumni award for Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at the awards ceremony, which was held in NUI Galway on Saturday last.

     

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    NUI Galway has experienced a potential data breach after a USB stick containing “confidential” details of up to 900 students went missing.

    The University confirmed in a statement on their website that the USB may have contained student names, their student numbers and exam results.

    It is understood that the details of up to 900 students were included on the “mislaid” memory device.

    A spokesperson for NUIG confirmed that all potentially affected students have been notified and that the incident was reported to the Data Protection Commissioner.

    Is it understood that a review into the incident will take place to ensure that such an incident does not occur again.

  • NUI Galway is planning to invest about €200 million on developing disused sites it owns in the city centre.

    According to the Irish Times, 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.

    While sources of funding have yet to be found, the university expects the State, private donors and some of its own funds to be used for the planned development.

    The Government’s urban regeneration and development fund has committed support for the project, which includes a dilapidated distillery.

    Land earmarked for redevelopment is in Galway city centre’s former industrial centre, will be transformed into a new quarter to “capitalise on its high-value ecosystem of innovation and culture to attract” multinationals.

    The university is spending more than €250,000 on a master plan that will consider educational, cultural, economic, residential and social uses for the site. Galway City Council is also involved in the development.

    The first phase of the consultation process is now under way, involving a programme of engagement with interested parties and that is scheduled to finish later this year.

     

     

  • NUI Galway has reversed its controversial decision to raise the rent of on campus student accommodation by 4 per cent for the coming academic year.

    The U-turn comes about following several months of protests and actions by students and the NUIG Students Union, and campus tenants can now apply for a rent rebate to the amount of the 4 per cent rent increase.

    The university attributed the initial price rise to increased operating costs and the requirement for significant investment in the upgrade of the Corrib Village accommodation.

    Students embarked on a campaign against the rent rise, and the NUI Galway Students Union has now welcomed the decision to reverse the rent increase.

     

  • NUI Galway has set out a plan to spend hundreds of millions of euro over the coming years in an investment strategy that will see the development of an innovation district, a new performance space, a library and new sports campus.

    NUIG, which currently has more than 19,000 students, set out its 6-year strategy in a document entitled Shared Visions, following extensive consultation with students, staff and the wider community in Galway.

    The ambitious plan includes a new innovation district on Nuns Island to regenerate this part of Galway city, a new library, affordable on-campus accommodation for students, a new sports campus and a cultural and performance space.

    While the university did not put a price on the substantial project, the Irish Times reports that it will run into hundreds of millions of euro, with the Nuns Island element alone expected to cost some €200 million, and the library will cost over €37 million.

    The university says it will also launch an investment programme, encouraging friends, supporters and philanthropists to join them in funding the projects.

     

  • NUI Galway will confer more than 300 graduates online next week.

    Due to restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University will not be able to hold them in person and will mark the occasion through Facebook live instead.

    On Monday 190 future doctors will be conferred.

    NUI Galway pushed forward their final year exams to ensure they would be available to enter the healthcare workforce.

  • Thousands of students across the region are anxiously awaiting the Leaving Cert results, which will be issued tomorrow.

    The results will be made available in schools tomorrow morning, and for students who cannot collect them in person, they can access the results online from 12 noon.

    Across the country, over 57,000 students sat the Leaving Cert this year.

    The first round of CAO offers will be issued next Monday.

    Following that, thousands of students will find themselves looking for accomodation for the new academic year, and the Students Union at NUI Galway is urging students to be cautious before committing to renting a private residence.

    Before rushing into signing a lease or contract, they're advising students to make sure the property meets the needs of all tenants.

    NUI Galway Students Union President Megan Reilly says there are properties available, so students don't need to panic.

    Accomodation websites such as www.nuigstudentpad.ie may be useful.

  • Plastic pollution is affecting marine life in some of the most remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean with almost three quarters of a sample of more than 230 deep-water fish collected by NUI Galway scientists having ingested plastic particles.

    According to the Irish Times contamination level among the fish species, located in the northwest Atlantic thousands of kilometres from land and 600m down in the ocean, is one of the highest reported frequencies of microplastic occurrence in fish worldwide, according to the study published today in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

    Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items entering the ocean. Other sources may be waste water effluents carrying plastic fibres from clothing and microbeads from personal care products. Due to their low density, most of these microplastics float at the sea surface.

  • Just over one million euro has been allocated  to St. Angela’s College in Sligo. The funding was announced this morning (October 18th 2019)  by the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, as part of a €14 million tranche to higher education institutions.

    Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed the announcement saying that €1.14m will go towards an ongoing process which will see the completion of St. Angela’s College incorporation into NUI Galway in the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) area.

    The college has experienced a significant increase in student numbers, 20% in 2017 and 10% last year.

    The Senator says “St Angela’s College in Sligo is the only home economics college in the country and is very ambitious in its plans to progress a major campus development project, incorporating elements of both refurbishment and new build.

     

  • U-C-C were the big winners on the opening night of the Sigerson Cup.

    They were 7-25 to 2-04 winners over Athlone I-T at the Mardyke.

    U-L beat D-I-T by just one point in Grangegorman. St. Mary's overcame N-U-I Galway in a free-taking competition.

    Defending champions UCD get their campaign underway this afternoon when they face Cork I-T in Belfield.

    Garda welcome I-T Sligo in Templemore

  • The Students Unions at both NUI Galway and GMIT are planning to hold a Crisis Campout in Eyre Square, Galway on Tuesday 11st September.

    The action will be taken along with the One Galway Movement, to highlight the need for purpose-built student housing and more social housing.

    While new luxury student accomodation is being built in Galway by private companies, the Students Unions at both colleges have criticised the prices involved - claiming they're charging up to €250 euro per week.

    Megan Reilly, President of NUI Galway Students Union, says these prices are putting huge pressure on students and parents, as people could be paying up to €1,250 per month for one room in an apartment - which is more expensive than a mortgage.

    Other students are commuting for hours to attend college as they cannot afford to live in Galway, while some students are living in hostels.

    Megan Reilly says the provision of purpose-built student accomodation would help to ease the situation...

  • The role of women in the struggle for Irish Independence will be discussed today.

    A conference is taking place at NUI Galway focusing on the years 1918 to 1924.

    John Cunninhgham from NUI Galway's department of history says they'll also focus on the emergence of the Labour movement.

  • Tuam historian Catherine Corless is to receive an honorary degree from NUI Galway next month.

    In 2014, Ms Corless revealed that hundreds of babies and toddlers had been buried in unmarked graves at a former mother and baby home in Tuam.

    She's also known for her advocacy work on behalf of the survivors, and the children who lost their lives.

    Others to receive an honorary degree include musician Sharon Shannon and dementia activist, Helen Rochford Brennan.