GMIT Castlebar

  • Government have today announced a €2 million euro investment  to upgrade the roof in GMIT.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says this represents a major statement of intent by the Government in the Castlebar Campus.

    Today's announcement is part of the Government's multi-billion investment in education as part of Project Ireland 2040.

    Minister Ring says investment of this kind can only bode well for the future of the Mayo GMIT Campus.

  • A Mayo TD has expressed her disappointment at the recent decision to suspend the Honours Course in Digital Media and Society course at the Castlebar GMIT campus.

    Fianna Fail Deputy Lisa Chambers says it was a shock to hear of the suspension of the course, as just last month Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor reiterated the Government’s commitment to the future sustainability of the Mayo campus.

    Deputy Chambers says it’s completely unacceptable and questions need to be answered as to why this decision was taken.

    The GMIT Working Group report was published in December 2017. This report listed key recommendations on how to secure the future sustainability of the campus. Deputy Chambers says as the situation currently stands, this report is yet to be implemented.

    She says there was two key points of the report. One was the appointment of an external facilitator to oversee the implementation of the report’s recommendations and two, was the appointment of a head of campus. Neither of which has been done to date.

    Deputy Chambers says people are furious, and rightly so, as changes shouldn’t be made like cutting courses until the report has been implemented.

  • There are no simple answers in ensuring the feasibility of the Castlebar campus of GMIT, according the acting Head of the Castlebar campus Dr Richard Thorne.

    The survival of the Castlebar campus of GMIT recently appeared to be under threat, when a number of courses were cut, and the college was in considerable debt.

    In response to the concerns, a working group was established under the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny and it has devised an implementation plan which has outlined a number of recommendations to ensure its future.

    Dr Thorne has been appointed in the last number of days to ensure the recommendations of the implementation plan are delivered on, in the absence as yet, of a new Head of Campus.

  • Sunday week, November 18th, is a Science Open Day at the GMIT, Castlebar campus. 

    It’s the highlight of Science Week that will run from Sunday to Sunday -Nov 11th to 18th and is organised annually by Mayo county council, and all events are free.

    Westport Fine Gael councillor Tereasa McGuire, a principal herself, is encouraging parents to bring their children to the science open day in GMIT.

    She told Midwest News it’s a great opportunity for children of all ages to be creative and to enjoy and learning through practical experiences.

  • The position of Head of Campus of the GMIT in Castlebar is being advertised again and it is hoped that someone will be appointed to the role by the end of next month. That’s according to the acting Head of Campus Dr Richard Thorne.

    Dr Thorne had held the position when GMIT Castlebar was being set up, he is also the former President of Sligo IT, but has just been appointed on an interim basis to Castlebar, following a failed attempt to secure a new Head of Campus earlier this year.

    The survival of the Castlebar campus of GMIT recently appeared to be under threat, when a number of courses were cut, and the college was in considerable debt.

    In response to the concerns, a working group was established under the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny and it has devised an implementation plan which has outlined a number of recommendations to ensure its future.

    Dr Thorne, has been appointed in the last number of days, to ensure the recommendations of the implementation plan are delivered on, in the absence as yet, of a new Head of Campus.

  • Today at GMIT in Castlebar there’s a booked out conference for parents and educators on the theme “Turning Play Inside out”.

    The popular conference is being hosted by GMIT working with an organisation called “CYPSC”  which stands for Children and Young People’s Services Committee.

    Tomorrow afternoon  from 2pm parents and children under six years of age are all invited to enjoy an outdoor play day in the wooded area located on the GMIT campus.

     

  • “Don’t hurt the one you love” is the message contained in a Valentine’s card which will be distributed to students at the Mayo campus of GMIT this Wednesday.

    Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Office is leading the campaign, which reminds young drivers to slow down, wear a seatbelt, and to refrain from using their mobile phone when driving.

    Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says many young passengers become victims of road collision while driven by their boyfriends, and he wants this Valentine’s Day campaign to encourage young male drivers to keep their partners safe by driving carefully.

    Liam Deasy, President of the GMIT Mayo Campus Student’s Union, says they will be distributing the Valentine’s cards to students this Wednesday….