GMIT

  • Due to the adverse weather conditions and in the interests of student and staff safety, the GMIT Letterfrack campus closed today, Wednesday 28 February, at 3pm, and the Mountbellew campus will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 1 March, at 2pm, as driving conditions are already treacherous on secondary rural roads.

    We are monitoring and reviewing the situation hourly and at this stage it is possible that Met Eireann and the National Emergency Coordination Group will issue a Red Weather Warning for Connacht early on Friday morning (2 March).

    Our two Galway city campuses and and the Mayo campuses are operating as normal today and tomorrow (Thursday 1 March), for now.

     

    We will issue further information and updates, as the situation develops, on our website www.gmit.ie/alerts and our social media platforms. Twitter: www.twitter.com/GMITOfficial  Facebook www.facebook.com/GMITOfficial

  • GMIT has been successful in its application to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to deliver 13 new free upskilling courses at its Mayo and Galway campuses under the recently announced Springboard+ 2018 programme.

    The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton launched the new suite of courses earlier this week, making available some 8,000 places on 245 upskilling and reskilling courses in third level colleges across the country.

    The majority of the courses start this in Autumn (2018) , however a number commence later in 2018 and in early 2019. All applications must be made through the website www.springboardcourses.ie

    GMIT President, Dr Fergal Barry told Midwest News today that GMIT is delighted to get approval to run these courses. Over 560 places will be available across the courses, with almost 400 being delivered in a blended or online way and almost 100 of those places being delivered from the Mayo Campus of GMIT.

    He said the courses are designed to support the needs of people in the region to reskill and upskill and ultimately support the development of the most advanced, flexible and relevant Higher Education System in Europe by 2026.”

  • The Gaelic Players Association and the Women's Gaelic Players Association have announced a number of new scholarships.

    Open to members of both organisations, they are in partnership with the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

    The funding covers four scholarships, which will research areas such as nutrition, recovery and sleep quality.

    The sporting organisations say this research will be hugely beneficial to both the GPA and WGOA to advance the welfare needs of male and female inter-county players going forward.

  • An international competition for young chefs will take place at GMIT on Monday.

    The Galway International Hotel School at GMIT will host the 2018 European Region of Gastronomy Young Chef competition.

    Galway chef Andrew Ishmael will compete against young chefs from Italy, Spain, Denmark,Finland, Holland, Romania, Slovenia, Greece and Portugal.

    Andrew will be hoping to retain the title won last year by GMIT's Aisling Rock, who travelled to Barcelona to represent Galway in the competition.

    The competition is now in its 3rd year and aims to promote innovation on traditional cuisine, highlight sustainable food cultures and create future chef ambassadors for region as well as for local food products.

    A number of food workshops and masterclasses will also be taking place on the Galway campus on Monday.

  • The passage of the Technological Universities Bill will be a key milestone in the delivery of third level education across the country, according to Mayo Fianna Fail deputy Lisa Chambers.

    The Bill passed through the Seanad last week.

    Deputy Chambers says Fianna Fáil has submitted a significant number of amendments to the original Bill.
    The issue of a merger was a serious concern for both the staff and students in GMIT, she told Midwest News, but the legislation now protects ITs from mergers unless there is a simultaneous designation as a Technological University.  

    This means that no existing Institutes of Technology will have to merge as a pre-condition of seeking Technological University status which might not have been granted. This was a key precondition of Fianna Fáil support for this Bill.

  • The Minister for Communications Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton is in Mayo today for a number of official engagements.

    This morning Minister Bruton  is at GMIT in Castlebar hosting a Climate Action Forum

    The Minister is not for turning on the provision of a new on line Green Schools pack produced by An Taisce - promoting climate change advice, despite the IFA’s opposition to it as farmers claim it promotes veganism. The school  pack talks about reducing the consumption of meat and dairy in our diet.

    Speaking to Midwest News this morning the Minister was adamant that censorship is not the answer. He said young people would not appreciate not being able to discuss what they eat and its impact on the environment.

    He said that when he was young there was always one day in the week that meat was off the menu and that was replaced by fish.

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    €240,000 to support apprenticeship programmes in GMIT has been announced this morning by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.

    €180,000 has been allocated to support motor apprenticeships while €60,000 has been allocated to support electrical apprenticeships.

    The funding will enable GMIT to purchase new equipment and update its infrastructure.

    The funding forms part of the Government’s commitment, under Project Ireland 2040, to increase investment in higher and further education and training and to the modernisation of equipment available for craft apprenticeship provision. There was an 80% increase in apprenticeship registrations between 2015 and 2018.

    Minister Ring  says apprenticeships offer fantastic opportunities and he would encourage any person in Mayo who is looking at their career options, especially students preparing to sit exams this week, to strongly consider the many benefits of an apprenticeship.

     

  • GMIT has won a prestigious award for its work with cutting edge software for the construction industry.

    It received the Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA) award last night (Wednesday) for a project on Building Information Modelling, which uses state of the art technology to plan and design buildings.

    The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor presented  the awards to 11 successful projects at a ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin .

    Galway East TD Seán Canney, a former lecturer at GMIT, told Midwest News this afternoon that it’s a great achievement for the college that has plans to establish itself as an international leader in Building Information Modelling. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • People looking for work in the tourism and hospitality sectors are invited to attend the annual Tourism Careers Fair at the GMIT Galway campus on Wednesday afternoon next 7th March.

    Over sixty hotel and tourism employers from across Ireland, Europe and the US will take part in the careers fair, which runs from 1.30 to 4pm on Wednesday.

    It’s an opportunity for GMIT students and graduates, and the general public, to meet with employers who are currently looking for staff.