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.

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    Over 95% of workers are now in favour of a form of remote working, with less than 5% wanting a full-time return to the office.

    That's according to the second Annual National Remote Working Survey, carried out by NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission.

    It shows more than half of the 6,400 people surveyed would like to work from home several times a week, while around one-third would like to fully work remotely.

    Nine percent of people who responded to the survey say they've already relocated to the west, south-west or border region, while 24% would consider relocating, based on their experience of remote working during the pandemic.

  • Students at NUI Galway are being urged to contact the university if they feel unwell, or think they're a close contact, after a  Covid-19 outbreak there.

    Helplines have been set up to assist students, and will be staffed from 9am to 9pm.

    NUI Galway also says people who have symptoms can contact their GP if they'd prefer to, instead of the Student Health Unit.

    Students' Union President, Padraic Toomey, says the outbreak coincided with the start of the new semester.

  • Eleven civil-society groups throughout Ireland have been awarded grants through the Equality fund.

    The groups’ projects advance equality for LGBTI+ communities, migrants, people with intellectual disabilities, Travellers, sex workers, women survivors of addiction and domestic sexual violence, and organisations that combat racism and hate in Ireland. 

    Rethink Ireland have also announced a record expansion of The Equality Fund in Ireland from €3 million to €10 million over 5 years.

    The funding comes from The Peter Kinney and Lisa Sandquist Foundation and is being matched by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

    Among the awardees is The National Platform of Self-Advocates Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway.

    The National Platform of Self Advocates is an independent organisation run by people with intellectual disabilities for people with intellectual disabilities.

    It is a membership organisation aiming to improve the lives of people with disabilities. It is founded on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities to be viewed as equal citizens with rights as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

  • 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.

     

  • Gardaí are to share the addresses and information of house parties with NUI Galway.

    The move is being taken following hundreds of young people gathering in the city to drink on Monday night.

    There were also a number of house parties in accommodation believed to be rented by students, according to the Irish Times.

    NUI Galway described the scenes as 'deplorable', and said students could face expulsion if they breached public health guidelines.

  • 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.

  • Basketball Ireland announced ambitious plans during the week for 8 to 10 Centres of Excellence, which will be located nationwide. NUI Galway and Ulster University in Jordanstown are the first two Centres of Excellence to be confirmed, having signed an agreement with Basketball Ireland this month. Talks are ongoing with a number of other third level institutions, with further announcements in due course.

    Each Centre of Excellence will provide access to expertise, such as strength and conditioning, sports medicine, sports psychology, diet and nutrition, sports management and administration, coach development and training. They will also have media and meeting facilities.

    The Centres of Excellence will be used for national training camps for international sides, along with Basketball Ireland academies. There will also be the ability to host international fixtures, national senior competitions, intervarsity competitions, as well as local schools cups and blitzes.

    Swinford native Mike Murray Director of Basketball at NUI Galway, Aine McDonagh of NUIG Mystics and a Galway Ladies footballer along with Irish international and Titans star Malik Thiam joined us on Sunday Sport today to tell us more about the new Centre of Excellence.

  • 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.

     

  • A new online learning hub on consent for the third-level sector has been announced by Galway-based Minister Hildegarde Naughton and the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris.

    The hub is being developed in partnership with NUI Galway and will be available for the new academic year in September.

    Minister Naughton says it will contain material for students and staff in higher-level institutions, and will improve the understanding of the meaning and importance of consent.

    Speaking at the launch today in NUI Galway, she said there can be no place for any form of sexual violence and harassment in our society, and there can be no room for doubt or ambiguity on the meaning and importance of consent.

     

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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 is leading a global UNESCO study on the impact of Covid-19 on young people's lives, as the pandemic has caused chronic loneliness and social isolation in young people.

    Around 6,000 people aged between 18 and 35 from more than 100 countries applied to be researchers in the study, which will be co-ordinated by Professor Pat Dolan of NUI Galway.

    Professor Dolan says the objective is for young people to work with other young people to find out how the pandemic has affected them personally, in their families and communities and lives, and to explore how they have coped.

    Actor Cillian Murphy is supporting the project and will take part in the online launch on Friday next at 1pm.

  • 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 is one of four of Ireland's universities that have slipped down in the latest world university rankings.

    The new QS World University Rankings for 2022 saw NUI Galway drop 20 places to 258th overall, University College Cork (UCC) drop 12 places to 298th, and Dublin City University (DCU) drop 51 places to 490th.

    Maynooth University also fell to a lower band than it was placed in, in previous years.

    University College Dublin (UCD) bucked the trend however, and climbed four places to 173rd overall. 

    The University of Limerick's position also rose slightly, and UL now sits just outside the top 500.

    Trinity College Dublin remained the country’s top-scoring university and placed 101st on the global rankings for the second year running.

    The QS rankings provide a comparative analysis of the performance of the world’s top 1,300 universities across 97 different countries.

    Globally, the top ten universities in the world can be found in the US, the UK and Switzerland.