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.”

 

 

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