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SIX GRADUATES from the third year GMIT art and design course will exhibit a collection of prints, to celebrate the completion of their degree, in the NUI Galway quadrangle art gallery.
The future of GMIT's Castlebar campus has taken another twist this week as concerns for the future of the campus intensified. Fine Gael senator Michelle Mulherin said that she had been informed that a number of staff and students at the Castlebar campus had been asked to move to the Galway campus, saying: “I am very concerned that between 12 and 15 staff, at GMIT Castlebar have been asked via their union to transfer voluntarily to Galway within three to four weeks. Should they refuse, they will be added to the redeployment panel, and may be asked to transfer to any location within the higher education sector.
"The results of a recent staff survey shows massive support for ringfenced funding to secure Mayo GMIT, and we call again on an Taoiseach and, indeed, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, to secure the funding immediately," said Harry Barrett from the Mayo GMIT Action Group this week.
Thirty years ago when I was trying to blag my way into college, I would have given anything for a course to be located here in Mayo. But at the time, such a possibility was but a pipedream. if you wanted to go to college and you were from Mayo, you had to up sticks, pack the bags, get the thumbing finger out and head over the hills to Galway or, perish the thought, head east.
Sherry FitzGerald welcomes No 265 Gleann na Ri to the market for sale by private treaty. This is a three bedroom ground floor apartment located to the rear of the Gleann Na Ri development. The property is in a block of 12 units with communal parking to front and large landscaped gardens to the rear. Gleann Na Ri is a secure development with electronic gated access and management company in place.
NUI Galway will hold a special information evening for prospective students on Wednesday January 18 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm in the Arts Millennium Building. The event is aimed at mature students, Leaving Certificate students, and parents/guardians.
A Mayo based senator has alleged this week in the Seanad that potential students who inquire about courses in the GMIT campus in Castlebar are being steered towards the Galway campus if a similar course is on offer there and that the Mayo campus is being "bullied" by its overseeing campus. Fine Gael senator Paddy Burke raised the issue of the future of the Castlebar campus of the institute with the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, in the upper house of the Oireachtas as fears for the future of the facility in Castlebar have intesified recently. Those fears were further increased late last week when the head of the Mayo campus Dr Deirdre Garvey stepped down from her position.
NUI Galway took home two major awards in the Postgraduate course of the year categories in the gradireland Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards which took place last Thursday in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown.
Louise Ni Chonghaile, from Carna, a fourth year student in the GMIT School of Engineering, has won a top national industry award for achieving a distinction in her Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer and electronic engineering (Level 7) last year.
A new report published by the GMIT Careers Office shows that 94 per cent of GMIT graduates are either in employment or further education, eight months after graduation: 55 per cent of GMIT graduates are in paid employment and 39 per cent are in further education.