Archive for Jim Browne

NUIG Pres calls for ends of rag weeks after girls go on naked rampage

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags , , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“The President of NUIG has called for the end of RAG Week-style festivities after local police were inundated with reports of antisocial behaviour from college students, including one report of two girls going on a naked rampage through a Galway housing estate …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 March]

NUIG head calls for college week cancellation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“The Students’ Union at NUI Galway says it doesn’t believe abandoning ‘College Week’ entirely will prevent students from participating in anti-social behaviour. President of the Union, Peter Mannion says, there is a bigger issue of alcoholism, which needs to be addressed …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 March]

NUI Presidents calls for return of college fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“The President of NUI Galway has called on the Government to reintroduce college fees. Professor James J. Browne, along with other members of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), has asked the State to bring in a tuition charge in a bid to preserve services in the third level sector …” (more)

[Lorraine O’Hanlon, Galway Independent, 3 November]

NUI Galway President backs Calls for College Fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 1 November 2010 by Steve

“The President of NUI Galway has backed calls for a return of college fees. Professor Jim Browne’s comments come amid reports that students could face registration fees of up to €3,000 from next year onwards …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 1 November]

Securing future of university and graduates is vital, says NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“Irish universities have a pivotal role to play in shaping a knowledge society and smart economy that can confidently face the challenges that lie ahead, according to NUI Galway which has recently launched its Strategic Plan 2009 to 2014 …” (more)

[Martina Nee, Galway Advertiser, 5 August]

President welcomes multi-million investment

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 21 July 2010 by Steve

“NUI Galway President Jim Browne has said that the announcement of €60 million in research funding is a strong ‘vote of confidence’ in the university. The much-needed boost was confirmed by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen last week and will see funds go towards development of major building and programmes for environmental science and the creative arts …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 21 July]

College bosses warn of cuts to courses

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“The highest number of school leavers in six years face the prospect of reduced choices on college courses with third-level chiefs warning that further funding cuts will impact on the level of services they can offer next autumn …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 June]

Grade inflation claims without foundation, says president

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 3 March 2010 by Steve

“The increase in first-class honours degrees being awarded by third level institutions ‘is defensible’, the President of NUI Galway has said. Dr Jim Browne was responding to Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe’s revelation on Monday that he has launched two major investments into so called ‘grade inflation’ in university and Leaving Cert results …” (more)

[Colin Bartley, Galway Independent, 3 March]

Examiners now less ‘mean’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 3 March 2010 by Steve

“The rate of first class honours degrees awarded by NUIG has increased by 115% since 1994. This is according to an unpublished study by Trinity College Dublin using figures from the Higher Education Authority. Responding to the news, NUIG President Jim Browne said that examiners were ‘too mean’ 15 years ago. He said that there had been a reluctance in the past to give full grades, but now the university has changed their approach …” (more)

[Richard Manton, SIN, 3 March]

Tuition fees must be addressed, says NUIG head

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“The issue of student tuition fees will have to be addressed in the near future despite the Government’s expressed opposition to them, Dr Jim Browne, the president of NUI Galway, has said. ‘Without a sustainable funding mechanism, the higher education system in this country faces a slow but steady decline in standards’ …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 10 February]

President defends fee spending

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Financial contributions from third-level students is unavoidable if facilities are to be kept at the present standard. That’s according to NUI Galway President Prof James Browne, who was responding to criticism from students’ unions regarding the spending of funding raised through registration fees …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 3 February]

Quiet man, big reputation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 April 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Prof Jim Browne, President NUI Galway: He’s a grafter, more concerned with getting the finer details right than enhancing his public profile. As president of NUI Galway, Prof Jim Browne has managed to oversee substantial changes without the kerfuffle witnessed in other institutions. Professor Jim Browne, president of NUI Galway is the quiet man of Irish university politics. Often overshadowed in the media by his more outgoing counterparts in other universities, he is nonetheless widely respected for his dedication and knowledge of the sector and its inner workings. ‘Browne has forgotten more than most of us will ever know,’ commented one source …” (more)

[Gráinne Faller, Irish Times, 7 April]

University rift deepens over UCD/TCD research agreement

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 7 March 2009 by Steve

“The rift between the seven universities has deepened with another president adding his concerns about possible Government moves to support an exclusive research agreement between Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD).

The Irish Examiner reported yesterday that Taoiseach Brian Cowen was preparing to announce support for the deal, which would garner public funding for greater collaboration between the two largest universities on research facilities and staff.

National University of Ireland Galway president Dr Jim Browne said the country needs all third level institutions to continue working together and any process which might damage that would be dangerous.

‘I welcome all collaborations but my fear is that preferential treatment for some collaborations might damage the entire sector,’ he said.

Dr Browne cited links between bio-medical research work at NUIG and medical devices multinational Boston Scientific, which is a huge employer, and the dangers any loss of research funding for the college might mean. ‘Research is hugely important for regional development and if you downgrade institutions outside Dublin, you downgrade their stakeholders who create jobs in the region,’ he said.

Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe denied yesterday that there would be any funding ringfenced for TCD and UCD from the €300 million Programme for Third Level Institutions (PRTLI).

He told the Irish Examiner he had put a claim made to him by University College Cork president Dr Michael Murphy last week to the heads of Trinity and UCD — that their researchers were not co-operating with counterparts in other colleges on joint applications for PRTLI funding.

The minister said he had been assured no instructions along those lines have been issued to staff.

The minister said he was not aware of any plans to ringfence funding under the Government’s Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) for exclusive collaboration between TCD and UCD as such a move would be contrary to Government policy of collaboration between all third level colleges, not just any specific groupings.

‘We’re certainly not going down the road of favouritism of two institutions,’ he said.

The minister said he has met with TCD and UCD bosses to encourage greater collaboration between them, just as he encourages closer co-operation between other neighbouring institutions.

In a statement to UCC’s academic council yesterday, Dr Murphy said the university is extremely concerned about reports of Government funding earmarked for national research investment possibly being diverted for selective benefit of individual universities.”

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 March]