Galway Bay fm newsroom – Junior Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has asked NUI Galway to carry out a survey on how it promotes and protects students’ mental health.
The Minister says the survey should include students, welfare officers and university personnel.
She says anxiety, exam pressure, work life balance, alcohol abuse or substance abuse can all negatively impact the wellbeing and resilience of the student.
NUI Galway has shown international leadership creating the first Mindful University in Europe with a broader goal towards wellbeing for students, staff and local community.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor announced the survey initiative for NUIG while attending a mindfulness conference at the university today.
The university’s Health and Wellbeing team, led by Prof Lokesh Joshi and Prof Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, has devised the online questionnaire
Professor Joshi says they are delighted to create this Wellbeing Index for the Department.
The information gathered will be shared with all the higher education institutions early in the new academic year.
PIC: Attending ‘Ireland’s Mindful Journey’ Conference at NUI Galway on Thursday, 14 June were pictured l-r: Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President, NUI Galway, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education, Ann Walsh, Programme Director of the MSc Marketing Practice and coordinator of the Mindful Way Initiative, NUI Galway and Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research, NUI Galway. Photo: Aengus McMahon
Three arrested after seizure of almost €1m of cannabis in Kilcolgan
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three people have been arrested after almost €1m of cannabis was seized in Kilcolgan.
It follows a search carried out late yesterday afternoon which uncovered a growhouse in the area.
Members of the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit searched a premises in Kilcolgan at around 3.30pm as part of Operation Tara.
They discovered a sophisticated growhouse operation and seized suspected cannabis plants worth €950 thousand.
Two men, both in their 40’s, and a woman in her 30’s, were arrested at the scene.
All of the drugs seized will be sent for analysis and Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says the seizure is a significant blow to those trafficking illegal drugs in Galway – and Gardaí will continue to work to tackle and dismantle drug networks.
Almost 60% Galway’s small and medium enterprises are investing in upskilling the workforce
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 60% of Galway’s small and medium sized enterprises are investing in training and upskilling their workforce.
That’s according to research by business support and mentoring programme MentorsWork.
They also found that just over half of Galway’s SMEs understand the implications of tech threats, and almost half are up to date with automation and digitalisation.
Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Elizabeth Bowen, stresses the importance of training and upskilling.
Increased Garda presence across city in light of recent assaults
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s now an increased Garda presence across Galway city in light of the recent level of serious assaults.
At this week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee, Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche said assaults causing harm are a serious concern.
He said Gardaí are putting resources into tackling the issue, and foot patrols have been increased.
But it was noted that more Gardaí on the beat means some other specialist units are having to make do with less resources.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says there will be a highly visible presence in the city for the rest of this month.