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GMIT awarded €3m to deliver upskilling programmes from September

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – GMIT has been awarded almost €3 million to deliver almost two dozen free and subsidised upskilling programmes from September.

The funding has been allocated under the HEA’s 2021 Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative.

The Springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free and subsidised courses at certificate, degree and masters level – leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

€2.9 million has been allocated to support GMIT in offering 564 places across 21 courses in the fields of business, ICT, hospitality and STEM, from September.

Many will offer blended or online learning, as well as part-time and full-time options.

A full list of courses available can be viewed at GMIT.ie.

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€1.2m for NUIG to lead EU project on third level innovation

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A team at NUI Galway has been awarded €1.2m in funding to lead a European project on building innovation in higher education.

Idea to Impact – or i2i – aims to train students and staff enhance the start-up ecosystem in a network of Universities and colleges.

The project will train more than 800 students and 300 staff across a range of European educational institutes over a two year period.

It gets underway this month – with the ultimate aim of developing a more entrepreneurial mindset in disciplines including heath, technology, climate, culture and creativity.

NUI Galway, working with partner institutions in Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Bulgaria, has been awarded €1.2m to lead the project.

The research team says it looks forward to demonstrating the potential of the west of Ireland as a leader in the Entrepreneurial domain – and working with like-minded partners to build innovation capacity and create a foundation for future funding in the field.

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Funding awarded for community facilities across Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Funding has been awarded to a range of community groups across Galway to help them sustain and improve facilities in their local areas.

The funding of €143 thousand has been approved by the alway County Local Community Development Committee – or LCDC.

A total of 72 projects will avail of the latest round of funding, with allocations ranging from several hundred to €10 thousand.

In some cases, the funds support physical development or refurbishment, while in others, they support the purchase of equipment or payment of utility bills.

Mountbellew Community Centre received the maximum allocation of €10 thousand for the replacement of damaged floors.

While Youth Work Ireland Galway also received the same amount for the development of youth facilities in Loughrea.

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1,345 cases of Covid-19 confirmed nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has confirmed 1,345 new cases of Covid-19 here.

It’s a reduction of 41 on yesterday’s figures which were the highest in six months.

There are currently 105 people in hospital with the virus, a reduction of one person.

Of those, 21 are in intensive care units, also a decrease of one person compared to yesterday.

The five-day moving average in Ireland has risen to 1,282, compared to 983 this day last week.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 310, while the seven-day moving average is 1,237.

The HSE continue to be affected by the recent cyber attack and the daily case figure may change due to future data review, validation and update.

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