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NUIG to host majority of summer exams online

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway will hold the majority of summer exams online to avoid bringing thousands of students to exam halls around the city.

The university’s exams are due to begin at the end of April and will continue up to the 15th of May – with results expected in July.

All exams will be hosted online, expect for certain modules from accredited courses, which will be assessed in due course.

The university campus has been closed for the last two weeks and students have been asked to return home and continue learning online.

While the majority of students will have internet access, arrangements are being made for those students who do not have access.

Meanwhile, systems will be implemented to limit the chances of cheating – including possible interviews after the assessments are completed.

Speaking on Galway Talks, NUIG President, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said the measures are necessary given the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, all on-campus exams at the University of Limerick have been cancelled.

They were due to take place at the end of this semester, in early May.

UL has replaced them with remote assessments instead.

Details will be sent to students by April 6th.

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Galway Cycling Campaign calls for drivers to slow down as lockdown continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Cycling Campaign is calling on motorists to slow down, as traffic volumes on the road network have considerably reduced during the ongoing lockdown.

The cycling group says our busy hospitals shouldn’t be burdened with injuries from road traffic collisions that could potentially occur due to increased speed.

The group has praised the recent siting of a Garda speed van at the Seapoint roundabout in Salthill – where it argues many collisions have occurred in the past.

Martina Callanan is spokesperson for Galway Cycling Campaign – she says essential workers who travel to work by bike, on foot or by car need to feel safe on our roads.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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Executive Director of WHO programme addresses NUIG conferring of 190 future doctors

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Executive Director of the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme has delivered an inspiring address to NUI Galway’s online conferring of 190 future doctors.

Dr Mike Ryan, an NUIG graduate of the class of 1988 asked the new graduates to ‘protect themselves, others and serve those in need’.

The Newcastle based university hosted an online conferring ceremony for the School of Medicine today due to COVID 19 restrictions.

The Health Minister Simon Harris also addressed the graduation ceremony via video link and told NUIG’s 2020 Medicine class to “come work with us.”

Executive Director at the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme Dr Mike Ryan urged the medicine class to join the battle against COVID-19.

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Roscommon/Galway TD urges government to consider proposal for development of template for cloth face coverings

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Roscommon/Galway TD is calling on the National Public Health Emergency Team to consider a proposal on the wearing of home-made cloth face coverings in public and work areas.

According to the HSE, face coverings are unlikely to be of any benefit to the public unless a person is sick.

The Regional Group of Independent TDs, of which Roscommon/Galway Deputy Denis Naughten is chair, says cloth face coverings could prevent cough and sneeze droplet spread.

The group has pointed to new evidence from the Centre for Disease Control in the US, which recommends wearing face coverings in public settings.

The Regional Group argues that the Government’s “Community Call” programme should consider taking the lead in providing face masks templates to the public so that they can be made at home.

It has moved to stress the masks would not be akin to those reserved and worn by frontline heathcare workers.

Deputy Naughten says wearing cloth masks could allow some people to return to work, while continuing to observe social distancing….

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