More than 30 journalism students at NUI Galway have been refunded their fees due to concerns over the quality of the course they were studying.
According to today’s Irish Times, between 30 and 40 third- and fourth-year students on the undergraduate journalism programme have been refunded at a cost of more than €100,000 to the college.
The refunds follow complaints from students over issues such as lack of access to work placements and poor communication from course leaders.
The university’s complaints board upheld the complaints relating to the students’ third year and found the shortcomings “negatively impacted on the educational experience of students”.
It added that there had been evidence of a “significant lack of leadership” and the shortcomings had been acknowledged by staff in the journalism course.
The college has since appointed a new director of the course who, it said, would significantly enhance feedback and communication with students.
Students involved in the course in recent days received letters confirming their fees would be refunded.