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NUI Galway demonstrates leadership in the achievement of the SDGs by promoting sustainability scholarship, social justice, human rights and global citizenship as graduate and staff attributes, by embedding sustainability in operations and investments, and by building sustainable partnerships with communities.

NUI Galway Community and University Sustainability Officer

NUI Galway has created a new senior leadership role in sustainability; the inaugural Community and University Sustainability Officer reports to the Registrar and Deputy President and takes a lead role in implementing and developing our sustainability vision. The role of the Community and University Sustainability Officer demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and to scaling sustainability successes beyond the campus walls, acting as a role model for neighbouring communities, other national bodies and international partners.

Green Campus

Our University was recently awarded a Green-Campus Flag by the international Foundation for Environmental Education. This flag demonstrates to the world that NUI Galway is committed to continuous environmental improvement and cross-campus community collaboration.

Other leadership initiatives

We include a statement of Corporate Social Responsibility as part of our Annual Financial Report.

We have successfully divested the University’s shareholding from fossil fuels and we are actively working towards an ethical investment policy.

We demonstrate leadership at the regional and national levels by promoting partnerships with key stakeholders. This includes rolling out flagship projects with Saolta University Healthcare Group, Galway City Council and numerous community interest groups.Working with our partners, we raise major national issues affecting student and staff health and wellbeing.

We foster sustainability-related community-university partnerships and promote greater civic engagement through service learning, volunteering and outreach, student work experience, student-staff collaborations, and satellite campus projects. We are committed to strengthening public engagement and participation in addressing the SDGs.