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About University of Galway
About University of Galway
Since 1845, University of Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
University of Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at University of Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at University of Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At University of Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Health & Wellbeing
NUI Galway recognises that the health of the campus community is the University’s most valuable resource, and is focused on creating a healthier, happier and safer campus for students, staff and the wider community. Each of the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are related to healh & wellbeing in one way or another, and we understand that we can't be a sustainable campus without being a healthy campus.
Our NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy 2021-2025 aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our students in everyday living. We recognise that good health involves looking after all dimensions of your wellbeing; physical, social and mental. The University will ensure access and availability to programmes and resources that contribute to the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.
Photo by Prof. Chaosheng Zhang
The Sport and Recreation Unit has a mission to promote participation in sport and physical activities by all students and staff. Make use of the state of the art facilities in NUIG's Kingfisher Gym and Swimming pool! The outdoor sports facilities just north of the campus cater to all athletics and field sports.
NUI Galway offers a Student Health Unit, providing on-campus medical care to full-time registered students in a confidential, professional and courteous manner.
The NUI Galway Biodiversity Trail is not only an educational resource, but a recreational resource too! We encourage students and staff to explore the trail and exercise while taking in the beauty of the natural environment.
There are over 100 active Student Societies and 45 Clubs at NUI Galway. Students are encouraged to get involved in clubs and societies of interest to them, in order to make like-minded friends and develop new skills.
The Safe Campus Programme is an initiative designed to raise awareness about maintaining a safe campus and raising awareness of personal safety wherever we are. The #SafeCampus campaign aims to communiate a number of support areas including Smart Consent (NUI Galway's Sexual Health and Support Initiative: Research, Workshops and Campaigns), home and personal safety, Smoke-Free Zones and Green Campus.
NUI Galway are leading a national conversation on sexual consent training. Students are welcome to participate in research, workshops and engage with a fantastic programme that is helping to transform our relationships. Active* Consent uses workshops, drama, video, and research to engage with young people, to have positive and confident sexual health and well-being.
The CARA Connect Programme aims to support the power of conversation and connection. This programme is a peer buddy system, where students are matched together to meet up for conversation, games, and a bit of fun! The system helps participants to increase social interactions and form new friendships with other students and their peers.
NUI Galway recognises the importance of strengthening mental health and resilience among our students.
Free Counselling Services are available to all students.
Weekly mindfulness sessions are offered to students and staff through Mindful Way at NUI Galway. Mindfulness is a practice that teaches us to be fully present and engaged in each moment of our lives. Although we are often unaware of our train of thoughts, it has a profound effect on how we live our lives, as well on our mental and emotional health. With mindfulness we become better at paying attention, being more focused, more self-aware and less reactive.
Seas Suas is a student-to-student awareness and encouragement programme encouraging students to be aware of each other’s health and wellbeing through events and training.
Wellness Recovery Action Planning WRAP® has been a very successful initiative available in NUI Galway through the Student Health Unit. WRAP is a self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people who had mental health difficulties and who were struggling to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. It also includes plans for responses from others when you cannot make decisions, take care of yourself, or keep yourself safe.
Creidim is a mutual support group of past participants of WRAP. Participants are invited to partake in weekly "meet-up"s, where topics, activities and discussion are decided and driven by students.
The Chaplaincy service offers pastoral care, welfare support and spiritual guidance to the students and staff of NUI Galway.
Other Health Promotion Initiatives
NUI Galway also facilitates student health and wellbeing by:
- Providing opportunities for healthy, safe and sustainable food
- Reducing alcohol and other substance misuse
- Promoting sustainable transport options
- Providing easy access to safe drinking water
- Implementing clean energy systems
- Promoting health benefits of interactions with Nature. Our Biodiversity Trail was designed with campus health and wellbeing in mind.
Photo by Prof Chaosheng Zhang