About NUI Galway

Founded in 1845, National University of Galway have been inspiring students for 170 years. NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a wide range of disciplines, including the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Law, Science, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences.

The unique student experience at NUI Galway owes much to our location in the beautiful west of Ireland. Galway City (pop. almost 80,000) is a ‘college town’ in every sense, with students accounting for approximately 20% of the population of the city during term. This youthful energy is reflected in the many internationally renowned festivals, music, cultural and sporting events that are hosted in the city each year.

Young, vibrant and cosmopolitan, Galway and its surrounding hinterland – Connemara and the Aran Islands – is a major draw for international students who want to experience the real Ireland of rugged countryside, castles, lakes and rivers and savour the unique atmosphere of the city’s restaurants, cafes and traditional Irish music pubs.

Survey Dates

Survey Live: 22 February - 14 March 2021

Each participating institution selects a specific three-week period during February and March to open the survey for their students. This allows the national survey to take account of local events and other demands on students’ time in order to increase the benefit of the survey at local level – “national survey, local impact“.

Meet the Survey Team

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Prof. Michelle Millar

Dean of Students

Prof Michelle Millar is the Dean of Students for NUI Galway and is available to answer any questions you may have in relation to the survey.

Contact Email: michelle.millar@nuigalway.ie

Contact Phone: 091 492061

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Padraic Toomey

SU President

Padraic Toomey is the SU President for NUI Galway and is available to answer any questions you may have in relation to the survey.

Contact Email: su.president@nuigalway.ie

Contact Phone: 086 385 5502


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Dr Kathy Reilly, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway

Most impactful uses of the survey data for NUI Galway

Our Students Said…

You wanted more opportunities for collaborative learning

We Listened…

Colleges and Schools are introducing new initiatives to strengthen collaborative learning opportunities through peer support, group assignments and the roll out of CÉIM in more programmes.

The new Hub Central space in the Arts/Science Building was developed to create a social space for group learning and activities.

The University is committed to a major investment in the redevelopment of our Library to create a Learning Commons that incorporates new forms of learning and engagement.

Our Students Said…

You wanted more diverse perspectives and societal issues embedded in the curriculum

We Listened…

The University has committed in its new strategy to encourage greater diversity in our campus community and in our student experience in a number of ways, through:

•         further developing our pathways for accessing education, by building on our University of Sanctuary designation

•         encouraging and welcoming a broad international mix of staff and students across our programmes

•         creating greater opportunities for our students to broaden their horizons through study abroad programmes, work placements, work-based learning, and community-based and service learning

•         embedding sustainability issues across the curriculum and student experience

Our Students Said…

You wanted the University to create more opportunities for student involvement in events, activities and presentations

We Listened…

College and Schools have introduced innovative ways to enhance student involvement such as World Cafés, monthly meetings for postgraduate students, and through Staff and Student Committees

Our Students Said…

You wanted more supports to help you succeed academically

We Listened…

The University invested in a new Academic Skills Hub in the Library and online to help students access academic supports more easily

Our Students Said…

You wanted more supports for your overall wellbeing and to become more socially involved

We Listened…

The University has rolled out a number of initiatives aimed at improving students’ wellbeing and resilience, including the CÉIM, Seas Suas, Mindful Way and Participate programmes. We have invested in a better, more targeted schedule of Orientation week events to give First Year students a better start.

Our Students Said…

You wanted improved knowledge and skills that will contribute to your employability

We Listened…

The University launched a new Employability Award programme through which students can develop and recognise their employability skills in a structured way

Results Archive and Other Documents