The Access office in NUI Galway operates programmes in primary schools in Galway city to sensitise the students to third level education and to create positive experiences through various interactions with the student and the university.

The primary school initiative is called 'Uni 4 U’ and is a three programme whose participants come from the senior classes.

'Uni 4 U' activities begins in 4th class and continues in 5th and 6th class.  On one afternoon each week over the spring term pupils are given extra help and guidance by NUIG students, who act as mentors to the pupils for the duration of the programme.  After homework is complete, the pupils are rewarded with an hour of exciting sports and fun team building games at Áras na MacLéinn.  The school children participate in popular activities such as soccer and basketball but also learn new sports such as uni-hockey, climbing on the climbing wall, Hip-hop, spinning and juggling.  Galway United players and Galway GAA players came along to some of the sessions to support the children's endeavours.

The specific aims of the programme is to help students develop personally by building their self esteem, confidence, communication skills and social behaviour through team games and sport activities in addition to their educational attainment, especially improvement in numeric and literacy skills.


At the end of the  'Uni 4 U' programme, the achievements of all the pupils who participated are celebrated in an award ceremony night. Campus tours for pupils and parents are arranged for the night and in 2008 Tracy Piggott, RTE Sports Commentator was there to present the certificates with Ger Hurley, Vice-President NUI Galway.

There are additional features to the Primary School programme that include Summer and Easter camps and cultural activities linked to the Arts Office in NUI, Galway. 

The 6th class students and their parents receive workshops on Preparing for Secondary school, study skills and exam techniques. In 2008 a new six week story telling work shop was delivered by Rab Fulton and Clare Muireann Murphy, culminating in a performance as part of the Muscailt , Arts Festival of NUI Galway.