What student support services can I avail of?
NUI Galway has a wide range of student support services available to Adult Learning and Professional Development students. It is important for students returning to education or for those who have been out of education for some time to avail of these services to enable them to make the most of their time as students. Some of the support services include workshops on additional study, examination techniques, applied writing, reading skills and memory techniques. These are provided outside regular class hours and assist students in preparing for end-of-semester examinations. While these workshops are optional, students are encouraged to attend as many as possible, particularly during the first year of their study programme. Students who attend these workshops regularly comment on how useful they are, particularly in providing valuable study tips and techniques.
NUI Galway personnel, tutors and course administrators also provide a high level of support to students throughout the programme. Students are encouraged to create their own informal support groups and networks with other students. As a student of NUI Galway, you have access to the on-campus services available to all students. For details of these, go to: www.nuigalway.ie/students/
The following services are also available:
The Career Development Centre offers a comprehensive range of guidance and information services to all the students who attend NUI Galway, assisting them in the management of their own career development.
The Centre provides information on areas such as postgraduate study and funding, particular occupations, further study and work worldwide. Employer information, computers with Internet access, an audio-visual section, career CD-ROMs, psychometric test and photocopying facilities are examples of some of the services provided for mature students.
Seminars are held on specific career areas, employability skills and postgraduate study. Seminars are also organized for particular focus groups, for example mature students. The computerized guidance service includes access to a virtual careers library via the website, www.nuigalway.ie/careers, where you will find further career information and useful contact details.
The Career Development Centre helps students with some of the following areas:
- Deciding what to do next – further study opportunities
- Finding out about options regarding degrees or subjects
- Obtaining career information
- Finding out how to develop skills that employers want
- Finding a job
- Providing information about Career Events.
Adult Learning and Professional Development students will have full access to the James Hardiman Library. Term opening hours are: Monday – Friday at 08.30-22.00, Saturday 08.30-17.30 and Sunday 10.00-17.30, with some additional hours leading up to and during examinations.
The James Hardiman Library is situated in front of the concourse. It has a wide collection of books available, most of which can be borrowed. The library also has resources such as academic papers and journals, many of which can be accessed online. Books can generally be borrowed for a period of two weeks with an opportunity to extend the load period. Other special collection books are on desk reserve: This means that they are available only for a shorter period (e.g. one hour, three hours or one day) and must be used in library itself.
The library is spread over three floors and has a wide range of services including archives, special collections, microform/microfiche, photocopiers and computer suites. On the first floor you will find books and journals covering a variety of subjects: arts, commerce, social science and the library’s audiovisual collection, including DVDs and videos. The second floor houses the science, technology and computing collection.
There are staff members on each floor of the library to assist you in your search and you will find study spaces on all floors and further study spaces in the basement reading room. The library also provides a browsing room that contains fictional books, magazines and local and national newspapers. Have a look at the library’s website on www.library.nuigalway.ie for more information on the full range of its services to students, including online services.
Students registered in blended- learning programmes or students who are unable to access the library on a regular bases can use the library’s off-campus services which allow access to a wide range of electronic resources and reference material from home using an internet connection. To use this service you need to know your student number and library pin or computer suite password. Simply follow the link to the electronic databases from the library website.
The library also provides tours at the beginning of the academic year that will introduce you to all the facilities in the library. Check the library website or inquire at the library for more details. Further training opportunities on specific aspects of the library, for example carrying out research in the library and exploring the library catalogue, are available on a regular basis throughout semester one and two.