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  • Semester Dates & Timetables
  • Campus Access & Services
  • Safety Measures on Campus

Who is it for?

  • All students
  • All staff
  • All campus users

Semester Dates & Timetables

When does the Semester start and finish?

For a full list of dates for the coming academic year, including exams see:

How many of my classes will be on campus?

For indicative schedules for every programme showing the share of on-campus and online teaching and learning in Semester 1, visit:

Where can I find my weekly timetable?

Our Schools continue to finalise programme timetables for Semester 1, including days, times and venues, and will share them with their students in September before Semester 1 commences. These details must be worked out carefully to ensure that capacity and access comply with public health guidelines. 

For a number of Schools, particularly in Science and Engineering, on-campus laboratory class times can only be assigned to students after students have completed registration. With reduced room capacities this year, it is not possible to accommodate all students in a class in the same laboratory session. For these programmes, students will be divided between laboratory sessions and detailed timetables will be provided as soon as possible after student registration.

Some Schools have already published timetables for some programmes online, with an early focus on First Year students. Scroll down to see if yours is currently available.

  Some Schools have already published timetables for some programmes online, with an early focus on First Year students. Scroll down to see if yours is currently available.

  For all other programmes and years, click here to find indicative schedules of the mix of on-campus and online teaching and learning in Semester 1.

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

  All First Year Arts timetables

For all other programmes and years, click here to find indicative schedules of the mix of on-campus and online teaching and learning in Semester 1.

College of Business, Public Policy and Law

  • Shannon College - timetable released to students last week
  • School of Law - issuing timetable mid-week (in the meantime, see indicative schedules of on-campus and online teaching and learning)
  • J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics - issuing timetable later this week (in the meantime, see indicative schedules of on-campus and online teaching and learning)

College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

For all other programmes and years, click here to find indicative schedules of the mix of on-campus and online teaching and learning in Semester 1.

College of Science and Engineering

For all other programmes and years, click here to find indicative schedules of the mix of on-campus and online teaching and learning in Semester 1.

Please note: For a number of Schools in Science and Engineering, on-campus laboratory class times can only be assigned to students after students have completed registration. With reduced room capacities this year, it is not possible to accommodate all students in a class in the same laboratory session. For these programmes, students will be divided between laboratory sessions and detailed timetables will be provided as soon as possible after student registration.

Safety Measures on Campus

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Face mask: Make sure to have a face mask with you. The University requires that all staff and students wear a face covering while indoors in public areas or shared spaces on campus. We will be distributing face masks to students and staff at the start of Semester 1. For more information on control measures see the Health, Hygiene and Travel section.
  • HSE COVID Tracker App: Make sure to download the HSE COVID Tracker app to your smartphone in advance of coming to campus. Assess your health every day and as soon as you feel any symptoms of COVID-19, make sure to log them on the app.
  • NUI Galway ID Card: As always, make sure to have your Student ID or Staff ID with you. This is particularly important this year for accessing some services.

What do I need to do to protect myself and others while on campus?

Each one of us has an important role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our university. The following steps are vital in keeping the virus at bay:

  • Act immediately on any symptoms: As soon as you feel any symptoms of COVID-19, contact the Student Health Unit or your GP to arrange a free test.
  • Keep your distance from other people: Maintain distance from others to protect against the spread of the virus.
  • Wear a face mask: Students and staff must wear a face covering while indoors in public areas or shared spaces on campus.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly: Use soap and water to keep your hands clean. Look out for hand sanitisation stations across campus.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze. Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
  • Minimise your contacts: Keep your close contacts to a small number of people and limit the amount of time you spend in direct contact with other people.
  • Avoid crowded areas: If the area you are in becomes congested, leave.
  • Follow signage: Be aware of signage around you and follow directions and instructions as you access and navigate campus.
  • Log your health status: Open the HSE COVID Tracker app every day and log your health status. As soon as you feel any symptoms of COVID-19, make sure to log them on the app.

What is the University doing to reduce the risk of spreading the virus?

The University is implementing a wide range of control measures to make your learning and work environment as safe as possible. These include:

  • PPE
  • Physical distancing
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Signage

Read more about how we are reducing the risk of COVID-19 on campus in our COVID-19 Access to Campus Protocol - 10 September 2020.

You should also check out our Health, Hygiene and Travel section of the Alerts website.

Campus Access & Services

How will I navigate campus?

Access & Exit: The Buildings and Estates team have installed new signage to help you find your way in and out of buildings. These include:

  • Signs to show you where to enter buildings (yellow signs in the example above)
  • Signs to indicate no entry (red signs in the example above)
  • Signs to help you find rooms and services within buildings quickly (purple signs in the example above)

Navigating Buildings Safely: There will be lots of additional signage inside and outside to help you move through buildings safely and avoid congestion.

Look out for directional signage, which will show you how to move through buildings to avoid congestion.
Capacity signage will show you how many people may occupy spaces like toilets and lifts, to help ensure proper social distancing.
Other safety signage around campus will remind you to protect yourself and others by wearing face masks, washing your hands, maintaining social distance, etc.

Plan your route in advance: Take a look at the Buildings & Estates building maps that show the access points and navigation routes for your most frequest buildings.

  Maps of Teaching and Learning Buildings

In Case of Emergency: In cases of emergency, like a fire alarm, you are advised to exit the building through the quickest route possible regardless of COVID-19 signage.

What campus services are open now?

Updated 21 September 2020

Most campus services are currently closed.

You can access the following services but please take note of any access restrictions or booking requirements.

  • University Library: The James Hardiman Library has reopened to users from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, with new access restrictions and protocols to make sure it is safe for staff and users. You can find further details of services and of the booking process, on the Library website.
  • University Sports Centre: Kingfisher Club has reopened the Sports Centre on campus. Members and non-members can access the swimming pool, group classes, gym and exercise equipment but must book their place in advance. For more information on bookings, opening times, cleaning protocols and safety measures, visit the Kingfisher Club website: https://kingfisherclub.com/welcome-back 
  • University Mail Centre: University staff are asked to deliver and collect their mail directly from the Mail Centre between 9am-1pm Monday to Friday. Find out more about COVID-19 precautions at the Mail Centre here.
  • University Crèche: Spraoi ELC continues to provide a childcare service in the University Crèche. Find more information and contact details at: www.nuigalway.ie/creche
  • Canteens and cafés on campus: The following catering facilities are currently open:
  •       Stem Café: 8.30am - 3.30pm
  •       An Bhialann: Monday-Thursday, 8.00am to 4.00pm, 3.00pm on Fridays 
  •       Friars Café & Restaurant: 8.30am - 3.30pm   
  •       Moffetts: 8.30am - 3.30pm

Can I access buildings to collect equipment?

As we await the start of Semester 1, University staff can request limited access to buildings on campus to collect equipment. For documents and forms relating to the Specific Purpose Access Requests on campus, please use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer browsers to visit the following Sharepoint sites:

Is the shuttle bus service currently running on campus?

No. There is currently no shuttle bus service on campus.

Are any catering facilities currently operating on campus?

Yes. Please see below a schedule for the reopening of canteens and cafés on campus.

Open 21 September:

  • Stem Café: 8.30am - 3.30pm
  • An Bhialann: Monday-Thursday, 8.00am to 4.00pm, 3.00pm on Fridays  
  • Friars Café & Restaurant: 8.30am - 3.30pm
  • Moffetts: 8.30am - 3.30pm

Open 28 September:

  • Zinc Café: 8.30am - 2.30pm
  • DERI Café: 8.30am - 3.00pm

Are any retail units currently operating on campus?

Yes. Please see below a schedule for the reopening of canteens and cafés on campus.

Open 23 September:

  • MediaLinn (print and stationery): Monday –Thursday, 9.00am - 5.00pm, 4.00pm on Fridays
  • Pharmacy: 9.30am -5:00pm

Open 28 September:

  • University Bookshop: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 5:00pm, 2:00pm on Fridays

Can I park on campus?

Yes, parking on campus is operating as normal, as is clamping!

Please ensure you park in the correct zones and that your parking permit is up-to-date.

Can suppliers make deliveries to campus?

All non-critical deliveries to the University should be postponed until after the University reopens. For critical deliveries during the University closure (e.g. for laboratories), staff should contact their suppliers directly to make arrangements.