Access/Foundation Courses 

I am a current Access/Foundation Diploma student.  Is it possible to access support from the Access Centre during the university shutdown?

Yes. Although the Access Centre offices are closed until further notice, and staff are not monitoring voicemails or offering phone-based services at present; staff are operating remotely from home, with limited access to emails. Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails; however, we will do all that we can to keep such delays to a minimum.Please   email  your programme coordinator or access@nuigalway.ie

I have just completed the Access/Foundation Diploma and due to commence an Undergraduate programme.  What supports are available to former access students during their studies in undergraduate level?

Once you have accepted your programme you will need to register, Registration dates can be found at  http://www.nuigalway.ie/registration/quick-links/registration-dates/

HEAR/Access/FE undergraduates

I am an incoming eligible HEAR student, what supports are available from the Access Centre?

Once you have accepted your offer from CAO, 1st year incoming students will be invited by email to an Orientation which will take place online this year due to Covid19.  The platform will take place via zoom or MS teams and a link will be sent via email. A study skills seminar will take place in Semester 1, all 1st year HEAR students will be invited and are required to attend this seminar.  Funding is available through the Financial Aid Fund, you can apply to the HEAR/Access fund through the Financial Aid Fund for financial support and will receive an email once the FAF opens.  Link to webpage is http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/accommodation/financial-matters/saf-form-1/

A one to one meeting can be arranged with the HEAR manager by appointment to discuss issues with e.g. settling into college, study, programme choice etc.  Students can request for appointment can be made by emailing HEAR@nuigalway.ie or Kathleen.hartigan@nuigalway.ie

I am an incoming QQI/FET student, what supports are available from the Access Centre?

Students who have come through the non-traditional pathways i.e. Access/Foundation, FETAC/QQI, Mature, HEAR/DARE can request to speak to a member of the Access Centre by appointment when on campus or via an online platform while working remotely.  Please email access@nugalway.ie if an appointment is required.

What is ATS Mentoring?

The ATS Mentoring Programme provides a friendly introduction to NUI Galway for first year students. Existing students are tasked with ensuring a smooth integration of incoming First Years into university life. This voluntary programme will assist First Years with any transitional needs and Mentors will be a go-to person for any problems they may have or assistance they may require.  ATS Mentoring Programme will be an invaluable component of Access Centre, the entire university student and academic community and its success relies on the contribution of ATS student volunteers.

Is there a link to the ATS website?

http://www.nuigalway.ie/accesscentre/atsmentoringprogramme/

ATS Mentoring is in the process of developing a new platform on NUI Galway’s Yourspace. This will be a one stop shop that all volunteers will be able to engage with the project and share experiences and activities that are happening around the campus, Galway city and beyond.

Who is a Mentee?

In simple words a Mentee (under ATS Mentoring) is someone who is new to NUI Galway and is unsure of where to find things, feeling isolated, not knowing activities going on and not knowing what supports s/he can avail of around campus. A Mentee can benefit from having an ATS Mentor i.e. someone who has lived experiences of the university life; academically, physically, mentally, and socially.

How can I become a Mentee?

All 1st year students  linked to the Access Centre qualify to be Mentees. They are automatically allocated a Mentor .

Who will be my ATS Mentor?

A current NUI Galway student or an alumnus of the college will be your Mentor.

When will I be assigned my ATS Mentor?

You will be assigned a Mentor during the   inductions, orientation and themed weeks for all first year students. You will have a chance to engage your Mentor and then make a programme. Remember that you are in some way in charge of this relationship. The Mentor is there to guide and present whenever you need their support, knowledge and experience.

How long does the programme last?

ATS mentoring is a 1st year programme. Mentees can engage their Mentors at any time for the whole duration in their 1st year of studies.

What are the benefits of Mentoring to a Mentee?

  • First-hand knowledge of university life from a current student who knows exactly the concerns of incoming First Years.
  • A capable confidante with whom you can rely on and go to without any hesitation.
  • The mentoring programme is aimed to foster and encourage friendship within a Mentor group and aid in the successful integration into university life.
  • To learn more about the University and the community.
  • To build self-esteem.
  • To enhance interpersonal skills. 
  • To enhance self-motivation, self-discipline, and goal setting. 
  • To experience an atmosphere of professionalism, trust, and respect. 
  • To be more successful in one’s academic career. 
  • To lessen the stress associated with college attendance.
  • To receive guidance in academic decision making.
  • To enhance overall learning and career aspirations. 
  • To be motivated by academic success.

Can I become a Mentor?

Absolutely yes. You have a chance to share your experiences with new 1st years the following year. What you do is send an email to ATSMentoring@nuigalway.ie  and the ATS Team will get back to you with more details.

I am a current Access student undergraduate. Is it possible to access support from the Access Centre during the university shutdown?

Yes. Although the Access Centre offices are closed until further notice, and staff are not monitoring voicemails or offering phone-based services at present; staff are operating remotely from home, with limited access to emails. Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails; however, we will do all that we can to keep such delays to a minimum.Please   email  access@nuigalway.ie

I am a current FE student undergraduate. Is it possible to access support from the Access Centre during the university shutdown?

Yes. Although the Access Centre offices are closed until further notice, and staff are not monitoring voicemails or offering phone-based services at present; staff are operating remotely from home, with limited access to emails. Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails; however, we will do all that we can to keep such delays to a mimimum.Please   email  access@nuigalway.ie,

I am a current HEAR student undergraduate. Is it possible to access support from the Access Centre during the university shutdown?

Yes. Although the Access Centre offices are closed until further notice, and staff are not monitoring voicemails or offering phone-based services at present; staff are operating remotely from home, with limited access to emails. Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails; however, we will do all that we can to keep such delays to a minimum.Please email HEAR@nuigalway.ie  

Disability Support Service

Is it possible to access support from the Disability Support Service during the university shutdown?

Yes. Although the Disability Support Service offices are closed until further notice, and staff are not monitoring voicemails or offering phone-based services at present; staff are operating remotely from home, with limited access to emails. Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails; however, we will do all that we can to keep such delays to a minimum. 

I have a disability, ongoing health condition, or specific learning difficulty.  How do I register for disability support? 

You can complete the Disability Support Service online registration form and one of the team will be in touch with you.

I have already registered with the Disability Support Service – how can I contact my Disability Advisor?

You can email any disability-related queries or concerns to your Disability Advisor – their details can be found at the end of your Learning and Educational Needs Summary (LENS) report. If you have difficulty reaching your Disability Advisor, you can email disabilityservice@nuigalway.ie.

I have a query about my exam accommodations – who should I contact?

Where the Disability Support Service has recommended exam accommodations for you, please liaise with the appropriate staff in the relevant discipline(s) - for example, your lecturer, programme director, year head, or administrator - to request that your required exam accommodations are put in place for any timed assessments designed to replace the semester 2 exams.

If you encounter any difficulty with ensuring required exam accommodations are in place, please contact your Disability Advisor by email only. You can find their contact details at the end of your LENS report.

Where can I find my exam accommodations listed?

If you are registered with the Disability Support Service, you will find your recommended exam accommodations listed on your Learning and Educational Needs Summary (LENS) report. Ensure that you attach a copy of your LENS report when requesting exam accommodations.  Do give some thought as to which of your recommended exam accommodations you will actually need in each timed assessment before making your requests.

I have a general question for the Disability Support Service – who should I contact?

For disability support related queries, you can email the Disability Support Service at disabilityservice@nuigalway.ie