About NUI Galway's Community Engagement

A message from our President:

Our University has always been close to community. The west of Ireland is an environment that demands that.  We're in the middle of a city; we're in the middle of a very rich environment both culturally and economically and that's something we can all benefit greatly from. 

It's a two-way street, the University can give back to community but we get back much, much more in terms of learning from the experience and the engagement."

- NUI Galway President Dr. James J. Browne

Our dynamic relationship with our community

We value our community partners and neighbors.  We contribute to our community - not only the City of Galway, but regionally, nationally and internationally. We engage with many groups:
  • non-governmental organisations
  • industry
  • small business
  • schools
  • individuals
  • charities
We're involved with many community activities and the community is active on campus contributing to student learning and campus life.

We make significant contributions to the region culturally, economically, socially, civically and more.  Find out just some of the things we do:

Art and Culture Events

We organise many cultural events, which are free and open to the public, such as:
  • Lectures
  • Concerts
  • Exhibitions and more

There are also many opportunities from enjoying a walk along the River Corrib, digging vegetables in the organic garden, to visiting the Art Gallery - all on campus!

View the Campus Map and Latest Events on Campus  

Civic Engagement

NUI Galway is committed to promoting greater civic engagement through the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI).  The CKI's aim to educate students to be effective and responsible citizens is realised through two programmes:

  • Service Learning - Community organisations host students as part of their academic programme.
  • ALIVE - Student volunteers actively engage with community organisations.

Learn more about our Civic Engagement strategy visit the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI).


Widening Access

NUI Galway is fully committed to developing and promoting initiatives which seek to counter disadvantage.  Our Access Programme activities are devised to advance the social, economic, educational and cultural needs of the Western region.

Find out more about our Access Programme

The Irish Language Community

The Connemara Gaeltacht is a valuable resource for NUI Galway. We run courses, classes and other events as part of an Irish language preservation programme in both Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain in An Cheathrú Rua and An tIonad Oideachais agus Cultúir in Carna. These are available through academic courses and Irish clubs.

Find out more about our engagement with the Irish community  

Contact Us

To learn more about our community engagement contact:

Lorraine McIlrath
Academic Staff Developer (Service Learning)
T 353 (0)91 495 234
E lorraine.mcilrath@nuigalway.ie

Ann Lyons
Project Manager and Network Co-ordinator for Campus Engage
T 353 (0)91 492 228 
E ann.lyons@nuigalway.ie

Lorraine Tansey
Student Volunteer Coordinator
T 353 (0)91 495346
E: lorraine.tansey@nuigalway.ie
E studentvolunteering@nuigalway.ie

Mary Bernard
CKI Administrative Assistant
T 353 (0)91 493823
E mary.bernard@nuigalway.ie

More about CKI

CKI: Find out more about NUI Galway's engagement with the community

Contact us

Contact the Community Office
T 353 (0)91 49 3823 
E cki@nuigalway.ie