Return To Learning Programme for New Mature Students

Welcome to NUI Galway

Congratulations on your acceptance to NUI Galway as a Mature Student for the academic year 2018/2019.  We welcome all of you to NUI Galway. This unique programme has been designed to help make the transition back into full-time education easier for you. During these few days, you will meet each other, current mature students, lecturers and support services.  Applied Writing, Study Skills, Theory, Critical Thinking, Essay Writing are but a few very helpful lectures that will be given to give you confidence as you begin your studies before term officially starts.  We understand that it may be overwhelming beginning your new life with us, but we hope to assist you as best we can so you know your way around the campus and what services you may need. These few days are highly recommended even if you feel you may have covered  similiar material through other studies.  Every day is a school day and we learn something new every day.

With a Warm Welcome,

Trish Bourke
Mature Students Officer

To participate in the following programmes you must have your CAO number and confirm attendance on-line.

To Sign up for the Return to Learning Programme please complete this on-line form at:   RTL Sign Up

Return to Learning Timetable

Monday August  20th to Thursday August 23rd. (Thursday is optional but designed specifically for Engineering/IT and Science students).

Venue: IT250, Orbsen Building

Time:  9.30am to 5.00pm inclusive


Monday 20/08/18

Tuesday 21/08/18

Wednesday 22/08/18

Thursday 23/08/18

IT106 Lab Room, Orbsen Building, ground floor level under the room RTL was in all week.


9:30-10:00 IT250

Welcome – Mature Students Officer and Student Transitions Officer

9:30-10:30 IT250

 “On-line Resources”



IT (Email, Registration etc)

Gabriel Bourke

9.30 – 10:30 IT250

Study Skills

Dr Christopher Dwyer



9.30 to 10.30

IT Lab Room 106


Computer Programming


For Engineering Computer Science students


Dr. Steve Holmes


10:00 -10.30




11:00 – 12:00 IT250


Dr. Christopher Dwyer


11:00-12:00 IT250

Writing Essays and Reports Pt. 1

Dr Christopher Dwyer



11:00-12:00 IT250

Stress Management Skills

Dr. Christopher Dwyer




12:00-13:00 IT250

Critcal Thinking

Dr. Christopher Dwyer


12 – 12:30pm IT250


Writing Essays and Reports Pt. 2

Dr Christopher Dwyer


12.30 to 1pm  Campus Tours


12:00-1:00pm IT250

11.00am to 1.00pm


Computer Programming


For Engineering Computer Science students


Dr. Steve Holmes


Meet the Student Services in NUI Galway

-       Chaplaincy – Fr Ben Hughes

-       Counselling – Geraldine Connolly








2:00-3:00pm  IT250

Critical Thinking

Dr. Chris Dwyer



3.30-4pm IT250

Mature Students Panel Bernie Higgins


2:00-3:00pm IT250

Academic Writing Centre




Academic Supports/ Disability Services





 2 - 3.15pm  Library  Tours

3.15 – 4.15pm:  Library Tour


4.30 – 5.30pm:

Campus Quiz Results  College Bar (Optional)

College Bar for Meet Up and Music


2.00pm – 4.30pm

IT Lab Room106





Engineering/IT students


Dr. Steve Holmes


4 to 4.30pm IT250

Clubs: Kevin Cassidy

Societies: Riona Hughes



3.00 – 4.00pm IT250


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Scholarships - 1916 Bursary- Closing date for Application August 10th at 5pm



Important Notice regarding Parking on Campus

Parking Guidelines must be adhered to at all times as clamping is in operation. Parking Instructions for temporary parking is available at Please ensure you have downloaded and placed the Temporary Parking Permit on your car and parked in a designated Temporary Parking spot- Corrib Village and Dangan.

On-Line Registration

On-Line Registration Opens 23 August at
If you require a letter of registration for the Grants Authority, Social Welfare or other; you should register as soon as possible. If you have done so before the Return to Learning Programme commences  you can organise to have your letters stamped, verified etc. at this time with the Student Information Desk (SID).

Student Support Services and Academic Dates 2018

Accommodation Office, Childcare Information, Disability Support Services, Counselling Services, Health Care Services and many more useful contacts are available at

If you have a query on Fees please see for detailed FAQ's and contact details.

The Academic Calendar of Events for the forthcoming Academic Year can be seen at

 Campus Map

Main Campus Orientation and Freshers Week Information - Begins Monday 3rd September to Friday 7th September

All information for new students is available here: