Graduates from Speech and Language Therapy at NUI Galway

Our graduates are now working in Ireland and abroad in various settings.  Here is what some graduates have to say about Speech and Language Therapy at NUI Galway. 

"Working in the community as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist is a fantastic and rewarding job.  The caseload is hugely varied, which means that I have learned to develop my skills across a range of communication difficulties and with different client groups.  I work for the NHS UK in Birmingham and for me, one of the highlights of this service is the way in which children with communication difficulties are supported in mainstream schools.  SLTs support and train school staff, as well as working with children, and this has led to some great partnerships working across Health and Education.  I was part of a team that was promoting the Giving Voice/Hello campaign and we won an award for partnership working.
While at NUI Galway I learned the importance of knowing and understanding the theory underlying communication difficulties, as well as supporting my practice with research and an up-to-date evidence base.  This has helped me ensure that I am providing the best possible care for my clients.

"Siobhan Keohane (NUI Galway graduate).

"As a speech and language therapist working in Primary, Community & Continuing Care (PCCC), I provide a service to infants, children and adults who have various levels of communication problems and swallowing difficulties.  I assess each client and then develop individual treatment programmes.

I work as part of a multidisciplinary team and there is no 'typical day' as the work is very varied.  Every day I make a positive contribution to someone's health and wellbeing.  The work can be intense and tiring but it is also constantly interesting, challenging and rewarding".

Carol Gilmore (NUI Galway graduate).



"Speech and Language Therapy is a challenging, yet rewarding course.  Before I began the course, I never realised how diverse and varied the work of a Speech and Language Therapist is - you can work with many different client groups including both adults and children and you are provided with many opportunities to develop your clinical skills over the 4 years through placements.

Communication is such a significant part of our lives and being able to help someone who is having difficulty makes this a very rewarding and worthwhile profession".

Kristine Coffey  (NUI Galway graduate).



"Studying at NUI Galway was great in terms of the lectures, practical work and placements.  This course really appealed to me because of the broad range of subjects - psychology, linguistics, anatomy and physiology.  The best part of the course was the clinical placements which link what you are doing in the classroom to clinical practice".  The staff and facilities are fantastic, especially the onsite clinic.  After graduation, I did a Masters at University College London in the area of Voice Pathology.  The skills I developed in NUI Galway really helped me to prepare for this course".

Jenna O'Neill 
(NUI Galway Graduate).

"As a Speech and Language Therapist working in a hospital, you build strong relationships with your patients and a deep sense of satisfaction comes with seeing them progress and improve.  You have the unique ability to give someone back the gift of being able to communicate with friends and family and to eat and drink again.  You work with a team of expert professionals who strive to provide a quality service.  One thing I love about my job is that no two days are the same and I get to meet new people everyday!"

Ciara Murphy 
(NUI Galway graduate).