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Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Business & Industry
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Teaching & Learning
Our Vision for Teaching & Learning
To educate students who will be valued for their academic excellence, their distinctiveness, and their world-readiness
Teaching and Learning Environment
- Provide an outstanding teaching and learning environment that enables our students to articulate and achieve their ambitions, and benefit from optimal learning facilities and supports
- Ensure that those who teach and design our programmes are provided with professional training and development opportunities
- Develop a range of appropriate learning communities to support students in their academic progress, providing more opportunities for small-group teaching, placements, and pastoral and professional support, with an emphasis on the transition through First Year and the support of students from non-traditional backgrounds
- Develop our ICT systems further to support flexible modes of learning
- Review and revise our admissions requirements and entry routes for undergraduate programmes in line with national developments
- Continue to promote research-led learning as an informing principle, aligning taught programmes with our areas of research strength, and providing opportunities for student participation in research
- Seek to establish clear national leadership and build an international reputation in our areas of teaching and research strength
- Complement our teaching and learning activities through external engagement with employers, alumni, mentors, practitioners, and community partners
- Review, revise and develop new curricula to ensure that our portfolio of programmes is innovative, responsive to local, national and international demands, and attractive to high-achieving students
- Develop greater opportunities for part-time, flexible and blended learning, further enhancing our national leadership in the provision of online learning
- Advance lifelong learning and provide for the continuing professional development needs of employees in our region and beyond
Measures of Success
- Embedded graduate attributes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, clearly articulating the qualities and skills that our students will acquire
- Employers, professional bodies or community partners on at least 75% of programme and/or advisory boards
- 80% of undergraduates receiving a work-based learning experience
- 30% of the student body studying for postgraduate degrees, increased from 22%
- 20% of student cohort on part-time, flexible and blended learning programmes, increased from 15%
- 24% of students from traditionally under-represented groups entering full-time undergraduate study, increased from 19%
- Administrative structures and processes simplified in all programmes, supported by investment in ICT systems
- Very high rate of student retention maintained at 84%
- Maintained position as ‘University of Choice’ for prospective undergraduate students in our catchment area, and nationally for our priority areas
- 10% increase in the recruitment of students from outside our traditional catchment area
- 10% rise in the number of undergraduate programmes with 400 or more CAO entry points; 20% rise in the number of undergraduate programmes with 450 or more CAO entry points
- Centralised student feedback system that informs the design and delivery of teaching, learning and support service activities
- Revised admissions requirements for students applying from Northern Ireland and Great Britain