NUI Galway Provide Free Laptops to Over 600 students

Pictured from l-r are: Isabella Antonio, Chaplaincy welfare service team; Father Ben Hughes, Head of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care; and Imelda Byrne, Head of Access Centre, NUI Galway. Photo: NUI Galway.
Nov 02 2020 Posted: 15:30 CST

The NUI Galway Laptop Loan Scheme allows students from low income households to receive a laptop for the duration of their studies

In the first round of the NUI Galway Laptop Loan Scheme which opened in September, over 600 students will receive a free laptop from the university to assist them with their online learning.

The scheme, which is being run through the NUI Galway’s Access Centre, is part of the package of COVID-19 supports for higher and further education institutions, with funding provided by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to support disadvantaged students in the higher education sector in accessing ICT devices.

Under this scheme undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time students who meet the eligibility criteria may receive a laptop, on long-term loan, in order to assist with online learning for the duration that they are registered students with NUI Galway.

Imelda Byrne, Head of the Access Centre at NUI Galway, said: “This scheme is of huge benefit to our most disadvantaged students. This year in particular, when it has been necessary to move learning online, the purchasing of laptops could potentially be a major stumbling block for those in low income households, this scheme is easing that burden for many students. So many of the students were overjoyed when collecting their laptops.”

Distribution of the laptops, complicated by COVID-19 restrictions, was carried out by the Chaplaincy team and James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway.

Eligibility is prioritised on a needs basis. Students from low income households and the identified target groups who demonstrate that they or their family do not have the means to purchase such a device themselves qualify to apply for the scheme.

The second round of the Laptop Loan Scheme opens today (Monday, 2 November).  For more information on the scheme, criteria and application process visit: www.nuigalway.ie/laptoploanscheme

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