Coronavirus COVID-19

The University is closed until further notice.

Staff are requested to continue to work remotely unless asked to attend work by your line manager.

Revised dates for next academic year:

Virtual Events

We continue to run online events, including public webinars and online Q&A sessions for students.

Check out our upcoming Virtual Events here

Key Updates

We would like to draw the attention of our University community to the following updates

Important information about Academic Year 2020-21, including revised Semester Dates

Academic Year 2020-21 at NUI Galway

Going to university is a milestone in the life of all students. In the face of the challenges posed by COVID-19, our university is working to ensure that your experience will be the best that we can deliver, whether you are starting a new course this September or returning for another year of study. At all times we will prioritise your health, safety and wellbeing as we structure your learning experience around the realities of a changed environment and will therefore at all times make decisions that adhere to public health advice.

Our students, staff and alumni are proud of our university and its reputation for excellence. We are determined that our students will in due course graduate with degrees that continue to be of the highest standard, and will enjoy a student experience that is as supportive as we can make it as you build new relationships and develop your talents. Colleagues, both academic and in professional services, are adapting to the changed circumstances, to deliver the best student experience for you that we can.

Semester Dates

For the vast majority of students, including First Years, the semester will begin on 28 September. For First Years this is predicated on the Leaving Certificate results being released on or near the usual mid-August release date. Students at Shannon College and some medical students will have alternative start dates.

Undergraduate orientation will take place in the week commencing 21 September and comprise a mix of online and on-campus activities to help First Year students familiarise themselves with the university, understand the structures and demands of student life, learn about the supports available to them and get to know their fellow classmates who will in time become lifelong friends.

This year, we will structure orientation such that each College will have a different day of on-campus activities. A timetable of these activities will be issued to students on acceptance of their offer. Orientation is a very important rite of passage for new students and we encourage all incoming students to engage fully with the programme of activities to give a solid start to their student journey. For First Years who are not able to attend in person, important orientation information will also be accessible online.

Course Delivery

All taught programmes will be delivered in a blend of online and on-campus classes. Irrespective of the size of your class, we will have on-campus learning built into your student experience, typically through on-campus tutorials, seminars, distanced meet-ups and/or laboratories according to the needs of various courses.

Large-scale lectures will be adapted for online delivery, while smaller classes will be delivered on-campus where it is possible and safe to do so. The majority of online lectures will not be timetabled but will instead be made available in advance of any related timetabled classes such as seminars, tutorials, lab work etc. School and Programme Directors will be working over the summer months to develop teaching timetables, taking into account the continually changing situation and evolving public health advice. Timetables will indicate which classes will be delivered on campus – these classes will be a regular part of the student experience and you will need to be on campus to participate. At all times capacity in rooms will conform to public health advice.

We will work to accommodate the small number of students who cannot come to campus for health, access or other reasons, so as not to disadvantage their academic journey. We are working hard to ensure that all learning will be made available online, or accessible through some alternative means, to allow for students who may face delays in arriving in Ireland, allow for limits to student numbers in teaching spaces, accommodate those who cannot attend for health reasons, and to provide a backup in case of a rise in COVID-19 transmissions.

A final decision on the structure of Semester 2 will follow later when the COVID-19 scenario is clearer.

Accommodation

We encourage all students on taught programmes to be in Galway from September, to be available for on-campus learning, and to experience the fullest student learning experience possible, given the COVID-19 restrictions. You should book accommodation and expect to be present in Galway throughout the semester.

Our campus residences, Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village are already fully booked for the next academic year. However, it is usual to receive cancellations after the CAO offers and we are accepting applications to our waiting list at www.campusaccommodation.ie/students. Following receipt of cancellations, we will offer any available accommodation to waitlisted applicants from a computer generated random selection by email. We will continue to abide by public health guidelines to ensure a safe living and study environment and, where possible, we will plan allocations to ensure students are in apartments with other students studying the same programmes to support peer-to-peer learning and laboratory/group project work.

In addition, there is a wide choice of private off-campus accommodation available and all of the details are listed on NUI Galway Accommodation Office.

Student Supports

Last week, our Student Services team collated the feedback of over 1,000 students from across the University through the recent Student COVID-19 Survey. The results highlight the needs and concerns of students in a range of issues, including health and wellbeing, ability to study and self-motivate at this time, accommodation concerns, access to services and access to lecturers and tutors. Our staff in Student Services are working to ensure that your time at NUI Galway is a rewarding academic, personal and professional experience. We will continue to provide a range of services and initiatives to support and encourage you both on-campus and online. We will address your concerns in targeted ways to ensure that we are supporting you effectively and appropriately.

Student Mobility

Despite us having to cancel all overseas travel due to start this summer, we are making every effort to arrange a meaningful international experience for those of you who want it during the remaining course of your studies. We are still hearing that the majority of you want to travel where possible and that you are looking forward to engaging in new forms of teaching, learning and socialising as part of this experience. To this end, we are adapting and exploring new routes to deliver options for you. Our primary concerns are to ensure your health and welfare and to deliver a world-class educational experience for you. As a consequence, the international pathways you are offered will differ according to your programme of study.

Details will be sent in the coming days by the School here at NUI Galway in which your programme of study is located. More information is available on the web pages of the International Office (www.nuigalway.ie/international/covid-19/mobility).

Finally…

As we work hard behind the scenes to plan for your return to campus, we want to assure you that the health, safety and wellbeing of our people is our top priority. We will continue to update our students as our plans evolve and, in the meantime, we ask you to prepare as best you can for the coming academic year. We look forward to welcoming you here in Galway and interacting with you whenever and however it is safe to do so.

Best regards,

Pól and Michelle.

Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh

Deputy President and Registrar, NUI Galway

Professor Michelle Millar

Dean of Students, NUI Galway

 

Staff/student email update from University President, 27 July


  Click here for all previous COVID-19 updates from the President

Reopening Campus Facilities

As we prepare for a safe return to on-campus research and to the new academic year, commencing on 28 September, we continue to advance our phased reopening of campus facilities, with renewed focus on teaching spaces across campus.

As indicated last week, this weekly communication pauses for now. However, we will continue to send out regular communications over the coming weeks with regard to health and safety, the continued reopening of campus facilities, the new semester, research, and news on the many other items of interest to our university community.

We won’t be gone away and will be continuing our work so please also keep in touch with me and/or with members of our University Management Team on items and issues requiring our attention.

  • Teaching facilities: Capacity planning has already commenced on teaching and lab spaces in 11 pilot locations across campus. This includes in the Hardiman Building where we hope to provide writing-up space to staff and postgraduate students shortly, in adherence with public health advice and social distancing restrictions. More broadly, the Academic Planning Group and the COVID-19 Returning Operations Group have drawn up a list of teaching capacities for 14 of our largest teaching buildings. These capacity estimates are based on both 2m and 1m social distancing to allow planning for implementation based on public health advice as and when these buildings open. Capacity planning for the largest of these buildings, the Arts/Science building, will commence shortly. These are large buildings with multiple access points and a mix of teaching spaces differentiated by size and seating arrangements, and the return of operations in these buildings will take careful and rigorous planning. We thank our colleagues in Buildings and Estates and the Health and Safety Office for their continued professionalism, and we commend those colleagues in Schools – both academic and administrative – who are aiding with the planning process, in particular those colleagues who have been nominated as COVID Co-ordinators within their buildings. Thank you to all our colleagues who are working hard to plan for the best possible student experience given the circumstances we face together.

It is our intention, as previously indicated, that our students will have a meaningful on-campus experience in 2020/21. This is particularly important given our students’ preferences in that regard, the desirability of socialisation as part of university life and the increased motivation associated with in-person education. Given the continuing uncertainties surrounding the context in which the new academic year will take place, including with regard to social distancing and the priority of infection prevention and control, we are planning that the timetable for the first semester will be available by the end of August.

We understand the need to have this information and are endeavouring to provide it as soon as possible. It is important that we get this right: it is our intention that the information is reliable, the timetable and our work in general safe and doable. This takes times in the current, complex context with its many moving parts and emerging and evolving public health advice. We appreciate and are grateful for your patience as we plan together for the new academic year.

  • Government Guidance: In particular, in our preparation for the next academic year, we welcomed the announcement on Wednesday by the new Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science, Simon Harris, of new Guidance for Further and Higher Education for returning to on-site activity in 2020. The guidance offers some welcome clarity on the issues impacting university activity in the next academic year and includes advice on physical distancing, hygiene, student accommodation, face coverings, ventilation, lecture duration, etc.

As noted in its introduction, ‘it is anticipated that this document will be an iterative document, changing and adapting as necessary to reflect the up-to-date public health advice as the country moves through the reopening phases as set out in the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business’. We are currently in Phase 3 of the associated roadmap, and I encourage our university community to continually familiarise ourselves with this guidance as we continue to plan for the year ahead together. We look forward to further clarity in this regard in the coming weeks. Once more, be reassured that first and foremost we will continue to adhere to public health advice.

  • Sports facilities: An agreed protocol has been put in place to facilitate the return to play of the University's Sports Clubs under new government guidance. This protocol will allow our students to once again access our outdoor sports facilities in Dangan. However, for the time being the dressing rooms and Sports Pavilion must remain closed. In addition to pitch access, our water-based sports can now commence training on the Corrib and in Galway Bay. Like the field teams, they will only access the boathouses to source their equipment, and dressing rooms and toilets will remain off limits. In addition to the University Sports Clubs, a number of the city clubs are now back training using the running track. This is a most welcome development. The benefits of physical activity and outdoor recreation at this time can’t be understated. They improve our mood and give us a positive focus in uncertain and anxious times. I would like to thank the Sports Unit for their commitment to our students, to whom we wish every success as they get back to competitions over the remainder of the summer.

National support for Higher Education

On Wednesday, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science, Simon Harris, also announced a €168 million package of supports for further and higher education institutions and students across the country. The package will cover costs incurred by these institutions, including our own, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will support the return to activity in September. The funding is provided for nine different targeted programmes, including supporting the frontline response, funding and promotion of research, international student recruitment, return to education, online learning, access, and mental health and wellbeing. In each case, individual agencies (such as the HEA and other funding agencies) are identified as coordinating the distribution of these funds. We look forward to receiving more detail on how the package will be allocated and to engaging with the Minister and the departments in the weeks ahead. It is certainly welcome and positive news, and in tandem with prudent budget planning within our university, will help in alleviating some of the short-term challenges to our financial standing. COVID-19 will undoubtedly impact the higher education sector – and our university community – for many years to come. Addressing these impacts is a marathon and not a sprint, and this funding is very welcome in supporting the collective effort on all our parts to ensure the financial sustainability of our university and our continued service for the public good.

This support is the fruit of much good work – and, over the last few weeks, at pace. We are grateful to our taxpayers, the Minister and his officials and to Jim Miley and our colleagues in the Irish Universities Association for seeing and acting upon the need for support for us and for our students at this time. In the context of the October budget cycle and the preparation of the Book of Estimates, we look forward to continued engagement with them in recognising the value of our universities for the public good and in realising the related investment in education for our society and our economy.

All-Staff Webinar

We have now compiled a list of answers to those questions posed by staff at the recent All-Staff Webinar, and you can find this Staff FAQ and a video of the webinar presentations on the Returning to Campus Safely Sharepoint site (staff log-in required - view in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer). We know that our university community is eager to know what the next academic year will look and feel like. You also understandably seek reassurance that we are addressing the full range of issues in our planning and preparation – including best practice in health and safety, as well as supports for our most vulnerable staff and students. While significant uncertainties remain and we may not therefore have all the details at this stage, we can be sure of one thing: colleagues across our university are working with great determination, consulting with staff and student representatives to plan for the year ahead. We have come a long way in a few short months, and I ask you to continue to engage in this process. This will be vital in shaping a successful start to Semester 1.

Virtual events and services

  • Spotlight on One Health: Later today (Monday), our Centre for One Health will launch its Spotlight Series with a live online event ‘COVID-19: A One Health Challenge’ from 2.30-4pm. The One Health concept recognises that human health is linked to the health of animals and the environment we share, a fact that has, perhaps, never been more obvious in recent history. The event is led by Professor Dearbháile Morris, Director of the Centre for One Health, who will be joined by a panel of experts, from Galway and overseas. The event is sold out but we look forward to sharing videos from the series to our COVID-19 web page: www.nuigalway.ie/covid-19.
  • Academic Writing Centre: I am pleased to share with you that the Academic Writing Centre in the Library is now open for virtual appointments and workshops until 26 August. The AWC provides a range of supports for our students to help them to develop their writing skills and articulate themselves more effectively. To book an email consultation, contact awctutors@gmail.com with your student ID and your year of study and subject. Find out more about their services and weekly workshops at www.library.nuigalway.ie/awc

ENLIGHT European Network

Last week, our Vice-President: International, Professor Becky Whay, shared the welcome news that the ENLIGHT consortium of nine European universities, of which we are a part, has been recognised by the European Commission’s ‘European Universities’ programme. The network has been awarded start-up funding of €5 million to support greater co-operation between the universities. ENLIGHT connects us with universities in Spain, France, Slovakia, Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, Sweden and Belgium. Our shared goal is to collaborate more in teaching, research, student placement and professional development, and already we have seen the fruits of this co-operation through participation in webinars during the university closure.

Together, as a university community, we have identified ‘openness’ as one of our core values at NUI Galway. Now, more than ever, we can see the urgent need for open co-operation in solving the world’s problems together. We serve our mission best – and respect it – by being open to highest standards of excellence and co-operation, internationally defined. We know that sharing expertise and experience is the key to unlocking solutions to global pandemics, climate change, sustainability and inequality.

The symbol of a lighthouse in the ENLIGHT network logo is one that resonates with us here in Galway. Lighthouses are built by communities to communicate outwards, to guide and to welcome, and to keep safe. I would like to congratulate our colleagues in the International Office and in the Research Office for their success in establishing this network, and I would like to encourage colleagues to engage with them to ensure this new method of international co-operation is a deep and fruitful one. Find out more at: https://enlight-eu.org

Faoiseamh a gheobhadsa

In normal times, one of the blessings of being in a university is the time to reflect. There are times of great intensity, times of activity, of busy-ness, times when things are abuzz. But there is also time to reflect.

I always remember that, as a student, I cherished the summer as a time to step away from the cycle of the academic year, reflect on what went right and what went wrong during that year that passed, friends gained and friends lost, those happenings that worked and those that didn’t. These are therefore important, times of learning and renewal. And we all know of coming back to places having been away, being different, perhaps wiser, and seeing those places differently, perhaps with a wider perspective. We are human beings not human doings. As human beings, we therefore be. As a learning organisation, we learn. These times hopefully provide those opportunities.

I am reminded in these days in Summer of the words of Máirtín Ó Direáin as he turned and returned West, ‘siar ag baile’:

Faoiseamh a gheobhadsa

Seal beag gairid

I hope you find peace for a while from the maelstrom that is now, reflecting on the year behind and replenishing for the year ahead.

As we do so, we can also consider with pride on what we achieved together. More, much more, than we imagined possible when we closed our campuses in March. Thank you.

As we face into another challenging academic year, our reopening being in many ways more complex than our closing, we can also reflect on those qualities that got us here: a sense of kindness; to borrow from Marilynne Robinson, an ‘agility of soul’; and a determination to allow each other the space to contemplate how best to respond to the exigencies of the moment, in our own best place and at our own best pace. These are the qualities that reassure us and, if we abide, will bring things home in a new, more challenging semester.

Drawing once more on Ó Direáin, I am also reminded these days of those words of his we used in launching our strategy:

Currach lán éisc
Ag teacht chun cladaigh

There is a full harvest here, coming to shore. It’ll be a different shore, for sure, but with a harvest full of talent nonetheless. And we will therefore once more come safely to shore.

Go dtí sin, go dté sibh slán sábháilte. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

Ciarán.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh

President, NUI Galway

 

Reopening our Research Facilities: update from the VP Research, Wed 25 June

Dear colleagues,

We are in the process of restoring access to our research facilities and I wish to provide an update on the process, progress and timelines of this as a follow-on to previous alerts on the matter. While I had hoped to share this information with you before now, our plans continue to evolve, and the delay was to allow us time to consult with colleagues and to present you with the fullest picture possible. Thank you for your ongoing patience. 

Over the last number of weeks the focus has been on providing access to buildings with research facilities (i.e. labs and other specialist facilities) to enable research that cannot be undertaken remotely – in accordance with the general Government guidelines on returning to work.

Process for Reopening Research Facilities

The following four-step process is being followed by a team comprising Buildings and Estates, the Health and Safety Office, Building Liaison Managers and local COVID-19 Coordinators to ensure the safe return to research in each building. 

  • Step 1: Capacity Planning
  • Step 2: Services Restoration Planning
  • Step 3: Mobilisation and Set-up
  • Step 4: Operations Resumes

As the team plans for the reopening of each facility they are considering both the broader issues relating to the full opening of the building in which the facilities are located and issues relating to the expanded opening of our campus more generally. Once a building has reopened, operations are continuously monitored by local COVID-19 Coordinators to ensure that health and safety measures are maintained in a consistent and ongoing basis. At all times the reopening of buildings is guided by public health advice as a priority and in compliance with the Government’s Roadmap to Reopening Society and Business and Return to Work Safely Protocol.

Progress and Next Steps (see Link)

  • Our first building – Biomedical Sciences building – reopened on 8 June.
  • Since then, research has recommenced in an additional six buildings.
  • Over the next few weeks research activity will resume in a further 11 buildings to the schedule set out here.

The learnings from the initial buildings are helping to inform the reopening of other facilities across campus.

The COVID-19 Operations Working Group is taking a whole-of-campus approach to reopening our campus beyond immediate research facility requirements. This means that, with the advice of the Academic Planning Group and in consultation with Buildings and Estates, a roadmap for reopening beyond research facilities will be planned for on a building-by-building basis. Where research facilities within some of those buildings have already been reopened, that may shorten the reopening cycle. Larger building may be more complex and may take longer.

Library

Preparations for the reopening of the Library on a phased basis are underway – with a ‘click and collect’ service for books available during week starting 13 July. Thereafter, additional services, including access to special collections/archives, will come on-stream. Please check www.library.nuigalway.ie for information on click and collect service. 

Further Information

A dedicated Returning to Research SharePoint site provides information on the requirements for research groups returning to their facilities – including:

  • Guidance Document on the principles and process
  • Research Facility Access Request Form
  • Return to Work Declaration Form
  • A short Covid-19 Induction Training Video
  • Advice for PIs on Risk Assessments
  • Building Roles
  • FAQs

The safety of our community has been paramount throughout this lockdown and will remain so through the reopening process. To prioritise safety, the pace of opening has had to necessarily be steady and phased. Understandably, for many individuals and teams, this has meant the timeframe for returning to campus presents its own pressures and challenges in terms of delays to activities and projects. Your understanding, patience and collegiality throughout this process, despite such pressures and challenges, is greatly appreciated.  Please bear with the process and trust that you will be able to get back to the necessary facilities as quickly as the university can possibly safely achieve it. 

Regards,

Lokesh

Professor Lokesh Joshi

Vice-President for Research

 

Parking management on campus - resumes Monday 29 June

Parking management restarts on Monday 29 June. This includes all aspects of permit parking, pay and display, pay by phone, and enforcement (clamping). Consistent with the usual summer arrangements staff and student permit spaces will be shared until the start of term. Apcoa are fully operational and have been posting warning stickers on vehicles in advance of the resumption of parking restrictions to prepare motorists. The local authority have also resumed parking management measures on neighbouring streets.

Student supports and services to sustain you through the summer: message from the Dean of Students, 29 May

Dear student,

I hope you are well and enjoying some sunshine now and looking forward to the summer. This is my final email of this academic year and if you don’t have a summer job this year, you may be interested in some of the possibilities included below which will develop yourself while supporting others. You might choose to volunteer, stay involved with societies or take on your own radio show. A reminder too, that the many University supports are still available over the next few months, some included below,  so do contact us if you need our help. 

Summer 2020 Goal!

If you would like to set a goal for this summer, why not consider achieving the Bronze, Silver or Gold Gaisce Award from the President of Ireland? Spend one hour a week on a physical activity, practicing a skill, volunteering, and reflecting on your goals. Achieving Ireland's national award medal by the end of the summer is a great opportunity! To be assigned an NUI Galway Gaisce PAL, visit the ALIVE website here

ALIVE & Community Volunteering

This summer you may be considering volunteering in your local community or online. Volunteering is a great way to build your network, explore interests and be part of positive civic efforts. NUI Galway wants to ensure that you engage safely and are supported. Visit the ALIVE website for the national guidelines on safe volunteering here: https://www.studentvolunteer.ie/covid-19

COV-Aid Student Engagement Award

In this time of crisis, civic engagement is more vital to society than ever before. The Talloires Network and Open Society University Network  are working to raise the visibility and expand support for undergraduates engaged with their local communities. They are currently accepting applications for the COV-AID Student Engagement Award.  The Award will provide economic and social support to students who were engaged in their communities before the outbreak and are now dealing with uncertainty and isolation.

In partnership with the Open Society University Network, the Talloires Network launched COV-AID, Communities OVirtual Alliance & Inter-Dependence in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Undergraduate students at all Talloires Network and/or OSUN member universities (this includes NUI Galway) are eligible to apply for the COV-AID Student Engagement Award. There will be 10 awardees and awards will be up to 2,500 USD

Students should complete and submit the COV-AID Student Engagement Award Application before 1 June 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Selection decisions will be made in June 2020. Grant disbursements will begin as early as July 2020. 

Societies

Lots of Society events to keep you entertained over the Summer keep an eye on the Societies calendar for details.

  • If you are missing us in Áras na Mac Léinn, calling in for a chat at the SocsBox or hanging out in the Hub, we will be coming to you this Summer, You can live chat and join the SocsBox Live Zoom Rooms weekdays throughout the Summer details on https://www.nuigstudents.ie/socsboxlive
  • Get your weekly news letter of upcoming events 'The What's Happening Guide', subscribe here, we will feature on and off campus virtual events.
  • You can join your favourite society in yourspace.nuigalway.ie so you are on their mail and texts lists.
  • Looking for new ideas for on line entertainment? Keep an eye on our Entertainment in isolation page for tips on whats available.
  • Check out how to look after yourself on www.nuigstudents.ie/self-care
  • Following on from the success of the NUI Galway Summer Drama Festival we will be back with an NUI Galway Virtual Summer Festival. 
  • So stay in the know & keep in touch and up to date on 
    www.nuigstudents.ie & www.socs.nuigalway.ie 
  • Follow us on social media FaceBook Twitter: @SocsBoxNUIG Instagram: nuigalway_socbox

Good Luck to all our societies preparing to enter this year’s BICS National Society Awards. The Awards are virtual this year.

Flirt FM

 Flirt FM is broadcasting 24/7 for the duration of the lockdown, and still features more than 40 brand new shows each week, recorded at home by dedicated volunteers. Listen on 101.3FM around Galway, and everywhere else on flirtfm.ie/listen, or TuneIn on your device.

The station is looking for guests to take-over a breakfast show too (open to students, staff, alumni, and the Galway Community at large). If you ever wanted to try out radio - now's your chance. All the information is on the flirtfm.ie homepage here. In wonderful news, Flirt FM show 'Chat's Entertainment', hosted by Lisa Hamilton just won the YAP Student Comedy & Entertainment Podcast of the year, and it's fingers crossed for all of the students that have entered multiple radio categories in the SMEDIAs too!

The station will keep broadcasting remotely all summer, to keep you company, wherever you might be. For all the latest updates, follow FlirtFM on Instagram & Twitter and stay in touch.

Work Placement Support

The Work Based Learning team in the Career Development Centre has continued to support and engage with 1200 students who are in various phases of the placement process and there are currently almost 340 students still on placement, many working remotely. Over 300 students are due to start placements managed by the Career Development Centre in the next few months with 550+ students scheduled to go on placement in 20/21.

All new placements are scheduled to go ahead as planned and Placement Officers will notify students if there are any changes to their placement. The Work Based Learning team are doing their very best to secure placements for students who are still unplaced however, given the current situation placements are not guaranteed. 700+ reach outs have been made to employers over the past 3 months with many virtual interviews going ahead and alternative start dates being negotiated with employers if necessary. In the event that a placement is completely cancelled by the host organisation, the Work Based Learning team are working with NUI Galway Colleges and Schools to identify alternatives to placement.

Access Centre Student Support

Students on Access programmes and mature students are reminded that support from the relevant teams in the Access Centre is available throughout the summer months, so feel free to email access@nuigalway.ie and if you are a mature student trish.bourke@nuigalway.ie .

Disability Support

Support from the Disability Support Service team, in the Access Centre, continues to be available to any student with a disability, ongoing physical or mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty. If you are  already registered with the service are reminded that our support continues over the summer months, so feel free to email your Disability Advisor as needed.

Students who wish to register for disability support are invited to complete our online registration form. Those with a disability support related query can email disabilityservice@nuigalway.ie and one of the team will be in touch.

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally improves the accessibility of learning materials on Blackboard by allowing users to download documents in multiple formats. Blackboard Ally was launched at NUI Galway in March 2020 and is available on a trial basis until summer 2021, as part of an Inclusive Learning project at NUI Galway.

The project team wants to hear about your experience with alternative formats via Blackboard Ally. This will help us to determine if Ally should be part of the University’s ongoing offering to all NUI Galway students and staff in future.  Survey now closed

Would you like to learn new skills and be rewarded for them while supporting first year students? Consider becoming an ATS MENTOR! 

The ATS Mentoring Programme is an Access Centre initiative aimed at helping first-year students with a smooth transition into college life. This programme is different to other mentoring programmes as it is tailored to the needs of all first-year students with emphasis on college route entry, course being taken and other factors relevant in providing the best Mentor-Mentee relationship. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and experiences you have gained with others in academic year 20/21, then email: joseph.nyirenda@nuigalway.ie, or call Joseph on (086) 852 8550 to find out more about the training involved and the benefits you will gain.

I wish you well for the summer ahead and for those of you returning in September I look forward to welcoming you back. It will be a different experience for all of us but we are determined to ensure that your experience will be a positive one. For those of you who are leaving NUI Galway, every good wish as you take the next steps in your journey. Finally, these have been challenging weeks for everyone no matter what our circumstances have been and I’ve been heartened by the resilience and fortitude you our students have demonstrated. Look after yourself, be kind to yourself and those around you and take care.

Take care,

Michelle

Professor Michelle Millar

Dean of Students, NUI Galway

National report: Irish Universities Help Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ireland's universities are playing a vital role in our country's response to the COVID-19 emergency. Through targeted research, volunteering and redeployment, and the sharing of expertise, data and facilities, our universities are delivering life-changing impacts at home and abroad. The Irish Universities Association has published a report highlighting the wide range of positive impacts our universities are having.

Guidance for staff and students if notified of a positive diagnosis of COVID-19

1. If you have received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 from the HSE:

  • Please follow the advice given to you by the HSE.

2. If a staff member receives notification from a Student in Ireland, alerting them to a positive diagnosis of COVID-19:

  • Please forward the notification to COVID-19@nuigalway.ie so that our Student Services can reach out to the student and offer pastoral care support.

3. If a staff member receives notification from an International Student, who has returned to their country of origin, that they have received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19:

  • Obtain date of positive test and contact details of the student.
  • Inform Lorraine Harte (International Office) – Lorraine.M.Harte@nuigalway.ie – who will notify the HSE. 

4. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms:

5. If you have been in close contact* in the last 14 days with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, but don’t have COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Restrict your movements for 14 days since date of last exposure with a case. Follow HSE guidelines on restricting your movements.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms follow Step 4 above.
  • *Close contact means you have been within 2 metres of a diagnosed person for more than 15 minutes of face-to-face contact