Campus Access & Services (updated April 2021)

Will I be able to sit my Exams on Campus? 

Study space on campus will be available to students during exams. These spaces will be for students sitting scheduled online exams only and you will be required to show proof that you have a scheduled exam at that time.

Booking will be live from Friday 14 May at the following link

Exam information: For up-to-date information on exam timetables, regulations and policies, visit: www.nuigalway.ie/exams

Are there any Study Spaces Open on Campus? 

Yes, we now have multiple study space options available on campus.

  • Main Library (including Library PC's): Will be open from now until Thursday 03 June as follows: 

  • Reading Room: The Reading Room (Hardiman Building) is now open as supervised study space for an additional 25 students, with social distancing and virus control measures in place. 
  • Hardiman Building Seminar Rooms: From Tuesday, 27 April 2021 you can book a study space in the Hardiman Building Seminar Rooms THB-G010 and THB-G011. These rooms are located across from the main entrance to the Library.
  • Bailey Allen Hall: We have now reopened study space for 50 students in the Bailey Allen Hall. Open from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday 


    All spaces must be booked in advance using the Library booking system
  • Please note that the Library Seat & Equipment Booking system has changed from period-based bookings to open bookings. This provides students with greater flexibility as exams approach

What campus services are open now? 

An Bhialann has now reopened for takeaway and also a controlled and supervised sit-down service with social distancing in place.

  • Access to An Bhialann: The use of An Bhialann is strictly for NUI Galway students and staff only, and specifically for those who are on campus to carry out essential work that cannot be done from home or to use the Library study spaces. Please bring a Student/Staff ID with you as you may be asked for it.

  • Opening Hours: An Bhialann will open 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-3pm on Friday.

  • Furniture: Please do not move or rearrange tables or chairs as they have been laid out by staff to adhere to social distancing requirements.

Students' Union Shop

The Students' Union Shop has now reopened and is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm

 

Due to Level 5 restrictions, all other retail and catering operations on campus remain closed.

Can I access the University Sports Centre: 

Due to Level 5 restrictions, our Sports Centre is now closed.

However, Kingfisher NUI Galway is offering all students and staff free access to all their Live Streaming Classes. They offer a wide range of classes from BodyAttack, HIIT Cardio, HIIT Strength and BodyBalance. Their classes are aimed at all levels of fitness and require no equipment. Take part in their wide range of live classes from the comfort of your own home by downloading the free Kingfisher app now from the Google Playstore or iTunes.

Are any catering facilities currently operating on campus? 

An Bhialann has now reopened for takeaway and also a controlled and supervised sit-down service with social distancing has been put in place. 

  • Access to An Bhialann: The use of An Bhialann is strictly for NUI Galway students and staff only, and specifically for those who are on campus to carry out essential work that cannot be done from home or to use the Library study spaces. Please bring a Student/Staff ID with you as you may be asked for it.
  • Opening Hours: An Bhialann will open 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-3pm on Friday.
  • Furniture: Please do not move or rearrange tables or chairs as they have been laid out by staff to adhere to social distancing requirements.

 

Due to Level 5 restrictions, all other catering and retail operations on campus remain closed.

Are any retail units currently operating on campus? 

The Students' Union Shop has now reopened and is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm

Due to Level 5 restrictions, all other retail and catering operations on campus are closed.

Can I access buildings to collect equipment?

University staff can request limited access to buildings on campus to collect equipment. For documents and forms relating to the Specific Purpose Access Requests on campus, please use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer browsers to visit the following Sharepoint sites:

Is the shuttle bus service currently running on campus?

No. There is currently no shuttle bus service on campus.

Can I park on campus?

Yes, parking on campus is operating as normal, as is clamping!

Please ensure you park in the correct zones and that your parking permit is up-to-date.

Can suppliers make deliveries to campus?

All non-critical deliveries to the University should be postponed until after the University reopens. For critical deliveries during the University closure (e.g. for laboratories), staff should contact their suppliers directly to make arrangements.

Safety Measures on Campus

What do I need to bring with me if i have to go on campus?

  • Face mask: If you have to go onto campus please make sure to have a face mask with you. The University requires that all staff and students wear a face covering while indoors in public areas or shared spaces on campus. For more information on control measures see the Health, Hygiene and Travel section.
  • HSE COVID Tracker App: Make sure to download the HSE COVID Tracker app to your smartphone in advance of coming on to campus. Assess your health every day and as soon as you feel any symptoms of COVID-19, make sure to log them on the app.
  • NUI Galway ID Card: As always, make sure to have your Student ID or Staff ID with you. This is particularly important this year for accessing some services.

What do I need to do to protect myself and others while on campus?

Each one of us has an important role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our university. The following steps are vital in keeping the virus at bay:

  • Act immediately on any symptoms: As soon as you feel any symptoms of COVID-19, contact the Student Health Unit or your GP to arrange a free test.
  • Keep your distance from other people: Maintain distance from others to protect against the spread of the virus.
  • Wear a face mask: Students and staff must wear a face covering while indoors in public areas or shared spaces on campus.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly: Use soap and water to keep your hands clean. Look out for hand sanitisation stations across campus.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze. Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
  • Minimise your contacts: Keep your close contacts to a small number of people and limit the amount of time you spend in direct contact with other people.
  • Avoid crowded areas: If the area you are in becomes congested, leave.
  • Follow signage: Be aware of signage around you and follow directions and instructions as you access and navigate campus.
  • Log your health status: Open the HSE COVID Tracker app every day and log your health status. As soon as you feel any symptoms of COVID-19, make sure to log them on the app.

What is the University doing to reduce the risk of spreading the virus?

The University is implementing a wide range of control measures to make your learning and work environment as safe as possible. These include:

  • PPE
  • Physical distancing
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Signage

Read more about how we are reducing the risk of COVID-19 on campus in our COVID-19 Access to Campus Protocol - 10 September 2020.

You should also check out our Health, Hygiene and Travel section of the Alerts website.