Local Awards

  • University of Sanctuary received the Galway City Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2019
  • Youth Academy was shortlisted to the final three for Galway City Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2019
  • The Community Knowledge Initiative received the Galway City Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2018 
  • Saol Café was shortlisted to the final three for Galway City Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2018 
  • NUI Galway's Community Awareness Initiatives Responsibly-Directed by Engineers (CAIRDE) received second prize in 2010. CAIRDE is a service-learning programme where all third-year Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering students apply academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. Established in 2003 by Professor Abhay Pandit, it became an embedded part of the undergraduate Mechanical, Biomedical, and Electrical Engineering programmes as part of a required module that previously had been solely lecture-based. The emphasis is on interacting directly with intended beneficiaries of projects. 

National Awards

  • The Community Knowledge Initiative was shortlisted to the final three for the National Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2019
  • Dr. Lorraine McIlrath was recognised nationally by Fáilte Ireland as an Irish Conference Ambassador at an Awards Ceremony in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin 2018

International Awards

The MacJannet Prize was established by the Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation to recognise exceptional student community engagement. In 2009, NUI Galway was a MacJannet Prize finalist through the Clinical Legal Education programme which was the first of its kind in Ireland. Final year students in NUIG's Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) programme put their theoretical knowledge and legal skills to work in the wider community. They undertake "real world" placements on a part-time, one semester basis as opposed to sitting a traditional academic module. They earn academic credit, enhance their practical legal skills and, because most of the placements are with organisations and practitioners that work on behalf of the marginalised, see how law can be used to advance the public interest.