About University of Galway's Community Engagement

Our Dynamic Relationship with Our Community

The University of Galway community greatly values our extended community partners and neighbours.  We contribute  to and learn from our community - not only the city of Galway, but regionally, nationally and internationally. We engage with many groups:

  • Non-governmental Organisations
  • Industry
  • Small Business
  • Schools
  • Individuals
  • Charities

Read more about this commitment to our communities in our Vision 2020 - University of Galway's Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2020.

We are involved with many community activities and likewise the community is active on campus, contributing to student learning and campus life.

We make significant contributions to the region culturally, economically, socially, civically and more.  Find out just some of the things we do:

Environmental Commitment

Our campus is actively working towards achieving a Green Flag and is striving to integrate sustainable practises into all aspects of campus and community life. Read here to learn more about our Green Campus.

Why not go for a walk or bike along our Riverside Route and enjoy the River Corrib in all its glory.

Read more about this commitment to create a campus that is sustainable in our Vision 2020 - University of Galway's Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2020.

Meet the campus sustainability team and learn more about sustainability on campus.

Art and Culture Events

We organise many cultural events, which are free and open to the public, such as:

  • Lectures
  • Concerts
  • Exhibitions

There are also many opportunities to visit the Art Gallery and  Museums on campus.

Zoology and Marine Biology Museum is housed in the Ryan Institute

James Mitchell Geology Museum

Computing and Communications Museum of Ireland

View the Campus Map and Latest Events on Campus  

Civic Engagement

University of Galway is committed to promoting greater civic engagement through ENGAGE formally known as the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI).  ENGAGE formally known as the CKI aims to educate students to be effective and responsible citizens is realised through two programmes:

  • Service Learning - Community organisations host students as part of their academic programme.
  • ALIVE - Student volunteers actively engage with community organisations.

Learn more about our Civic Engagement strategy visit the ENGAGE formally known as Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI). 

Widening Access

University of Galway is fully committed to developing and promoting initiatives which seek to counter disadvantage.  Our Access Programme activities are devised to advance the social, economic, educational and cultural needs of the Western region.

Find out more about our Access Programme

The Irish Language Community

The Connemara Gaeltacht is a valuable resource for University of Galway. We run courses, classes and other events as part of an Irish language preservation programme in both Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain in An Cheathrú Rua and An tIonad Oideachais agus Cultúir in Carna. These are available through academic courses and Irish clubs.

Find out more about our engagement with the Irish Community 

Read more about this commitment to Pobal na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta in our Vision 2020 - University of Galway's Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2020.

Contact Us

To learn more about our community engagement contact: