Work/Life Balance

Work/Life Balance Programmes at NUI Galway
Work/Life Balance Programmes at NUI Galway

The Office of the Vice-President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is working with others across campus, including the Human Resources Office, to increase the support available to both staff and managers to help create a culture that is supportive for working parents, carers, and general staff well-being.

To help foster this supportive culture there are currently two training opportunites available: 'Managers Matter: Leading Modern Families' and 'Maternity Matters:Return to Work' .  Please review the Staff Training and Development site for current available training courses. 

Programmes Available

The OVPEDI is working with the assistance of an organisation called Platform 55 to provide the following training opportunities. These opportunities will continue to develop in the future, incorporating feedback and the needs of staff and managers.

Managers Matter: Leading Modern Families

Line-managers and Supervisors are encouraged to attend the 'Managers Matter' programme.

University of Galway has policies in place regarding flexible working, parental, carer, and maternity/paternity leave – but how these policies are being implemented and managed depends on you as a manager.  Many potential solutions to help support working parents and those with caring responsiblities relate directly to individual management. This training course is offered on select dates each semester.

This training programme will provide management and leadership advice on:

  • How to create a culture that values and supports all staff, inclusive of external responsibilities
  • How to support and manage employees with caring responsibilities
  • How to support and manage transitions from leave back to work

Upcoming dates:

Thursday, 11th April, 10am-12pm

Wednesday, 22nd May, 10am-12pm

Registration is available on Core Portal via the Learning & Development page – further details and access to Core can be found here.

Maternity Matters: Return to Work

The transition back into the working environment after maternity/adoptive leave can come with many challenges. If you are due to return, or have returned within 8 months, from maternity/adoptive leave this 3-hour online interactive and practical workshop is aimed at helping you to prepare and supporting you in adjusting back to the workplace. The workshop runs in January and May/June each year.

During the workshop the following key topics will be covered:

  • Values
  • Setting boundaries
  • Choices
  • Getting over guilt
  • Time management
  • Hit the ground running
  • Resilience
  • Coaching session

Next workshop: Thursday, 6th June, 10am-1pm

To register your interest or find out more, contact