The University of Galway offers a wide variety of supports to women returning to their careers after leave. Outlined below are a number of supports available 

Mentorship and Coaching

  1. Aurora – Women’s Leadership Development Programme
  2. Vista Programme
  3. Institutional Mentorship Scheme open to all staff:
  4. Institutional Coaching Scheme : If you have any questions in relation to Coaching, please contact Anna Cunningham E:
  5.  PMDS/ “Performance for Growth”

Maternity/Carer’s Leave Supports

Grants to Support Academic Staff Following Maternity/Carer’s Leave (also open to male carers) 

  • Up to €10,000 to support all academic grades to re-engage with their research upon returning from long-term leave 
  • Available on an ongoing basis all year round 
  • Non-competitive grant 

2. Mid Career: Capacity Building Grant

  • Academic staff who took an extended period of leave connected with caring with a grant of €5,000 
  • To help mitigate the impact of extended leave on research activities 
  • In 2020/21, eligibility was extended to PD Researchers/Research Fellows 
  • Competitive grant 

3. Advanced Career: Research Consolidation Grant

    • €3,000 for female SLs to consolidate research development 
    • Phase 2 of the Promotions Project


Career Development and Promotion

1. A Range of Courses Organised by the Learning and Development Office

2. FEP (Further Education Policy) 

  • A funding programme to which staff can apply for support when undertaking a part-time programme of study.
  • A certain number of courses will have fees waived for staff. Applicants should apply to their course of choice first, before applying for FEP support – to ensure a space is held on your chosen course. Once FEP funding has been approved, the staff member can then confirm their place on their course. If a place has not been reserved and the course is full then FEP approval can be carried over to the following year (provided that it is the same course).
  • Applying for a course and applying for FEP funding are two separate processes. Approval for FEP support does not guarantee a place on a course.
  • Certain programmes have a limit on numbers so may operate on a first come/first served basis.