The Global Galway Project - Internationalisation Events

The Global Galway Project organises regular workshops and webinars to bring you examples of internationalisation, enable you to join the internationalisation debate and help shape our global future.  
Past Events and Recordings


Internationalising our classrooms: practical ideas to increase success in the multilingual and multicultural classroom.

Thursday 23rd March 2023

This webinar run in conjunction with CELT and ENLIGHT, comprised a presentation from Catherine Meissner and Estelle Meima, Curriculum Developers, University of Groningen, The Netherlands on EQUIPPING lecturers teaching in international classrooms –an approach for embedding international classrooms in UG programmes and connecting lecturers in Communities of Practices.

Watch the recording here.


Practical ideas to further enrich multicultural group learning experiences and their assessment

Thursday 23rd February 2023

This webinar, run in conjunction with CELT and ENLIGHT, comprised two presentations: 

  • Exploring international students’ experiences of learning and assessment in Shannon College: undergraduate and postgraduate level by Dr María Palma-Fahey, Lecturer Spanish/Intercultural Communication for Business, and Loraine Kavanagh, Lecturer in English and Intercultural Communication, Shannon College, University of Galway.
  • Examples of facilitated dialogue teaching and learning activities in the ENLIVE programme and our assessment practices by Laüra Hoskins, Head of Espace Langues, University of Bordeaux.

Watch the recording here.

Understanding and Approaching Curriculum Internationalisation in Your Context

Friday 20th January 2023

A workshop run by Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Global and Lifelong Learning, University of Kent, UK. 

Watch the recording here. 


Practical ideas to increase success in the multilingual and multicultural classroom

Thursday 17th November 2022

This webinar, run in conjunction with CELT and ENLIGHT, comprised three presentations:

  • Increasing understanding of multilingualism and studying through English as a second/additional language by Professor Stanislava Antonijevic-Elliott, Associate Professor in Speech and Language Therapy, University of Galway. Watch the recording here.
  • Considering how a lecturer might consciously deviate from language norms by Alexander De Soete, Teaching & Research Assistant at Ghent University. [Recording not available].
  • Practical ways of using coaching tools and techniques to help your students deal with cultural challenges by Dr Maeve Egan, English Language Centre Manager, University of Galway. Watch the recording here.
International Pathway Centres: towards an understanding of their value 
Friday 24th June 2022 

This webinar introduced the concept of International Pathway Centres and how their foundation courses prepare international students for success with their UG and PG studies. Partnering with such a Centre is expected to be a core part of our student recruitment strategy.  

 Dr David Pilsbury, Chief Development Officer of Oxford International, shared his experience of pathway centres from his time as a senior leader at Coventry University and his current role leading the Oxford International Pathway Centre.

Watch the recording here.

The Global Galway Project: showcasing our progress and future plans 

Wednesday 29th June 2022 

This webinar hosted by Vice President International, Professor Becky Whay presented our transformational journey to becoming a Global University, showcasing key milestones and project deliverables, and what we aim to achieve as we move forwards.  The event gave a deeper understanding of University of Galway’s global vision and how you can influence and contribute to future plans.   

Watch the recording here. 


International and Intercultural Competences (IICs) for All – a “How to” Guide 

Date and Time: Thursday 9th June 2022, 12-1.15pm   

In conjunction with Ghent University, an ENLIGHT consortium member, Frederik De Decker, Head of the International Relations Office, Ghent University (Belgium) spoke about internationalising curricula. He shared learning from Ghent’s 15-year mission to embed internationalisation in their teaching and learning. The focus was on inserting International and Intercultural Competence “windows” in programmes with practical examples of how this can be assessed and how the approach can be applied to different kinds of programmes. 

Watch the recording here. 

Multicultural Approaches to Teaching & Learning 
Date and Time: Thursday 27th January 2022, 12 -1 pm 

This webinar was run in conjunction with CELT to shine a light on the variety of approaches to multicultural teaching and learning within the university. 

A panel of speakers gave three short presentations after which there was time for discussion. 

  • Into Africa - Teaching Zoology practical skills in Morocco by Dr Michel Dugon, Lecturer in Zoology & Dr Colin Lawton, Lecturers in Zoology 

  • The Cultural Immersion Programme an inclusive approach by Dr María Palma-Fahey Lecturer in Spanish / Intercultural Communication for Business 

  • Cultural Awareness in Health & Social Care Research: An Innovative Module offered to PhD students across 5 Higher Education Institutions by Dr Yvonne Finn, Lecturer in Clinical Methods and Clinical Practice 


Why Internationalise and what does it mean for me?

Tuesday 27th April 2021 1.00pm-2.00pm

Professor Michael Pippenger, Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalisation at Notre Dame in Indiana outlined his views on the value of internationalisation and Professor Becky Whay, Vice President International University of Galway, spoke about the Global Galway Project and how it will benefit staff and students.

Creating a Global Student Experience

Wednesday 5th May 2021 3.00pm – 4.30pm

This student-focused workshop considered how and why we should internationalise our future student experience from the perspective of international and domestic students. There were student case studies followed by breakout sessions. The session was co-hosted by the Student Union President and the Vice President International.


Excellence in Global Partnerships

Wednesday 19th May 2021 1.00pm-2.30pm

At this workshop Lorna Cuckow, Deputy Director International and Head of International Partnerships & Relations at the University of Bristol, gave a case study of how broad-based partnerships that span research and education have benefitted that university and share approaches to finding partners and maintaining the relationships. This will stimulate break out discussions to obtain your views on how you would like to see us developing our partnership activities and ways of working.


Re-imaging our Future: Sustainable Global Recruitment

Tuesday 22nd June 2021  2.30pm - 4.00pm   

How can we approach global student recruitment in a more sustainable way? At this workshop, we considered how recent digital innovations ​and learnings offer exciting opportunities for our global student recruitment practices moving forwards. Six of our international team gave snapshot presentations interspersed with breakout discussions to spark ideas on more sustainable approaches to our recruitment of students from around the globe.   


Building our Partnerships: ENLIGHT

Date and Time: Tuesday 28th September 2021, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

University of Galway is a member of the ENLIGHT European University Alliance, which connects us with a network of prestigious European universities in Bordeaux, Göttingen, Groningen, Ghent, the Basque Country, Tartu, Bratislava (Comenius University) and Uppsala.  ENLIGHT’s mission is to transform European higher education by collaborating across the institutions in our alliance to create exciting opportunities for both students and staff throughout the network.   

This was the first ENLIGHT webinar to learn about ENLIGHT and to hear from the University of Bordeaux about how they are developing teaching partnerships and research collaborations through ENLIGHT and its sister project ENLIGHT RISE, which launches shortly, and will focus on fostering research and innovation across the network.

Guest Speakers included Professor Stéphanie Debette, Vice President for External Relations and researcher at the Bordeaux Population Health Research Center.

A Q&A session and discussion followed the presentations.


Project Workstreams

In addition to workshops and webinars, workstreams are focusing on the following areas:

  • International student recruitment
  • Student and staff mobility
  • Partnerships
  • Student Support
  • English Language Centre
  • Governance