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About University of Galway
About University of Galway
Since 1845, University of Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
University of Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at University of Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at University of Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni & Friends
At University of Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
QS Sustainability Ranking
QS Sustainability Rankings
In October 2022 QS introduced their new QS Sustainability Ranking, comparing 700 of the world's top universities against a range of environmental and social sustainability metrics, to see which universities are doing the most to tackle the world's greastest environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges.
The ranking is designed to reflect performance across both these two aspects – environmental and social – with a clear focus on outward impact. This means the ranking will focus much more on research impact and alumni outcomes (are graduates going on to work in sustainable careers?) than on-campus measures like renewable energy sources and recycling initiatives.
The most successful universities in this ranking are those which are able to demonstrate sustainability outwardly. National-level data has also been included, covering aspects such as safety and tolerance, clean air and water, and tolerance and freedom.
What it Measures:
The eight indicators that determine the QS Sustainability Rankings are split into two sections:
Environmental Impact (50%)
- Sustainable Institutions (35%): considers whether a university holds membership in officially-recognised climate action or sustainability groups, has a publicly available sustainability strategy and energy emissions report, has student societies focused on environmental sustainability, and a published commitment to becoming NetZero
- Sustainable Education (40%): looks at alumni outcomes and academic reputation within earth, marine and environmental sciences courses, and the availability of courses that embed climate science and/or sustainability within the curriculum. If a university has a research centre dedicated to environmental sustainability, further points are gained
- Sustainable Research (25%): assesses the university’s research activity around the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and whether the government is funding research and development in this area.
Social Impact (50%)
- Equality (30%): assesses institutions on a variety of measures including the proportion of female students and faculty, the availability of public equality, diversity and inclusion policy, and the disability support available
- Knowledge Exchange (20%): measures universities on their commitment to knowledge transfer in collaboration with less-economically-supported institutions, and a university’s inclination to partner with other institutions and organisations.
- Impact of Education (20%): looks at the university’s research into quality education, alumni impact and academic reputation in relevant social subjects, and how free students and academics are in pursuing their research without censorship.
- Employability and opportunities (20%): gives each university an employer reputation score and an employment outcomes score, based on how prepared students are for successful careers. Universities are also assessed on research into work and economic growth, and peace, justice and strong institutions, as well as the rate of unemployment within the country they’re based in.
- Quality of Life (10%): used to understand an institution’s commitment to wellbeing within and outside of the university. We also look at research activity into quality of life, health options on campus and air quality in the region, for example.
QS Sustainability Rankings Results
In the inaugural QS Sustainability Rankings released in October 2022, University of Galway achieved a sustainability ranking of 161-170 in the world (no 2 in Ireland) out of 700 global universiities. This ranking was introduced in 2022 to provde a framework to show how universities are taking action to tackle the world's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) challenges.
University of Galway's results in each of the two ranks that make up the overall rank are detailed below:
Environmental Impact Rank: 147
Social Impact Rank: 227
27th September 2023
University of Galway retains it's global rank of 301-350 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024.
20th Sept 2023
27th June 2023
1st June 2023
University of Galway continued to climb in the 5th edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World IMPACT Rankings 2023, andhas a global rank of 34 (no. 1 in Ireland, up from 47 in 2022) out of a total of 1,591 institutions from 112 countries across the World.
22nd March 2023
QS World University Subject Rank 2023: University of Galway achieved a global rank in 23 Subjects, up from 22 last year - with Performing Arts at University of Galway achieiving a global rank of 101-120 for the first time. The subject of English at University of Galway also broke into the top 100 in the world, achieving a global subject rank of 91.
12th October 2022
University of Galway has climbed in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2023, into the 301-350 category, up from the 351-400 category last year.