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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.
Welcome to Safe Campus
University of Galway has an initiative on campus #SafeCampus. It is a new initiative that will pull together and centralise Events, Policies, Programmes and Advice on keeping safe while at university.
The #SafeCampus campaign aims to communicate a number of support areas:
SafeZone is our mobile app designed to help keep you safe and give you extra peace of mind across our campuses.
- Smart Consent - University of Galway's Sexual Health and Support Initiative: Research, Workshops and Campaigns
- Home and Personal Safety
- Students' Union Campaigns and Involvement in Safety
- Smoke Free Zones
- Sustainable Campus
- Pre-departure oversees training for Students
SafeZone is a free-to-download and easy-to-use app.
You can use SafeZone to:
- 'Check in' any time of day – to keep you safe on campus, such as if you’re studying or working late or alone on campus
- Quickly and discreetly call for assistance – whenever you feel unsafe on campus
- Get medical assistance quickly – whether it’s for first aid, an accident or in an emergency
- Keep up to date – notifications sent directly to your phone if there is an incident on campus
- See it, Say it! – Log relevant non-urgent issues with Security through the tip reporting feature
For more information and FAQs, click Safezone
Smart Consent: Research, Workshops & the Campaign
University of Galway has begun piloting ‘Smart Consent’ workshops and is the first campus to lead on this training and is working with other Higher Education Institutes to roll it out nationally. Consent can be a grey area, as it is often sought and communicated indirectly and these workshops will provide students with the opportunity to talk about positive forms of sexual communication.
In a recent University of Galway survey, 25 per cent of female students reported that another person had tried or succeeded in having sexual contact with them through the use of force, in comparison to 6 per cent of male students. The survey found that half of female students reported unwanted sexual advances in the past year due to someone’s drinking. Results also showed that 50% of University of Galway students would not verbalise what they are comfortable with sexually with sexual partners. This new initiative aims to provide information on the support services available to students affected by sexual violence.
Contact Security for all your campus safety requests. They are available 24 hours a day to help you. Red telephones in the lobby of campus buildings are free to use to contact Security on 3333.
Home and Personal Safety
The Students' Union offer advice on how to stay safe at home, personal safety and water safety. It also runs various training workshops throughout the year.
Students' Union Campaigns and Involvement on Safety
The University of Galway Students' Union runs various campaigns on a regular basis to help raise awareness about safety at home, while out-and-about and on campus. It runs a Sexual Health and Guidance each Semester with lots of freebies, events and workshops free for all to attend.
Smoke Free Zones
We are working together with Students and Staff for a healthier campus. In January 2016, two smoke-free zones came into effect, centred around two new designated smoking shelters outside the Hardiman Building and Engineering Building. The smoke and litter in these areas can have a negative impact on our campus community. Together, we can make University of Galway a cleaner and healthier campus. Learn more about the Smoke-Free zones here.
University of Galway has registered for An Taisce's Green Campus Programme and is actively working towards achieving a Green Flag for our university and is striving to integrate sustainable practises into all aspects of campus and community life. With over 20,000 students and staff on campus, there are small steps we can ALL take to improve our environmental performance.
Pre-Departure Training for Oversees Volunteering
Students travelling abroad with the University to volunteer are required to take overseas training. Pre-departure training takes place on a yearly basis in conjunction with the ALIVE Student Volunteering Office and the international volunteering leaders. The training is free and includes training in Security and Personal Safety (Eurocheck), Child Protection, Ethics, Interculturalism and awareness of risks of HIV (for Medical and Nursing Students).