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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.
Students' Union Sustainability
The University of Galway Students' Union won the Sustainability and Environmental Campaign of the Year at the 2022 SAAI awards, thanks to their successful "Sustainable Mondays" initiative.
Throughout the academic year of 2022/2023 3,000 keep cups and 7,000 reusable tote bags were given to students. The SU carried out monthly beach clean-ups, succeeded in making more vegan options available on campus, organized second-hand clothing sales and much more.
Thanks to the election of the SU's first ever Sustainability Officer Malena Thren, who has played a major role in guiding the university and its students toward a more sustainable path for our campus, and pushed forward some incredible sustainability initiatives over the last year.
AY 2022/2023 highlights
- The Students' Union had a massive beach clean up on January 18th and March 20th.
- The SU Climate Crew marked World Water Day with a huge clean-up of Terryland Forest Park.
- The Lab Coat and Goggle Donation Drive campaign, which asked graduating students to donate their old lab coats and goggles to the SU, was held. This helped reduce waste and combat incoming students expenses.
- National Bike Week ran between Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 21st of May. Throughout this week the SU hosted lots of free events for students including Bike Buffets, movie screenings and a cycle in support of the University of Sanctuary initiative.
- Glassary is a University of Galway sustainability initiative run by student volunteers every year. Glassary aims to reduce household waste generated across campus accommodation residences, whilst also providing support to local community and voluntary organizations. Donation points are set up at student residences at the end of each semester, where students can then donate their leftover household items. These items are then collected and re-distributed to future students or local charities/organizations. Glassary saw great success for the 2022/23 academic year, where donations were shared with the Galway Simon Community.
AY 2021/2022 highlights
- Thousands of resuable items were distributed including face masks, coffee cups and tote bags to help combat single-use plastics
- Monthly group beach cleans on numerous beaches around Galway
- "Walk & Talks" allowed students to meet others throughout semester 1
- A lab coat and goggles recycling drive in September saved many items destined for the bin
- Every Monday in February, vegan sausage rolls were available for 75 cents for SU cardholders in Smokey’s Café and Sult
- Vintage clothes fairs and a charity clothes drive encouraged students to avoid fast fashion
- Numerous events to highlight Mental Health Week in November
- Supported the launch of NUI Galway Student Pantry
- Smarter Travel team cycle challenge, Marchathon and Walktober encouraged students to keep active
- €11,000 raised for Galway rape crisis ad BeLonG
- Free antigen tests were distributed to combat the spread of COVID-19
- International day of persons with disabilities was marked with a disability rights clinic, an ISL workshop & a disability experience workshop
- JAM card was launched with the university
- Free high-visibility vests were distributed during road safety week in November to encourage safe cycling
- Free "stress buster" workouts with Wilder Wellbeing before Christmas Exams encouraged students to keep active during study season
- The SU joined Fridays for Future Galway at their Climate Strike in Eyre Square