Our Vision for Our Partners

To expand our dynamic network of partners to develop strong, mutually-beneficial relationships that extend our influence and reach

We Will

Industry, Business and Professions

  • Deepen our links with business and industry, professional and State bodies, and community and cultural agencies for mutual benefit
  • Identify and deliver supports required by SMEs, based on regional need and institutional capacity
  • Value and support staff who engage with industry, the community, cultural organisations, the State sector, and professional bodies
  • Support businesses and employers through providing strong executive education and continuing professional development programmes

City and Region

  • Play a wider role as a civic leader in the cultural, social, intellectual and economic development of our City
  • Lead Galway’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2020
  • Fully incorporate St Angela’s College, Sligo, and Shannon College of Hotel Management into the University
  • Work within our regional cluster to progress programme rationalisation, the identification of institutional specialisation, and new programme development


  • Open our campus to the wider community and tourism through a year-round public programme of cultural events, exhibitions and activities, and the further development of our Cultural Campus Trail
  • Support musical and theatrical performance for students, staff and the wider community through new and existing partnerships
  • Develop a strategy to integrate our outreach and student recruitment activities
  • Promote engagement of younger students with education, science and technology through a range of school outreach initiatives, including our Youth Academy
  • Partner with relevant national bodies and sporting associations to support elite athletes and boost participation rates in individual and team sports

Measures of Success

  • ‘Industry and Innovation Hub’ established to serve as primary point of contact between industry, employers and the University
  • Inclusion of employers, professionals or community partners on at least 75% of programme and/or advisory boards
  • Economic Impact Study measuring the University’s impact on the economic life of the city and surrounding region
  • Full incorporation of Shannon College of Hotel Management and St Angela’s College, Sligo achieved
  • 20% increase in applications from high quality applicants for sports and creative arts performance points schemes
  • A series of cultural initiatives, such as a traditional music residency, established in collaboration with local, regional and national partners