Support services for our postgraduate students

What support do we offer to students? 

Life as a postgraduate student may feel daunting at times. Coming to University (or returning back to study) is a significant life change, and you may feel the need for a little more support during your transition and while you’re here. Whether you’re feeling stressed about your workload or need some help with your study skills, there are services available at NUI Galway that best suit your personal needs.  

You’ll find services and support networks to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. We offer a friendly and supportive environment for our students. So, make sure you know everything available to you, beginning with these five student services. 

1. Incoming students: your First Steps 

If you’re worried about the University life, we’ve got a range of support across our campus and departments, to help you make the most of your time at NUI Galway.  

For students embarking on taught programmes, orientation is carried out at a local level at the start of your programme, hosted by the postgraduate course director or within the School/Discipline. Support is also available during your course via Student Advisors. For example, in the School of Law, a Student Advisor is available to support students on a variety of matters including academic, personal, professional, or financial. The Centre for Disability Law and Policy provides academic writing workshops in addition to the academic writing support provided by the University. The academic writing workshops help LLM International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy students with dissertation writing. 

The following links discuss useful tips for the initial actions you need to take in the early stages of your research postgraduate programme: 

 
2. Campus Facilities   

We believe that our campus is one of the most charming and unique University campuses in Ireland. We have excellent facilities available to all students, including superb sports facilities and plenty of restaurants and cafés, where you can share meals and experiences. 

On offer: 

  • Restaurants & Cafés: With 16 restaurants and cafés on campus, from contemporary cafés to an extensive food hall and café bar, there is something to suit all tastes at NUI Galway. 
     
  • Leisure Centre: The Kingfisher NUI Galway is situated in the heart of NUI Galway University, and is equipped with all imaginable Indoor Sports, a 25m swimming pool, sauna & steam room. 
     
  • Shops: We enhance the campus experience for students, staff and visitors by providing a variety of shops (including a pharmacy) and maintenance services. 
     
  • Video Conferencing (CELT): The Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) at NUI Galway supports a range of technologies that facilitate online and blended courses. The Centre provides NUI Galway staff and students with the latest and most effective tools for learning and teaching. 
     
  • James Hardiman Library: Staff are available to help you achieve academic success; more information on the range of specific supports available can be found online on our YouTube channel.
     
  • Sports, Clubs and Recreation: The Sport and Recreation Unit has a mission to promote participation in sports and physical activities by all students and staff and support higher standards of performance in sport and physical activity for elite sports individuals and teams within NUI Galway.  
     
  • Banking: There are two banks on campus. Bank of Ireland is located in the Arts/Science Building, and AIB is located in the Lower Newcastle Road. 

Student Support and Resources

Adapting to university life can be challenging for any student. That is why our network of support services will help you get the best from your time at Galway. Student services can help before, during, and after your student lifecycle at NUI Galway.  

  • Postgraduate Research Mentoring Programme: Postgraduate Research (PGR) Mentoring is a new initiative to support new entrant PGR students through peer mentoring, enabling students to commence and complete the programme while making their broader University experience fulfilling and successful. 
     
  • Academic Writing Centre: The Academic Writing Centre (AWC) offers one-on-one sessions with a chance to brainstorm the postgraduate student’s ideas, discuss their areas of improvement, and identify their strengths as writers. AWC also provides occasional workshops for postgraduate students. Postgraduate students who have excellent writing skills and an interest in teaching are welcome to apply to work at the AWC. Recruitment for tutors is usually in September annually. 
     
  • Student Union: The Students’ Union (SU) provides services to students on campus, including life skills support, travel advice, and much more. Its offices at the centre of campus include a café and bookshop. The SU aims to take students’ voices to every level. The SU complements the university’s provision of welfare services; it also provides part-time employment opportunities for students. 
     
  • Career Development Centre: The Career Development Centre is here to help you find work opportunities. This department aims to provide students of NUI Galway with a quality career guidance and information service focused on facilitating and empowering them to manage their career development and make effective career transitions.  
     
  • Accommodation & Welfare: There are a number of different accommodation options available to students every year. There are two student residences on campus and there are also eight privately owned student residences located off campus but within easy reach of the university. 
     
  • Student Societies: Societies are at the heart of college life at NUI Galway. No matter your interest, with over 100 active societies, everyone can find their niche. Societies are a perfect base for building friendships with like-minded people, learning new skills, and exploring your interests. Every year over 3,000 society events are held, from music gigs to archaeological digs. Pick one or two and just turn up. http://www.socs.nuigalway.ie. 
     
  • Student Counselling Services: University is a big step, with many potential rewards to be enjoyed. However, there can also be challenges, which can be very stressful at times. The Student Counselling Service is a free and confidential service staffed by professionally qualified psychologists and counsellors. 
     
  • Childcare: The Crèche combines the qualities of a happy, caring atmosphere and a stimulating learning environment. The highly trained and experienced Childcare Team will ensure your child’s time with us will be a joyful learning experience. 
     
  • Student Disability Support Service: The Disability Support Service (DSS) is part of the Access Centre and provides support to students with a disability or learning difficulties. This service promotes inclusive practices throughout the campus community and is committed to providing an equitable learning environment that will enable you to become an independent learner and highly skilled graduate. 
     
  • Chaplain: The Chaplain (known officially in the University as the Dean of Chaplaincy Services) is appointed by the University’s Governing Body to support and express the commitment to the development of the whole human person. 

Funding and Financial Support 

NUI Galway offers several sources of funding and financial support that helps prospective and current students cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses. 

  • Financial Aid Fund: Professional Services operate the Financial Aid Funds, providing financial support to students experiencing short or long-term economic difficulties while attending higher education. The Funds are partly supported by the Student Assistance Fund, with additional funding provided by NUI Galway. 
     
  • Scholarships: At NUI Galway, we are keen to ensure that the brightest and most committed students progress to postgraduate study. Our generous Postgraduate Scholarships (valued at €1,500 per student) are designed to reward excellent students who have attained First Class Honours in their undergraduate studies.  
     
  • Springboard and ICT Skills Conversion Programme: Springboard courses and the ICT skills conversion programme are now run as a joint initiative under the banner brand Springboard+. Each year some of our postgraduate courses are funded via Springboard+. 

A comprehensive list of information about the financial assistance schemes available in Ireland to help you progress through further and higher education is available online at the Student Finance website.

Health & Safety

To help you make the most of your time at NUI Galway, our experienced Health & Safety team provides advice and support to all students and applicants, ensuring you have all the support you need to stay healthy and happy and succeed in your academic studies. 

  • Student Health Unit: The Student Health Unit provides on-campus medical care to all students in a confidential, professional and courteous manner.  
     
  • Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: NUI Galway supports people in managing their mental and physical health. 
     
  • Safety: Studying and living safely while at NUI Galway is really important. It’s not only about keeping safe but also about developing skills. Future employers will expect you to understand the importance of health and safety and know what to do to protect yourself and others. By clicking the link, you can check all of NUI Galway’s Safety Responsibilities & Contacts. 

You can also download our PDF with the complete list of Support Services, Organisations and Useful Resources: Link Here. 

Please visit the NUI Galway website for the most up-to-date source of course information.  

For more information, visit https://nuigalway.ie/choose-postgrad/. 

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