• 15 million euro has been announced for the provision of state-of-the-art library facilities at NUI Galway. The monies are allocated from the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund

    Local Minister Sean Kyne says the 15 million euro allocation to NUIG will provide significantly enhanced library facilities including study spaces – an extra 2,000 across the campus – new group study rooms, better connectivity as well as improved access to and use of NUIG’s library with its extensive collections, archives and databases.

    The announcements were made by the Minister for State at the Department of Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor.

  • Castlebar student Dara Ludden was awarded a Naughton Foundation scholarship worth €20,000 at a ceremony in Trinity Business School in Dublin last Saturday.

    The award gives third level scholarships to students studying in the areas of engineering, science and technology.

    The former student of the St. Gerald’s College was presented with the scholarship by Dr. Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel, the founders of the Naughton Foundations.

    Mr Ludden is studying Engineering at NUIG and he joins 36 other Irish students to benefit from the award.

    His former secondary school, St. Gerald’s College was also presented with a prize of €1,000 on the day towards their school’s science facilities, for their support of these students.

    More than 200 schools have benefited from this prize to date with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion.

    Last year’s winner was Thomas McCarthy from St. Gerald’s College Castlebar and the school has won the award on 11 occasions.

  • NUI Galway Students’ Union has today launched plans to help students connect with each other in what will be “a less than usual” academic year due to Covid-19.

    Each option allows students to get involved with the work of the Students’ Union during the year whilst also having a chance to make friends on campus and build connections all the time adhering to social distancing.

    The plans all include online and socially distant offline options.

    The plans include a monthly Charity Challenge, an Event Crew that will organise events during term to give students a chance to meet up on or off line, elected Class Representatives, a Welfare Crew –to organise campaigns on student issues such as sexual health, mental health and equality issues and Elections with 5 vacant Officer positions to be filled.

    NUI Galway Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey has been telling Midwest News more about the new efforts for an unprecedented academic year.

  • Electric Ireland has joined forces with four Intercounty GAA stars to launch the 2020 Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon, Sigerson and Higher Education Championships.

    Electric Ireland’s First Class Rivals campaign celebrates unexpected alliances formed by County rivals coming together in pursuit of a common goal to win some of the most coveted titles in GAA. 

    Although bound to their county through a traditional allegiance, intercounty footballers Robert Finnerty (NUIG and Galway) and Eoin O’Donoghue (NUIG and Mayo) and intercounty hurlers, Darragh Fitzgibbon (UCC and Cork) and Mark Kehoe (UCC and Tipperary) will put their county rivalries aside as they battle it out for the prestigious Electric Ireland Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup titles in 2020 with their colleges. 

    NUIG and Mayo Footballer, Eoin O’Donoghue, says The Higher Education Championships are a brilliant way to start the year. Although some of us are usually divided by county lines, the opportunity to join up and play with one another is an experience he is really relishing.

  • Critics of the execution of the pro-choice campaign say they need to clarify what will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed.

    A law lecturer at NUI Galway says they if they don't, they risk losing undecided voters to the pro-life side.

    Larry Donnelly is warning that repeal campaigners have failed to outline why allowing abortion up to 12 weeks makes sense.

    He says the pro-choice side need to make a solid case as to why they deserve the Irish public's vote:

    Meanwhile ‘Together for Yes’ says women who travel a lonely journey to a clinic somewhere in the UK to have an abortion have no voice and are invisible.

    The group is campaigning to remove the Eighth Amendment.

    It says the difficulty of their personal experiences is compounded by the fact that what they're doing is unsupported and completely unregulated.

    Together for Yes Co-Director Orla O'Connor says these women need to be remembered.

    The Pro-Life Campaign's expressing delight that so many people turned out on the streets for yesterday's rally for life.

    It says it shows a momentous show of strength for the Eighth Amendment.

    The group says now's the time for politicians to stand up for the right to life.

    Spokesperson Cora Sherlock says they should make their views known if they believe in the 8th Amendment.

  • More than 30 journalism students at NUI Galway have been refunded their fees due to concerns over the quality of the course they were studying.

    According to today’s Irish Times, between 30 and 40 third- and fourth-year students on the undergraduate journalism programme have been refunded at a cost of more than €100,000 to the college.

    The refunds follow complaints from students over issues such as lack of access to work placements and poor communication from course leaders.

    The university’s complaints board upheld the complaints relating to the students’ third year and found the shortcomings “negatively impacted on the educational experience of students”.

    It added that there had been evidence of a “significant lack of leadership” and the shortcomings had been acknowledged by staff in the journalism course.

    The college has since appointed a new director of the course who, it said, would significantly enhance feedback and communication with students.

    Students involved in the course in recent days received letters confirming their fees would be refunded.


  • Irish food retailer Musgrave has today announced it is accepting applications for 17 roles in its' Graduate Programme.

    Successful applicants will get the opportunity to build a career with Musgrave, who operates Irish brands like SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak.

    Established in 1876, the company  supports more than 41,000 jobs, in more than 1,400 stores and offices, with combined total retail sales of €5.2 billion.

    Representatives from Musgrave will visit GMIT’s Careers Fair on September 30th and NUIG’s Graduate Jobs Fair on October 1st to talk to graduates.

    As part of the Programme, participants are set a strategic business challenge and must present their recommendations to the CEO and Executive team.

    The emphasis of the recommendations must align with the company's sustainability strategy ‘Taking Care of our World’.

    To apply for the 2020 progamme visit

  • The National Youth Orchestra has joined young musicians from the west of Ireland to perform a special winter concert at NUIG.

    The event forms part of the programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

    The Orchestra will take part in a joint collaboration with the Symphonic Waves Youth Orchestra as part of their visit.

    Symphonic Waves are a new West of Ireland youth orchestra, formed as part of the cultural programme for Galway 2020.

    It began as a string orchestra in 2017 and developed into a full symphony orchestra last year. 

    The concert is a unique orchestral event featuring 160 young musicians from all over Ireland.

  • NUI Galway is a University of Sanctuary following three years of campaigning from the university’s Students Union.


    The University of Sanctuary initiative aims to make third level institutions more inclusive to refugees, asylum seekers and members of the Irish Travelling Community.


    8 Scholarships at undergrad and postgraduate levels have been offered to members of different minority groups to attend NUIG.


    The designation hopes to improve access, inclusion and visibility of students from ethnic minority communities at NUI Galway.


    Clare Austick, Students’ Union President has been telling Midwest News that the status has been the culmination of three years work.

  • NUI Galway suffered a three point defeat to UCC in today's Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup semi final in Mallow.

    4-9 to 1-15 the final score with Kildare's Jack Robinson, Sligo's Nathan Mullen, Antrim's Owen Gallagher and the Galway contingent of Peter Cooke, Rob Finerty and Kieran Molloy all playing well for the beaten team.


  • NUI Galway researchers were part of a team who have found flame-retardant chemicals in the breast milk of Irish mothers.

    Scientists from NUIG, the University of Birmingham and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland concluded that the presence of the chemicals in breast milk “indicates ubiquitous exposure of the Irish population to these contaminants”.

    The Sunday Times reports that the chemicals found are used to treat products including electrical equipment, insulation foam and furniture and exposure pathways include dust, diet and touching treated fabrics.

    The level of exposure of breastfeeding infants to the chemicals was below safe limits set out in legislation.

    However, the authors noted that some research suggests much lower exposure limits are needed.

    They examined 92 milk samples from women attending breastfeeding clinics at the Coombe maternity hospital and University Hospital Galway.

    Last year the same researchers found that Irish people were exposed to toxic and potentially toxic flame retardants in their homes, cars schools and offices.

    The governments consultation documents onUHG furniture fire regulations notes that “international studies have shown that certain flame retardants may be harmful and can pose a risk to humans.”

    It suggests giving the furniture industry a lead-in time of between one and three years to stop using the chemicals

  • Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup quarter-finals

    St Mary’s College 0-15 Maynooth University 0-13

    UCC 4-21 IT Carlow 0-5

    UCD 2-16 DCU 1-9

    NUI Galway 1-8 UU 1-7

  • A students union rally due to be held in Dublin tomorrow has been cancelled, due to the weather conditions expected as Storm Lorenzo makes landfall in Ireland.

    The Union of Students in Ireland had called on third-level students from around the country to join them in the capital tomorrow, to demand that the Government break some of the barriers to higher education  - such as college fees, and increasing accommodation costs.

    USI says students are currently facing costs of up to €10,000 per year to attend university, which is out of the reach of many.

    While tomorrow's rally has been called off, the President of the Students Union at NUI Galway Clare Austick told Midwest News that they're continuing to seek Government reforms in a number of areas....

  • Water charges went wrong because of how they were implemented rather than the idea, according to a new report.

    Researchers at NUI Galway have found there was a "serious disconnect" between the design and implementation.

    A conference is being held today to discuss how policies can be better introduced.

    Alan Ahearne, director of the Whittaker Institute at NUI Galway, says the local property tax model should have been followed.