Priority Projects

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Cancer Research

In Ireland, an average of 30,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year, with that number expected to rise to over 40,000 a year by 2020.  One in three people in Ireland will develop cancer during their lifetime.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer claims over 550 lives a year in Ireland, rivaling the number of deaths due to breast cancer.  The Prostate Cancer Institute, directed by Professor Frank Sullivan, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, was officially opened by President Mary McAleese in April 2011.  The Institute is working to discover new therapies and new treatments for patients who relapse and are unresponsive to available treatments.

A donation to the Prostate Cancer Institute will:

Support research into identifying the genetic markers that can predict those patients who are likely to relapse so they can be targeted with more novel and advanced treatment

Fund clinicians and scientists from the University and Hospital as they attempt to develop effective new therapies for patients with prostate cancer

Enable clinicians to have a significant impact on the quality of life of sufferers while adding to the treatment options for men with the most difficult prostate cancers.

Breast Cancer

One in ten women in Ireland will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. The team in Galway, under the direction of Professor Michael Kerin, is driving real and measurable improvements in clinical outcomes for breast cancer patients. They are looking at breast cancer population genetics in order to develop and improve diagnostic techniques and treatment strategies.

A donation to breast cancer research will:

Fund qualified research scientists and clinicians to carry out research into breast cancer

Enable researchers to investigate the presence of biological markers involved in the detection, development and spread of breast cancer

Enable the purchase and maintenance of essential up-to-date laboratory research equipment for analysis of biological genes and proteins.

Autism Research - ICAN

Autism is a life-long neuro-developmental disability which affects the development of the brain in areas of social interaction and communication.  It is a ‘spectrum’ disorder meaning that the symptoms and characteristics of autism can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations and can range from mild to severe.

The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research is a centre of excellence for Autism developed at NUI Galway. 

Donations will fund high level research-led education and training for practitioners managing the care of persons with Autism, research that will lead to better outcomes for people with ASD or neurodevelopmental conditions.   This research will shape best practice in the areas of assessment, intervention, education and government policy.

The research includes but is not limited to:

The use of bio-feedback mechanisms in the treatment of challenging behaviour

Investigation of Reading Abilities and Behavioural Intervention in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Evaluation of behavioural curricula to improve reading abilities.

Scholarships

The Scholarships Programme facilitates the promotion of initiatives that encourage the pursuit of academic excellence in a key research area. The Hardiman Scholarships are prestigious scholarships awarded to students who meet the highest level of academic performance.  The primary strategic aim is to attract the best students to NUI Galway and to support their development as innovative individuals who will contribute globally to economic, cultural and social development.

While a majority of these Scholarships will be awarded to European Union (EU) citizens, or to those who are ordinarily resident within a member state of the EU, a proportion of awards will also be offered to exceptional candidates who are ordinarily resident in non-EU member states

The New Creative Arts Centre

The Centre for Theatre and Performance proposes an entirely new blend of teaching programmes, performance activities, research and public engagement with the creative arts and industries.

A Performance Lab infrastructure will be established to serve the needs of the Centre with state-of-the-art facilities for performance and teaching.  It will become a dedicated hub for the university’s theatre and performing arts in Irish, English and other modern languages and it will also function as a research and activity space for a range of experimental encounters, events and outreach initiatives, open to the university community at large.

The Access Programme

The Access program at NUI Galway provides students with an alternative route to college. It is a very important program that enables and empowers students to realise their true potential by assisting and supporting them in gaining access to third level. The course essentially 'levels the playing field' for those who have experienced disadvantage at second level due to illness, disability or poor financial circumstances. It is based on the belief that circumstances that interfere with your capacity to study should not prohibit you from education so the course accepts students who have shown academic ability, but who for a variety of reasons do not qualify for university through the CAO system. It is a one-year course which prepares students for entry to first year proper and it covers areas such as presentation skills, study skills and IT as well as academics.

Alumni Fund Call Campaign

The Alumni Fund provides sustainable, flexible and unrestricted funds to support our research teams and the studies of many of our students

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In the past number of years the generosity of our alumni has had an amazing impact on our students. 100% of all monies donated to this campaign will be used to support cancer research, namely in the areas of breast cancer research let by Prof. Michael Kerin and prostate cancer research led by Prof. Frank Sullivan.

Money raised will also be used to support students from disadvantaged areas to realise the full potential of a University education. The access programme at NUI Galway has been very successful in leveling the playing field for many students to gain access to third level education. By providing this course to students who are struggling either because of  illness, financial difficulty or family circumstances they now get a chance to have their own memories of NUI Galway and the value of a strong education with the help of those who have graduated before them.

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Priority Projects .. where your support is needed most >>

NUI Galway School of Business and Economics

The mission of the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics is to deliver a high-impact scholarly environment in which students become well-rounded and employable business graduates, and in which its faculty contribute to society, industry and academia through quality engagement and research. Philanthropic support has played an important part in the development of the School and, with your support, will continue to do so.

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The School of Business and Economics is proud of its role in the education of generations of students, many of whom have become leaders in their fields. The School has also played an important role in the economic and social development of the West of Ireland. We gratefully acknowledge the support of donors towards our mission and encourage you to donate towards one of the following areas:

Business School Priority Projects: Current priority projects include the development of our research centres such as the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Social Change, the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit and the Irish Centre for Rural Transformation and Sustainability. Each of these centres are conducting research into important public policy areas regionally, nationally and internationally.

Student Scholarships: The Programme facilitates the promotion of initiatives that encourage access to, and participation in, NUI Galway amongst under-represented groups of third level education. It addresses and responds appropriately to the issues of equality of access, equity of lifelong learning opportunities and to respond to issues of social exclusion across Ireland’s Border, Midlands and Western Region. NUI Galway aims to provide open and accessible learning opportunities for those who could benefit from university education and enable them to fulfil their individual aspirations.

Student Hardship Fund: This important fund seeks to assist students in the School of Business and Economics to overcome financial challenges and thereby enable them to continue their University education.

Please support your chosen project using the secure form below.

The Alumni Fund

In the last decade philanthropy has played a major role in the overall development of NUI Galway. Our campus has undergone significant changes in terms of its infrastructure and major research projects whilst still maintaining focus on our reputation as a student centered University. Support from graduates has played a key role in the delivery of these projects.

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The Alumni Fund has a significant role in the advancement of NUI Galway's strategic priorities by funding both capital and programmatic projects. We hope, that as a graduate, you will support our efforts to further enhance the reputation of your alma mater as a pioneering University with a reputation of international standing.

Alumni Fund 2015 seeks to build on the transformation of the NUI Galway campus in recent years by supporting the following areas:

Student Scholarships: The Programme facilitates the promotion of initiatives that encourage access to, and participation in, NUI Galway amongst under-represented groups of third level education. It addresses and responds appropriately to the issues of equality of access, equity of lifelong learning opportunities and to respond to issues of social exclusion across Ireland’s Border, Midlands and Western Region. NUI Galway aims to provide open and accessible learning opportunities for those who could benefit from university education and enable them to fulfil their individual aspirations.

Cancer Research: Prostate Cancer supports research into identifying the genetic markers that can predict those patients who are likely to relapse so they can be targeted with more novel and advanced treatment. 

Breast Cancer in funding qualified research scientists and clinicians to carry out research into breast cancer and investigate the presence of biological markers involved in the detection, development and spread of breast cancer. Your donation helps the purchase and maintenance of essential up-to-date laboratory research equipment for analysis of biological genes and proteins.

Leukaemia Research: Prof. Michael O’Dwyer is working on new ways of treating Leukaemia and other blood cancers. Chemotherapy has been the standard treatment for some time, but while it is does kill cancer cells, it also kills good cells and it can be a severe and difficult treatment for cancer sufferers. Much of the more recent research into cancer treatment focuses on developing drugs which inhibit cancer cells from growing, rather than just on killing them.

Autism Research: The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment Research is a centre of excellence for Autism developed at NUI Galway. It funds high level research-led education and training for practitioners managing the care of persons with Autism - research that will lead to better outcomes for people with ASD or neurodevelopmental conditions.

New Creative Arts Centre: The Centre for Theatre and Performance proposes an entirely new blend of teaching programmes, performance activities, research and public engagement with the creative arts and industries. A Performance Lab will be established to serve the needs of the Centre with state-of-the-art facilities for performance and teaching and a dedicated hub for the university’s theatre and performing arts in Irish, English and other modern languages. It will function as a research and activity space for a range of experimental encounters, events and outreach initiatives, open to the university community at large.

Please click on the Donate button to make a gift to the Alumni Fund 2015. We greatly appreciate your support. 

Programmatic Developments

Following on from the significant investment in capital infrastructure facilitated by philanthropic donations and other support, the University research capability has increased significantly in the last number of years.  The generous support of many of our donors has helped the University to make a number of key appointments which has further boosted its research capability. The key focus for Galway University Foundation in the years to come, is supporting the University's growing research ambitions.

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NUI GALWAY AFFINITY CREDIT CARD

Sometimes it's good to remember where you've come from.

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Be part of the strategic vision for NUI Galway with the NUI Galway Affinity Credit Card. When you sign up for this exclusive card, you contribute to future priority projects on campus thereby ensuring that your Alma Mater remains one of the top Universities in the country. At present, funds raised by the Affinity Card are directed towards support of the extension of the Research Library  adjacent to the James Hardiman Library.

The card, which features an image of the iconic Quadrangle at NUI Galway, is available exclusively to alumni, staff and students of the University. When you sign up for the Affinity Card, Bank of Ireland will donate €40 plus a percentage of the annual spend on your card to Galway University Foundation. Every time a card is used, graduates show the world their proud association with NUI Galway and at the same time support it financially at no additional cost to themselves.

Please click here to apply online for the NUI Galway Affinity Card or contact Kevin in Bank of Ireland, NUI Galway at 076 624 1303 or 076 624 1304 for further information on how to show your affinity with the NUI Galway Affinity Credit Card.

Bank of Ireland is regulated by by the Central Bank of Ireland.

Druid Theatre

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In December 2010, a five year strategic partnership between NUI Galway and the Druid Theatre Company was launched. As part of the groundbreaking initiative, NUI Galway and Druid are coming together to form a partnership that will be crucial in maintaining and developing the performance arts of the region into the future. In the exciting new collaboration, NUI Galway will contribute to the development of Druid’s next major theatre event (to be produced in 2012/13) while Druid, in turn, will develop a range of practice-led workshops and seminars including a series of Master classes for BA and MA students. There will be a corresponding Marketing Alliance involving the branding of the NUI Galway logo on all Druid material and active participation/promotion of NUI Galway on its International Tours. The Foundation will underwrite this latter part of the partnership. In addition, in a move that highlights the new initiative, a Druid Director-in-Residence will be appointed who will co-ordinate the joint Master classes and workshops and offer classes and mentoring in various aspects of directing and stagecraft to NUI Galway students. These contributions will enhance two successful NUI Galway academic programmes: the MA in Drama and Theatre Studies and BA Connect in Theatre and Performance.

The relationship between NUI Galway and Druid is a long and fruitful one. The company was founded on campus in 1975 by graduates Mick Lally, Marie Mullen and Garry Hynes. Through the years the two organisations have collaborated at various times including notably the housing of the Druid archive at the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway and the establishment of a playwriting award in memory of the late Jerome Hynes who was General Manager of Druid at a formative stage in the company’s development. The three founders, as well as being graduates, have all been awarded Honorary Degrees by the University.  Galway University Foundation is pleased to ensure that the legacy of theatre and drama in the West of Ireland is supported into the future.

 
 

Capital Developments

The influence of philanthropy has had a significant impact on the capital enhancement of the campus of NUI Galway. Meeting the global challenges of today requires extending, upgrading and revisiting the way in which teaching and learning takes place. It requires the campus to facilitate cross disciplinary research and collaborative academic programmes that nurture students in a facility that is flexible to allow for new teaching and research. We gratefully acknowledge the tremendous support of all those who have contributed to these successful projects.

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The Atlantic Philanthropies

Atlantic Philanthropies has made a major contribution to the strategic development of NUI Galway through its innovative program of support for Research at 3rd and 4th level. 

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Funds from The Atlantic Philanthropies  are dispersed through the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) helped establish the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES), the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), the Moore Institute in the Humanities as well as a major expansion of Marine Sciences.

Further Capital Grants from Atlantic Philanthropies have assisted the completion of the J.E. Cairnes Graduate School of Business (2005), University Sports and Cultural Centre (2008) and new Engineering Building (completion 2011).

 

In recent years Atlantic Philanthropies have provided core funding for the establishment of three new Research Centres:

1. The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology

2. The Child & Family Research & Policy Unit

3. Centre for Disability Law and Policy

In 2010, Atlantic Philanthropies announced that it would partner with NUI Galway and Galway University Foundation in funding a new building to accommodate the three centres outlined above. This will integrate the research capacity of the three centres into a new and unique Lifecourse Institute

Prostate Cancer Institute

NUI Galway with the support of the Galway University Foundation has established a Prostate Cancer Institute directed by Professor Frank Sullivan.

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The Institute, which is primarily focused on developing better therapies for patients with prostate cancer, will benefit from a close association with the extensive clinical services already offered to these patients at University Hospital Galway (UHG) and other regional hospitals. The Institute will also collaborate with the wide-ranging biomedical research programmes of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Sciences (NCBES) at NUI Galway and with a number of research institutes in Ireland and internationally.

Cancer Biology and Developmental Therapeutics are strategic research priorities at NUI Galway. Over the last number of years, NUI Galway and UHG have built a strong team of internationally recognised pre-clinical, translational and clinical cancer scientists. University Hospital Galway is the major academic medical centre in the West of Ireland and is one of the eight specialist cancer centres established under the National Cancer Control Plan. As such, it offers the full range of prostate cancer diagnostics and treatments and is one of the country’s leading centres for treatment of this form of cancer. 



Prostate cancer still claims around 550 lives a year in Ireland, rivalling the number of deaths due to breast cancer.

The Prostate Cancer Institute will draw on the expertise of clinicians and scientists from the University and Hospital in its commitment to develop effective new therapies for patients with prostate cancer. While many advances have been made in the management of early stage patients, a subset of these men will relapse and die of the disease. New and more effective therapies are urgently needed for patients with relapsed disease or disease which is relatively resistant to current standard therapies.


Initial funding for the Institute has been provided by Galway University Foundation. This has enabled the Institute to appoint Dr. Sharon Glynn as Director of Laboratory Research. Early work at the Institute will involve the collection and bioprocurement of prostate tissue which will provide the base for its primary and collaborative research programme.

For further information on the Prostate Cancer Institute, please email Susan Moore or telephone 091 495497.

Autism Research

The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research    (ICAN) at NUI Galway seeks to provide better outcomes for autistic children and their families. Photo of NUI Galway lighting up the Quandrangle in blue for World Autism Awareness Day in 2012. 

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It is estimated that 1 in 110 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism. For boys, the incidence is 1 in 70.  In Ireland, it is believed that the prevalence of autism is just as high but the resources available for research, professional training and community outreach services do not begin to meet the overwhelming need.

In 2006, the School of Psychology at NUI Galway offered its first Masters program in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), designed to provide professional training to students seeking careers in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Since the introduction of this program, 55 students have graduated and are working throughout Ireland as autism treatment specialists, family support workers and consultants to schools and educational programs that serve children with autism diagnoses.

Because of the success of the Masters program, the University now offers a PhD in Applied Behavioral Analysis, training graduates to work as certified practitioners, researchers and educators. Through expansion and further development of this Centre, NUI Galway has the opportunity to become a leading centre for education, research and advocacy in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ICAN at NUI Galway provides high level professional education and training for practitioners in the management and care of persons with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, promotes the scientist practitioner model of professional practice, which ensures integration at all levels of education and training, including the academic, practice, and research aspects of ABA; and is committed to developing and disseminating the science of ABA, thereby ensuring delivery of the best possible outcomes for individuals with ASD. It also makes an important contribution to autistic children as each student is required to complete 1,000 hours in practice placement over two years.

Additional investment at this time in the NUI Galway programmes in ABA, will allow: expansion of student numbers in the existing MSc and PhD programmes, thereby radically expediting the growth in expertise of ABA in Ireland; the introduction of a new Certificate programme that will provide education and training in ABA to parents, care-workers, and special needs assistants;

The Centre to serve as a hub for the provision of outreach services to practitioners and parents in the wider community.

For further information on ICAN, please contact Catherine Conroy or telephone +353 91 492972.

Engineering Building

An inspirational environment for learning and nurturing the spirit of enquiry into the science and art of engineering.

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The Engineering Building at NUI Galway was officially launched in July 2011 by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD.

Voted as Irelands favourite building in the Public Choice 2012 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards receiving 40% of the votes cast, the building has captivated the imagination of students, donors and academics and has culminated in an evolutionary teaching space, which itself behaves as a teaching tool.

NUI Galway is the only University in Ireland to offer a degree in Energy Systems Engineering and has a significant focus on research into environmental technologies. The Engineering Building contains a range of such ‘green’ technologies. There is largescale rainwater harvesting, a biomass boiler, low-embodied energy materials such as zinc, novel voided slab systems, grass roofs for water attenuation, heat exchangers and many other cutting-edge technologies.

The world-class teaching and research facility ushers in a new era for Engineering at the University, which has an excellent reputation in Engineering education. Its resourcefulness as a teaching tool is exciting for students and academics with its exposed construction techniques and an array of ecological building methods.

This four-storey architectural gem and its 400 rooms accommodates some 1,100 students and 110 staff. The 14,250 sqm building supports an emerging generation of engineers, engaged in a new wave of technologies, embracing innovation and entrepreneurship.

It has been developed through the generous support of The Atlantic Philanthropies, donors and contributors to the Corrib Engineering Network. For more information, please contact Susan Moore or Tel: 091 495497.

Seed Capital / Venture Philanthropy

Venture philanthropy takes concepts and techniques from venture capital finance and high technology business management and applies them to achieving philanthropic goals.

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Following the signing of the Strategic Alliance between NUI Galway and University of Limerick, Galway University Foundation has agreed, on behalf of NUI Galway, to participate in the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund. This decision supports NUI Galway's strategic objective of contributing to the revitalisation of the Irish economy by assisting the translation of its research outputs into innovative products, processes and services.

This €32m Fund will invest in start-up and early stage companies, with a focus on export orientated high potential start-up companies that operate in the technology (including green technology), food and financial services sectors, in addition to supporting patent and patent pending projects within Irish universities.

€10M of the fund has been specifically allocated to the Bank of Ireland MedTech Accelerator Fund, Ireland's first Seed Fund to focus exclusively on the indigenous medical technology sector. With investments ranging from €100,000 to €500,000, the Fund is focused on export orientated high potential start-up Life Sciences companies that operate in the medical device, diagnostics or medical/laboratory sectors.

The Seed Capital Fund will be managed on behalf of NUI Galway and the other partners by Kernel Capital. It comprises an investment by Bank of Ireland of €22m, €8m from Enterprise Ireland and €1m each by Galway University Foundation and University of Limerick Foundation.

For further information on the Seed Capital Fund, please contact Dónal Cahalane or visit Kernel Capital

Collaboration with University of Limerick

Galway and the University of Limerick have announced a strategic alliance to encourage indigenous enterprises and foreign direct investment, strengthen research and industry partnerships and further a shared commitment to academic excellence.

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Arising from this significant alliance Galway University Foundation and University of Limerick Foundation will explore key fundraising initiatives to provide funding for this interaction. The new alliance will see NUI Galway and the University of Limerick collaborate extensively in the area of teaching and learning. New initiatives includes a unique ‘Link to Learn’ student exchange programme, which will enable students at either university to choose modules from the other institution.

 

Other developments include the creation of a new joint Medical Academy at Portiuncula and Roscommon Hospitals, in addition to the development of a programme of activities to respond to the national objectives of building strong foundations in mathematics and science in primary and secondary level.

 

The alliance is significant because it spans all key areas of activity in both Universities including teaching, research, technology transfer, lifelong learning and the provision of services and provides significant scope for the respective foundations to explore new fundraising opportunities. A major focus of this alliance will be industry collaborations in research and development and increase in both the commercialisation of research and related spinout companies.

Biosciences Research Building

The €30 million Biosciences Research Building project was partially funded under the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions; co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund; and the balance came from private philanthropy, led by Galway University Foundation.

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As the first substantial new building on the new north campus, the building provides high technology science research space dedicated to cancer research, regenerative medicine and chemical biology. By utilising a long low-rise horizontal massing, the building establishes both a strong campus edge and a new pedestrian thoroughfare connecting the new science precinct with the heart of the historic campus. Specialised core support facilities are shared by all research functions allowing the labs to be open, flexible lofts that promote interaction.

The program is organised into four distinct zones according to building systems intensity: open/flexible laboratory workspaces, intensely serviced lab support, technical support, write-up spaces and offices for Principal Investigators and a premier corridor. This approach creates a balance of energy efficiency, occupant comfort and ease of operation while exploiting the potential for natural ventilation and daylight into the non-lab spaces.

 

Lifecourse Institute

The vision of the Lifecourse Institute is to contribute theoretical, scientific and practical awareness of human capacity and potential across the lifecycle thereby impacting positively on knowledge, attitudes, policy and practice for children, families, older people and people with disabilities.

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The institute will integrate and enhance the work of the following research centres: 

The Child & Family Research Centre, Disability Law and Policy Centre and Irish Centre for Social Gerontology

Each of these centres has already received generous programmatic support from The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Atlantic Philanthropies has announced it will partner with NUI Galway and Galway University Foundation to fund a new dedicated building for this innovative centre in a prime location on the North campus.

The Institute will provide opportunities for collaboration with other disciplines and initiatives at NUI Galway and will strengthen and expand existing relationships with the policy and practice field - including with key international academic and policy institutions.

With the potential to develop a new paradigm in the academic and research fields of human lifecourse research, education and community engagement, this multidisciplinary Centre has been designed to encourage a culture of collaborative research. It will contain a community engagement facility, laboratories and other facilities with virtual links between centres and with stakeholders - including significant statutory, voluntary and community organisations and their service users.

The Lifecourse Institute will truly be a symbol of sustainability to match the progress achieved on growing and integrating the national agenda on international lifecourse research. Its establishment reflects and defines NUI Galway's commitment to humanities and the social sciences.

Centre for Theatre and Performance

The Centre for Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway is an initiative dedicated to the productive interplay of scholarly research, creative endeavour and intellectual enquiry arising from the understanding and practice of performance.

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NUI Galway is uniquely poised to lead a bold initiative of international significance that will build upon our current strengths in drama, theatre and film studies and in a broad understanding of performance generally, but will transform our achievements and capacity. The Centre will maximise our relationships with our vibrant cultural hinterland and will bring together the vision and energy of highly-talented academic staff, skilled professionals and creative practitioners in an inspiring environment supported by state-of-the-art facilities. The result will be ground-breaking programmes of a kind unavailable elsewhere in Ireland or internationally, firmly rooted in our local strengths and capacities, but globally significant in vision, ambition and innovation.

 

The approach of the Centre will bring together multiple forms and functions of performance in a rigorous way, with significant collaboration with the world outside the academy.  Galway is a unique hub for the exciting interaction of theatre, creative arts, broadcasting, digital technologies, and industry. Graduates of the programmes affiliated to the Centre will have gained basic skills and knowledge common to many drama and theatre programmes, but will also have gained unique experiences and skills achievable only through the kind of performance-centred, technologically-pioneering, integrated programmes of our Centre.

 

To this end, the Centre for Theatre and Performance proposes an entirely new blend of teaching programmes, performance activities, research (both traditional and practice-based) and public engagement with the creative arts and industries. A Performance Lab infrastructure will be established to serve the needs of the Centre with state-of-the-art facilities for performance and teaching. It will become a dedicated hub for the university’s theatre and performing arts in Irish, English and other modern languages. It will also function as a research and activity space for a range of experimental encounters, events and outreach initiatives, open to the university community at large.

For more information on supporting this project, please contact us at 353 91 493536 or email foundation@nuigalway.ie

Hardiman Research Building

Located at the heart of the Galway campus, the new Hardiman Research Building will house next generation graduate, postgraduate and faculty library space dedicated to academic research.

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The new library responds to multiple approaches and establishes a new face for the university. The lower levels of the building extend the public space of the campus via a walkway through a pair of amphitheater and anchor the building into the main public space of the main campus walk and lawn.

The transparent podium level houses the public functions of the museum, seminar rooms and training rooms and supports the large open levels containing the open research areas with a combination of collaboration and study spaces as well as meeting rooms.

The Hardiman Research Building comprises the new home for Archives and Special Collections, Digitisation, Research Support and other Library services as well as creating a collaborative space for research with the Moore Institute for research in the Humanities and Social Studies, and the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change located on the upper floors of the building.

The Moore Institute is a leading voice in digital humanities, medieval and early modern history,  literature, travel, and cultural encounter. The Whitaker Institute, honouring the enduring contribution of public servant T.K. Whitaker, is the largest national business and social science institute on the island.

Translational Research Facility

The Translational Research Facility (TRF) includes patient centered clinical space and high technology science research facilities.

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Work has begun on NUI Galway’s €20m Clinical Research Facility and Translational Research Facility (CRF-TRF). The building will facilitate cutting-edge medical research side-by-side with patient care in University Hospital Galway (UHG). This sharing of medical expertise and accommodation including HSE in-patient facilities will help inform new strands of clinical research.

The TRF building is located on the grounds of UHG and is directly adjacent to the University’s Clinical Science Institute, UHG’s Critical Care Facilities, Ward Accommodation Block and the Maternity Wards.

The major benefits of this facility include the ability to provide access to cutting-edge clinical trials and access to novel therapies for patients in the West of Ireland. Clinical care provided in a research-intensive environment has been proven internationally to result in the best patient outcomes. As a result, patient care will improve, and the ability of our hospital to attract and retain the very best medical and allied health staff will be improved.”

The TRF will be on the second and third floor of the building and will accommodate open and flexible lab spaces. It will have direct links to the Clinical Science Institute where many of the University’s medical students are located, at both ground and second floor levels. The TRF will be fully owned and operated by NUI Galway.

The facility is has been funded by a significant graduate donor and the support of the Corrib Medical Network. If you would like more information, please contact Catherine Conroy or T: 091 492972