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Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI 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
NUI 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
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI 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.
Nature & Ecosystems
From a "LIVE" perspective we implement the principles of the SDGs through our campus operations. We strive to sustain a healthy environment and community through the ways in which we care for and promote our biodiverse grounds.
Biodiversity at NUI Galway
NUI Galway recognises that landscape, ecosystems and biodiversity are of significant environmental, economic, social and health value to students, staff and the wider community. The University boasts Ireland’s most biodiverse campus and will continue to promote a healthier, more sustainable and green campus environment. For example, through a bee apiary, organic gardens, wildflower sites and fruit beds, as well as more sustainable management practices.
We are committed to enhancing the student and staff awareness of biodiversity issues on campus and will promote the campus as an educational and recreational resource. Interacting with nature can also benefit people’s health and wellbeing; for example, time to de-stress, to relax with others, and feel restored. Being in natural environments can provide people with space to problem solve, demonstrate increased levels of cognition, and act with more kindness to others.
NUI Galway Biodiversity Action Plan 2021-2025
The NUI Galway Biodiversity Action Plan 2021-2025 aims to increase and protect biodiversity across the university campus. The Biodiversity Action Plan is divided into sections; actions that can be done quickly and within 2 years, medium term (3-4 years) and long-term (5 years) actions which will take more time to plan, implement and monitor biodiversity enhancement action.
The Applied Ecology Unit
The Applied Ecology Unit in the College of Science undertakes research on a wide range of Irish ecosystems with particular emphasis on sustainable management practices with a view to protecting these ecosystems both now and in the future. The Applied Ecology Unit is multidisciplinary and members are involved in biodiversity projects relating to agricultural ecosystems in both designated areas (e.g. turloughs, peatlands, woodlands) and undesignated areas (e.g. High Nature Farmland).
NUI Galway is committed to enhancing student and staff awareness of biodiversity on campus and have produced a Biodiversity Trail to help promote the campus as an educational and recreational resource.
Photo by Prof Chaosheng Zhang