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SDG Champion
17 November 2023
17  MINS

Aligning our Research with Sustainable Development Goals

Prof James Livesey

In today’s hyper developed and interconnected world, we see isolated actions give rise to global repercussions like never before. As a framework for addressing global issues, the UN Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action for universities to consider the wider impact of their research. Here VP for Research & Innovation, Prof James Livesey explains how the SDGs have inspired a new approach to research strategy and prioritisation.

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SDG Champion
17 November 2023
14  MINS

In Conversation: Dorothy Creaven, Rent the Runway

Dorothy Creaven
Since its 2009 launch, Rent the Runway has made headlines as a sustainable alternative to fast fashion, and more recently as the first female-founded company with a female CEO, COO and CFO to go public. Rent the Runway’s e-commerce service allows users to rent clothes from 800+ designers, disrupting a trillion-dollar fashion sector. At its European HQ in the heart of Galway City, University of Galway alum Dorothy Creaven is transforming the company’s digital infrastructure as VP and Managing Director. We sat down with Dorothy to discuss the impact of her work in building a sustainable future for fashion.
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SDG Champion
07 November 2023
13  MINS

The Real-World Effects of Cyberbullying

Dr Mairéad Foody

Easy access to virtual social space has seen young people face dangers of cyberbullying, sextortion and online victimisation. Many primary schools have taken steps to ban smartphones on school grounds, following the launch of government guidelines on restrictions of smartphone use among young people. According to Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dr Mairéad Foody, research is key in informing quality prevention and intervention among schools, parents and guardians.

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SDG Champion
06 November 2023
22  MINS

Cultural Values in a Sustainable Future

Prof Lillis Ó Laoire

We may not associate SDGs with culture, but the UN’s 2030 Agenda acknowledges the need to safeguard the world’s diverse cultural heritages, and the role of culture in fostering a collective sense of responsibility and belonging.

Award-winning writer and singer, Prof Lillis Ó Laoire asks: how can we steward our cultural heritages to realign them with sustainable futures?

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SDG Champion
04 October 2023
14  MINS

Food Systems are Failing SDG Efforts: What are the Trade-offs?

Dr Anne Mullen

“The goals and targets of the SDGs don’t always synergise – there are many trade-offs – and fixation on individual SDGs is a hurdle for progress.”

According to Dr Anne Mullen of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the Ryan Institute, sustainable food systems are a key entry-point to accelerate progress across multiple SDGs. University of Galway is uniquely placed to understand and act on food systems – and our designation as SDG Champion gives us an even greater voice and responsibility to do so.

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SDG Champion
25 September 2023
13  MINS

In Conversation: Ibec CEO, Danny McCoy

Danny McCoy
True prosperity calls for a balance between public and private sector, argues Danny McCoy, University of Galway alum and CEO of Ibec (Irish Business & Employers Confederation). With a varied career as an executive, senior economist and lecturer, this University of Galway alum has developed a strong perspective on the makings of a sustainable economy. Here, Danny sits down with Cois Coiribe to share his views on education, sustainability, globalisation and more.
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Resilient Innovation
24 August 2023
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Played in Galway

2023 has been a memorable year for sport at University of Galway. Cois Coiribe takes a look back at our most treasured moments in our ‘Made in Galway’ edition.

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Resilient Innovation
25 July 2023
13  MINS

Straitéis na Gaeilge: An Scéal is Deireanaí

Seoladh an chéad straitéis don Ghaeilge san Ollscoil beagnach dhá bhliain ó shin, ar an 16 Iúil 2021 agus tá toradh na hoibre atá déanta ag gach uile dhuine a raibh lámh acu i bhforbairt agus i bhfeidhmiú na Straitéise go dtí seo le haithint ar fud an champais agus dul chun cinn suntasach déanta.

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21 July 2023
11  MINS

Bold Nostalgia: Enda Burke at GIAF

Meadhbh McNutt

Galway International Arts Festival welcomes Enda Burke’s Far Away & Close to Home to Outset Gallery this year in a unique showcase of the Galway artist’s bold visual language.

Recently awarded the International BarTur Photo Prize, Burke’s work has been published in various media from The Guardian to Rolling Stone Magazine. Here, University of Galway Editorial Manager, Meadhbh McNutt contextualises this multidisciplinary body of work in a short creative essay.

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Resilient Innovation
06 July 2023
20  MINS

Teaching Students to Think Critically about Digital Storytelling

Deborah Miranda Roldán

The advent of Artificial Intelligence has transformed the landscape of media, presenting society with enormous challenges as well as opportunities. In this era of rapid technological advancements, the cultivation of accountability and critical thinking skills within these disciplines is of paramount importance. The challenge for universities will be how best to prepare graduates to navigate the complexities of the digital age. 

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Resilient Innovation
06 July 2023
10  MINS

Spotlight On: Alum, Deepak Kumar Jain, NetApp

Deepak Kumar Jain

Deepak Kumar Jain is senior manager of software engineering at data company, NetApp. An alum of University of Galway, Deepak has vast experience in software development, leading multi-million product releases from start to end, in countries including France, Germany, India and Ireland. Here, Deepak shares his thoughts on emerging technologies to watch out for, and the West of Ireland’s unique appeal as a region for education and innovation.

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Resilient Innovation
29 June 2023
9  MINS

Foreword from the President

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of University of Galway 

Fáilte go Cois Coiribe. Tá sé lán go béal arís i mbliana le luachanna na hollscoile s’againne, luachanna atá go smior inár gcomhluadar. 

I am particularly pleased that, once more, Cois Coiribe is replete with our values as a university community, as a university for the public good.

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Resilient Innovation
28 June 2023
12  MINS

Spotlight On: Cormac Mac Donncha, Vice President, Thermo King EMEA

Many of us know Thermo King as an established leader in transport refrigeration, but fewer have heard of the manufacturing giant’s plans to reduce customer carbon emissions by one billion metric tonnes, by 2030. Here, Vice President (EMEA) and University of Galway alum, Cormac Mac Donncha discusses Thermo King’s plans to become a carbon-neutral global enterprise. 

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Resilient Innovation
26 June 2023
8  MINS

Regional Business Summit: Engaging People and Leading on Sustainability

In partnership with ITAG and Galway Chamber, J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics Regional Business Summit: Engaging People and Leading on Sustainability was a highly anticipated event at University of Galway, drawing over 150 business leaders, policymakers and sustainability advocates from regional industries and sectors. The summit, held on 31 March 2023, aimed to foster dialogue, collaboration and innovation to address pressing environmental and social challenges while promoting sustainable economic growth in the West of Ireland.

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Resilient Innovation
26 June 2023
18  MINS

Insight: Disruptors in Ireland’s Research Landscape

Professor Edward Curry , Professor Paul Buitelaar

While semantics may seem a niche area, these technologies are embedded in data processing across sectors. Prof Edward Curry and Prof Paul Buitelaar from the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, reflect on the impact of University of Galway’s 20 years of research, from the Obama Administration and the von der Leyen Commission to the creation of jobs across Europe.

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Resilient Innovation
23 June 2023
9  MINS

50 Years of Excellence: MBA Anniversary Marks a Milestone in Business Education

2023 marks a significant occasion for J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, University of Galway as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

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Resilient Innovation
22 June 2023
17  MINS

Putting a Cost on Climate Stress: AI Can Help

Dr Aaron Golden

The cost of climate stress to food production is monumental, and attempting to calculate that cost is a complex, data-driven task. 2023 ENLIGHT Impact Award Winner and PI of the TAPAS project, Dr Aaron Golden is harnessing the potential of AI deep learning to detect fluctuations in biomass production linked to climate change visible from space. This innovative technology identifies not only the cost of such climate stress, but identifies those regions most in need of intervention. 

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Resilient Innovation
22 June 2023
16  MINS

The Nine-to-Five is Dead: What’s Next?

Assistant Professor Maeve O’Sullivan

Which ‘genius day’ do you take off as part of your four-day week? Does your co-bot take milk in their coffee? Fancy a ‘match-making’ session for remote workers in your company retreat?

These are questions workers and workplace leaders face in the new world of work. Predictions about the future world of work range from organisational inertia to a complete robotic takeover. Assistant Professor Maeve O’Sullivan, Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Decent Work, unpacks some of the issues to be tackled as we contemplate this uncertain future.

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Resilient Innovation
22 June 2023
18  MINS

Connecting Globally to Innovate Locally: Med Tech in Galway and Costa Rica

Dr Majella Giblin

“Costa Rica is where Galway was about 20 years ago in Med Tech.” What have 20 years of innovation in Galway taught us about building a dynamic cluster? Dr Majella Giblin looks to challenges in Costa Rica’s budding Med Tech sector to understand the deciding factors in a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Resilient Innovation
22 June 2023
17  MINS

Lua Health: How Algorithms Can Help Detect Mental Health Issues at Work

Mihael Arcan, Fionn Delahunty

With support from the University of Galway, Lua Health is working to overcome the stigma around mental health in the workplace. Using machine-learning algorithms – this research-led start-up interprets how we speak and write at work to detect early signs of poor mental wellbeing – combining expertise in both natural language processing and clinical psychology.

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Resilient Innovation
22 June 2023
20  MINS

Jack O’Meara: Developing New RNA Therapies to Treat Liver Disease 

Jack O'Meara

Cois Coiribe in conversation with Jack O’Meara, CEO and Co-Founder, Ochre Bio

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Resilient Innovation
22 June 2023
14  MINS

Seven Years of the Galway City Innovation District and the PorterShed

Prof John Breslin

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A recent report from KPMG found that between 2021 and 2016, PorterShed had created 835 sustainable jobs across the value chain and contributed over €6 million to national economic output. Following the opening of PorterShed a Dó at the end of 2022, cofounder and University of Galway professor, John Breslin explains why more and more innovation-driven companies in Galway are clustering and thriving together. 

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Resilient Innovation
22 June 2023
19  MINS

GEOFIT: More than a Hole in the Ground

Luis Miguel Blanes Restoy

What started as a hole in the ground on the University of Galway campus grounds is now a living field-scale laboratory for geothermal technology. Beyond heating the campus swimming pool, GEOFIT’s ground-source heat pump infrastructure will act as a pilot for other European countries, influencing policy and propelling Ireland’s decarbonisation journey forward as a whole.

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Resilient Innovation
22 June 2023
18  MINS

Meet Prof Peter Doran, Director of University of Galway’s New Institute for Clinical Trials

Prof Peter Doran is leading a team of experts in building an innovative, patient-centred Institute for Clinical Trials at University of Galway. Here, Peter reflects on how personal experiences of loss have instilled in him a greater sense of purpose towards improving the health of the nation.

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15 March 2023
23  MINS

Cell EXPLORERS: Who Gets To Be a Scientist?

Meadhbh McNutt, Dr Sarah Carroll, Dr Kristin Anderson

Based in University of Galway’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Cell EXPLORERS is a public engagement programme that aims to address science-related misconceptions held by some young people and provide positive experiences with hands-on science.

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Creative Galway
09 February 2023
15  MINS

What Makes Us Empathetic?

Bernadine Brady, Conn Holohan

While there is evidence to suggest that empathy is on the decline in society, using varied methodologies, researchers at University of Galway are exploring new ways to counter these trends. Dr Bernadine Brady was Principal Investigator in a recent study at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (UCFRC) assessing the attitudes of 700 12–16-year-olds in Ireland on empathy, social values and civic behaviour. In Immersive Empathy, Principal Investigator Dr Conn Holohan and his colleagues are investigating empathy through a different lens, empowering clients of Galway Simon to tell their life stories and reflections on homelessness through oral history and virtual reality.

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Creative Galway
27 January 2023
24  MINS

How Do We Value Creativity After AI?

Professor John McHale

However troubling to today’s creatives, the rapid development of AI has generated a high demand for a new kind of skillset, one that is arguably creative in its own right. What do these changes in the skills economy mean for educators and institutions?

Economist Prof John McHale reports on recent research unpacking the value of creative skills after AI, and the role of star recruitment in catalysing these creative skills in institutions. Finally, McHale looks at the question mark lingering over the value of the creative economy, through the lens of cost-benefit analysis.

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Creative Galway
13 January 2023
12  MINS

Innovation: “It Takes a Village”

W. Bernard Carlson

Contrary to the familiar image of the solitary inventor, Prof W. Bernard Carlson makes it clear that innovators never work alone. Drawing on pivotal examples in engineering and design, from the Buick automobile to the glass-ceramic wedding gift, Carlson presents innovation as a collective undertaking—a shaping of the path through which a product finds meaning.

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Creative Galway
11 January 2023
11  MINS

Making a Cultural Galway

Dr. Patrick Collins

Creativity as an aspirational goal has found its way into policy and popular discourse in recent years. It is a goal that, according to Patrick Collins – University of Galway Lecturer and author of the upcoming Galway: Making a Capital of Culture – requires a historical, cultural and geographical context. While Galway boasts a rich creative economy, here Patrick asks: does it have the capacity to support young creatives to make new types of culture in the future?

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Artist: Galway Community Circus.
Performance/event: LifeLine.
Photographer: Emilija Jefremova.

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Creative Galway
10 January 2023
14  MINS

Earth Writings: A Toolkit for The Climate Crisis

Dr Nessa Cronin

What makes the knowledge systems of the arts and humanities uniquely valuable in addressing our current planetary predicament? Lecturer Dr Nessa Cronin brings together artists, academics, scientists and community activists to explore this key question. Together with her collaborators, she has created a creative toolkit in Earth Writings—a critical and inquisitive lens through which to navigate the climate emergency—the impact of which is now reaching classrooms across numerous disciplines.

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Creative Galway
15 December 2022
24  MINS

In Conversation: Ikenna Anyabuike

Meadhbh McNutt

University of Galway student, Ikenna Anyabuike, is an actor, writer, assistant dramaturg and one half of the musical duo, ARMCANDY. Ikenna was awarded the ‘Baptiste Programme’ with Smock Alley in 2022, the ‘Axis Assemble 2022’ with Axis Ballymun and the ‘Irish Seed Grant’ by the Irish Hospice Foundation for an upcoming collaboration with visual artist Maclaine Black (2023). He also performs as part of an ensemble for the play ‘The Kinds of Sex You Might Have in College’ with Active* Consent.

A graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies, Ikenna is continuing his studies in 2023 with a postgraduate programme in Creative Arts Management at University of Galway. We sat down with the artist to talk through his creative process and his thoughts on education.

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Creative Galway
15 December 2022
15  MINS

Laughing to Learn

Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield

Why might a Lecturer in Physics at University of Galway go about training hundreds of academics to perform comedy around their research? According to Bright Club Ireland founder Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, comedy is a creative process, a remixing of stories with the aim of flipping one’s perspective and piercing through the tension of a watchful audience. With the toolkit of improv comedy in hand, Jessamyn is building confidence, connection and innovative learning methods among a variety of academic fields.

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Creative Galway
15 December 2022
12  MINS

Telling the Story of Sexual Consent in Ireland

Dr Charlotte McIvor

We need to change national conversations around sexual consent; creativity makes that possible, says Dr Charlotte McIvor.

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Creative Galway
15 December 2022
16  MINS

In Conversation: Stephen Dooley

Meadhbh McNutt

Spotify is the world’s largest music streaming platform, serving 456 million users with access to songs and podcasts from artists across the globe.  

Alum Stephen Dooley is both an independent musician and an Engineering Manager at Spotify. He recently played at Éalú Le Grá Festival as one half of London-based house duo, Delac. We sat down to ask Stephen about his thoughts on making music, studying at University of Galway and the influence of Spotify on the music industry today.  

Image: Original photograph by Alex Waespi (alexandrawaespi.com), design by Unthink.

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15 December 2022
22  MINS

Spinout Success  

Ours is a thriving region, renowned for its culture, creativity, technology and innovation. Our research-driven university is at the heart of this distinctive region and the efforts of the Innovation Office underpins our impact and innovation ecosystem.

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15 December 2022
23  MINS

Honouring Galway’s Changemakers  

University of Galway recently announced the recipients of Honorary Degrees at the 2022 Winter Conferring ceremonies – Margaretta D’Arcy, Lelia Doolan, Dr Jerry Cowley and Ronan Scully.  

 

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15 December 2022
10  MINS

Straitéis na Gaeilge 2021–2025 

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In 2019, i ndiaidh don Uachtarán an bhainistíocht shinsearach a athstruchtúrú, aistríodh an fhreagracht as an nGaeilge ó Oifig an Rúnaí go hOifig an Uachtaráin Ionaid agus Meabhránaí arb é, tar éis an Uachtaráin agus mar ionadaí dó, an ball is sinsearaí den fhoireann bainistíochta é. I bhfianaise na n-athruithe sin a thug ardú stádais don Ghaeilge i struchtúr bainistíochta na hOllscoile, bhí sé tábhachtach athbhreithniú a dhéanamh ar na socruithe rialachais sin atá i bhfeidhm don Ghaeilge san Ollscoil agus, chuige sin, thug an tUachtarán Ionaid agus Meabhránaí faoi Straitéis don Ghaeilge a fhorbairt i gcomhar leis an gCoiste Straitéiseach don Ghaeilge.  

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15 December 2022
6  MINS

College of Arts Graduate Focus: Aoife Geraghty

Aoife Geraghty

As part of our focus on University of Galway College of Arts, we chat to Aoife Geraghty, Brand PR & Corporate Communications team at Irish Distillers who undertook a Bachelor of Arts (English Language and Literature), 2018.

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15 December 2022
6  MINS

Spotlight on: Dr Odharna Ní Dhomhnalláin, Specialist Registrar

Dr Odharna Ní Dhomhnalláin, a native of Ennistymon, Co Clare, was the inaugural recipient of the McGinty Scholarship for Female Physicians. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Odharna obtained a Medical Degree and an MSc in Biomedical Sciences, followed by an internship in University Hospital Limerick, as part of the inaugural cohort of Academic Track Interns. She subsequently undertook her Basic Specialist Training in Medicine in Galway University Hospital (GUH), and spent two years working as a medical registrar in the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) in GUH while completing the MBA. 

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15 December 2022
8  MINS

In Conversation: Derek Stewart, Honorary Professor at University of Galway

A former teacher from Ayr, Scotland, Derek was treated successfully for cancer of the larynx in 1995, and subsequently became involved in numerous aspects of patient involvement.

Derek has made significant contributions to Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in research in the UK, holding many important roles over the years and was awarded an OBE in 2006 for his services to health, in particular cancer care.

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15 December 2022
14  MINS

Our Future: The College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies

Rebecca Braun

As part of our focus on University of Galway College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies Executive Dean Rebecca Braun discusses the college’s ambition to inspire transformation through its ‘Looking Out to the World with Ambition’ strategy. 

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15 December 2022
9  MINS

Our Future: The College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences 

Professor Martin O'Donnell

As part of our focus on University of Galway College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Executive Dean Professor Martin O’Donnell discusses the FutureCare strategy, which focuses on the development of new educational healthcare programmes and a new research institute. 

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15 December 2022
10  MINS

Our Future: The College of Science and Engineering 

Professor Walter K. Gear

As part of our focus on University of Galway College of Science & Engineering, Executive Dean Walter Gear discusses the exciting plans afoot for the college. 

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15 December 2022
20  MINS

Celebrating Excellence in our Alumni Community: Alumni Awards 2022

The Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among our graduates, celebrating those who have demonstrated impact in their fields on a local, national and international level. 

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15 December 2022
25  MINS

Dr Helen Maher, Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Galway   

Bríd Seoige

Whose identity, experience and knowledge matters and how are we accountable for including diverse perspectives and characteristics? These are questions that Dr Helen Maher, Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), addresses on a daily basis at University of Galway. We sat down with Helen to reflect on our progress to date, the steps still to take and the vital difference that EDI makes to a university community.

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15 December 2022
12  MINS

Spotlight on: Anna Rafferty, Johnson & Johnson 

“Authenticity, self-awareness and resilience …the key to successful leadership, lies not only in knowledge, but in how we encourage and mentor our teams to successfully navigate the  workplace,” says Anna Rafferty, Director of Strategy at Johnson & Johnson.

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15 December 2022
13  MINS

Spotlight On: Hannah Douglas, OWUSS Scholar

Marine Science graduate Hannah Douglas is half way through a year-long experience of a lifetime – a whirlwind trip around the world to visit and experience up-close some of most remarkable sea life in existence as a 2022 European Our World-Underwater Scholarship Recipient.

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14 December 2022
40  MINS

A Year of Change 

Bríd Seoige

Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh became the 13th president of Ollscoil na Gaillimhe – University of Galway in January 2018. In December 2019 / January 2020, he launched the University’s Strategic Plan 2020–2025, ‘Shared Vision, Shaped by Values’, at the outset of what was to become a challenging period for third-level education, shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now approaching a halfway point in our value-based strategy, Ciarán reflects on our achievements and learnings thus far, exploring what it means for the University to be rooted in Galway, while always reaching outwards towards the horizon.

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13 December 2022
9  MINS

Investing in our Students  

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13 December 2022
9  MINS

Spotlight on: Corina Cunningham, Lawyer, Vice President, Macquarie Group 

With a passion for law, Corina’s journey has taken her to some of the top financial and legal organisations in the world. Now a lawyer for Macquarie Group, Corina highlights the richness that working internationally affords to graduates.

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13 December 2022
20  MINS

In Conversation: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, MRIA, Deputy President and Registrar, University of Galway 

Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh

“We have one of the highest participation rates in the world in third-level education, but we are a long way off being one of the highest investors in that education. For the sake of this country and its young people we need to stop trying to do this on the cheap,”  says Deputy President and Registrar of University of Galway, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh.

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13 December 2022
9  MINS

Our Future: The College of Business, Public Policy and Law    

Prof Geraint Howells

Prof Geraint Howells, Executive Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law   discusses the college’s ambitious plans for the years ahead.

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13 December 2022
10  MINS

Spotlight on: Arts Student, Katelyn Hayes

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Creative Galway
12 December 2022
14  MINS

Imagining the Creative University

Professor Rebecca Braun

Waning confidence in progress narratives and declining imaginative capacity, among other factors, have led us to what national policy advisor and professor, Geoff Mulgan calls “a deficit of social imagination”. At the heart of this crisis, as articulated by Professor Rebecca Braun, is the need to imagine alternative ways of being on a collective scale, through the circulation of knowledge. If universities, as knowledge communities, are to play a major role in this quest, how might the creative university of the future operate?

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06 December 2022
12  MINS

Spotlight on: Aoibhín Sheedy, Bioengineer

Founder of University of Galway’s WiSTEM (Women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Society, Aoibhín Sheedy’s passion for creating change in society through her research and outreach work is having a very real impact. Currently undertaking a PhD on developing an immunotherapy for ovarian cancer, Bioengineer Aoibhín talks to Cois Coiribe about her passion for celebrating women in STEM and how her mentors influenced her career.  

 

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05 December 2022
18  MINS

In Conversation: Brendan Smith

‘The campus of my youth shaped me greatly and made me what I am today.’

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21 July 2022
16  MINS

Finally, Ireland’s First Hydrogen Valley

Dr Rory Monaghan

Ireland’s offshore renewable electricity resource is at least five times greater than its demand. With green hydrogen, we can indirectly use that electricity to power our trucks, buses, factories, data centres, planes and ships, explains Dr Rory Monaghan, one of the partners responsible for Ireland’s first Hydrogen Valley – GH2. 

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Sustainability
21 July 2022
23  MINS

In Conversation With: Paul Fahy, Artistic Director, Galway International Arts Festival

Thousands of festival goers descend on Galway City for two weeks each year in July, for the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF). The value that GIAF brings to the city and its surroundings is indisputable – attracting world-class acts to the West of Ireland, putting Galway on the global cultural map and increasing footfall to local businesses.

While sustainability has always been a goal for the festival (out of necessity as much as ethics), this year marks an important leap in its sustainability journey.

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Sustainability
20 July 2022
14  MINS

Mighty Microbes – Making Irish Agriculture More Sustainable

Prof Vincent O'Flaherty, Dr Anna Trego

As the world’s population grows, we face the challenge of producing more food while also reducing our impact on the environment. How do we increase production, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and manage waste, all at once?

 

 

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20 July 2022
4  MINS

Connecting with Community for Sustainable Education 

Jamie Goggins, Magdalena Hajdukiewicz

Community-engaged learning with a focus on sustainability is central to the curriculum at NUI Galway’s Civil Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering and Project & Construction Management degrees. Prof Jamie Goggins and Dr Magdalena Hajdukiewicz discuss the impact on both society and the students who partake. 

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Sustainability
06 July 2022
5  MINS

University of Galway’s Sustainability Journey

Michelle O'Dowd Lohan, Sustainability Officer, University of Galway

In 2022, University of Galway was identified as Ireland’s number one university for Sustainable Development by the Time Higher Education’s Impact Rankings.

Below, Sustainability Officer Michelle O’Dowd Lohan recounts the University’s sustainability journey thus far, and its goals for the future.

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Sustainability
05 July 2022
14  MINS

Tackling Energy Consumption – We Have More Power than We Think

Prof Frances Fahy, Professor Frances Fahy

A recent study led by Prof Frances Fahy and Dr Gary Goggins shows evidence that people can significantly reduce energy use when given the tools to challenge their everyday practices.

If implemented at societal level, these savings could play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising the economy.

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Sustainability
01 July 2022
15  MINS

Transforming Waste into Energy

Prof Piet N. L. Lens

Imagine an economy in which domestic and industry waste can be used to create energy. In NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute, Prof Piet Lens and his team of microbiologists are investigating just that; using microbes to discover new ways to convert organic and inorganic waste into bioenergy.

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Sustainability
28 June 2022
15  MINS

Empowering Youth to Create Change

Elaine Nevin

ECO-UNESCO is an environmental education and youth organisation aimed at channeling the creativity of our youth into positive environmental change. NUI Galway Alum, Elaine Nevin, is ECO-UNESCO’s National Director. Here, she talks about her own journey into environmentalism and how young people today are demanding change.

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27 June 2022
10  MINS

Sustainability – A Student’s Perspective

Malena Thren In Conversation with, Tiffany Greenwaldt-Simon 

Since arriving at NUI Galway to study Environmental Science, Malena Thren has been determined to enact change.

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Sustainability
23 June 2022
16  MINS

The Power of ‘Enough’ – From efficiency to sufficiency

Prof Frances Fahy

What is the maximum level of consumption you need in order to live a good life?

While lacking the cool factor of ‘clean’ tech, questions like this one around habit and social expectations are just as crucial in encouraging a mass shift towards sustainability. Through extensive research and case studies, Prof Frances Fahy has learned that less is certainly more in the fight against the climate crisis.

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Sustainability
21 June 2022
24  MINS

Global Sea Levels are Rising – Here’s what we can do

Dr Eugene Farrell, Lecturer & Researcher, Geography, NUI Galway

Despite predictions that large parts of Ireland’s coast will be submerged underwater by 2050, Ireland is still decades away from realising the potential of nature-based solutions. Here, geographer Dr Eugene Farrell explains how we can help face the challenges of climate change by restoring key coastal ecosystems.

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Sustainability
15 June 2022
12  MINS

‘Imperfect’ sustainability is still sustainability

Sophie O’Byrne in Conversation with Tiffany Greenwaldt-Simon

Medical Student Sophie O’Byrne, winner of the 2021 Student Sustainability Leadership Award, discusses her take on sustainability and the changes she’d like to see in the healthcare industry.

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15 June 2022
5  MINS

Professor Derek O’Keeffe demonstrates cardiovascular health at Bloom

Apart of the Bloom festival, NUIG professor Derek O’Keeffe was giving the opportunity to demonstrate the cardiovascular system and dangers to poor health.

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Sustainability
15 June 2022
13  MINS

‘Sustainability is a smart business strategy’

Joanne Sheahan

Joanne Sheahan, Senior Executive for Climate Action & Sustainability with Enterprise Ireland talks about sustainability and business in Ireland.

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Sustainability
08 June 2022
17  MINS

Beyond GDP – The value of marine ecosystem services

Prof Stephen Hynes

According to the most recent climate change report from the United Nations, sea level rise, ocean heat and acidification are massively impacting the ability of our oceans to deliver many of the critical ecosystem services that we depend on, yet take for granted. Governments and policy makers have generally failed to recognise the value of these marine ecosystem services in national income accounts and project appraisals; that situation is now changing.

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Sustainability
02 June 2022
7  MINS

ROPES: Biodiversity

Claire Hennessy

Published annually by students of the MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway, ROPES Literary Journal  has firmly established itself as part of the flourishing literary scene in Ireland. Biodiversity by award-winning writer Claire Hennessy, provokes readers to consider ourselves and our futures in relation to our threatened and fragile environments.

Originally published in Issue 30, and launched at the 2022 Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

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Sustainability
26 May 2022
15  MINS

From the Ground Up – Irish peatlands communities reducing CO2 emissions

Professor Christine Domegan

As the world strives to reduce carbon emissions, peatlands have been dubbed the new “black gold,” storing over three times the carbon of all the forests in the world. As part of the EU LIFE Peatlands and People project, people who once dug out drains to dry up bogs for peat harvesting are now blocking those very drains as part of a large-scale rewetting process. What drives a cultural shift like this? According to Professor of Social Marketing Christine Domegan, we must match urgent calls to action with positive models for change and mutual community support.

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Sustainability
19 May 2022
25  MINS

Measuring Pollution in the Cleanest Air in Europe

Liz Coleman

Thanks to its unique location, research at Mace Head shows the extent to which the most remote areas in the world are affected by pollution.

Observing the rise of Greenhouse Gases, Liz Coleman and her fellow scientists find it increasingly important to communicate their findings to the public. In collaboration with artists Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy, and science engagement & education expert, Mairéad Hurley, Stories of the Air/Spéirscéalta aims to do just that – driving collective action through storytelling.

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17 May 2022
7  MINS

ROPES: The Apiarist

R.J. Breathnach

Published annually by students of the MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway, ROPES Literary Journal  has firmly established itself as part of the flourishing literary scene in Ireland. R. J. Breathnach’s poem, The Apiarist provoke readers to consider ourselves and our futures in relation to our threatened and fragile environments.

Originally published in Issue 30, and launched at the 2022 Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

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Sustainability
13 May 2022
13  MINS

In Conversation: Dr Matt Kennedy, Arup

Dr Matt Kennedy, A. Director of Carbon, Climate & Sustainability, Arup

Design engineering firm, Arup count buildings such as the Sydney Opera House and the Centre Pompidou among their innovative projects. As Associate Director of Carbon and Climate Change, Dr Matt Kennedy leads climate change services for Arup in infrastructure, buildings and cities. Across his 20 years of sustainability leadership spanning government, industry and academia, the NUI Galway alumnus has seen major changes in the way we think about climate change.

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06 May 2022
15  MINS

How Domestic Violence Fuels Wider Conflict

Dr Nata Duvvury

Research shows that strong links exist between domestic violence and manifestations of public violence, from crime to war and terrorism. According to global women’s studies director, Dr Nata Duvvury, to neglect the problem of domestic violence is to neglect the wider conditions for violence across society.

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05 May 2022
6  MINS

Meet Cara…a new approach to engagement

Cara, NUI Galway’s pilot digital assistant, helps the university to serve and encourage its students through every step of their university experience.  

John Clancy, a 1996 graduate of Commerce, Law and Human Resources at NUI Galway and founder and CEO of Chatspace, the Galway-based AI start-up that developed Cara, talks about how AI can benefit the educational experience. 

 

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Sustainability
29 April 2022
14  MINS

Why NUI Galway is 5th in the World for Responsible Consumption

As NUI Galway is named the number one university in Ireland for Sustainable Development in Times Higher Education’s (THE) Impact Rankings 2022, and fifth in the world for Responsible Consumption and Production, we take a look at some of the projects leading the way in sustainability at the University. Throughout the summer, Cois Coiribe will highlight the groundbreaking work university experts, researchers & alumni are doing to fight climate change

 

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29 April 2022
19  MINS

Truth and Testimony: Ireland’s Carceral Institutions

Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley

Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, a foremost expert in the history of childhood in Ireland, argues that our national story remains incomplete until we recognise our institutional history. Calling for a survivor/person-centred approach, she reflects on the importance of testimony in piecing together an understanding of Ireland’s Carceral Institutions.

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29 April 2022
16  MINS

War Crimes and Ukraine: What are the implications?

Prof Raymond Murphy

As grim accounts surface of mass graves in Ukraine, many are asking: when will persecutions be made? Prof Raymond Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights shares his insights into the legislation around war crimes, drawing attention to the selective nature of international justice and problems legislators face in holding those responsible for war crimes accountable.

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26 April 2022
8  MINS

Alumni Book Awards

NUI Galway has a rich literary history and many of our graduates from the MA in Writing have published books nationally and internationally and have successfully gone on to win or be short-listed for literary prizes.

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26 April 2022
12  MINS

Alumni Awards 2021 

NUI Galway Alumni in the worlds of the Arts, Sport, Public Service, Irish Language and Academia were among the distinguished recipients of the NUI Galway Alumni Awards 2021. 

Image: Nicola Coughlan

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26 April 2022
9  MINS

If you can’t stand up, stand out

Isabel Keane

Isabel Keane, co-founder of Izzy Wheels, talks about her positive experience of studying at NUI Galway as a person with a disability.

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26 April 2022
12  MINS

Want a Seat at the Table? Then make your own Chair… 

Karen Conway, Director of Technology, Fidelity Investments, Ireland talks to Cois Coiribe about her career in technology, and co-designing the AI for Managers Post-Grad course.

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26 April 2022
12  MINS

Mike Stenson, Head of Innovation at Kingspan Group 

Originally from Curry, Co Sligo, Mike Stenson (BSc 1987), now Head of Innovation at Kingspan Group, the global leader in high-performance insulation and building envelopes, talks to Head of Journalism and Communication at NUI Galway, Tom Felle about tackling climate change, the importance of a STEM education and his guiding principles to leading a world-class team. 

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26 April 2022
8  MINS

NUI Galway News Recap 2021

A roundup of some of the top university stories from 2011

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26 April 2022
11  MINS

Recent Graduate Profile – Amanie Issa – LLM, 2021 

LLM graduate Amanie Issa shares her experience of moving from Bethlehem to Galway to study at NUI Galway in the middle of a pandemic.

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26 April 2022
47  MINS

Where an NUI Galway Degree can take you

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26 April 2022
24  MINS

Spin Out Success Stories 2021

Led from NUI Galway, BioInnovate Ireland is a national fellowship programme designed to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship in the medical device sector in Ireland. Meet some of its 2021’s success stories.

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26 April 2022
19  MINS

Breaking down Barriers at NUI Galway 

Donors to NUI Galway Scholarship programmes join with the university to break down barriers to a university education, to recognise and celebrate excellence and to ensure that our university continues to be a diverse and vibrant community. Scholarships help shape the vision for NUI Galway supporting us to attract and retain the best and most deserving students.

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26 April 2022
17  MINS

Cybercrime – the ‘High Seas’ of the 21st Century? 

University of Galway graduate, Sean Morris, looks to the history of piracy on the high seas for pointers to the future of cybercrime.

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26 April 2022
4  MINS

Paul Dodd – From West to West 

Paul Dodd

A message from the incoming VP for Engagement at NUI Galway, Paul Dodd

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16 March 2022
17  MINS

Russia in Ukraine: How will it end?

Dr. Brendan Flynn

In a recent piece for The Irish Times, Fintan O’Toole urged the West to think carefully about an endgame for the Ukraine war. The response in the West has failed, according to O’Toole, in its prioritisation of “speed and immediate impact over long-term utility.” Can political science and Cold War history help us chart a concrete path towards an endgame?

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30 January 2022
14  MINS

Putin in Ukraine: Theatrical warfare at what cost?

Dr. Brendan Flynn

Ukraine – Russia, Putin’s theatrical warfare: Dr. Brendan Flynn examines the implications and the real cost of war, and how Putin has captured the world’s attention like never before.

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26 January 2022
23  MINS

A Humanitarian Catastrophe – on the Ground in Afghanistan 

Tom Felle

NUI Galway graduates are at the forefront of the humanitarian responses to some of the world’s most difficult global crises. From Defence Forces officers serving on dangerous posts in Lebanon, to Irish diplomats at the top table at the United Nations (UN) Security Council this year, the university’s global footprint in global peace and security is ever growing. Here, Tom Felle talks to two alumni of NUI Galway who are currently working in Afghanistan.

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AI & Human Creativity
13 January 2022
16  MINS

The Need for Shared Digital Infrastructure

Edward Curry

Put simply, ‘big data’ refers to datasets that are so large, varied, and fast, they are difficult or impossible to process using traditional methods. With access to such complex information, organisations can learn more about their customers and operations, and in turn, develop AI solutions that give them a competitive edge.

Who has the scale and expertise to manage big data systems, and who gets left behind? Established Professor of Data Science, Edward Curry considers a more sustainable data ecosystem, in which the benefits of AI are evenly distributed.

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AI & Human Creativity
05 January 2022
16  MINS

To “Black Box” or not to “Black Box”?

Dr Anastasia Griva

Anastasia Griva poses a troubling question: Is inherently non-explainable ‘Black Box’ AI morally acceptable?

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AI & Human Creativity
05 January 2022
25  MINS

Midnight Mass

Mike McCormack

The work of novelist, short story writer and NUI Galway lecturer, Mike McCormack casts a unique light on technology. In 2016, McCormack’s Solar Bones – “a hymn to engineers” – won the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Irish Book Award Novel of the Year and Book of the Year. In ‘Midnight Mass’, the novelist responds to the Cois Coiribe winter theme of ‘AI and Human Creativity’ with a glimpse into the future – pretty or otherwise.

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AI & Human Creativity
23 December 2021
13  MINS

A Data Love Story

Margaux Smith, Meadhbh McNutt

What does your data shadow look like? How does it intersect with your relationships and everyday life? These are the questions raised by artists Margaux Smith and Meadhbh McNutt in A Data Love Story. Through visualisation and narration, Margaux and Meadhbh tell the story of a romantic relationship through the lens of linguistic data, based on texts shared between Meadhbh and her boyfriend, Eimhin across two fortnight periods.

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AI & Human Creativity
21 December 2021
17  MINS

The Unintended Consequences of People Analytics

Eoin Whelan

In recent years, we have seen various industries turn to data-driven ‘people analytics’ to gain a competitive edge in management and recruitment. Eoin Whelan encourages us to take note of the unintended consequences of these emerging technologies – reminding us that the metrics we form, form us in turn.

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21 December 2021
27  MINS

AI & Higher Education

Tom Felle

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, NUI Galway talks to Tom Felle, Associate Professor and Head, Discipline of Journalism and Communication, about the future of higher education and how new technologies and artificial intelligence will influence the direction of learning in the next 20 years.

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17 December 2021
14  MINS

Cybercrime: The ‘High Seas’ of the 21st Century?

Sean Morris

University of Galway graduate, Sean Morris, looks to the history of piracy on the high seas for pointers to the future of cybercrime.

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17 December 2021
9  MINS

AfterImage: Fusing Art and Science

“We’re all engaged in looking and I think looking is the foundation of both science and art.”

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AI & Human Creativity
17 December 2021
14  MINS

Adapting to a Changing Job Market

Anastasiya Sytnyk

With COVID-19 disrupting hospitality and retail industries where many young people find employment, students like Anastasiya Sytnyk have had to reconsider their employment options. After a year of working remotely in an IT sales role, Anastasiya shares her insights on adapting to a changing job market.

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17 December 2021
8  MINS

Editor’s Note

A note from the editorial team of the Cois Coiribe winter edition, ‘AI and Human Creativity’.

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
7  MINS

The Creative Spark – How Will Innovation be Affected by the Absence of a Watercooler?

Prof Esther Tippmann

Esther Tipmann reminds us of the critical role of human skills and competences; while technology platforms to support innovative work in an online or hybrid setting have improved, they are not yet able to replace the casual cognitive synergies and frictions that occur when being present in the same place.

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
15  MINS

Consumers and AI

Prof Geraint Howells

Geraint Howells shines a light on the complexity of old consumer protection paradigms in the new world of software, AI and data.  Encouragingly, he sees solutions, and points to the healthy approach to the regulation of AI by the EU.  

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
11  MINS

Digital Doctors: How AI Will Improve Your Health

Prof Derek O'Keeffe

The impact of Artificial Intelligence on health systems will be far reaching. Dr Derek O’Keeffe discusses the AI that is already making a difference at University College Hospital Galway (UCHG).

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
14  MINS

Meaisínaistriúchán Néarach – Deis agus Dúshlán i gComhthéacs Ollscoile

Eoin Ó Droighneáin

Tá úsáid teangacha sa réimse digiteach thar a bheith tábhachtach – teangacha nach mbeidh lánpháirteach sa réimse sin, tá an baol ann go rachaidh siad ar gcúl. The use of languages ​​in the digital realm is extremely important – languages not embracing the digital revolution are in danger of decline.

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16 December 2021
10  MINS

NUI Galway Leading the Way in Designing the Future of Education

In the months preceding COVID-19’s classification as a global pandemic, the Irish Government funded a number of large-scale, transformative projects in the higher education and university sector.

The focus of these initiatives was to develop and deploy innovative educational approaches and technologies to change fundamentally how students experience their university education.

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
16  MINS

A Different View: Data Visualisation and Engaging Research

David Kelly

David Kelly explains how data visualisation techniques allow researchers to communicate complex data and ideas to researchers, policy makers and the wider public.

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
25  MINS

Anonn ’an Oileáin Úir … 

Prof Breandán Mac Suibhne, Historian of Modern Ireland and Director of Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta

Tá bunachar ar líne á fhorbairt in Ollscoil na Gaillimhe le cuidiú le scoláirí agus lucht ginealachais taighde a dhéanamh ar imirce ó Éirinn go Méiriceá.

Irish migration to North America will be illuminated by an online database currently under development at University of Galway.

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
13  MINS

Artificial Intelligence and the Learning Commons

Mr John Cox, University Librarian, Library, NUI Galway

John Cox explains the radically different library of the future, driven by AI and Robotics and supporting new forms of learning and engagement. He points out that ethical concerns surrounding AI will require that the human dimension be paramount, with Library staff playing a central role.

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16 December 2021
18  MINS

In Conversation with Digital Artist, Dr. EL Putnam

Dr. EL Putnam, lecturer in Digital Media, NUI Galway

Dr. EL Putnam is an internationally recognised digital artist and a lecturer in Digital Media at NUI Galway. EL’s practice discovers new ways of thinking about the relationship between the body and data; her artworks and performances have travelled to the United States, Europe and beyond. Recent experiments have seen the artist create generative animations using biometric data, such as heart rate and oxygen levels. In this interview, EL shares her thoughts on creativity, education and the materiality of technology.

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
15  MINS

Are We There Yet? Reflections on Artificial Intelligence in Autonomous Cars

Prof Edward Jones

Nothing raises questions around the mingling of human and technology quite like autonomous cars. With multiple levels of AI involved, at what point does human judgment intervene? Prof Edward Jones explores the challenges of this rapidly developing technology.

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
15  MINS

Automating Away What is Dangerous, Dirty, Dull and Difficult

Dr James McDermott, Lecturer, School of Computer Science, NUI Galway

Automation has rescued millions of people from jobs that are dangerous, dirty, or just plain drudge – and we’re just at the beginning of the AI revolution. Dr James McDermott ponders the critical issue of what we will do when machines do lots more of our work. 

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
9  MINS

AI Giving New Insights to Microbiologists

Kevin McDonnell

Kevin McDonnell’s Master’s thesis led to a collaboration between Computer Science and Microbiology with immense potential for re-evaluating previous studies and extending the techniques into new areas such as cancer detection.

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
15  MINS

Is it Time for the Leaving Certificate to Leave School? – Designing a Secondary Education System for Creativity and Innovation 

Dr Tony Hall

Dr Tony Hall argues that it is time to say ‘Slán’ to the Leaving Cert, and instead design an educational future that foregrounds and promotes creativity and innovation.

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AI & Human Creativity
16 December 2021
11  MINS

The Competitive Edge – How Analytics are Driving Success in Sport

Yvonne Comer

It comes down to one word: competition. For as long as sports have been played, teams and athletes are looking for a competitive edge. And it just so happens that today, and well into the future, data and analytics are going to be a source of a competitive edge for teams. – Ben Shields (The Sports Strategist)

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AI & Human Creativity
10 December 2021
16  MINS

The Future of Law: Automation or Augmentation?

Rónán Kennedy

What will the future of law look like in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Rónán Kennedy delves into the likely changes we’ll see on the automation front, and calls for the addition of digital literacy to the current menu of legal skills.

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AI & Human Creativity
10 December 2021
10  MINS

The Responsibility of the Data Scientist in Natural Language Processing

Dr Paul Buitelaar

Natural Language Processing is no longer only about ever faster and more efficient data processing, but increasingly about selecting the right data and using it in a transparent and responsible way, says Paul Buitelaar.

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AI & Human Creativity
10 December 2021
13  MINS

Care with a Human(oid) Face – Working Ethically with Social Robots

Heike Felzmann

A shortage of care workers is driving reliance on AI in human care.  When a patient is vulnerable and empathy is called for – can a robot be the answer?

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AI & Human Creativity
10 December 2021
13  MINS

Trust and Technology Terrorism in Medicine – Psychology’s Influence on the Future of Digital Health

Dr Jane Walsh

The global medical robotics market is expected to reach $12.7 billion by 2025 from an estimated $5.9 billion in 2020. As the demand for health care services outweigh the availability of staff, social robots are filling the gap. How do we navigate healthcare in this new technology-driven world?  Dr Jane Walsh investigates – and argues that safe and effective digital transformation of healthcare requires a multidisciplinary approach with the patient at the centre of design.

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AI & Human Creativity
10 December 2021
9  MINS

Design Your Life

At a time when we are all dazzled (and perhaps blinded) by the promises of technology, a new programme at NUI Galway focuses on the one thing that really matters – a fulfilled, purposeful life.

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10 December 2021
14  MINS

Artificial Intelligence Demystified – What is it All About?

Prof. Michael Madden

Artificial Intelligence (AI) might appear to be a very new idea, as it has loomed large in public discourse in recent years. The history of AI is, however, almost as long as that of computer science generally – and it’s very far from over, says Prof. Michael Madden.

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Internationalisation
12 October 2021
25  MINS

‘We all Rise and Fall Together’ – Notre Dame’s Michael Pippenger on Internationalisation

Michael Pippenger is Vice President & Associate Provost for Internationalisation at University of Notre Dame. Here, he speaks about the value of internationalisation to the university, the surrounding community and the region, and tells us why a focus on internationalisation is a win-win.

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Internationalisation
04 October 2021
11  MINS

In Conversation With: Patricia Codyre

NUI Galway alumna Patricia Codyre works in Digital Health & Innovation at World Health Organisation (WHO). Here, she talks to Cois Coiribe about how her time at NUI Galway armed her with the skills to collaborate, communicate and identify creative solutions.

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Internationalisation
01 October 2021
11  MINS

Antimicrobial Resistance: A Global One-Health Challenge

Professor Dearbháile Morris, Dr Georgios Miliotis

Prof. Dearbháile Morris & Dr. Georgios Miliotis, School of Medicine at NUI Galway tackling the pressing threat of superbugs at the source with its Global One Health approach.

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Internationalisation
30 September 2021
17  MINS

In Conversation with: Kathryn O Shea

Kathryn O Shea, Director, Australia & New Zealand at IDA Ireland talks to Cois Coiribe about how the collaborative efforts between academia and industry championed by NUI Galway is a great way to continue to attract global talent…and her unforgettable experiences studying at NUI Galway.

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Internationalisation
27 September 2021
14  MINS

In Conversation With: Dr Anthony J. Windebank

Dr Anthony J. Windebank, professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic, discusses the importance of global collaborations within medical research, and the impact that internationalisation has had on his career.

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01 September 2021
14  MINS

Setting up a Health Partnership in Kenya

Dr Yvonne Finn

Dr Yvonne Finn speaks of her experience setting up a health partnership in Kenya

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Internationalisation
09 August 2021
15  MINS

ENLIGHT – In Conversation with: Professor Hiltraud Casper-Hehne

Professor Hiltraud Casper-Hehne,

Professor Hiltraud Casper-Hehne, the ENLIGHT academic lead from the University of Göttingen discusses ENLIGHT’s impact on its nine European universities and society as a whole.

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Internationalisation
04 August 2021
13  MINS

Virtual Humans as Personal Health Coaches

Dr Cyrille Thinnes, Prof Ines Thiele

Dr Cyrille Thinnes & Prof. Ines Thiele discuss how Digital Twins or avatars could be used to revolutionise health coaching through recent advances in digital health research.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
13  MINS

Why Galway needs a Global University in a Connected World

Professor Walter Gear

Prof Walter Gear tells us why Galway needs a global university in a Connected World. 

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29 July 2021
8  MINS

Welcome to the Summer Edition of Cois Coiribe

Professor Becky Whay

Prof Becky Whay, Vice-President: International at NUI Galway welcomes you to the Summer online edition of Cois Coiribe – where we ask what impact can internationalisation have on us as a university and the people associated with it and why should we be a Global University?

 

 

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
12  MINS

How COVID-19 is Accelerating Key Trends Shaping the Global Economy

Prof Alan Ahearne

Prof Ahern describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated and intensified trends in the global economy that were already underway, and both challenges and opportunities it represents for policy makers and societies, as governments around the world seek to rebuild their economies.

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29 July 2021
5  MINS

Student Stories: Overcoming Hurdles to Study at NUI Galway

Lerena Hong Si Ying

Coming to live and study in Galway as the only international student on her course was made easier with the help of her college friends and staff.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
14  MINS

Partnerships are Key to a Global NUI Galway

Dr Andrew Flaus

Finding ways to nurture our unique yet elusive strength is an essential pillar of our internationalisation mission.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
12  MINS

The Value of Internationalisation

Prof. Geraint Howells

Professor Geraint Howells shares his passion for internationalisation by drawing on personal and professional experiences, and tells us why internationalisation is an important part of NUI Galway’s agenda.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
3  MINS

Our Students on Internationalisation

Students bring their voice to the conversation on internationalisation and what it means to seek new opportunities in a foreign land in the midst of a pandemic.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
5  MINS

Student Stories: Drawn to Ireland from South Africa

A South African medic shares her experience of internationalisation and connecting with Ireland through education.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
6  MINS

Student Stories: Diversity Brings a Sense of Home

A student from United Arab Emirates joins the conversation on internationalisation with a personal insight into the value of diversity.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
16  MINS

Social distancing: Through the lens of an International Academic

Mr Manigandan Chockalingam

Mr Manigandan Chockalingam, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences, NUI Galway shares his experiences as international staff member of NUI Galway during a pandemic and need for connectivity

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
12  MINS

A Global Team Delivering an International Module on Cultural Awareness

Dr Yvonne Finn, Vice-Dean Internationalisation, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, NUI Galway

In support of embedding of internationalisation in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, NUI Galway, Dr Finn describes how this new research module on cultural awareness, delivered by a global team,  will provide PhD research students with skills to critically appraise research and the research process in health and social sciences.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
11  MINS

How Computers Can Future-Proof Minority Languages

Dr. Theodorus Fransen & Dr. John McCrae explore how digital language tools can potentially resolve the underrepresentation of minority languages in terms of digital technology and the Web.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
7  MINS

Why Here? NUI Galway and the Emerging World of Research and Innovation

Professor James Livesey

Research and Innovation will be at the heart of how societies respond to the climate emergency, the digital transition, mediating inequality, the degradation of democracy, the threats to biodiversity and a host of other wicked problems

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
13  MINS

The Importance of International Collaborations and Academic Links

Professor Laoise McNamara

Professor Laoise McNamara shares her journey from NUI Galway to Notre Dame….and back: the secrets behind an enduring, successful and rewarding transatlantic Biomedical Engineering research collaboration

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
18  MINS

A Journey in Medicine: from Training to Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Finn Hawkins

Dr. Hawkins describes his journey from graduating with a degree in Medicine from NUI Galway to his training to regenerative medicine, COVID-19 and everything in between.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
6  MINS

Student Stories: A Transatlantic Route to Success

A Boston-based medic sheds light on the international value of his studies and his learning adapted to the pandemic.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
5  MINS

Student Stories: Getting Down to the Business of Learning

Despite all the turmoil and challenges of the last year, a business student points to a unique and positive learning experience amid the pandemic.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
5  MINS

Student Stories: ‘Feeling Lost is not Comfortable, but it is Okay’

Toronto native opens up on the challenges of internationalisation and striving to learn from the challenges of a foreign environment.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
5  MINS

Student Stories: Trading Bondi Beach for Salthill

Australian medical student opens up about chasing her dream and developing a new bond far away from a world famous beach.

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29 July 2021
6  MINS

Student Stories: Starting a New Life Amid a Pandemic

Aishwarya Suryakant Surve

NUI Galway MSc Exercise Physiology Student, Aishwarya Suryakant Surve discusses internationalisation and what it means to seek new opportunities in a foreign land in the midst of a pandemic.

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29 July 2021
15  MINS

Are we Ready for Internationalisation?

Prof Michal Molcho

New to the Parish: Michal Molcho arrived at NUI Galway to do a post-doctoral fellowship I 2005. 17 years on, Professor Molcho is the Vice Dean for Internationalisation, leading the internationalisation strategy in the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies. Settling in Ireland was not straightforward, especially when it came to Galway’s temperate climate, Galway’s diverse set of local dialects, and much more…

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
12  MINS

The Languages of Internationalisation

Professor Rebecca Braun

Professor Rebecca Braun shares her experience of the languages of internationalisation, together with the linguistic preparation necessary for other languages and cultures in universities.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
18  MINS

In Conversation With: Professor Tim O’Brien

The Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – a father of five, a dual US-Irish citizen and an endochrinologist – sat down with Cois Coiribe to share his views on internationalisation and how it influenced his career and how he values its place in the University.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
5  MINS

Student Stories: ‘I Have Never Felt as an Outsider’

Sarh Alamri

A Podiatric Medicine student from Saudi Arabia, Sarh Alamri’s fears over moving to Ireland to study were quickly allayed.

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Internationalisation
29 July 2021
5  MINS

Student Stories: Coming home

Moya McKeever

Occupational Therapy Student, Moya McKeever ponders on finding her land of opportunity across the Atlantic.

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29 July 2021
5  MINS

Global Citizenship & NUI Galway

Two international NUI Galway students write home about their experiences of living and studying in Galway.

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28 July 2021
4  MINS

Artificial Intelligence Next Step for Medtech

Prof Derek O'Keeffe

Hundreds of patients are having their voices and coughs recorded as part of a global project using Artificial Intelligence to detect minute changes caused by Covid.

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28 July 2021
18  MINS

Foundations for the Future – Towards a More Sustainable World

Dr Nessa Cronin,, Prof John Morrissey

In planning for a more sustainable world, a key learning from the current crisis is that we must increasingly imagine the world in an interconnected global sense.

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27 July 2021
7  MINS

The Power of Positive Persuasion

Prof Molly Byrne

Professor Molly Byrne has ensured Ireland has been an international beacon for the use of behavioural science in the Covid-19 policy response.

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Internationalisation
26 July 2021
9  MINS

Business Schools Post-Covid: Why We Need a ‘Global’ Vision

Dr. Murray Scott

Dr Murray Scott, Lecturer in J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway reveals how COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised the need of interconnectedness and a global approach to education to ensure the relevancy  of business schools.

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05 July 2021
3  MINS

New House

Eoin Rogers

Eoin Rogers is a poet and writer based in Dublin. He graduated from IADT with a degree in English, Media, and Cultural Studies in 2012. He writes about film, literature, comics, society and runs his own web-comic Necromancy Most Foul.

Image Credit: RTÉ

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01 July 2021
7  MINS

The CORRIB Core Lab

The CORRIB Core Lab – NUI Galway’s cutting edge vision, where academia, industry and healthcare connect – is pioneering the next generation of treatment for heart patients in a centre of excellence for innovation, research, collaboration and education.

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15 June 2021
5  MINS

We thank our artists

Prof Patrick Lonergan, , ,

Irish fiction is currently experiencing a new golden age, one in which new writers are coming forward to ask urgent questions. For this Cois Coiribe issue, we wanted to celebrate the work of three of those writers, bringing previously unpublished stories by them to our readers.

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Equality
15 June 2021
10  MINS

Hidden Ireland: Migrant women’s right to rights

Prof Niamh Reilly

NUI Galway is part of a seven-country study looking at how inequality affects vulnerability to Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence and what strategies can be deployed to help migrant women improve their lives and live free from violence.

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04 June 2021
30  MINS

175 Years of Memorable Moments

2020 marked the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Here, we take a look back at the major milestones that have occurred throughout the history of the university

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03 June 2021
3  MINS

And sing and louder sing after Cana Cludhmor

Nidhi Zak / Aria Eipe

Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe joins a host of Ireland’s most celebrated poets in our literature series for Cois Coiribe.

Image Credit: Daniel O’Connor, RTE

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01 June 2021
2  MINS

Faoi Shamhain

oireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa joins a host of other exceptional Irish artists in our series of literature works with her poem ‘Faoi Samhain’.

Image Credit: Al Higgins

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Equality
07 May 2021
15  MINS

Fighting the Headlines: Active* Consent is working to reduce experiences of sexual violence and harassment for young people

Dr Charlotte McIvor, Dr Pádraig MacNeela, Dr Siobhán O’Higgins

Leading academics tackling sexual harassment on campuses around the country by working with young people to reduce experiences of sexual violence and harassment for young people.

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Equality
29 April 2021
17  MINS

Pandemic exposes income inequalities in Irish society

Dr Deirdre Curran, Dr Lucy-Ann Buckley, Professor Kate Kenny, Dr Gary Goggins, Dr Áine Ní Léime

Leading academics in the Whitaker Institute set out to explore some of the glaring inequalities in the Irish labour market which Covid-19 has shone a spotlight on.

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Equality
29 April 2021
11  MINS

Equality for Travellers to overcome the odds

Owen Ward

Traveller and qualified teacher Owen Ward opens up about his own personal journey in pursuit of education and driving a new focus and dimension to the equality agenda in higher education.

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Equality
29 April 2021
10  MINS

Trans student leads the charge for change

Cameron Keighron

PhD student Cameron Keighron opens up about their own journey through issues of equality and bringing their experience to bear on the global Next Generational Leaders Programme.

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29 April 2021
4  MINS

Fáilte fial ó chois coiribe go Cois Coiribe

Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh

NUI Galway President, Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh welcomes you to the Spring online edition of Cois Coiribe – shining a light on the journey of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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29 April 2021
9  MINS

Pandemic pushes universities to rethink excellence

Dr Su-Ming Khoo

With higher education rankings led by for-profit corporations and scientific publishing turning higher profit margins than Apple, Google or Amazon, universities should challenge how success is measured as they work for public good.

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Equality
29 April 2021
12  MINS

The concept of vulnerability in the quest for equality

Prof Niamh Reilly

Professor Niamh Reilly asks us to reconsider the starting point for dealing with the question of equality and associated issues in modern society.

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Equality
29 April 2021
14  MINS

Linguistic diversity in an inclusive world

Dr Anne O’Connor, , ,

Despite official records showing 13% of people in Ireland speak a language other than Irish or English at home, there is a striking absence of discussion on linguistic diversity and discrimination.

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Equality
29 April 2021
19  MINS

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion – Issues and perspectives

Dr Nata Duvvury

Exploring how the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda is pursued and progressed throws up many challenges, some of which cut to the core of how we limit what is up for debate and advancement.

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Equality
28 April 2021
14  MINS

Student reflections on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

MA Students Gender, Globalisation and Rights, 2020-2021, Dr Stacey Scriver,

Dr Stacey Scriver, Lecturer and Researcher in the Global Centre for Women’s Studies in NUI Galway, introduces the thoughts of Masters students who are studying issues around gender, globalisation and rights.

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Equality
28 April 2021
21  MINS

Two Birds, One Stone

Elaine Feeney

Elaine Feeney has published three collections of poetry including The Radio was Gospel and Rise. Feeney teachers at NUI Galway, where she is also Creative on the Tuam Oral History Project. In 2017 she wrote the multi award-winning drama piece for the Liz Roche Company, WRoNGHEADED. Her debut novel As You Were (Vintage) won the 2021 Kate O’ Brien Award and shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, The Rathbone Folio Prize, Dalkey Literary Awards and was an Observer Best Debut of 2020.

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Equality
28 April 2021
22  MINS

Rupture

Tanya Farrelly

Tanya Farrelly is the author of three books: a short fiction collection When Black Dogs Sing (Arlen House), which was longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and named winner of the Kate O’ Brien Award 2017, and two novels: The Girl Behind the Lens and When Your Eyes Close (Harper Collins). She holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Bangor University, Wales, and teaches at numerous institutions, including the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin, and the People’s College. She is the founder and director of Bray Literary Festival and is the current Writer-in-Residence at NUI Galway. Her second short story collection Nobody Needs to Know is forthcoming from Arlen House. 

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Equality
28 April 2021
22  MINS

Small Gods

Deirdre Sullivan

Deirdre Sullivan is a writer and teacher from Galway. She has written seven acclaimed books for young adults, including Savage Her Reply (Little Island, 2020),Perfectly Preventable Deaths (Hot Key 2019) and Tangleweed and Brine (Little Island 2017). She was the recipient of the CBI award in 2018 and the An Post Irish Book Award for YA in 2020. Her short fiction has previously appeared in Banshee and The Dublin Review and her first collection of short fiction for adults, I Want To Know That I Will Be Okay (Banshee Press, 2021) was released in May 2021.

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Equality
28 April 2021
12  MINS

A new equality for Ireland’s criminal justice system

Tom O'Malley, , ,

In July 2020, the Department of Justice published the report of a working group, chaired by Tom O’Malley, entitled Protections for Vulnerable Witnesses in the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Offences. Here the NUI Galway lecturer describes what led to him being appointed to the role.

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Equality
28 April 2021
12  MINS

Barriers to equality are barriers to knowledge

Dr Heike Schmidt-Felzmann, , ,

There is a deep need to ensure the inequality experienced by people across society is understood, otherwise the entire process of working for change and betterment is flawed.

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Equality
28 April 2021
11  MINS

Empathy the key to unlocking Covid-19 impact on teens

Prof Pat Dolan

NUI Galway’s Unesco Chair reveals how we can benefit from a deeper appreciation of how the pandemic has affected adolescents, and even speed up society-wide recovery.

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Equality
28 April 2021
16  MINS

Women whistleblowers – paying a greater price

Prof Kate Kenny|J.E. Cairnes

Many whistleblowers endure a fight to be believed but existing inequalities exacerbate the risks faced by those who speak out and hold the powerful to account, with women often left the most isolated.

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Equality
28 April 2021
14  MINS

Lawyers for others – working for social justice and real change

Prof Larry Donnelly, , ,

NUI Galway’s School of Law has been a pioneer of an innovative approach to training lawyers, ensuring they work on cases for public good and gain a deeper awareness of the marginalised in society.

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Equality
28 April 2021
17  MINS

Inclusion – a goal and a role for us all

Dr Shivaun Quinlivan

When we think of equality we think of fairness and ways to increase diversity, but stopping there is stopping short. As society strives for meaningful equality it is up to all of us to ensure that everyone feels included.

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Equality
28 April 2021
12  MINS

Data ethics – who cares?

Prof Mathieu D'Aquin

We know Artificial Intelligence and big data can impact on equality, diversity and inclusion, but we must face up to the reality that it’s now at a level which cannot be handled.

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Equality
28 April 2021
16  MINS

Loneliness and inclusion by MA in Public Advocacy & Activism students

Students in NUI Galway's MA in Public Advocacy & Activism, School of English and Creative Arts

Students in NUI Galway’s MA in Public Advocacy & Activism, School of English and Creative Arts offer some thoughts on their experiences of having come to Ireland to live and study.

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28 April 2021
14  MINS

In Conversation With: Research Associate Bianca Pereira

Bianca Pereira

Bianca Pereira sat down with Cois Coiribe to talk about the citizen science project Crowd4Access. The study is mapping footpaths in towns and cities where inaccessibility issues create challenges for wheelchair users, parents with young children, pedestrians with mobility issues, the visually impaired or blind, as well as the fit and healthy.

 

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Equality
28 April 2021
14  MINS

In Conversation With: Professor Becky Whay

Prof Becky Whay, , ,

NUI Galway’s Vice President International sat down with Cois Coiribe to talk about Global Galway and the strategy for the University’s place in the world.

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Equality
28 April 2021
17  MINS

In Conversation With: Professor Anne Scott

Prof Anne Scott

NUI Galway’s Vice President for Equality, Diversity sat down with Cois Coiribe to talk about leading and promoting all aspects of equality and diversity throughout the University.

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Equality
28 April 2021
14  MINS

Migrants and minorities in higher education – battling embedded inequality

Dr Srinivasan Raghavendran

An academic’s personal reflection on the need to level the playing field for immigrant and minority ethnic staff and students in universities and a call for institutions to be the champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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17 January 2021
15  MINS

The University as Space of Curiosity and Source of Ethics

Michael D Higgins

As someone who spent many years teaching political science and sociology in NUI Galway, I feel a close bond with the university, an affection that stays with me to this day as I recall so many wonderful years of teaching and research there, as well as the lifelong friendships forged.

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17 December 2020
16  MINS

Sustainability & Covid-19 – A Setback or the Cusp of Change?

NUI Galway’s Community and University Sustainability Partnership (CUSP)  is a multi-disciplinary, voluntary team of over 30 students and staff from across the campus and community, with the common aim of establishing the university as a leading institutional model for sustainability. CUSP has been at the heart of a vital pillar of the university’s strategy – a commitment to sustainability as one of four underpinning values for everything that the university does (alongside respect, openness and excellence).

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17 December 2020
13  MINS

Key Trends in Business & Innovation – The Covid-19 Effect

Prof Alma McCarthy
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17 December 2020
7  MINS

NUI Galway – A global leader in medtech and an asset for the Industry

articles
15 December 2020
10  MINS

Beir litir uaim go hÉirinn

An tOll Breandán Mac Suibhne
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15 December 2020
6  MINS

NUI Galway’s Research – Covid-19 Response

Prof Lokesh Joshi,
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15 December 2020
21  MINS

Infrastructure – for Public Good and Collaborative Creativity

John Concannon
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15 December 2020
14  MINS

From Plague to Covid – What History Teaches us about Pandemics

Prof Daniel Carey
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15 December 2020
16  MINS

NUI Galway – Strengthening Global Peace & Security

Tom Felle, Mícheál Tierney, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Prof Siobhán Mullally
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15 December 2020
14  MINS

A University for the Future – Serving the Public Good

Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh

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