Tell us why you chose to study at NUI Galway?
Studying at NUI Galway was an obvious choice; the university is situated in my hometown of Galway. Its’ history is intertwined with the local community, and as school kids, we grew up passing the beautiful university grounds. Many of our teachers were NUIG graduates; they often spoke about the university and imparted a sense that continuing education was local, accessible and a natural progression.
Describe your connection to NUI Galway and Galway
I feel a special connection to NUI Galway, it’s my ‘alma mater’ where I was first introduced to different ideas and the value of learning. Galway is such a vibrant city and the university forms an integral part of that connection. When I was a student, Galway was just emerging as a cultural hub. The incredible mix of visual artists, actors, poets, musicians and writers in the town complimented the intellectual life and atmosphere in the college.
What was your experience of NUI Galway as a student?
Student life was never boring; the college had a real buzz – a mix of interesting/wild students, a cosy college bar in the quad where everyone met and an amazing live music scene. In those days, the college had a small student body with communication between professors, lecturers, students and college societies open and engaging. All involved were inspirational leaders in their respective fields and encouraged dialogue and often fierce debate. Most importantly, I made lifelong friends who I steadfastly stay in contact with and are just a zoom call away.