National University of Ireland, Galway

About NUIG

NUI Galway, established in 1845, is one of Ireland’s most prestigious multi-disciplinary universities, with a distinguished record in teaching and research. Ideally located in the cultural heart of Ireland and ‘university city’ of Galway, the University offers a broad range of internationally recognised degree programmes in a welcoming academic community. NUI Galway is investing €0.75 million per week in campus development programme to provide the very best learning environment for students. NUI Galway continues to outperform other universities in terms of graduate employment. We were the only Irish university to increase our position in both the QS World University Ranking and the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings in 2014. NUI Galway provides the highest standards of student experience: as well as having received the most National Teaching Excellence Awards of all HEIs, NUI Galway has the best record for student retention in the Irish university system. We are leading the way in student volunteering and civic engagement. More than 1,000 students gave 30,000 hours of voluntary activity in the last year. NUI Galway is truly a global university – we have the highest number of international students of any university in Ireland. We have a total of 3,000 International students from 115 countries, which accounts for 18% of the overall student population. NUI Galway’s 105-hectare campus has a unique riverside location and is minutes from the heart of Galway City. Galway has a reputation as a safe, young and student-friendly city. Students make up 20% of the population and they bring youth, energy and excitement to the city. Galway really is ‘The University City’. The campus is in the heart of the city centre, with all amenities on your doorstep or within walking distance. Students enjoy a unique experience living and studying in Galway: scenery, beaches, and the natural beauty of Connemara are all on our doorstep.

Research at NUI Galway is forward thinking and global in scale. Today we are leading the field in a wide range of areas, including stem cell and gene therapy research, human rights law, marine and energy research, digital humanities, drama, theatre and performance, and data analytics. NUI Galway is Ireland’s premier university in the fields of Biomedical Science/Innovation, Marine/Environment and Energy and Software Engineering and Informatics. Nine of the world’s 10 largest medical device companies are located in Ireland, with Europe’s premier cluster of device companies based in the Galway region. In fact, 80% of global stent production is carried out by companies based in the Galway region. Examples of significant medical device companies with sustained operations in Galway include 4tech Cardio, Anecto, Apica, Boston Scientific, Cappella Medical, Creganna, Crospon, Embricon, Lake Region Medical, Medtronic, neoSurgical, Neuravi, Novate Medical, Pointec Medical, SyncroPhi Systems, Veryan Endovascular, Veryan Medical, and Vivasure

Galway is also home to several major international ICT and software firms, such as Avaya Cisco Systems Electronic Arts (a.k.a., EA Sports), Hewlett Packard, SAP, Siebel Systems, Storm Technology and Zenimax. 

Environment, Marine, and Energy covers environmental change and modelling, atmospheric studies, biodiversity and bioinformatics, marine science and law, biodiversity/bioresources and sustainable energy. Research efforts towards enhanced energy efficiencies and conservation methods, renewable energy sources, and new advanced environmental technologies help address the dilemma between balanced economic growth and environmental impact. NUI Galway hosts a number of leading research centres-of-excellence with global reputations in these areas:

Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI)

National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES)

Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB)

Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI)

Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC)

The Ryan Institute

Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS)

Energy Research Centre

Power Electronics Research Centre (PERC)

Plant and AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC)

Contact Details

: +353874120370
: NUIG International Office 12 Distillery Road Newcastle Galway Ireland


Staff Name Phone Email Research Groups
Prof Gearoid OLaighin Ext. 2685 Engineering and Informatics
Prof Abhay Pandit +353 91 49 2758 Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials
Dr Jamie Goggins +35391492609 Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research
Dr Alan G. Ryder 353-91-492943; Nanoscale Biophotonics Laboratory (NBL)
Dr Amir Shafat +353 91 494218 COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, NURSING & HEALTH SCIENCES, Galway Diabetes Research Center
Prof Charles Spillane +353-91-494148 Plant & AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC)
Dr Ronan Sulpice
Prof. Ciaran Morrison Centre for Chromosome Biology
Prof Donal Leech Ext. 3563 Biomolecular Electronics Research Laboratory
Prof Henry Curran +353 91 493856 Combustion Chemistry Centre
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