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Here you will find blog posts on staff, student life and much more! Check out our latest posts below.
  • President’s award for Professional Service Excellence in Innovation and Transformation

    President’s award for Professional Service Excellence in Innovation and Transformation

    A big congratulations to our colleague Bonnie Thompson Long, PhD, on winning the president’s award for Professional Service Excellence in the Innovation and Transformation category. Bonnie was nominated for this award for her response to the global pandemic, which included supporting academics, students, and administrative staff throughout the University in developing a fully online teaching […]

  • Conferring 2022

    Conferring 2022

    A huge congratulations to our part-time learners who graduated last Saturday. It was great to see everyone celebrating their achievement with their family & friends!

  • Silver Linings Report Launch Presentation

    Silver Linings Report Launch Presentation

    Here are a few short excerpts from the live launch of the research report, Silver Linings: Developing a Model of Fully Online Teaching and Learning, during a Global Pandemic. Presentation by Dr Sheila Garrity and Dr Bonnie Thompson-Long Overview and Context Blackboard Module Template The Research Project Conceptual Underpinnings Research Findings The Model and Closing

  • Staff Research Report- Silver Linings

    Staff Research Report- Silver Linings

    Silver Linings: Developing a Model of Fully Online Teaching and Learning, during a Global Pandemic. Unaware of the impending crisis, in early 2020 Dr Sheila Garrity, Dr Bonnie Thompson-Long and Valerie Kelly, of the CALPD, developed their model, with support from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. The […]

  • WELCOME TO MICROCREDS GALWAY

    WELCOME TO MICROCREDS GALWAY

    Micro-credentials project blog for the University of Galway Vol. 1, No.1, August 2022 Our first edition of the MicroCreds blog! Welcome to the first edition of Micro-Credentials at the University of Galway. In this blog we will be introducing you to the MicroCreds project. We hope you enjoy sharing the project progress with us and […]

  • 5 tips to help you choose your part-time course

    5 tips to help you choose your part-time course

    Taking a new part-time course at NUI Galway is the perfect start to your lifelong learning journey! We have compiled a few tips to help you choose the best course for you… 1. Think about your interests & strengths                  This is an important one, taking a part-time course costs money and will be time consuming […]

  • After graduating I was able to land a new job in digital marketing

    After graduating I was able to land a new job in digital marketing

    I believe that the part-time course, Diploma in Marketing has unlocked my potential. I was always interested in marketing and I wanted a career in a progressive field. I was looking for ways to step out of my comfort zone and improve my skills. This course was definitely the right choice. The course significantly helped […]

  • NCCA Council Appointment

    NCCA Council Appointment

    We are pleased to announce that Minister for Education, Norma Foley has appointed our colleague Dr Sheila Garrity of NUI Galway, to the NCCA Council as the nominee of Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth. In her correspondence to Dr Garrity, Minister Foley stated that “the work of the Council is […]

  • The course gave me new experiences, new friends and a chance to reflect & assess my life goals.

    The course gave me new experiences, new friends and a chance to reflect & assess my life goals.

    When I started my degree in Community, Youth and Family Studies, I was volunteering in a youth club in Dublin and working in a corporate environment. My youth club experience was fun and rewarding and it made me rethink my attitudes and beliefs. This was a time in my life where I wanted to motivate […]

  • Education & lifelong learning is a journey, where the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination.

    Education & lifelong learning is a journey, where the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination.

    I have worked in the area of Further Education and Training (FET) for over 12 years. The Further Education and Training sector has experienced significant change over this time, with a period of unprecedented change following a challenging period of integration and reform. In 2018, as part of a professional development initiative with NUI Galway […]