World-Renowned Surgeon to Deliver Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture at NUI Galway

World-Renowned Surgeon to Deliver Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture  at NUI Galway-image

Monday, 1 September 2014

NUI Galway will host Ireland’s largest surgical conference, the 39th Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture and Surgical Symposium, on 5-6 September 2014. Internationally renowned surgeon, Dr John Birkmeyer will deliver the Memorial Lecture entitled ‘Strategies for Improving the Quality of Surgical Care’. John Birkmeyer, MD is the George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery and Director of the Centre for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. His research career has focused on performance measurement, understanding variation in hospital outcomes and cost-efficiency, and strategies for improvement. Formerly a series editor of the Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare, Dr. Birkmeyer has leading roles in several regional collaborative improvement programs involving over 50 hospitals in Michigan, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan. He serves on the blue ribbon expert panel on hospital safety ratings for the Leapfrog Group and as Chief Scientific Officer for ArborMetrix, Inc. Dr. Birkmeyer was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. Professor of Surgery at NUI Galway, Michael Kerin, who is hosting the event along with his colleague Professor Oliver McAnena, says: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Birkmeyer to our University. Dr Birkmeyer is focused on improving the quality of the health care system which will serve the lives of the people and communities for generations to come.” On the second day of the Surgical Symposium, Mr James Sheehan, CEO, Galway Clinic, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Co-Founder of Blackrock Clinic, Galway Clinic and the Hermitage Clinic will deliver the State of the Art Lecture entitled ‘Reflections on the Past and a Vision for the Future’ on Saturday, 6th September at 12.45 p.m. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and he holds an M.Sc in Bioengineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Surrey. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and the Irish Academy of Engineering. He specialised in the design of artificial hip and knee prostheses. Since co-founding the Blackrock Clinic in the 1980s, his name has become synonymous with healthcare provision, as well as innovations. For further information on event, please contact 091 524390 or www.freyer.ie -ends-

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Galway Hosts the Seventh Annual World Robotic Sailing Championship and International Robotic Sailing Conference

Galway Hosts the Seventh Annual World Robotic Sailing Championship and International Robotic Sailing Conference-image

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Galway Harbour will transform this month when Galway City will host the seventh World Robotic Sailing Championship (WRSC) from 9-13 September 2014. Fully autonomous and unmanned sailing boats, up to 2.5m in length will compete over a series of short distance racing, navigation and autonomy challenges with teams from Galway, Wales, US, Finland, France, Portugal and Russia participating. This is the first time that Ireland has hosted the event. Organised in conjunction with the WRSC, the International Robotic Sailing Conference (IRSC) will take place on Monday 8 September, in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway. IRSC provides a platform to discuss the broad range of scientific problems involved in the design and development of autonomous sailboats. NUI Galway Engineering Lecturer and event Co-Chair, Dr Fearghal Morgan, said: “The International Robotic Sailing Conference provides international researchers with the opportunity to present and exchange ideas on their work on a wide range of topics related to autonomous surface marine robotics, particularly robotic sailing. Previous IRSC/WRSC events have been hosted in France, Wales, Germany, Canada, Portugal and Austria. We invite participation from anyone who might be interested in this work, particularly from engineering-related and marine sectors.” Robotic sailing offers the potential of long range and long term autonomous wind propelled, solar or wave-powered carbon neutral devices. Robotic sailing devices could potentially contribute to monitoring of environmental, ecological, meteorological, hydrographic and oceanographic data. These devices can also be used in traffic monitoring, security, assistance and rescue. ‌ The WRSC competitions propose tasks such as station, speed in different conditions, accuracy, obstacle avoidance, target tracking, endurance and cooperation, all performed autonomously. The competition, originally designed for sailboats, also includes a motorboats category in order to bring together the scientific communities that work on different types of autonomous marine vehicles. A bottle boat competition will also be held with several Irish entries competing. Event Co-Chair Dermot Tynan of Hewlett Packard, Galway said: “The dependency on changing winds and sea conditions presents a considerable challenge for short and long term route and stability planning, collision avoidance and boat control. Building a robust and seaworthy autonomous sailing robot presents a truly complex and multi-disciplinary challenge for boat designers, naval architects, mechanical engineers, electronic and embedded systems engineers and computer scientists. Since 2004, events such as Sailbot, Microtransat Challenge, World Robotic Sailing Championship and the International Robotic Sailing Conference have sparked an explosion in the number of groups working on autonomous sailing robots. To date, the longest distance sailed autonomously is almost 400km. Many of the challenges in building truly autonomous sailing robots still remain unsolved.” Mr Tynan continued: “We are looking forward to welcoming international teams, many of whom are travelling long distances by sea and overland to bring robotic sailing boats to the West of Ireland. This demonstrates their enormous dedication and enthusiasm.” GMIT has two boats competing in the sailing challenge, Seol and Malendroke, involving students from several engineering departments in the college - electronic & electrical engineering, energy engineering and mechanical engineering. The Seol team are 3rd year electronics students John Lynam and Janet Hardiman, 4th year electronics student Brian Cunnane, and 4th year energy engineering student Brendan Henry. The Malendroke team are 3rd year electronics students Ciunas Low Bennett and Rastislav Petras, 3rd year energy engineering student Christoph Schellenberg, and 1st year mechanical engineering student Brendan Divilly. The challenges begin on Tuesday 9 September at the Claddagh Basin, Galway city. Sean Coffey, lecturer in the GMIT School of Engineering and the competitors' mentor, says "that the challenge presents an enjoyable and exciting opportunity for students to apply and develop their high-tech skills." The IRSC/WRSC event also includes two free public exhibitions in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway on Sunday, 7 September from 2-5pm and on Monday, 8 September from 11am-4pm, at which several of the robotic sailboats will be exhibited. All are welcome. School groups are asked to contact the organisers in advance. IRSC 2014 and WRSC 2014 are sponsored by Hewlett Packard, NUI Galway, Port of Galway, Galway Bay Sailing Club and Intel. Information on each WRSC team entries and schedule is available at http://wrsc2014.com/teams. Details of the conference programme and delegate registration can be found at http://wrsc2014.com/. -Ends-

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NUI Galway report highlights positive effect of reminiscence therapy for dementia sufferers

NUI Galway report highlights positive effect of reminiscence therapy for dementia sufferers-image

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The positive effect of reminiscence therapy on the quality of life of people with dementia in long-stay care has been shown in a new report from NUI Galway. The report is the result of a major trial undertaken over the course of three years and involving over 300 dementia sufferers. The trial is the largest of its kind internationally in the area of reminiscence therapy in long-stay settings, and was funded by the Health Research Board. At its simplest, reminiscence is recalling an individual’s past memories and experiences, often through prompts such as photographs, music and familiar household items. “The results showed positive effects of reminiscence for people with dementia,” explains Professor Eamon O’Shea of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway. “Reminiscence is increasingly seen as important in the care and support of people with dementia, given its potential to draw on early memories, which often remain intact for people with dementia, thereby highlighting the person’s preserved abilities rather than any cognitive impairment. While pharmacological interventions have been the mainstay of caring for people with dementia, increasing attention is being paid to the role of psychosocial interventions in the care of people with dementia.” Professor O’Shea added: “The results confirm the importance of a person-centred approach to the care of people with dementia in long-stay care settings. There are a range of psychosocial interventions, such as reminiscence therapy, cognitive stimulation, and art. Interestingly, there is reciprocity at play with the care givers, everyone gains through a more person-centred approach to care in long-stay settings. Fifteen years ago Professor Eamon O’Shea wrote the first Action Plan for Dementia for Ireland and he has been influential in preparing the ground for the new National Strategy on Dementia which will be published by the Government in the coming months. The cost of caring for people with dementia worldwide was estimated to be US$604 billion in 2010. While there have been no comprehensive prevalence studies on dementia carried out in Ireland, current estimates suggest that there are currently 47,746 people with dementia in the country. Approximately 4,000 new cases of dementia arise in the general Irish population every year. The cost of dementia in Ireland has been estimated at just over €1.69 billion per annum, 48% of which is attributable to informal care provided by family and friends to those living with dementia in the community. The trial - the DementiA education programme incorporating REminiscence for Staff (DARES) - was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a reminiscence-based education programme. The intervention was a structured education reminiscence-based programme for care staff, who subsequently engaged in individualised reminiscence with long-stay residents under their care. The primary research question focused on the impact of reminiscence therapy on the self-reported quality of life of residents with a diagnosis of dementia. -ends-

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Researchers see potential in stem cells to fight cornea transplant rejection

Researchers see potential in stem cells to fight cornea transplant rejection-image

Friday, 5 September 2014

New research from NUI Galway is using adult stem cells in the fight against cornea transplant rejection. The research has been published in the American Journal of Transplantation, and underpins a pan-European project which hopes to help the 100,000 people worldwide who undergo cornea transplant procedures each year. Corneal eye disease is the fourth most common cause of blindness in the world and it affects more than 10 million people worldwide. An unhealthy cornea affects vision by scattering or distorting light and causing glare and blurred vision. The most widely used treatment for this condition is cornea transplantation (or keratoplasty) where the diseased or scarred corneal tissue is replaced with healthy tissue from an organ donor. Although these procedures have been performed for over 100 years, unfortunately about 30% of transplants are unsuccessful due to rejection by the patient’s own immune system. Researchers, led by Dr Thomas Ritter from NUI Galway’s Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), showed in a model system that transplant rejection rates could be reduced to as low as 10% by administering a certain type of stem cell called a mesenchymal stem cell (MSC). MSCs can be readily obtained and grown from the bone marrow of adult donors. ‌ Dr Ritter explained: “In recent years, our Immunology research programme at REMEDI has focused at a basic level on understanding the immune response to transplanted tissues such as the cornea as well as on the immune modulating effects of stromal stem cells. It is hoped this work will lead to much improved outcomes for the 100,000 people worldwide who undergo cornea transplant procedures each year.” Previous research from the team at REMEDI which showed that these cells have certain properties which can modulate the immune system led them to study their usefulness in combating cornea transplant rejection. Dr Oliver Treacy, the lead scientist on the team at NUI Galway, showed that the MSCs release chemicals capable of adjusting the immune system balance in the body. This led to an increase in cells called regulatory T-cells, which dampen down inflammation, and a decrease in the number of natural killer cells, key players in the rejection process. Mr Gerry Fahy, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Galway University Hospital, who was involved in the study said: “Corneal transplant rejection can result in blindness and is not uncommon in high risk patients. This important research presents a potentially new avenue of treatment to prevent transplant rejection and save vision in this vulnerable group of patients.” In a follow-up €6 million study now underway, the research team from REMEDI have teamed up with 11 collaborators from all over Europe to look at the process of cornea transplant immune rejection in much greater detail. The five year project which is called ‘VISICORT’ is being funded by the EU Framework Programme 7, and the final year will involve a clinical trial carried out in Galway using stem cells made at the NUI Galway, Centre for Cell Manufacturing (CCMI) facility. Based in NUI Galway, REMEDI (www.remedi.ie) was established in 2003 through a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Science Engineering and Technology (CSET) award, and industry funding.  REMEDI is part of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science and manages the Centre for Cell Manufacturing Ireland, an Irish Medicines Board licensed facility for the manufacture of stem cells. -ends-

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NUI Galway and Kingfisher Club Announce Details of Annual 8km Race in aid of Jigsaw

NUI Galway and Kingfisher Club Announce Details of Annual 8km Race in aid of Jigsaw-image

Monday, 8 September 2014

NUI Galway, in association with the Kingfisher Club, will host its second annual charity 8K Run/Walk on Saturday, 11 October at 10am. The route consists of a traffic-free, mixed terrain run around the University’s campus and along the banks of the river Corrib. The official charity partner for this event is Jigsaw Galway and coincides with global events around World Mental Health Day. Jigsaw Galway is a free and confidential service supporting the mental health and well-being of young people, aged 15 – 25, living in Galway city and county.  Jigsaw also provides advice and guidance to parents, family members, friends and other professionals worried about a young person.  All proceeds raised from this event will go to Jigsaw Galway. This charity event is forming part of the NUI Galway Alumni reunion programme which takes place from 10-12 October on campus and will be an opportunity to bring together students, staff, alumni and friends of NUI Galway in one place to take part in a fun event for all ages and abilities. NUI Galway Vice President for the Student Experience Dr Pat Morgan said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome staff, students and alumni to the campus as part of the Alumni Reunion programme. Equally, however, it is part of a wider campus initiative to encourage physical activity and perhaps more importantly a great opportunity to show support for Jigsaw and get moving towards better mental health and it is fitting that such an event should take place around World Mental Health Day.” The event is open to everyone, with runners and walkers of all fitness levels catered for. To register for the NUI Galway 8K please log on to the Run Ireland Website http://www.runireland.com/events/nui-galway-8k. Updates are also available on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NUIGalway.8kRun. Local Kingfisher Fitness Clubs will be running training sessions over the next six weeks to help with your preparation and details are available at www.kingfisherclub.com. All queries on the event can be sent to nuigalway8k@kingfisherclub.com. -Ends-

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Ireland Wins International Competition to Host Major Scientific and Engineering Conference

Ireland Wins International Competition to Host Major Scientific and Engineering Conference-image

Monday, 8 September 2014

Ireland has been successful in its bid to attract a significant scientific conference to the Convention Centre Dublin in 2018. Almost two thousand experts in aspects of clean and efficient energy and propulsion technologies, fire safety and power generation will visit the capital in 2018 for the 37th International Symposium on Combustion. The Dublin bid was put together by a consortium of researchers from NUI Galway, University of Limerick and University of Ulster, who saw off competition to host the event from London and the Turkish capital Ankara. The announcement was made at a recent meeting in San Francisco by the Board of the Combustion Institute, an educational non-profit, scientific and engineering society. NUI Galway’s Professor John M. Simmie is Chair of the Irish Section of the Combustion Institute. He explains the importance of research in this field: “In Ireland, 96% of the energy we use is derived from the burning of fuels and 85% of the energy we use is imported, one of the highest figures in Europe. As the effects of climate change begin to be felt around the world, cleaner more efficient fuels and combustion technologies must be developed.” The 2018 Dublin meeting will follow on from San Francisco in 2014 and Seoul in 2016. The voting board members were impressed with the amenities and facilities offered by the Dublin bid, in addition to the scientific stature of the local organising committee. Professor John M. Simmie added: “There is a critical mass of researchers in Ireland focussed on this field of science and this is reflected in the decision of the Combustion Institute to bring their symposium here. Through collaboration among scientists and advances in the combustion research, we intend to unlock more energy from the resources we currently use and engineer solutions for the planet's long term sustainability.” The Irish Section of the Combustion Institute will host the symposium having secured strong support, both financial and motivational, from Government agencies Fáilte Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland - the latter through an Exceptional Conference Award. Those agencies were thanked by the local organising committee which consists of Professor Henry Curran (NUI Galway), Dr Stephen Dooley (University of Limerick), Professor Vladimir Molkov (University of Ulster), Dr Rory Monaghan (NUI Galway) and Professor Emeritus John Simmie (NUI Galway), The committee also thanked the support of Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway and Professor Don Barry, President of University of Limerick. Positive support was also obtained from a number of organisations including Aer Lingus, the Environmental Protection Agency, ESB International, GE Energy Kalman Ltd., the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and the Ministers for Research and Innovation, and, Transport, Tourism and Sport. -ends-

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Free Sean-Nós Dance Workshops at NUI Galway

Free Sean-Nós Dance Workshops at NUI Galway-image

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

NUI Galway’s Centre for Irish Studies will host a series of Sean-Nós Dance workshops this September. The workshops will be taught by Gearóid Ó Dubháín, the NUI Galway Sean-nós Dancer in Residence 2014. A native of Ardmore, Connemara, Gearóid is renowned for his dancing and has won the prestigious Oireachtas na Samhnna (2010), Craobh na hÉireann (2011), Féile na Mí (2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012), Féile Chóilín Clesham and many other prizes.   The workshops will take place at the Aula Maxima (Upper Level), NUI Galway from 7-8.30pm each Wednesday, beginning on 24 September. The workshops are free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend. For further details, contact Samantha Williams at 091-512428 or samantha.williams@nuigalway.ie. -Ends- Ceardlann Rince ar an Sean-Nós in OÉ Gaillimh Cuirfear tús le sraith de cheardlanna rince ar an sean-nós san Aula Maxima (Upper), OÉ Gaillimh ag 7pm, Dé Céadaoin, 24 Meán Fómhair 2014. Is é Gearóid Ó Dubháin, ón Árdmhóir, i gConamara, a bheidh ina stiúrthóir. Tá Gearóid ceaptha mar Rinceoir Cónaitheach ar an Sean-Nós san Ollscoil i mbliana. Tá cáíl bainte amach ag Gearóid mar damhseoir agus tá go leor duaiseanna bainte amach ag Gearóid ar fud na tíre, ina measc tá Oireachtas na Samhna (2010), Craobh na hÉireann (2011), Féile na Mí (2006, 2008, 2010 agus 2012), Féile Chóilín Clesham (buaite cúpla uair), mar aon le neart comórtais eile. Tá cead isteach saor in aisce agus fáilte roimh chách. Tuilleadh eolais ó Samantha Williams ag 091-512428 nó samantha.williams@nuigalway.ie. -Críoch-

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Biomaterials researcher wins prestigious young investigator prize

Biomaterials researcher wins prestigious young investigator prize-image

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Dr Manus Biggs, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigator at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) at NUI Galway has won the Larry Hench Young Investigator Award. The award was presented at the United Kingdom Society for Biomaterials (UKSB) division of the 26th Annual Conference for the European Society for Biomaterials, held in Liverpool, UK from 31 August–3 September 2014. The prize is awarded to a promising young research scientist in recognition of outstanding and innovative contributions in a selected field of biomaterials research. The judging criteria includes evidence of peer reviewed publications, outstanding contribution and demonstrable research in the field of biomaterials. Additionally, the researcher must be at an early stage of his career having no more than seven years of experience after his PhD was awarded. Dr Biggs’s research focuses on developing electrically active polymers for musculoskeletal and neural applications. His research group creates nanoscale fibres from piezoelectric polymers and incorporates them into a mesh-like scaffold that mimics the natural bone matrix. The scaffold materials can be utilised for the regeneration of large bone defects, which do not undergo spontaneous regeneration normally. Also, his group is improving long-term function of implanted microelectrodes being used for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders by using conducting polymers to coat the implanted electrodes. The aim of the coating is to reduce the inflammatory response around the electrode interface to prevent neural loss and instability of the electrodes at the implantation site. Seven researchers from the NFB presented at the European Society for Biomaterials conference. The conference brought together experts and scientists from academia and industry, and also those involved in funding regulatory and commercial enterprises related to biomaterials science, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Professor Abhay Pandit, Director of the NFB at NUI Galway, commented: “The award is further indication of the competitiveness of the NFB’s research at an international level.” -ends-

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NUI Galway Only Irish Institution to Move Up in QS World University Rankings 2014/15

NUI Galway Only Irish Institution to Move Up in QS World University Rankings 2014/15-image

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

NUI Galway has again increased its position in the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015. Rising 4 places to 280th in this year’s ranking, NUI Galway is the only Irish universities to improve their standing in this year’s league table. Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, said of the achievement: “This is good news for NUI Galway and further acknowledgement of the developments in teaching and research that have taken place at this University in recent years. Although all ranking systems have their limitations in that they seek to measure performance across a narrow range of criteria, the QS World University Rankings is one of the best regarded evaluations of higher education in the world.” The global emphasis on high-impact scientific and technological research is the key driver of leadership in the QS World University Rankings. The rankings are, for the third year, led by MIT with Imperial College London the biggest climber in the top 10, leapfrogging Harvard, UCL and Oxford to rank second equal in the world, tied with University of Cambridge. QS Head of Research Ben Sowter said: “In the wake of the recession, both governments and private sector funding source are placing greater emphasis on high-impact STEM research, much of which takes place in specialist institutions, Tech-focused institutions are increasingly the focal point of a global race for innovation. With budgets from public sources increasingly coming under strain, institutions seem more focused than ever on potentially lucrative research in science, technology and medicine.” The QS World University Rankings have been running since 2004 and are amongst the highest profile global evaluations of comparative university quality. The World University Rankings were conceived to present a multi-faceted view of the relative strengths of the world’s leading universities. The calculations leading to the QS World University Rankings are based on data gathered in the following categories: Academic Peer Review, Employer Review, International Faculty Ratio, International Student Ratio, Student Faculty Ratio, and Citations per Faculty (citation data supplied by Scopus). ENDS

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NUI Galway Opens its Doors for Autumn Open Days

NUI Galway Opens its Doors for Autumn Open Days-image

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Guest Speakers include Tipperary Senior Hurling Team Manager Eamon O’Shea NUI Galway invites all CAO applicants, fourth and fifth year students, parents/guardians, mature students teachers and Guidance Counsellors to its annual Autumn Open Days on Friday, 3 October and Saturday, 4 October. Friday's Open Day will run from 9am to 3pm and is aimed at school groups, although individuals are also welcome to attend. Running from 10am to 3pm, Saturday's Open Day is for students thinking about university and their parents and families. Open Day is an opportunity for students, along with their parents and families, to explore NUI Galway’s campus and to learn more about the over 60 degree courses that NUI Galway offers. The Open Days are expected to attract some 8,000 visitors. Lecturers and current students will be on hand to talk to students and parents at the main exhibition area in the Bailey Allen Hall, with over 80 subject-specific exhibition stands to answer questions on courses, CAO points, employability, and career progression routes. The ‘Parents Programme’ on Saturday, 4 October will provide parents and students with information on important issues such as fees and funding, careers, accommodation, career destinations and support services for students. This year NUI Galway will host an Alumni event for its graduates. Taking place on Saturday, 4 October at 2pm, the event will include a series of short talks from the University’s leading experts including Professor Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics and Professor Hubert McDermott, Department of English to mention but a few. The Open Days will feature a mix of taster sessions and short lectures to provide a feel for university life. Events will include hands-on science workshops and interactive sessions with IT systems and robotics. To get the most out of the Open Days visitors are encouraged to view the timetable of talks at www.nuigalway.ie/opendays and plan your day. Talk highlights include: New Scholarship Schemes for 2014 including CAO Performance Points Scholarships in Sports and Arts and Excellence Scholarships. A guest appearance and talk about Sports at the University with Eamon O’Shea, Professor of Economics at NUI Galway and Manager of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team. Career talks - “Where are the jobs? What are my employment prospects after University?” Taster sessions designed to give a real insight into studying at NUI Galway will include: Physics - A brilliant career from lasers to the Universe. Take a 3D tour of the Universe with The Centre for Astronomy, which will take visitors on a trip from the earth to nearby starts, across our Galaxy to groups of stars, and finally through the whole Universe. Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – Introduction to the Healthcare Programmes. Arts – BA Connect Programme in Drama, Theatre and Performance studies. Caroline Loughnane, Director of Marketing and Communications at NUI Galway, said: “Choosing a university is one of the most important decisions a student will ever make. The Autumn Open Days is the perfect opportunity for students and parents to get a taste of university life and to gain access to all of the information they need to make that important decision. We are encouraging anyone with an interest in studying at NUI Galway to come along, talk to our lecturers and current students, find out about the courses, explore the campus and decide for yourselves whether NUI Galway is the right university for you.” Tours of the campus will feature the state-of the-art sports complex and gym, and the new Engineering Building. Tours of student accommodation will also be available to visitors on the day, with the tour shuttle bus departing. Guided walking tours of the main campus will also take place throughout the afternoon. To plan your day in advance and receive a programme on Open Day 2014 visit www.nuigalway.ie/opendays, or contact 091 494145 or visit@nuigalway.ie. -Ends- Laethanta Oscailte an Fhómhair in OÉ Gaillimh I measc na n-aoichainteoirí tá Bainisteoir Fhoireann Sinsir Iománaíochta Thiobraid Árann Eamon O’Shea Ba mhaith le OÉ Gaillimh cuireadh a thabhairt do gach iarrthóir CAO, do dhaltaí sa cheathrú agus sa chúigiú bliain, do thuismitheoirí/do chaomhnóirí, do mhic léinn aibí, do mhúinteoirí agus do threoirchomhairleoirí teacht chuig Laethanta Oscailte an Fhómhair Dé hAoine, an 3 Deireadh Fómhair agus Dé Sathairn, an 4 Deireadh Fómhair. Dírithe ar ghrúpaí scoile atá an Lá Oscailte a bheidh ar siúl idir 9am agus 3pm Dé hAoine, cé go mbeidh fáilte roimh dhuine ar bith cuairt a thabhairt ar an Ollscoil an lá sin chomh maith. Is do mhic léinn atá ag smaoineamh ar aghaidh a thabhairt ar an Ollscoil, dá dtuismitheoirí agus dá dteaghlach an Lá Oscailte, a bheidh ar siúl idir 10am agus 3pm Dé Sathairn. Deis atá sa Lá Oscailte do mhic léinn, dá dtuismitheoirí agus dá dteaghlaigh aithne a chur ar champas OÉ Gaillimh agus foghlaim faoin mbreis is 60 cúrsa céime atá ar fáil san Ollscoil.  Meastar go bhfreastalóidh timpeall 8,000 duine ar na Laethanta Oscailte. Beidh léachtóirí agus mic léinn reatha ar láimh le labhairt le daltaí agus le tuismitheoirí i Halla Bailey Allen, áit a mbeidh os cionn 80 seastán ábhair ar taispeáint chun ceisteanna faoi chúrsaí, pointí CAO, fostaíocht, agus bealaí chun cinn i ngairmeacha a fhreagairt. Beidh eolas le fáil ag tuismitheoirí agus ag daltaí i ‘gClár na dTuismitheoirí’ Dé Sathairn, an 4 Deireadh Fómhair faoi cheisteanna móra cosúil le táillí agus maoiniú, gairmeacha, lóistín, cinn scríbe gairmeacha agus seirbhísí tacaíochta do mhic léinn. Beidh ócáid Alumni ar siúl ag OÉ Gaillimh i mbliana dá céimithe. Dé Sathairn, an 4 Deireadh Fómhair ag 2pm, tabharfaidh saineolaithe na hOllscoile cosúil leis an Ollamh Alan Ahearne, Ceann na hEacnamaíochta agus an tOllamh Hubert McDermott, as Roinn an Bhéarla, sraith cainteanna gairide. Beidh idir sheisiúin agus léachtaí gairide ar siúl i rith na Laethanta Oscailte le blaiseadh a thabhairt do chách ar an gcineál saoil a chaitheann mic léinn in OÉ Gaillimh. I measc na n-imeachtaí beidh ceardlanna praiticiúla eolaíochta agus seisiúin idirghníomhacha le córais IT agus róbataic. Chun an tairbhe is fearr a bhaint as na Laethanta Oscailte moltar do chuairteoirí breathnú ar amchlár na gcainteanna ag www.nuigalway.ie/opendays agus an lá a phleanáil dóibh féin. Ar na cainteanna is suimiúla tá siad seo a leanas: Scéimeanna Nua Scoláireachta 2014 cosúil le Scoláireachtaí na bPointí Breise CAO sa Spórt agus sna hEalaíona agus na Scoláireachtaí Sármhaitheasa. Labhróidh Eamon O’Shea, Ollamh le hEacnamaíocht in OÉ Gaillimh agus Bainisteoir ar Fhoireann Sinsir Iománaíochta Thiobraid Árann, faoi Spórt san Ollscoil. Léacht na nGairmeacha - “Cá bhfuil na poist? Cén rogha gairmeacha atá agam i ndiaidh na hOllscoile?” I measc na léachtaí gairide a bheas ar siúl chun blaiseadh a thabhairt duit don staidéar in OÉ Gaillimh tá siad seo a leanas: An Fhisic - Gairm den scoth ó léasair go dtí an chruinne. Téigh ar thuras 3D den Chruinne le hIonad na Réalteolaíochta. Tabharfaidh an tIonad cuairteoirí ar aistear ón domhan seo timpeall an réaltra chuig grúpaí réalta, agus timpeall na cruinne ar fad. Leigheas, Altranas agus na hEolaíochtaí Sláinte – Blaiseadh de na Cláir sa Chúram Sláinte. Na Dána – An Clár BA Connect sa Drámaíocht, i Léann na hAmharclannaíochta agus sa Taibhiú. Dúirt Caroline Loughnane, an Stiúrthóir Margaíochta agus Cumarsáide in OÉ Gaillimh: “Ceann de na cinntí is tábhachtaí a dhéanfaidh mac léinn go brách an ollscoil a bhfreastalóidh sé/sí uirthi a roghnú. Deis iontach iad Laethanta Oscailte an Fhómhair do mhic léinn agus do thuismitheoirí blaiseadh a fháil de shaol na hollscoile agus an t-eolas ar fad atá uathu a bhailiú a chuirfidh ar a gcumas an cinneadh tábhachtach sin a dhéanamh. Molaimid do dhuine ar bith ar spéis leo staidéar in OÉ Gaillimh teacht chuig an Lá Oscailte, labhairt leis na léachtóirí agus leis na mic léinn reatha, eolas a fháil faoi chúrsaí, aithne a chur ar an gcampas agus a fháil amach duit féin an bhfeileann OÉ Gaillimh duitse.” Ar thurais den champas, taispeánfar an t-ionad spóirt le giomnáisiam den scoth mar aon leis an bhFoirgneamh nua Innealtóireachta. Beidh turais de lóistín na mac léinn ar fáil do chuairteoirí ar an lá chomh maith agus beidh seirbhís bus ar fáil chuige seo. Beidh turais treoraithe siúil den champas ar siúl ar feadh an tráthnóna chomh maith. Chun do lá a leagan amach agus clár a fháil do Laethanta Oscailte 2014 féach www.nuigalway.ie/opendays, nó déan teagmháil le 091 494145 nó visit@nuigalway.ie. -Críoch-

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