NUI Galway Announces Spring Open Day Programme

Mar 20 2017 Posted: 10:50 GMT

CAO First Preferences up 10% for the University

NUI Galway today (Monday, 20 March) announced the full programme of events for its next CAO Open Day on Saturday, 1 April from 9am to 3pm.  NUI Galway has seen a 10% increase in First Preference CAO applications in 2017, despite the total number of applications nationally remaining static year on year.

Announcing the Open Day programme, Registrar and Deputy President, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh said: “As international rankings continue to show advances by NUI Galway, the marked increase in CAO applications highlights the growing interest in studying at one of the world’s Top 250 institutions across all subject areas. At the upcoming Open Day, students and parents can find out for themselves why more and more students are choosing NUI Galway for their degree studies.”

Open Days are an excellent opportunity for schools, students, parents and families to explore NUI Galway’s facilities and to learn first-hand from lecturers about the learning experience, skills development and career prospects from each of the degree programmes.

There is a packed programme of events lined up for the day, including:

  • Over 80 stands providing information on courses, CAO points, employability, career progression routes, accommodation and fees.
  • Sample subject talks designed to give students a real insight into studying at NUI Galway.
  • Hands-on science workshops.
  • Interactive sessions in Engineering, IT systems and robotics.
  • Tours of the campus, including the state-of the-art sports complex and student accommodation, including tours as Gaeilge.

Talk highlights for students include Sports at NUI Galway, Career Opportunities and Inspiring Women in Engineering. For parents, a range of special talks focusing on topics such as SUSI Grants, Scholarship Applications and Student Life are scheduled.

To get the most out of your day visitors are encouraged to view the timetable of talks at


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