University of Galway offers a wide variety of supports to women returning to their careers after leave. Outlined below are a number of supports available 

Mentorship and Coaching

  1. Aurora – Women’s Leadership Development Programme
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  3. Institutional Mentorship Scheme open to all staff
  4. Institutional Coaching Scheme open to all staff
  5. Performance for Growth


Maternity/Carer’s Leave Supports

Grants to Support Academic Staff Following Maternity/Carer’s Leave 

  • Up to €10,000 to support all academic grades to re-engage with their research upon returning from long-term leave 
  • Available on an ongoing basis all year round 
  • Non-competitive grant 

2. Research Capacity Building Grant   (Lecturer or Post-Doctoral Researcher/Research Fellow)

  • Academic staff who took an extended period of leave connected with caring with a grant of €5,000 
  • To help mitigate the impact of extended leave on research activities 
  • In 2020/21, eligibility was extended to PD Researchers/Research Fellows 
  • Competitive grant 

 3. Research Consolidation Grant    (Senior Lecturers)

  • €5,000 for female SLs to consolidate research development 
  • Phase 2 of the Promotions Project


4. Training for Line Managers


5. Support for those returning from maternity/adoptive leave


Career Development and Promotion

1. LiFT Programme to develop leadership skills and enhance personal development
  • 8-10 week programme, about 30-40 minutes a week.
  • Participants engage in a small roundtable group either online or blended and complete a 8-10 part leadership development programme covering several values.
2. The Learning and Development Office organise a range of courses offered on a regular basis including: 
  • Bitesize Learning Sessions: Teamwork
  • Bitesize Learning Sessions: Strength Based Coaching
  • Bitesize Learning Sessions: IT Shortcuts and Tools
  • MS Teams / One Drive / SharePoint Training

3. FEP (Further Education Policy) 

  • A funding programme to which staff can apply for support when undertaking a part-time programme of study.
  • A certain number of courses will have fees waived for staff. Applicants should apply to their course of choice first, before applying for FEP support – to ensure a space is held on your chosen course. Once FEP funding has been approved, the staff member can then confirm their place on their course. If a place has not been reserved and the course is full then FEP approval can be carried over to the following year (provided that it is the same course).
  • Applying for a course and applying for FEP funding are two separate processes. Approval for FEP support does not guarantee a place on a course.
  • Certain programmes have a limit on numbers so may operate on a first come/first served basis.

4. LinkedIn Learning Content Recommendations

Career Plans

What is a career plan?
Create your career plan
Long-term career planning
Create a focused career plan
How to plan your future career

Goal Setting

Goal setting
How to use SMART goals
Setting goals
Why goal setting works


Be a professional
Building professional relationships
Dressing for success
The importance of professional empathy
Reviewing Your Professional Goals

Work Experience

Work experience
Showcase professional work experience
Add your work experience

Job Search

Using a job search agent successfully
Using a jobs list
The state of job search today
The top five job search tips
Helpful resources for remote job searching
Stay motivated in your job search
Search for jobs
The job search
How informational interviews fit into the job search process

Job Application

How to apply for jobs online
How to personalize a job application
Your CV layout
Creating a great resume
Update your CV or résumé
US CV (curriculum vitae)
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Information on how to access LinkedIn can be found here.

5. Big Interview provides a full training course and powerful A.I. practice tool to help you create the best possible interview answers as well as a good interview presence.

  • This tool was actually developed for students at University of Galway, but it is really excellent.