NUI Galway’s Adult Learners Information Evening

Jun 12 2018 Posted: 09:16 IST

NUI Galway will hold an Adult Learners Information Evening on Wednesday, 20 June from 5-7pm in the Orbsen Building. The information evening will allow attendees to find out more about the extensive range of part-time, flexible-learning programmes on offer. Members from the Career Development Centre will also be on hand to offer free, one-to-one career at the event.

Nuala McGuinn, Director at the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway, said: “With ever-changing business processes, increasing global competition and new demands being placed on employees in today’s workplace, keeping your skills up-to-date and advancing your qualifications has never been as important as it is today.”

NUI Galway offers a wide range of part-time courses from taking a module on a standalone basis to full award options at Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Masters level. Over 40 part-time programmes will be showcased at the event including those in subject areas of Business and Management, Community Education, Adult Training and Education Studies, Early Childhood Studies, Languages, Information Technology, Pre-University Courses, and Science and Technology programmes.

Ms McGuinn continued: “Flexibility in learning is key for adults, as they balance the many requirements of work and family life. With this in mind our courses are offered through classroom-based mode, online or through a blend of both, giving maximum flexibility to students to achieve their learning goals.” 

Among the new programmes which will be launched on the night is the Higher Diploma in Arts (Politics and Society), due to begin in September 2018. This is a two-year, part-time course which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of second level teachers who wish to teach ‘Politics and Society’ on the Leaving Certificate curriculum. Dr Michelle Millar, Head of NUI Galway’s School of Political Science and Sociology, explains: “We are delighted to offer this new dynamic programme to second level teachers and to be the first university in the country offering a third level qualification in this subject.”

The Diploma in Earth and Ocean Sciences is also new for 2018 and will appeal to those with an interest in the natural environment and the outdoors. It may also be professionally beneficial for geography teachers, environmental scientists, engineers and archaeologists. Course Director Dr Sadhbh Baxter said: “The course provides students with a broad introduction to the study of the Earth’s solid geology and its coastal ocean, with exciting hands-on, practical experience of the techniques employed within the fields of geology, oceanography, and Earth observation.”

Another of the new programmes to be launched for September 2018 is the one-year, part-time Diploma in Learning and Development which is targeted at those who have managerial and supervisory responsibilities in corporate Learning and Development roles. “The course focuses on skills development around Coaching, Human Resource Management and Online Learning Development in industry today”, highlights Programme Co-ordinator, Paul Gormley, and provides candidates with the skills to design, develop and operationalise strategic plans within their areas of responsibility.

Information on Springboard+ courses offering in excess of 80 free places on the Science and Technology and Technology Management programmes for employed and unemployed candidates will be available on the night.  Interest in these programmes has grown steadily over the past number of years as a direct result of industry requiring increasing skills in these areas.

Diplomas are also available in a selection of high quality language courses for adult learners.Other related professional development opportunities are offered in Early Childhood Studies, Information Technology, Play Therapy, Community Education, Business and Adult Training and Education Studies. 

For further information on this event and to register your interest visit or call 091 494066 to speak with a programme coordinator, or visit the Centre’s Facebook page at


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