NUIG to host special info session on alternative pathways to study

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NUI Galway will host a special information session for prospective students eligible for alternative pathways into university.

The event will be open to anyone looking for advice on courses available through the Access Centre and for people applying for part-time courses as mature students.

The information session takes place on Thursday May 12 from 6.3pm to 7.30pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre, Arts/Science Building and will focus on Access Programme or Foundation Studies Diploma courses in 2022-23.

Dr Mary Surlis, Senior Manager of NUI Galway’s Access Centre, said there are several options available to prospective students who are looking for an alternative admissions route to NUI Galway and who may require some extra guidance in deciding on their educational pathway, and they are here to help, guide and support.

“Our courses are designed to provide students with a strong foundation as they progress to third level. We have some fantastic graduates who have come through our courses andave gone on to great things,” said Dr Surlis.

Representatives from the Access Centre and Programme Coordinators will be at the information session to advise and answer questions and to support those who wish to take that first step into third level education.

The Access Centre is currently accepting applications from school leavers and mature students for its full-time Access Programmes and its part-time Foundation Studies Diploma courses in Science, Technology and Engineering, and Business, Law, and Arts.

The Access Programme is designed specifically as an alternative admission route to third level education for people from socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented at third level.

It aims to support students to build confidence in themselves and their academic ability, and to support them to reach their full potential through core modules such as academic writing, IT skills, study skills and education guidance.

Students also get the opportunity to do taster courses as an introductory to university before choosing an undergraduate degree.

The Foundation Studies Diploma courses are intensive part-time courses taught over 26 weeks. They are open to mature applicants, aged 22 or over, who are interested in applying for entry to full-time undergraduate courses.

For more information and to register for the information session visit www.nuigalway.ie/access, or contact access@nuigalway.ie for further details.