Points increase for almost all courses at NUI Galway

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Points have risen for 65 of the 69 programmes at NUI Galway this year, with almost half of the courses at the University recording an increase of more than 50 points.

Offers were made to 3,859 prospective students yesterday as part of Round One of the CAO process, and NUI Galway expects another record intake of around 3,500 first year students.

Five programmes saw an increase of more than 80 points this year: Arts with Creative Writing, Arts with Journalism, Computer Science & Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Podiatry.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway, congratulated the class of 2021, which he said demonstrated ‘remarkable resilience amid the significant challenges’ of the pandemic and its impact on education.

“Our focus in NUI Galway is on safely and sustainably optimising the experience for students, on campus, for the academic year ahead,” said Professor Ó hÓgartaigh.

“The health, wellbeing and safety of our staff, students and the wider Galway community is our top priority.”

The University’s President said that he wants to extend a warm welcome to those students who take up the offer to come to NUI Galway and to learn for themselves the importance that is placed on the values of respect, openness, excellence and sustainability.

“Huge work and effort has gone into planning and preparing for the new academic year and ensuring our campus operates within the public health guidelines and we are asking everyone in our university community to put a renewed emphasis on personal responsibility for the public good.”

Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President and Registrar of NUI Galway and Chair of the CAO, said that the registration team at NUI Galway is once again doing its utmost to accommodate as many students as possible in what has been a challenging year.

“Just as in 2020, we are pulling out all the stops,” he said.