The Mulcahy Report (1967) recommended the establishment of a number of Regional Technical Colleges around the country, highlighting that Irish people generally did not have the opportunity to become technically skilled because of the prevalent academic bias.
The first students entered the Regional Technical College Galway on 18 September 1972 and a new era in the educational history of the region began.
Atlantic TU offers a new higher educational experience. Building on the foundations of applied learning, our university will grow through research informed teaching. We will empower learners to realise their full potential, developing responsible citizens, critical thinkers, innovators and problem solvers equipped for life-long learning.
ATU will continue our proud tradition of industry engagement, through collaborative research and providing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that meet employers’ skills requirements. As the leading educational institution in the region, our students, staff and communities will be intrinsically linked to regional employers, building sustainable employment opportunities, and driving growth in the west and north-west.
At ATU, students will develop as global citizens, recognising and building awareness of the opportunities and roles we play in developing sustainable global economies. From collaborative international research to overseas study and work placement opportunities, ATU students will be part of a global community with a mindset that reaches far beyond our shores.
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The Student Services team aims to make it quick and easy for you to find the information and services you may need as a student at ATU
All incoming students should make accommodation arrangements before arriving to study in GMIT.
New international students are strongly encouraged to book accommodation with an approved student village for their first semester in GMIT. Student Villages offer purpose built student accommodation of a high quality with broadband access and ancillary services.
Other accommodation options are available in each location, ranging from apartments to house
Our libraries support teaching, learning and research in ATU.
eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.
The Student Health Unit provides an acute illness/emergency service. The Student Health Unit is not currently available for walk-ins. Please phone the Student Health Unit to speak to a nurse who will provide an initial assessment and make a Doctor's appointment for you, if necessary.
A valid GMIT/ATU Student ID Card is required when attending the Student Health Unit.
As a multi-campus university, ATU offers students a diverse range of experiences, from bustling cities to wild Atlantic coastal regions.
With many courses to choose from, students can follow their passion, find their career path and engage in a vibrant university community.
With a continued emphasis on applied learning, small class sizes and a supportive environment, ATU students can immerse themselves in student life and emerge graduate career ready.
ATU Galway City Sports Hall offer the following facilities to students:
Full sized basketball court with electronic score board
Four badminton courts
Full sized volleyball court for games
Two volleyball training courts
Indoor cricket court
The sports hall also caters for other indoor sports including archery, table tennis, karate, boxing, gymnastics, air soft, and kickboxing.
ATU’s Students’ Union is a democratic organisation run by students for students.
It is the students’ voice within the Institute and a national level. It also assists students in areas such as grants, timetables, exams, lectures, personal issues, etc.
It is also responsible for managing extra-curricular activities that enhance the student experience - such as clubs & societies, entertainment, and other social activities, as well as assisting with student accommodation queries.
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