The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre in NUI Galway, in collaboration with Foróige hosted a one-day event called Research & Practice Talking for Foróige staff in the West and North West regions. The event took place on Tuesday, 4th March 2014 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo.
Actor Cillian Murphy appeared as a special guest of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway on 31st January for a screening and discussion of the film 'Broken'. The actor, a patron of the Centre, was interviewed by young researchers in a post-screening discussion on how young people interpret the film’s portrayal of family, relationships and community.
Ms. Rebecca O’Shaughnessy and Dr. Forkan Cormac attended the launch of the 6th Children and Youth Programme (CYP) report in Belfast on Wednesday, 22nd January 2014 addressing "Maternal Mental Health and Poverty: The Impact on Children’s Education".
On 11th December, the founding members of a new Social Sciences Institute, co-founded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, visited the site for the building which is located on the North side of the NUI Galway campus. Establishment of this new research Institute, an international hub for innovative public policy research in the social field is ongoing with respect to developing appropriate structures, governance arrangements and research programmes. The intention is that the Institute will be fully established and operational by mid-2014.
This year Adult Education Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates were awarded at the Conferring Ceremony at NUI, Galway on Saturday, 19th October 2013. Among those successfully graduated were 167 young people from Foróige clubs who received the Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action.
NUI Galway recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with representatives from the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies and intellectual disability service providers including Ability West, Brothers of Charity Services Galway, Brothers of Charity Services Roscommon and Western Care. The Memorandum of Understanding outlines the partner’s strong commitment to the ‘Going to College’ initiative at NUI Galway and their agreement to provide direct funding for the coming academic year.