Explore EVENT NUI Galway May 12th 2016Add to Lightbox Download
Date: 13 May 2016
21 innovative new projects showcased at NUI Galway
21 new projects funded by the NUI Galway/NUI Galway Students’ Union EXPLORE
innovation initiative were showcased on Thursday, 12 May 2016 in the Aula Maxima at NUI
EXPLORE is a dynamic model for innovation delivery that has been piloted by NUI Galway
and NUI Galway Students’ Union since early 2012. The first scheme of its kind in Irish higher
education, EXPLORE facilitates NUI Galway students and staff to work as equal partners to
trial new ideas. The EXPLORE process breaks down traditional hierarchies in higher
education, and enables participants to work differently with each other.
To date, EXPLORE has seed funded over 100 new projects involving more than 600
NUI Galway students and staff, and off-campus partners. EXPLORE projects have gone on
to secure prestigious external funding of over €290,000.
The EXPLORE projects showcased yesterday span a diverse range of themes, including
health, schools outreach, creativity, local history, mediation, digital skills and much more.
Tingyi Koh and Paul Choi, undergraduate medical students at NUI Galway, from the Do-It-
Yourself Laparoscopic Trainer EXPLORE project talked at the event about how they
developed a surgery simulation tool on a budget to improve the technical skills of
undergraduate medical students with an interest in surgery as a career.
Dr. Ray Butler from the NUI Galway Centre for Astronomy spoke about the Loss of the Night
in Galway EXPLORE project, which aims to run Galway’s first light pollution/night sky quality
measurement campaign, which may help Galway become Ireland’s first ‘dark sky city’, with
improved lighting ordinances.
According to Prof. Chris Curtin, Vice President for Innovation and Performance, NUI Galway,
“EXPLORE is an ideal vehicle for students and staff to pilot new ideas and establish a proof
of concept in a collaborative, low-risk environment. We are delighted that the E
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