The start of our academic year marked the historical name change of our university to Ollscoil na Gaillimhe – University of Galway
A ceremony was held on campus on 1September to mark the historic occasion, at which the new university logo was unveiled.
The logo features the University’s iconic Quadrangle building as well as the year 1845, the year in which the University was established, which links the future of the University back to its origins.
It also uses both ‘Galway’ and ‘Gaillimh’ in order to reflect the bilingual nature of the University, which they hope to encourage through this new step in its history.
The rebranding also helps to emphasise the University’s place in Galway, as the logo has been designed in maroon and white which are the county colours of Galway.
University of Galway social media accounts state that the new name symbolises, “The time to embrace a new future, and an identity that proudly shows the essence of who we are.”
It is hoped that the name change will increase clarity of understanding of the University’s place and role, especially across the world, giving the University a strong sense of both national and international identity.
However, the name change has created many concerns for current students in the University, such as confusion around email addresses, student cards, and the cost of the rebranding, which was reported to be approximately €500,000, amid the current accommodation crisis.
The name change comes 25 years after became National University of Ireland, Galway.