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A Virtual and Tactile Record of the University of Galway Campus‌

"Drone flying over an ivy-covered university in Galway, Ireland" Generated by DALL·E 2

Our University campus is rapidly and constantly evolving. From the construction of the Quadrangle in 1845 to new student accommodation and Library building developments, the campus has hardly seen a period of rest. This project will utilise drones and photogrammetry to generate a snapshot of the University campus as it stands 175 years after its founding. That snapshot will take the form of a 3D virtual campus map which can be preserved as a born digital University archive. Additionally, the virtual map will be captured in such a format that it is suitable for 3D printing and display.

The completed project assets, both digital and physical, will contribute to development of the University archives. They will also make up a high-quality campus rendering suitable for online publication or inclusion in museum displays, enhancing the reputation of the University.

The project has been generously funded from the President's grant for Institutional History projects.

3D Printed Solutions for Assistive Technology

The Digital and Accessible Technology (DAT) Project is part of an exciting new initiative from the Brothers of Charity West Region (BOCSI-WR). BOCSI-WR received funding for this two year pilot project from the HSE’s CREATE fund which aims to improve access to digital and assistive technologies for people with disabilities.

The BOCSI-WR provide a wide range of educational, day, residential, respite, family support, and multi-disciplinary support services for people with an intellectual disability and their families living in Galway and Roscommon areas. As part of this project we are creating an Assistive Technology Loan Library to allow people supported by the service to trial Assistive Technology (AT) devices to find solutions that can enhance their independence, privacy, safety, choice, and control.

The DAT team includes a DAT officer, Speech and Language Therapist, and an Occupational Therapist, along with support from the wider multi-disciplinary team. The DAT team will provide education, training, and AT assessments to people supported and staff to increase digital literacy within the service.

The DAT team are looking for creative and motivated students to join the design team for the 22/23 academic year where we hope to co-design unique solutions for people supported in their homes, workplaces, and communities.

Make Tobē Mobile

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Photo compliments of Tobē's person

Tobē is one of the loveliest dogs your likely to meet. The fluffy guy is a "Tri-Pawd," meaning he gets around day to day on his three little legs. 

Last year a small but crucial piece broke on Tobē's stroller. We've been tasked with repairing this part. We're also planning to fully "pupgrade" Tobē's  transportation to help him be the best dog he can be.