An extensive development programme has been unveiled by NUI Galway, as part of a new five-year strategy for the university.

The initiative aims to strengthen the institution's role in the economic and cultural life of the west. It has been devised following consultation with staff, students and the wider community.

Among the proposals is a major redevelopment of a city centre site, to create a new innovation centre at a disused facility in the Nun’s Island area of Galway.

The university is also planning to construct a new library building, additional student accommodation and extra sports facilities.

The President of NUI Galway, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said the university was perfectly placed to combine local expertise with international best practice, in order to work for the benefit of the region and the country.

He cited ongoing research into the impact of climate change along the Atlantic seaboard as one of the ways in which staff and students would contribute to greater understanding and better policy.

Specific attention will also be given to the development of new medical technologies, data science and the Irish language.

Professor Ó hÓgartaigh said sustainability was central to the planned capital development programme and that older buildings would be retrofitted to enhance access.

The university has also committed to ensuring that employment policies will be fair, equitable and inclusive.