NUI Galway has said this week's end-of-semester examinations are being held in line with public health guidelines.

NUIG Students' Union had called for the cancellation of in-person exams, amid fears over increased transmission rates of Covid-19 in recent weeks.

It claimed that it was "reckless" of college authorities to proceed, arguing that online testing should be employed instead.

In a statement today, NUI Galway said there was "significantly reduced capacity" in exam halls, with increased ventilation, carbon dioxide monitoring and extensive cleaning.

It said venues have been "specifically planned to maximise physical distancing" and that students will be "at least about" 1.5 metres apart from each other.

Sixteen locations, on and off campus, are being used for the examinations.

Around 40% of students attending the university are sitting exams at the end of this academic semester.