Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.92 / 5.00 Dean Pearce
Head of Facilities Management and Services
Buildings Offices
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
18,094

Full-time equivalent of employees:
2,321

Has the institution gathered data about student commuting behavior?:
Yes

Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation:
83

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting:

Comprehensive survey data collected in November 2015:
- online staff and student travel questionnaires
- results compared with previous surveys (2005 onwards)
- Responses received from over 600 staff and 1,350 students
- supplemental traffic and parking surveys


Has the institution gathered data about employee commuting behavior?:
Yes

Total percentage of employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation:
42

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about employee commuting:

Comprehensive survey data collected in November 2015:
- online staff and student travel questionnaires
- results compared with previous surveys (2005 onwards)
- high response rate from 2,293 staff and 17,153 students
- supplemental traffic and parking surveys


Percentage of students and employees that use the following as their primary mode of transportation:
Percentage of students (0-100) Percentage of employees (0-100)
Single-occupancy vehicle 17 58
Zero-emissions vehicle 0 0
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 59 22
Vanpool or carpool 11 15
Public transport or campus shuttle 13 5
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0 0
Distance education / telecommute 0 0

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The survey carried out in 2015 was due to be renewed in late 2019, but was postponed due to COVID creating abnormal commuting behavior. NUI Galway began the application for a STARS rating in late 2020, so at this point there was no plan for a new commuting survey to be released. There is a 2021 commuting survey being released in the coming months, but results won't be available until the end of the year/early 2022. For the Institutions first STARS report, it would be greatly appreciated if the out of date survey was accepted. Our plans to update the survey were delayed due to COVID.

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