Safeguarding Student Success
We partnered with one of Ireland’s leading universities, the University of Galway, to upgrade its student services with a custom Al-powered student engagement platform
About the client
The University of Galway is a public research university located in the city of Galway, Ireland. A tertiary education and research institution, the university was awarded the full five QS stars for excellence in 2012, and was ranked among the top 1 per cent of universities in the 2018 QS World University Rankings. The University has a student population of 18,000.
Reduction in repetitive manual tasks
Staff hours saved
Student queries answered
Student queries resolved instantly
The University of Galway, like many other universities worldwide, faced significant challenges brought to the fore by the Covid-19 pandemic. These challenges included an overstretched Student Support workforce, anxious students in need of personalised support, and data siloes within the organisation. To address these issues, the University sought a scalable and user-friendly solution that could save time and resources while providing high-quality, on-demand student support services.
Set up 24/7/365 support through automated query responses
Create a centralised student information hub
Offer personalised real-time student wellbeing support
More than a chatbot
We needed to create something that went beyond the standard chatbot and offered personalised, real-time support to the University’s staff and students.
And so, Cara was born. Cara (meaning “friend” in Gaelic) is a custom AI-powered virtual assistant available on WhatsApp and web, that operates around the clock to provide vital on-demand support and resources for students anytime, anywhere.
Galvia’s AI platform leverages state-of-the-art advancements in AI, open source technologies, and industry best practices to deliver scalable AI solutions. The platform is built on a highly scalable Kubernetes-based infrastructure and utilizes cutting-edge DevOps tools like Dockerhub, Jenkins, Nexius, and GitHub for continuous delivery, deployment, and management services. This infrastructure supports the delivery of highly scalable AI, analytics, natural language processing (NLP), auditing, and visualisation services to the user interface.
The outcome for the University of Galway
Cara saves time for everyone.
The implementation of this platform in November 2021 has to date resulted in a 40% reduction in repetitive manual tasks, saving over 2,300 staff hours. Additionally, the AI system has successfully resolved over 30,000 student queries, with 91% of them being resolved instantly.
By freeing up staff members from common queries and basic information provision, they can now focus on more strategic and impactful work. This shift allows the University of Galway to offer a higher level of support to students without overwhelming its staff.
With Cara handling the heavy lifting, the University’s staff can concentrate on areas that require human expertise and creativity, such as research, mentoring, and community engagement. This shift in focus not only enhances job satisfaction but also enables staff to undertake more meaningful work.
Cara’s content management system provides real-time insights and analytics that help staff optimise workflows and make data-driven decisions. It can identify areas where students may be struggling and offer personalised support and resources to address those challenges, ultimately improving student outcomes and enhancing the overall university experience.
Cara is just the beginning.
Through the collaboration between Galvia and the University of Galway, the student services team has been inspired to explore innovative ways of utilising AI to further enhance the student experience. This partnership positions the University as a trailblazer in culture, creativity, and innovation. Furthermore, as Cara has the capability to answer thousands of questions and can be easily replicated across the higher education sector, its potential applications extend beyond student support and well-being, spanning the entire student lifecycle from recruitment to alumni support.