Údarás Election - Non-Academic

Election of Three permanent or fulltime employees other than members of the academic staff to Údarás na hOllscoile, for the period February 1, 2013 – January 31, 2016/Tríúr fostaí buan nó lánaimseartha nach comhaltaí den fhoireann acadúil iad a thoghadh ina gComhaltaí d’Údarás na hOllscoile, don tréimhse Feabhra 1, 2013 – Eanáir 31, 2016.

The following valid nominations were received by the deadline at 17.15 on 11/12/2012/Fritheadh na h-ainmniúcháin bhailí seo leanas roimh an sprioc ag 17.15 ar 11/12/2012:

Sinéad Beacom

Nominated by/Ainmnithe ag:          Aoife Cooke & Nicola McNicholas

Imelda Byrne

Nominated by/Ainmnithe ag:          Nuala McGuinn & Diarmuid Hogan

Elizabeth Kerrigan

Nominated by/Ainmnithe ag:          Bernie Heavey & Kieran Hoare

Eric Mortimer

Nominated by/Ainmnithe ag:          Paul Cryan & Evan Ryder

Michelle Ní Chróinín

Nominated by/Ainmnithe ag:          Yvonne Keane & Sheila Gorham

Brendan O’Looney

Nominated by/Ainmnithe ag:          Dorothy O’Regan & Peter Crampton

Voting papers must reach the Secretary's Office by 12.00 noon on Tuesday, 22 January 2013.  Counting of the votes will commence on Tuesday, the 22nd of January 2013 at 2.30pm.

Candidates have been invited to submit brief introductory notes.  Where a candidate has chosen to do so, these are reproduced below.  The views expressed and statements made are those of the candidates themselves.



Sinead Beacom


Dear Colleague,

My name is Sinéad Beacom and I am seeking your vote as a representative of the support staff on Údarás na hOllscoile.

As the ultimate governing body of the university, it is critical that all staff are properly represented, particularly during this time of extraordinary change.

For those of you who may not be familiar with me, the following is a brief summary of my experience.

In my 10 plus years at NUI Galway I have worked in a number of support areas, namely: Finance, Irish Centre for Human Rights, Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) and since 2005 as Human Resources Manager for Research.  Each role has provided me with a different insight into the various functions within the university.  I am a graduate of NUIG (BA Training and Development).  I am a member of the University Women’s Network which supports my nomination for election to Údarás na hOllscoile.

Prior to joining the university I worked in a range of operational and management roles at Aer Lingus, both in Ireland and the United States.

As a long time trade union member and shop steward, one of my proudest achievements was where I played a leading role in a Review Group set up to evaluate and introduce family friendly policies which were implemented and helped to improve the work / life balance of staff at Aer Lingus.  I was nominated by SIPTU to the first ‘New Opportunities for Women’ (NOW) project which was my initial introduction to NUI Galway in 1997/98.

External membership: NUI Galway representative of the ‘Institutional HR Strategy Group’, European Commission. Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD). The Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU).

Voting for election to Údarás na hOllscoile, the University's governing authority is to take place in January 2013.  To cast a valid ballot you must vote for three (3) candidates and I ask that you include my name among your three chosen candidates.

Thank you.

Sinéad Beacom              Ext. 5281                              E-mail: Sinead.beacom@nuigalway.ie

Imelda Byrne


My name is Imelda Byrne and I am seeking your vote to represent non academic staff on Údarás na hOllscoile Ollscoil na hÉireann, (2013-2016).

In my fourteen years as Access Officer in NUI Galway I have seen many workplace changes, I have knowledge of how the college functions and I understand the ever changing demands on staff. Through my work with non-traditional students and particularly with people from disadvantaged backgrounds , I understand the pressure placed on parents, the needs of students and the demands placed on the university system to support all students from all backgrounds.

I am a member of SIPTU, the University Women's Network, an Ciste Carthanachta, the Irish University Association Access Officers Group, Chairperson of Scoil Bhríde Primary School Board of Management and a member of other voluntary and community groups.

I am a science graduate of 'UCG', a qualified secondary school teacher and also hold an M.SC in Occupational Health and Ergonomics. I taught for a number of years at second level in Kildare and managed programmes for unemployed adults with City of Galway VEC Further Education Sector.

I would be honoured to represent colleagues on Governing Authority and would appreciate your support.

Thank you

Imelda Byrne  


E Kerrigan

My Name is LIZ KERRIGAN and I am seeking your vote to represent the non academic staff on Údaras na hOllscoille (2013-2015).

I am married to Sean and have three grown up children and a grandson and live in a small village just outside Dunmore.

Since Údarás na hOllscoile is the body ultimately charged with the governance of NUI Galway it is important that support staff have good worker representation on it.  I believe I can provide that representation, particularly at this time of more proposed Croke Park cutbacks.

 The following is a resume of my experience with NUIG.

  • I joined the university staff in 1999 and work as a senior technical officer in the Department of Physiology, School of Medicine and was until recently located in the Quad and am currently located in Block E facing the old tennis courts.
  • I have been a member of the SIPTU technical staff section committee for the past couple of years and am very aware of the issues that affect non academic staff within the university as I am working with them on a daily basis.

I believe that my union experience, my personal qualities, my knowledge of how the austerity measures are affecting people at grass root level will enable me to contribute effectively to the Údaras that is the basis on which I am asking for your vote.

Eric Mortimer


Fellow staff member, I am looking for your support in the upcoming Governing Authority election.  An experienced support staff representative; if elected I will work on your behalf on issues that affect our working lives.  I will also keep you informed and up-to-date on progress.

  • Staff Representation

I have served on Governing Authority for a number of years on a range of staff-focused committees and working groups including:

Human Resource & Student Services Committee

Finance Resource Committee

HETO Review Group

Support Services Committee

As well as representing staff I also enjoy being an active committee member of the NUI Galway Staff Social club which provides a social outlet for NUI Galway staff.

  • Education

A graduate of “UCG” in 1995 with a B.Sc., I completed a research PhD in 1999 and a Higher Diploma in IT in 2000 both also from this University.    During my studies I worked closely with academic, administrative and technical staff particularly in the Departments of Biochemistry, IT, Microbiology and the Martin Ryan Institute. 

  • Work Experience

Since 2000 I have been employed in NUI Galway as an administrative staff member, working with staff on a daily basis.  I have an appreciation of the increasing demands of the University, on support staff in particular.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you will consider me when voting, for one of the three positions available. 

Kind regards,


Michelle Ni Chroinin


My name is Michelle Ní Chróinín and I am the University Press and Information Officer. A position I have held since October 2006.

I currently serve on the Governing Authority (term 2009 – 2013) and am seeking your vote to represent you on Údarás na hOllscoile 2013 – 2016.

Údarás na hOllscoile is an important body as it is charged with the governance of NUI Galway, your workplace. Non-academic staff needs a strong voice on this campus and I believe I can offer this on your behalf. I am open and freely available at all times and very happy to bring your voice to this body.

Táim fíor shásta a bheith mar ghuth d’fhostaithe buana nach comhaltaí den fhoireann acadúil iad, agus sásta a bheith ar fáil d’éinne am ar bith, le linn nó taobh amuigh d’uaireanta oibre na hOllscoile.

I thank you for your time and urge you to vote for your preferred candidates before noon on the 22 January 2013.

Mo bhuíochas


Brendan O'Looney


Dear Colleague,

Please vote for me as your staff representative on Governing Authority.  As an active member of several committees, I am acutely aware of staff needs.  If elected, I will do my utmost to make the University a better workplace for our category of staff.

My Priorities for Governing Authority are:

  • Maintaining working conditions
  • Staff training & development
  • Staff pensions
  • Promotional opportunities for staff
  • Family friendly work initiatives
  • Parking & Mobility

Below is a brief summary of my committee experience & education.

Committee Experience:

  • Staff representative on the Further Education (FE) scheme
  • Staff representative on the University Parking & Mobility committee
  • Admin Section Joint Secretary
  • Admin committee negotiator helping to maintain working conditions


  • Master of Engineering, (University of Limerick)
  • Bachelor of Science, (Dublin City University)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis & Design, (National University of Ireland, Galway)
  • Chartered IT Professional, (British Computer Society)

As a University employee for the past 17 years and a staff representative, I understand the issues.  I enjoy helping colleagues and engaging to make the University a better place to work.  On several occasions I have accompanied and supported work colleagues with employment difficulties.

Finally I have worked on several University committees and gained the experience, support and the skill-set to do a good job in representing your needs at Governing Authority.

Thank You,

Brendan O’Looney