President's Message to Alumni - Autumn 2019

Welcome to Alumni Links. Autumn is here - we are into the next academic year as we welcome our new students and future alumni to our lovely campus here at NUI Galway!

We are delighted to welcome a number of new appointments to our University. Professor Walter Gear joins us from Cardiff University as the new Executive Dean of the College of Science & Engineering, Professor Becky Whay from University of Bristol as Vice President: International and Professor Michelle Millar has been appointed as Dean of Students. We have recently announced four professorial appointments at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics. We also look forward to welcoming John Concannon from the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade as our new Vice President for Development, including alumni engagement.

In our research, we welcome as an SFI Professor, John Dalton as an SFI Professor a renowned scientist in Infectious Diseases, has joined NUI Galway as Professor of Molecular Parasitology to tackle major parasitic diseases of humans and their livestock. We are also delighted that, again this year, our research income has surpassed €60 million.

In our teaching programmes, we saw increased demand for courses in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and NUI Galway programmes which have seen the greatest year-on-year increases in CAO points include Civil Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Biopharmaceutical Chemistry and Energy Systems Engineering. Meanwhile, there was continued high demand for both Biomedical Science and Biomedical Engineering reflecting the strength of our region as a MedTech talent hub.

We constantly hear from our students that they are not solely focused on jobs after graduation, and want to be supported to make a difference in the world around them. High demand for new programmes in Law and Human Rights and Government (Politics, Economics and Law) provide additional evidence of this, and our staff are focused on ensuring that each student receives a holistic education that supports them to define and achieve success during their time here and beyond.

Our students continue to challenge us in defining what success should mean for our institution. As the most pressing issue of our time, they have asked that we focus on sustainability in our next University strategy, and we are currently working on defining our goals in this area for the next five years. This will be a values-led Strategy, with Respectful NUI Galway, Expert NUI Galway, Accessible NUI Galway, Distinctive NUI Galway and Sustainable NUI Galway as guiding principles to light our way. We are about to embark on our next phase of consultation in this process, with a view to launching our plan in January 2020 and will be in contact in due course.

As a member of NUI Galway’s alumni, you are an important part of our community and we look forward to engaging with you over the coming months as we agree our next strategy and a shared ambition for our University and the diverse communities we serve.
Bígí linn...agus bígí páirteach in imeachtaí na hOllscoile.

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