Head of School - Welcome


I would like to welcome all new and intending students to the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway . Our mission is to provide you with a stimulating and memorable educational experience in the key discipline areas of business, leading to an internationally recognised qualification.

The School, previously known as Faculty of Commerce, has grown rapidly in recent years to 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and a permanent teaching staff of 62 spread across the Disciplines of Accountancy and Finance, Business Information Systems, Economics, Management and Marketing. We are particularly proud of our new state of the art building, the Cairnes Building. This building was funded by grants from the Higher Education Authority and the generosity of private donors, particularly Atlantic Philanthropies. The Cairnes Building houses our teaching programmes and a number of research centres.  

Our School has built a reputation for teaching and research excellence, confirmed by external quality evaluations and EPAS accreditation. With the support of our External Advisory Board we are committed to innovation and the development of a knowledge-based society, both in our region and nationally. We aim to ensure that our students have the support and encouragement they need to achieve their full potential.

Enjoy your time with us, and keep in touch when you have completed your degree.

With best wishes

Dr. Emer Mulligan 
Head of School of Business & Economics

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