Level: Established Professor

Purpose of Post

This position is one of a number of appointments being advertised within the School of Law. The appointments are part of a strategic investment by the University to help further enhance the international teaching and research reputation of the School of Law. The appointee will be expected to bring academic excellence in teaching, research and leadership to the discipline of Law and cognate fields, to contribute to the development of the School of Law, the Centre for Disability Law & Policy, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the College of Business, Public Policy and Law and the University.  The successful candidate will provide leadership and guidance to staff within the School; advance the School’s strengths and existing reputation; lead new initiatives; contribute to the evolution and delivery of the mission of the School, College and University; foster collaboration in teaching and research; and develop the School’s relationship with cognate schools, relevant community and University activities and priorities.  S/he will contribute to research and teaching in their area(s) of expertise and drive new initiatives to advance the School’s research.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Leading and Managing Others

  • The individual appointed will have demonstrable impactful experience in leadership and management, and a demonstrable capacity to effectively and collegially manage people, resources and systems.
  • The post-holder should have the ability and willingness to support and mentor other colleagues in the School, and the capacity to communicate effectively with internal and external audiences. S/he should demonstrate their value to the development and implementation of strategic plans for the School and College in an evolving institutional and policy context within the University and beyond.
  • The post-holder may be asked to assume positions of responsibility within the University, for an agreed term during the period of appointment.


  • The individual appointed will engage in research and publish in any area of law that is a reasonable fit to the strategic goals of the University and that will further strengthen interactions within the School of Law and with some of the University’s Research Institutes
  • The post-holder will possess a publication record commensurate with the grade of appointment
  • The post-holder will plan and lead research/scholarly activities of outstanding quality and national/international repute
  • The post-holder will have demonstrable capacity to attract research students and research funding.
  • The post-holder will contribute to, and substantially develop the research synergies and research programmes of the School of Law and its Research Centres
  • The post-holder will  encourage and work with other academic staff members in forging strategic collaboration with international partners on joint research activities
  • The post-holder will lead major funding bids which develop and sustain research support for the specialist area and advance the reputation of the School of Law and the University
  • The post-holder will enhance the profile of the School of Law through participation in academic international networks
  • The post-holder will sustain high quality research-related/scholarly contributions through conference papers and presentations
  • The post-holder will provide expert research advice to colleagues and students, as well as to external agencies
  • The post-holder will  make applications to funding agencies to support his/her research programme, including the support of students and/or postdoctoral fellows, if possible
  • The post-holder will be proactive in inviting PhD and Masters by research students to participate in research projects and provide active supervision for them

Teaching (Development and Delivery)

  • The person appointed will be actively involved in teaching and assessing.
  • The post-holder will have a strong commitment to teaching, and will be expected to contribute to the School’s programmes at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels.
  • They will provide strong academic leadership to the teaching programmes in the School, and supervise PhD students.
  • The post-holder will lead and develop new opportunities for innovative programmes that help to improve the calibre and learning experience of students while maintaining the academic integrity of the School.

Contribution to Community

The person appointed will actively engage with the external stakeholders of the School, the Centre for Disability, Law & Policy, the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the College and University.


The person appointed will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. S/he will have the inclusive and collegiate skills to progress the development of a team of staff in their area of academic expertise in increasingly interdisciplinary contexts.

The post-holder shall carry out these duties under the direction of the Head of the School or of an authorised senior member of the staff of the School.

The post-holder shall be a member of College/Colleges in accordance with University Statutes.  The post-holder will have the capacity and willingness to act as Head of School. The post holder may be asked to serve as Head of Discipline, and/or assume other positions of responsibility within the School, for an agreed term upon or during the period of appointment).

Hours of work are those prescribed under the Public Service Agreement in respect of Academic Staff.

Application Procedure

To apply for this position or to access further information, please visit https://www.nuigalway.ie/about-us/jobs/