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 Gearoid Ó Conluain Gearóid Ó Conluain took office as Secretary of the University in January 2011.  He is a member of the University Management Team.  He was formerly Chief Executive of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) and prior to that Deputy Chief Inspector in the Department of Education and Skills.  He has wide experience in educational management and policy development and has represented the Department of Education and Science on various national and international bodies.

Peter Feeney

Peter Feeney commenced as University Solicitor and Legal Services and Contracts Manager in July 2014. Peter is also the University Freedom of Information and Data Protection Officer. He previously worked as a solicitor in another Irish University. He also trained and worked post qualification in a large Dublin law firm. He has attained in his career a track record of active involvement in a varied range of commercial matters and corporate deals. His specialised skills include commercial law, commercial contracts, dispute resolution, intellectual property law, data protection and freedom of information. He is also admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales.


Tomás Ó Síocháin External Engagement Programme Manager

Tomás Ó Síocháin is External Engagement Programme Manager for NUI Galway and reports to Rúnaí na hOllscoile. He is the lead on Regional Engagement across three main strands; NUI Galway’s integration of St. Angela’s College, Sligo and the Shannon College of Hotel Management, NUI Galway’s membership of the West / Northwest Cluster of Higher Education Institutions, with GMIT, Sligo IT and LYIT and policy engagement and development across a number of regional fora, such as the Regional Skills Forum, the Action Plan for Jobs, and similar local authority fora. He is currently undertaking a review of the university’s external engagement.

Prior to joining NUI Galway, he spent fourteen years as a journalist, editor and producer with RTÉ and TG4, working at home and abroad covering news, business and sport on television, radio and online. He is an External Assessor to the Broadcast Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Fund. He is a law graduate, holds an MBA and is a doctoral researcher in Information Systems.



Claire Hurley West Regional Skills Forum Manager

Claire Hurley was appointed West Regional Skills Forum Manager in May 2016. Previously, Claire, worked in HR Management roles in the IT Multinational sector. Claire commenced her career in Human Resources in the Financial Sector with Irish Permanent Life & Pensions before moving to the IT manufacturing sector with Seagate Technology in Clonmel supporting Seagate to build from start up to an organisation size of 2,500 employees. This was the beginning of a strong HR career where she remained within the IT sector progressing to HR management roles in Bay Networks, Nortel Networks, Dell Computers and Schneider Electric. She has worked in HR Management roles in partnership with national, international and EMEA management teams in support of organisation development and growth. Claire has vast experience in change management, talent management, organisation restructure, employee relations, employee development and direct people management. Most recently Claire worked as Career Development Adviser with NUI Galway Career Development Center.

Claire is currently completing a Masters of Education Adult Guidance and Counselling with Maynooth University having previously completed a primary degree in Public Administration with University of Limerick, a Postgraduate Diploma in HR Management with National College of Industrial Relations and a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Guidance and Counselling with Maynooth University.


Robyn  Sayers - Administrative Assistant (Freedom of Information Office and Oifig an Rúnaí)


Clare McCann - Administrative Assistant (Oifig an Rúnaí)

 Lisa Ni Fhlatharta

Lisa Ní Fhlatharta, Language Executive with Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge at NUI Galway, works periodically with the ‌ and the Secretary's Office to ensure that the University fulfils its statutory obligations in relation to the Irish language as outlined in the University’s language scheme, the University Statutes and relevant legislation.

The Language Scheme is a requirement of the Official Languages Act 2003.‎  It is also the responsibility of the Language Executives, operating under the direction of the University Authority, to facilitate the creation of an exemplary bilingual campus as envisaged in the University’s Strategic Plan.  They have a central role in the formulation and implementation of the Language Schemes, facilitating their implementation and providing advice and support to staff members regarding practical implementation issues. Lisa is also secretary to An Coiste Seasta um Cháilíocht Teanga which advises the University on Irish language proficiency requirements for certain academic and administrative university posts.