Gearóid Ó Conluain, Rúnaí na hOllscoile
Oifig an Rúnaí provides governance and legal oversight for the University. An Rúnaí, Gearóid Ó Conluain, is the chief governance and compliance officer of NUI Galway, a member of the University Management Team and whose role is to support Údarás na hOllscoile and the wider University in ensuring compliance with legal, statutory and regulatory requirements. He is empowered to carry out the functions of his office by University Statute CCCXV of 2010.
An Rúnaí handles legal and regulatory correspondence for the University on a corporate level and interfaces on behalf of the University with Government Departments and state agencies on these matters. He organises and convenes the meetings of the University’s governing authority, Údaras na hOllscoile, and the Standing and Strategic Planning Committee of the University.
In addition, the office of An Rúnaí is responsible for ensuring that NUI Galway fulfils its unique role in relation to the furtherance and development of the Irish language and culture and for supporting regional development. Both of these endeavours are identified in NUI, Galway's Strategic Plan, as being of fundamental importance.
The office of An Rúnaí provides oversight in relation to legal matters affecting the University, ensuring that the University complies with legislative and regulatory requirements. The Office also advises the University on litigation, industrial relations, data protection, data security, and internal dispute resolution.
Some of the specific issues which the office manages and coordinates include: