Academic Clinician Advancement Programme (ACAP)

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌About ACAP

The School of Medicine at NUI Galway is highly dependent on clinicians within our affiliated Saolta University Healthcare Group to deliver the clinical training component of our education programmes and to help drive our biomedical and clinical research programmes. The NUI Galway Academic Clinician Advancement Programme provides formal university acknowledgement of contributions to academic activities, recognising that many clinicians contribute strongly despite having no protected academic time.  We welcome applications from those who contribute in a substantive way to NUI Galway teaching and/or research or who perform a significant clinical leadership role in Irish healthcare.


The objectives of the NUI Galway Academic Clinician Advancement Programme are to:

  • Enhance and develop the School of Medicine by creating a vibrant and involved clinical leadership.
  • Recognise those clinicians engaged in a career in medicine within our main teaching hospitals who make significant contributions to the School through teaching, mentoring, research programmes, professional appointments and development activities.
  • Encourage increased participation in all academic activities including translational research, undergraduate and postgraduate education.
  • Build a sense of connection with the School, the College and by extension with the University.
  • Clearly demonstrate that academic advancement is determined as a result of rigorous peer review and is based on sustained performance not time served.
  • Respond to the strategic needs of the School.
  • Support the creation of an integrated academic health centre where world class patient care is achieved by purposefully linking clinical care with teaching and research.
  • Enhance the reputation of the school. 

How to Apply

All consultants involved in NUI Galway Education Programmes at Galway University Hospital (GUH) and affiliated academies will be eligible to apply.  Appointees will be at Honorary Senior Lecturer, Honorary Personal Professor or Honorary Professor level.  


Application Status


 ‌‌Applications are not currently being accepted. 


Evaluation Criteria

Applications to the NUI Galway Academic Clinician Advancement Programme are considered by an academic review panel chaired by the Dean, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The Review Panel comprises senior academics from within the School, from within the existing honorary clinical faculty and 2 externs from another Irish Medical School.  To ensure consistency with appointment and promotion pathways available to fulltime NUI Galway academic staff, the Review Panel also contains a representative from another College. 

All applications are individually considered by each member of the review panel against the following assessment parameters:

  • Teaching (examples include input into course and curriculum development, student mentorship, module lead)
  • Research & Scholarship
  • Clinical and academic leadership (includes contribution to NUIG/Saolta, Clinical training network, Irish Healthcare in general and national/international reputation)
  • Other Relevant Information

Successful post holders will receive:

  • 5 year appointment which may be renewable
  • University entitlements  such as library and email access
  • Educational support in the form of a busary/stipend *

*Stipends for existing appointees will continue.  New appointees to the programme will be entitled to  a bursary of €1,000 per annum towards educational/CPD activity . (Any unclaimed bursary in the first year of appointment may be carried forward and drawn down before the end of the second year of appointment.  Thereafter, the annual allowance must be drawn down within the year; any unclaimed bursaries will not be carried forward to subsequent years of appointment).

Summary of Application Process

  1. Applicant completes the NUI Galway Academic Clinician Advancement Programme (ACAP) Application Form.
  2. Applicant submits the Application Form to relevant Head of Discipline by email.
  3. Head of Discipline verifies content and submits formal application to review panel by email to
  4. Evaluation process undertaken by ACAP review panel after closing date.
  5. Recommendations forwarded to the President, NUI Galway for approval.
  6. Successful applicants will be contacted by the President’s Office and the School of Medicine.  

 For any queries, please contact the School of Medicine.  Email: