Pól Ó Dochartaigh ‌
Deputy President and Registrar
Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, MRIA                                                                                                                                         
Extension: 2121; Direct line:  353 (0)91 - 492121
Email: dpr@nuigalway.ie
 

Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh is Deputy President and Registrar of the University. A member of the University Management Team, Academic Council and the University’s Governing Authority, Údarás na hOllscoile, he deputises for the President in his absence.

In his role Pól has overarching responsibility for academic strategy, academic promotions, and academic quality. He chairs the University’s Teaching and Learning Committee, the Academic Promotions Committee, the Quality Enhancement Committee, among other committees in the University. Externally, he chairs the Board of the Central Admissions Office (CAO), is a member of the Senate of the NUI, and a member of the board of Coláiste na Coiribe in Galway City.

A native of Belfast, Pól holds a BA (Hons) in German from the University of Wales (Cardiff) and a BA (Hons) in Irish from Ulster University, as well as a PhD and a DLitt in German from Nottingham University. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has served as President of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland (2011-14) and Chair of the Royal Irish Academy's Committee for Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies (2004-9).

Pól has worked on the legacy of the Holocaust, the German involvement in Celtic Studies and, more recently, on Jews in Irish literature and history. He has published five monographs, six edited collections and over forty articles and chapters.

   
 Michele Millar
Dean of Students
Professor Michelle Millar
Extension: 5367; Direct Line: 353 (0)91 495367
Email: Michelle Millar
 

Professor Michelle Millar is currently the NUI Galway Dean of Students and plays a lead role in the implementation of the NUI Galway Strategy with particular focus on the objectives and initiatives which support the success of students in their education and, in collaboration with Student Services, their personal development. The Director of Student Services and the Director of Sports & Physical Activity report to Professor Millar. She was awarded the degrees of BA Public Administration (1994), MA Public Policy (1995) and PhD Public Management (1998) from the University of Limerick. Michelle began teaching Public and Social Policy at NUI Galway in 1998. From 2014-18 she was Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee in the School of Political Science and Sociology and in 2019 was appointed the Head of School. In 2017 Michelle was awarded the NUI Galway President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Michelle is also a Senior Research Fellow at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway, specialising in policy and social inclusion where she has acted as Principal Investigator on many funded projects. In 2019, she was awarded the NUI Galway President’s Award for Societal Impact for her IRC funded work on lone parents and labour market activation in Ireland. 

   
Marie Kennedy
Personal Assistant to the Deputy President and Registrar
Marie Kennedy  
Extension: 2121; Direct line: 353 (0)91 492121
Email: dpr@nuigalway.ie  
   
John Cox
University Librarian
John Cox
Extension: 3712; Direct line: 353 (0)91 493712
Email: john.cox@nuigalway.ie
 

John Cox has been University Librarian since 2009 and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Library strategy in alignment with University priorities, including a transformation of the Library building as a key teaching and learning facility. He has a particular interest in digital libraries, open research and scholarly communications. Projects led include digitisation of the Abbey and Gate Theatre archives at NUI Galway and Irish consortium negotiations with publishers aimed at increasing open access to Irish research publications. His publications include review articles on communicating new library roles to enable digital scholarship and positioning the academic library in the institution. He has also written opinion pieces on publishing academic research and on open science. He is a member of the Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL), the Irish Universities Association Librarians Group and the SCONUL Executive Committee and is Chair of the Irish Research eLibrary (IReL) Steering Group.

      
Dermot Flaherty
Brexit Project Manager
Dermot Flaherty
Extension: 3426; Direct line: 353 (0)91 493426
Email: dermot.flaherty@nuigalway.ie
 

Mr Dermot Flaherty has fourteen years’ experience working in the higher education sector. He is the University’s Brexit Project Officer. He provides support to the Deputy President and Registrar in coordinating the University’s response to Brexit. He works closely with the members of the University’s Brexit Working Group, with colleagues across the University and nationally to reduce the potential negative consequences of Brexit while also exploiting opportunities that arise from Brexit. He currently also coordinates the University’s Academic Promotions Scheme.

Prior to his appointment to his current role he worked in various roles in the HR Office including Senior HR Manager – Workforce Planning and Talent Metrics, HR Operations Manager and HR Systems Manager. His first role in NUI Galway was in Information Solutions & Services as a Software Engineer and Systems Analyst. He has seven years industry experience as a Software Engineer working with a major European travel software company. He holds a BSc in IT (Hons) from GMIT where he was awarded Student of the Year in his class.

   
John Hannon
Director, Student Services
John Hannon
Extension: 3586; Direct line: 353 (0)91 493586
Email: john.hannon@nuigalway.ie
 

John Hannon was appointed as Director of Student Services in 2015. The role of the Director is to provide leadership in the integration of the student services functions and for the provision of high quality and comprehensive non-academic support and wellbeing services for students. The Director works with the Dean of Students to ensure appropriate working partnerships are in place with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders, in order to enable the effective realisation of the University’s strategic aspirations regarding the student experience.

The units that come under the domain of Student Services include the Access Centre, Accommodation and Welfare, the Career Development Centre, Chaplaincy, Student Counselling, the Societies Office, the Student Health Unit and the University Crèche.

John has worked for over twenty years in higher education, including roles as a tutor, lecturer, careers adviser and Head of the Career Development Centre. He is former Chair of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services in Ireland and is an Executive Member of Student Affairs Ireland.

John studied in NUI Galway (BA and HDE), UCD (DCG) and University of Warwick (MA CEIGHE), where he received the John Roberts Memorial Prize for the student who has produced the most outstanding work during the academic year.

 
  
Mike Heskin 
Director, Sports and Physical Activities
Mike Heskin
Extension: 4545 Direct line: 353 (0)91 494545
Email: mike.heskin@nuigalway.ie
 

Mike is Director of Sport and Physical activity with responsibility for the strategic leadership and management of the sporting programmes to develop and deliver student sport, health and wellbeing. The role includes the development and management of sporting infrastructure to sustain the sport and physical activities programmes of the university into the future.

Prior to taking up his role, Mike worked in both Sports and the private sector, as CEO with Hockey Ireland, High Performance Manager with Rowing Ireland and Operations Manager with both national and international service companies.

Mike has held a number of directorship within the Sport and Services Sector. He has coached and managed at international level including World Championship and Olympic Games. As an athlete he competed in rowing, swimming, water polo, sailing and rugby, winning a number of national titles and represented Ireland.

   
Iain MacLaren 
Director, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT)
Dr Iain MacLaren
Extension: 2822 Direct line: 353 (0)91 492822
Email: iain.maclaren@nuigalway.ie
 

Dr. Iain MacLaren is the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT), which spans a range of responsibilities including technologies to support teaching and learning (whether in the classroom or online), the professional development of academic staff, teaching and learning policy and strategy, and research and scholarship in higher education. Prior to taking up this role, he taught and researched in a number of universities in Scotland and England, and his own disciplinary background is in Astrophysics (BSc(Hons) Edinburgh, PhD Durham) which broadened also to atmospheric physics, advanced computing techniques, multimedia technologies, and education.   

He has participated in, and led, a number of national and international projects related both to professional development and learning technologies. He was a founding Board member of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning, is currently a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/AdvanceHE, and writes and publishes in the field, most recently in Reflective Teaching in Higher Education (1st and 2nd Editions, Bloomsbury) which is a core text for many Postgraduate programmes in teaching and learning.

   
Nuala McGuinn 
Director, Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development (CALPD)
Nuala McGuinn
Extension: 2146 Direct line: 353 (0)91 492146
Email: nuala.mcguinn@nuigalway.ie
 
Nuala McGuinn is Director of the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway following her appointment to this role in 2013.  Nuala has over 25 years’ experience working in adult learning and development within the Institute of Technology and University sector.  Within her current role at NUI Galway she has responsibility for the development and expansion of the University’s range of part-time programmes with particular emphasis on flexible models of course delivery, the development and implementation of blended and online learning programmes, partnership with industry to identify and meet the training needs of the region and the support of adult learners in their professional development journey. Having commenced her career as a primary school teacher, Nuala has merged her interest in teaching, education and management into her current work in educational management and academic programme design and development.  Nuala has an MA in Management in Education (WIT), an MSc in Marketing Practice (NUI Galway), a Higher Diploma in Business Studies (NUI Galway) and a Bachelor of Education (St. Patricks College). Her interests include professional and workforce development, work-based learning, models of accreditation for prior formal and experiential learning, and supporting and developing adult learners in higher education.  Nuala is a member of the West Regional Skills Forum Steering Group and is honorary secretary of the Higher Education in Ireland Lifelong Learning Network (HELLIN). 
 
   
Michelle Ní Chróinín 
Director of Strategy and Planning
Michelle Ní Chróinín
Extension: 2591 Direct line: 353 (0)91 492591
Email: michelle.nichroinin@nuigalway.ie
 

Michelle is Director of Strategy and Planning in the Office of the Deputy President and Registrar, leading University-wide projects related to the delivery of its strategic academic mission. Prior to her appointment to this new role, she previously held the position of Institutional Press & Information Officer at NUI Galway.

Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in public administration, communications and in corporate governance. She was an elected member of Údarás na hOllscoile from 2009 – 2013 and was a member of its Committee for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs. She is currently serving her second term on the Board of TG4 where she served as interim Chair to the Board in 2017. She previously served on its Audit and Finance Committee and is current Chair of its Brand and Marketing Committee. In 2018 she was invited onto the Board of Macnas and is a previous board member of Volunteer Galway. 

Michelle holds an MA in Business (IMI/UCC), MA in Media Studies (UL), HDip in Arts Administration (NUI Galway), HDip Applied Project Management (IPM/UCC), and BMus (UCC).   

   
Sinéad O'Connor 
Director of Quality
Sinéad O'Connor
Extension: 4311 Direct line: 353 (0)91 494311
Email: sinead.oconnor@nuigalway.ie 
 

Sinéad currently holds the role of Director of Quality having been appointed to the role in the summer of 2019.  She has eighteen years’ experience in the areas of governance, audit, risk management, and strategic management.  She has seven years’ experience in the higher education sector having worked as Internal Auditor with NUI Galway, playing a central role in the public accountability process by providing assurance to the Governing Authority on the internal control and risk management frameworks within the University.  She also worked as Finance Manager for the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.  Sinéad is the former Ard Stiúrthóir of the Camogie Association, a national sporting organisation comprising 600 clubs and a network of almost 100,000 members.

Sinéad is a member of the Quality Enhancement Committee, Academic Council and Academic Council Standing Committees and previously served on the University’s Audit Committee and Risk Management Group. Sinéad has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Scranton and Masters in Accounting from UCD.  She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant.

   
Michelle O'Dowd Lohan 
Sustainability Officer
Michelle O'Dowd Lohan
Extension: 4498 Direct line: 353 (0)91 494498
Email: michelle.odowd@nuigalway.ie
 

Michelle O’Dowd Lohan is NUI Galway’s inaugural Community and University Sustainability Officer. Appointed in September 2019, this is a senior leadership position that supports the Deputy President and Registrar to further the aims of the Community and University Sustainability Partnership (CUSP). CUSP aims to make NUI Galway a top-class, green, smart and healthy campus by embedding sustainability into teaching learning, operational and wider outreach activities. Michelle is an Environmental Science graduate from NUI Galway.  She went on to complete a Higher Diploma in Education before attending Queen’s University, Belfast where she completed an MSc in Environmental Engineering. Michelle previously worked as a Sustainability Research Associate with the Ryan Institute, NUI Galway.  Her research interests include sustainability relating to education and health sectors.  Prior to her time at NUI Galway Michelle worked for 12 years as the Environmental & Waste Management Co-ordinator with Galway University Hospitals.