John Hannon was appointed as Director of Student Services in April 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 Vice President for the Student Experience to ensure appropriate working partnerships are in place with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders, which are conducive to the effective realisation of the University’s strategic aspirations in relation to student support and wellbeing, and to the student experience.
The units that come under Student Services include the Access Centre, Accommodation and Welfare, the Career Development Centre, Chaplaincy, Student Counselling and Societies Office. Sports, Student Health Unit and the University Crèche also come under the Student Services area. The Director shares the Disciplinary Officer role and is Company Secretary to the College Campus Radio (FlirtFM) and Student Health Unit.
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 Honorary Secretary to the Confederation of Student Services in Ireland.
John studied in NUI Galway (BA and HDE), UCD (DCG) and University of Warwick (MA CEIGHE).