Údarás Elections 2015 | Toghcháin an Údaráis 2015

Please see the following link for your information: Notice re Election of five Academic Staff (other than Professors) to Údarás na hOllscoile (The University Governing Authority) for a five-year period, beginning 1st February, 2016.

Féach thuas, mar eolas duit, Fógra faoi Thoghchán chúigear den fhoireann Acadúil (seachas Ollúna) chuig Údarás na hOllscoile ar feadh cúig bliana, ag tosnú 1ú Feabhra, 2016.

Elected | Tofa

Ursula Connolly


Anthony Grehan


Pat Morgan


Anne O’Connor


Gerard Wall


List of Candidates | Liosta na nIarrthóirí

Louise Allcock

I am a lecturer in zoology with experience of senior committees that belies my junior position at NUI Galway.  I am former President and Chair of the Cephalopod International Advisory Council, former Council Member and Trustee of the Linnean Society of London, member of the IUCN Mollusc Specialist Group and Chair of the cephalopod subgroup, former editor of Journal of Natural History and current Editor-in-Chief of Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

I am outspoken on gender issues and equality, believing that fair and transparent policies and processes benefit all staff, not just women. I am a member of the University Women’s Network, and a member of the Gender Equality Task Force. I will strive to hold Údarás to the highest standards.

Is as Sasana ó dhúchas mé.  Bhog mé go Gaillimh ocht mbliana ó shin le mo chlann.  Thaitin go mór liom le traidisiúin agus éiteas OÉ Gaillimh ach ba mhaith liom gach duine a luacháil agus a mheas.  Caith do vóta dom i dtoghchán Údarás na hOllscoile le do thoil.

Mo bhuíochas Louise


Gavin Collins

I am a lecturer in environmental microbiology and teach on biology, biotechnology, microbial ecology and environmental management to undergraduates and postgraduates. I manage the first year of the BSc in Environmental Science. I previously lectured in environmental engineering at The University of Glasgow but returned to Galway to take up my European Research Council Starting Grant.

I was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California Berkeley, where I have studied biological control of corrosion problems in marine oil reservoirs. I received Alexander von Humboldt, Royal Irish Academy Charlemont, and Marie Curie fellowships to work at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen. I have been an Ireland-Canada University Scholar at the University of British Colombia, Vancouver. I lead a UK-funded project on sanitation in Zambia.

I am engaged in the promotion of science in society, particularly through events like the ‘Pint of Science’ festival and campaigns like ‘Antibiotic Action’. I was a British Science Association – Science Foundation Ireland science media fellow at The Irish Times, where I took the opportunity to promote NUI Galway activities wherever possible.


Ursula Connolly

I am a lecturer at the School of Law and a member of Údarás since 2013. Since being elected I have been a vocal and active member of Údarás and of the committees on which I have sat: APRC, Standing and Strategic Planning and the Sabbatical Leave committees. As the University is entering into a critical period, it is imperative that Údarás is populated by engaged, experienced governors. If re-elected I intend to fulfill that role, actively working to ensure that Údarás provides a robust system of governance within the University.

Tá mé ag obair mar léachtóir i Scoil an Dlí agus i mo bhall den Údarás ón mbliain 2013. Ó toghadh mé bhí mé i mo bhall gníomhach den Údarás agus de na coistí a raibh mé páirteach iontu: APRC, an Coiste Seasta agus Pleanála Straitéisí agus an Coiste Saoire Sabóidí. Ós rud é go bhfuil tréimhse chriticiúil amach roimh an Ollscoil, tá sé ríthábhachtach go mbeidh gobharnóirí rannpháirteacha agus a bhfuil taithí acu, ar an Údarás. Má thoghtar an athuair mé tá rún agam an ról sin a chomhlíonadh.


Jim Duggan

Dr. Jim Duggan is Vice-Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Engineering and Informatics, and is a Senior Lecturer in Information Technology.  Dr. Duggan has taken on a wide range of academic leadership positions throughout his 21-year career at NUI Galway, including: Head of Discipline, Programme Director, and Priority Research Area Leader in the Ryan Institute. Dr. Duggan’s has developed successful interdisciplinary research collaborations with colleagues in the Schools of Psychology, Economics, Medicine, Engineering, and the Insight Institute.

Dr. Duggan is committed to a collegiate approach to University activities. He is aware of the diverse strengths and excellence across NUI Galway, and sees excellent opportunities in finding better ways to harness this potential. His priorities include:  (1) exploring possibilities for innovative interdisciplinary research collaborations (e.g. supporting initiatives in the Digital Arts and Humanities, and high impact areas such as bioinformatics), (2) promoting greater Academic Representation on the UMT, in order to enhance decision making processes, and (3) providing greater autonomy for Colleges to operate and innovate within a more federated University structure.


Enda Fallon



Anthony Grehan

I’m a University Research Fellow in Earth and Ocean Sciences and in the past year I have brought in c. 1 million € in research funding (including 3 EU H2020 awards).  I have been a member of Údarás na hOllscoile Gaillimh since 2000. In that time, I have been a strong voice advocating better treatment for ALL ACADEMIC STAFF and in particular, better recognition and integration of RESEARCHERS in the life of the University.

The EU HR Excellence in Research award to the University is significant (well done Sinead Beacom) and I ensured that it was included and will continue to be supported in the University’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.  I am currently a member of the University’s Athena Swan Equality Self Assessment Committee and see this as a positive vehicle for change (for improved gender balance, integration of researchers (many of whom are female) and improved work-life balance).  I would like to ask for your vote as an EXPERIENCED and VOCAL representative of academics and researchers to work to INCREASE the RELEVANCE and EFFECTIVENESS of Údarás in the upcoming term.


Tiernan Henry

Tiernan Henry is a lecturer in the discipline of Earth & Ocean Sciences (School of Natural Sciences). He has a BA (Mod) in Natural Sciences from TCD, an MSc in hydrogeology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he completed his PhD (on the groundwater setting of the Tynagh Mine in east Galway) at NUIG. He is currently completing a post graduate diploma in academic practice in CELT.

As a researcher he’s interested in the distribution of metals in groundwater in Ireland, the interaction of sea water and groundwater in coastal karst systems, and use of multi-disciplinary approaches to solving and contextualising groundwater problems. From a teaching perspective he’s interested in strengthening the staff-student contract to ensure that student engagement in the learning process is maximised and that staff engagement in the teaching process is fully supported and resourced. He is an editor and reviewer on a number of academic journals, is a member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists and the International Mine Water Association, and is former chair of the Galway International Arts Festival.


Pat Morgan

Dr. Pat Morgan As a candidate for the Údarás election, I am requesting that you include me when you cast your five votes. I believe that I have the combination of experience, enthusiasm, empathy and commitment to continue to be an effective member of this body. I am very conscious of equality issues, affecting staff and students, having served as Equality Officer for the past 4 years. I actively contribute to all meetings of the Údarás and the various subcommittees of which I was a member.

For those of you who don't know me, I was appointed to academic staff in 1992 after several periods as a post-doctoral researcher in the USA and NUI Galway. I was coordinator/director of the BSc in Biotechnology until 2000; Dean of Science (1998-2004); was the first Dean of Graduate Studies (2008-2011). I received a President's award for teaching excellence in 2005. I am currently the Vice-President with responsibility for the Student Experience. 

Nominated by:

Dr Maura Grealy, College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Dr Mary Fleming, College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic



Emer Mulligan

Dr. Emer Mulligan, BComm, H. Dip. Ed., A.I.T.I., MBS, PhD.


I am a lecturer in taxation and finance and former Head of the School of Business and Economics (Feb 2009-Jan 2015). Prior to joining NUIG in 1999, I was a Tax Manager with PWC, Dublin. I was elected to the Údaras in 2013 and have been an active member of the APRC, Priorities, Sabbatical and Support Services committees. I now have in-depth experience and knowledge of how the Udaras works – building on this experience, my leadership and management skills, and my expertise on governance, if re-elected, I believe I can add real value as a governor,  across areas of critical importance to you, as teachers and researchers, and our university. I would be very grateful for your support.

Is léachtóir mé le cánachas agus le hairgeadas agus bhí mé i mo Cheann ar Scoil an Ghnó agus na hEacnamaíochta).

Toghadh ar an Údarás mé sa bhliain 2013 agus bhí mé i mo bhall gníomhach de na coistí APRC, Tosaíochtaí, Saoire Sabóidí agus Seirbhísí Tacaíochta.


Anne O’Connor

I have been working in NUIG as a lecturer in Italian in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures for the last 12 years. If elected, my priorities would be:

  • The Humanities in NUIG
  • A Multilingual University
  • Work/Life Balance in Academia
  • Casualisation /Differing Contracts for Academics
  • Women in Academia
  • Community Engagement

I have been involved in a variety of committees at local and national level over the last 10 years and some of these include: Teaching and Learning Committee (SLLC); Research Committee (Arts); Royal Irish Academy Committee for Languages and Literatures; Youth Academy Advisory Board; Service Learning Academic Group. I strongly believe in the importance of a work/life balance and outside of the university I am involved in Predator Triathlon Club, Loughrea Women’s Gaelic Football and Seven Springs Cycling Club.

Déanfaidh mé mo dhícheall chun ionad oibre nios fearr a chruthú dúinn agus oibróidh mé go dian ar do shon ar shaincheisteanna bhfuil tionchar acu ar ár saol oibre. Bheinn buíoch díot dá gcaithfeá vóta ar mo shon.


Ann Torres

Dr. Ann M. Torres is interim Head of the Discipline of Marketing at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics and Vice Dean of Internationalisation for the College of Business, Public Policy and Law. She has served as Shop Steward and Treasurer of SIPTU’s Academic Section.

Her research interests are situated in the convergence of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovative marketing practices. She is also an experienced and dedicated lecturer, sharing her research interests through her teaching. Her focus on negotiation integrates the theoretical and applied aspects of her expertise.

She was a Visiting Fellow in the Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law School and participates in advanced negotiation programmes at Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley, Cambridge University and Pepperdine University. She is widely published, earning a dozen awards for her scholarly work. Ann obtained an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and her PhD from Trinity College Dublin.


Gerard Wall

Dr Gerard Wall

Microbiology, School of Natural Sciences; Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM)

Education: NUI Galway, University of Aberdeen, University of Zurich

Lecturer at UL (1996-2007), NUI Galway (2008- ); fellowships/sabbaticals in Switzerland, Italy, USA

Management experience in academia, EU Consortium coordination

Developer and teacher of undergraduate, postgraduate courses in biology, medical biology

Researcher focussed on molecular biology, medical devices; funded by EU, SFI, Fulbright, Enterprise Ireland, Marine Institute and industry

Multiple PhD, MSc students graduated

Experienced in patenting, licensing of research outputs

Dr Gearóid de Bhál

Micribhitheolaíocht, Scoil na nEolaíochtaí Nádúrtha; Ionad Taighde d'Fheistí Leighis (CÚRAM)

Oideachas: OÉ Gaillimh, Ollscoil Aberdeen, Ollscoil Zurich

Léachtóir in Ollscoil Luimnigh (1996-2007), OÉ Gaillimh (2008- ); comhaltachtaí/stáidéir shabóideacha san Eilvéis, san Iodáil agus 'sna Stáit Aontaithe

Taithí bainisteoireachta san Ollscoil agus mar chomhordaitheoir ar Chuibhreannas AE

Scilleanna agam i dteagasc agus bhforbairt cúrsaí fó-chéime, iar-chéime sa bhitheolaíocht, bhitheolaíocht leighis

Taighdeoir i bhitheolaíocht mhóilíneach, ghléasanna leighis; tacaíocht ón AE, SFI, Fulbright, EI, Foras na Mara, foinsí tionsclaíochta

Céimithe dochtúireachta, máistreactha stiúrtha agam

Taithí i gcúrsaí paitinneacha agus ceadúnais fá choinne torthaí taighde