Údarás Elections 2015 | Toghcháin an Údaráis 2015

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

Notice | Fógra: Support Staff | Foireann Tacaíochta

Féach thuas, mar eolas duit, Fógra faoi Thoghchán thriúr ón bhFoireann Tacaí chuig Údarás na hOllscoile ar feadh cúig bliana, ag tosnú 1ú Feabhra, 2016.

Elected | Tofa


Sinéad Beacom



Eric Mortimer



Brendan O’Looney


List of Candidates | Liosta na nIarrthóirí

Sinéad Beacom

My name is Sinéad Beacom and I am seeking your vote to represent support staff on the University Governing Authority/ Údarás na hOllscoile.

I have worked at NUI Galway since July 2002 in a number of support functions, namely: Finance, Irish Centre for Human Rights, Insight (Formerly DERI) and in Human Resources as HR Manager for Research.  Prior to joining the university I worked in operations and management roles at Aer Lingus, both in Ireland and the United States.

Cutbacks over recent years, both headcount and work practices related have, in my experience, impacted support staff the greatest.  Working in HR I have had firsthand experience of the impact these cutbacks have had on staff and morale.   

I was elected to Údarás in September 2015 and this brief time has given me some insight into the workings of Údarás and its support committees.  I believe I can make a positive contribution on behalf of the support staff working here and kindly request that you include my name when you cast your vote on 21st January 2016.



Imelda Byrne

Imelda Byrne, M.Sc., H.Dip. in Ed. (Head of Function, Access Programmes at NUI Galway, since 1999).

I have represented the University on various committees at a local, national and international level for example the Galway City Development Board, the County Development Board, the IUA Access Officers Group and the inter-institutional Access Made Accessible   Group.   Internationally, I have presented papers on the NUI Galway Access Programmes at the annual European Access Network conferences.

I am currently Chairperson of the Board of Management of a local DEIS (disadvantaged) Primary School.   I am also a committee member of Coiste Carathanca; the University Women’s Network and a union member and recently won a President’s Award for support services excellence.

In my role I have witnessed the transformative impact of the University’s Access Programme on communities, schools, families and individuals in the region and the creation of a very diverse university campus. Tosaíocht a bheadh agam, dá dtoghfaí mé, an sprioc ar Phlean Straitéiseach 2015-2020 cur le líon na mac léinn neamhthraidisiúnta in OÉ Gaillimh a bhaint amach.



Katrina Lacey

My name is Katrina Lacey, and I am seeking your support in the Governing Authority election.

Support staff need a strong voice working on the Governing Authority to handle our issues. I am very approachable, a good listener and believe that my work background, education and personal interests have given me the experience required. I have been employed in NUI Galway since 2005 as Postdoctoral Researcher in the National Diagnostics Centre, and since 2011 as Senior Technical Officer in the School of Natural Science.

I completed my degree in Marine Science in NUIG in 1998, and a PhD in 2003 in the Microbiology and Zoology Departments. Outside of work my overwhelming passion is for animal welfare and I try to do all I can to help this cause.

Since people need to vote for 3 candidates – no more or less – for the vote to be valid may I suggest that Eric Mortimer and Brendan O’Looney are well worthy of your consideration for your other two votes.



Eric Mortimer

Dear Colleague, I am seeking your support in the upcoming Governing Authority election.


A PhD graduate of NUI Galway I have been a staff member since 2000.  I am an experienced Support Staff Representative on Governing Authority. I am a founding committee member of the NUI Galway Staff Social Club and Chairperson of NUI Galway Soccer Club.

Supporting Staff

In recent years, the University has expanded enormously and this has placed increased demands on people, support staff in particular. During these challenging times I have been available to assist colleagues in need of advice and support. I have successfully negotiated working conditions for staff and worked to achieve a safer workplace through my role on the University Safety Committee.

My Priorities

Provide Support & Advice to Staff Colleagues

Gender Equality

Promotional Opportunities for Staff

Safety at Work & Working Conditions

NUI Galway Staff Incentive Schemes

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I hope you will consider me as one of your staff representatives for Governing Authority Election 2016. 

Kind regards, Eric

E-mail:  eric.mortimer@nuigalway.ie



Suzanne Nolan

Suzanne Nolan

Dear colleague, I seek your vote to elect me to Údarás na hOllscoile.

Since joining NUIG in 2000, I have learnt much regarding the workings of the University from experienced, long-standing employees.  Equally, newer employees have generously shared their experience gained in other workplaces. I believe that NUIG has a rich complement of staff including administrators, managers, technicians, cleaners, security and general operatives supporting the teaching and research functions.  These groups have provided significant support to the Ryan Institute where I am working as an administrator.   

In 2010 I completed a Masters in Economic Science: Public Policy and Planning.  I have participated in NUIG’s Managing Diversity programme and I am currently a member of the Financial Systems & Processes Customer Group (FSPCG).  Between formal education and my experience across the 5 colleges in NUIG, I have developed a strong understanding of a diverse work group and value the potential of individuals. 

I believe I am suitably qualified to represent the support staff of the University and seek your e-vote on 21st January. 

Kind regards, Suzanne



Brendan O’Looney

Dear Colleague,

Please vote for me as your staff representative on Governing Authority.  I am a union secretary and a member of Údarás which makes me acutely aware of staff needs.  I will do my utmost to make NUIG a better and fairer workplace for our category of staff. 

My priorities for Governing are:

Improving working conditions and benefits:

  • Gender equality and equal opportunities
  • Sick pay and pensions
  • Training and development
  • Family friendly work initiatives

Below is a summary of my experience and education.

Committee Experience:

  • Member of the University Strategic Planning  & Support  Services committees
  • Staff representative on the Further Education (FE) scheme
  • SIPTU Admin secretary and union negotiator 


Master of Engineering, (University of Limerick)

Bachelor of Science, (Dublin City University)

Post Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis/Design, (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Chartered IT Professional, (British Computer Society)

Finally I have worked on several University committees for support staff and gained the experience and collegiate support, leadership and drive to represent your needs at Governing Authority.

Many Thanks, Brendan O’Looney