University structure

The three pillars of the organisational structure of NUI Galway are:

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Údarás na hOllscoile

Údarás na hOllscoile, the University's governing authority, is responsible for managing and controlling all of the affairs of the University.

List of Members:


  • Ms Máire Geoghegan-Quinn


  • Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh

Deputy President & Registrar

  • An tOllamh Pól Ó Dochartaigh

University Professors/Associate Professors 

  • Professor Aisling McCluskey
  • Professor Michal Molcho 
  • Professor James O'Gara

University Academic Staff

  • Dr Rachel Hilliard
  • Dr Anthony Grehan
  • Dr Dara Cannon

University Professional Service Staff

  • Ms Sinéad Beacom
  • Dr Eric Mortimer
  • Ms Monica Crump

Students' Union Elected Officers

  • Ms Róisín Nic Lochlainn (President)
  • Ms Clodagh McGivern (Vice-President/Education Officer)
  • Ms Cora Clarke (Vice-President/Welfare & Equality Officer)

Postgraduate Representative

  • Mr Sebastiaan Bierema

Nominations of External Organisations

  • Mr Mark Gantly 
  • Ms Carmel O'Connor
  • Ms Sinéad Ní Fhatharta

University Graduates 

  • BGen Ger Aherne
  • Ms Edel Browne
  • Mr Conor Fottrell 
  • Ms Nuala Ní Chonghaile

Local Authority Nominees 

  • Councillor John Keogh (Roscommon County Council)
  • Councillor Richard Finn (Mayo County Council)
  • Councillor Niall Murphy (Galway City Council)
  • Councillor P.J. Kelly (Clare County Council)
  • Councillor Sinéad Maguire (Sligo County Council)
  • Councillor Eileen Mannion (Galway County Council)
  • Councillor John McCartin (Leitrim County Council)

National University of Ireland Nominees 

  • Dr Geraldine McGinty
  • Mr Michael McNicholas

President of St. Angela’s College, Sligo

  • Ms Amanda McCloat

Artistic/Cultural Category 

  • Dr John Crumlish
  • Ms Katherine McSharry

Minister’s Nominees 

  • To be nominated

Non-members in attendance 

  • Mr John Gill (Chief Operations Officer)
  • Professor James Livesey (Vice-President for Research & Innovation) 
  • Professor Anne Scott (Vice-President for Equality & Diversity)
  • Ms Sharon Bailey (Bursar)
  • Ms Caroline Loughnane (Secretary for Governance & Academic Affairs)
  • Ms Sinéad Ryan (Director of Governance, Office of the Secretary for Governance & Academic Affairs) 
  • Ms Clare McCann (Office of the Secretary for Governance & Academic Affairs)

Academic Council

The Academic Council is the chief academic authority and, subject to review by Údarás na hOllscoile, controls the academic affairs of the University, including the curriculum, instruction and education provided by the University.

Members of the Academic Council

You can find an up-to-date list of Academic Council members here.

University Management Team

This team is led by the President who is the Head and Chief officer of the University and appointed for a 10-year period. Acting under the President, the various members of the University Management Team (UMT) each have a specific area of responsibility.

Members of the UMT

President Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh
Deputy President and Registrar Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh
Bursar / Chief Financial Officer Sharon Bailey
Vice-President: Equality and Diversity Professor Anne Scott
Vice-President: International Professor Becky Whay
Vice-President: Research and Innovation Professor Jim Livesey
Chief Operating Officer John Gill
Secretary for Governance & Academic Affairs Caroline Loughnane
Director of Human Resources Josephine Hynes
Dean of Graduate Studies Professor Dónal Leech
Dean of Students Professor Michelle Millar
Executive Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies Professor Rebecca Braun
Executive Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law Professor Geraint Howells
Executive Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Professor Tim O'Brien
Executive Dean of the College of Science and Engineering Professor Walter Gear   

UMT Reclaimed Expenses

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Quick facts

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NUI Galway Has Over:

  • 18,000 students
  • 3,000 international students from 115 countries
  • 2,500 staff members
  • 120 links with universities across the globe
  • 90,000 alumni in 107 countries
  • 170 years experience providing university education

NUI Galway Is:

  • Ireland's top University for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating
  • The largest and oldest university in the west of Ireland

NUI Galway is world leading for research in:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Web Science
  • Human Rights
  • Marine Science, Energy and Environmental Science
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
    Humanities, in particular literature, Theatre and Irish Studies