University structure

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

Scroll down to find out more about their duties and membership

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:


  • The Hon Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness


  • Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh

Deputy President and Registrar

  • An tOllamh Pól Ó Dochartaigh

University Professors/Associate Professors (5)

  • Professor Grace McCormack
  • Professor Tim O'Brien
  • Professor Vincent O’Flaherty
  • Professor Terry Smith
  • Professor Breda Sweeney

Other University Academic Staff (5)

  • Ursula Connolly
  • Dr Anthony Grehan
  • Dr Anne O'Connor
  • Dr Ann Torres
  • Dr Gerard Wall

Other University Employees (3)

  • Sinéad Beacom
  • Dr Eric Mortimer
  • Brendan O’Looney

Elected Officers of Comhaltas na Mac Léinn/Students’ Union (2)

  • Pádraic Toomey (President)
  • Emma Sweeney (Vice-President/Education)

Postgraduate Student (1)

  • Owen Ward

Nominations of External Organisations (3)

  • Ruth Curran (IBEC)
  • Sinéad Uasal Ní Fhatharta (Údarás na Gaeltachta)
  • Dr Donagh O’Donoghue (IBEC)

University Graduates (4)

  • BGen Ger Aherne
  • Conor Fottrell
  • John Glynn
  • Eoin Neylon

Local Authority Nominees (7)

  • Councillor John Keogh (Roscommon County Council)
  • Councillor Richard Finn (Mayo County Council)
  • Councillor Pauline O'Reilly (Galway City Council)
  • Councillor P.J. Kelly (Clare County Council)
  • Councillor Dónal Gilroy (Sligo County Council)
  • Councillor Michael Connolly (Galway County Council)
  • John McCartin (Leitrim County Council)

National University of Ireland Nominees (2)

  • Dr Catherine Caulfield
  • Noel Daly

President of St. Angela’s College, Sligo

  • Amanda McCloat

Artistic/Cultural Category (1)

  • Dr Ríonach Ní Néill

Minister’s Nominees (3)

  • Harry McGee
  • Dr John Greally
  • Madeleine Taylor-Quinn

 Non-members in attendance

  • John Gill (Chief Operations Officer)
  • Professor Lokesh Joshi (Vice-President for Research)
  • Professor Anne Scott (Vice-President for Equality & Diversity)
  • Sharon Bailey (Bursar)
  • Caroline Loughnane (Secretary for Governance & Academic Affairs)
  • 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: Development John Concannon
Vice-President: Equality and Diversity Professor Anne Scott
Vice-President: International Professor Becky Whay
Vice-President: Research Professor Lokesh Joshi
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 Cathal O'Donoghue
Executive Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law Professor John McHale
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

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Quick facts

The Quadrangle at NUI Galway

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