Head of School - Welcome

I would like to welcome you to the J.E Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway.

Our School mission is to deliver a high-impact scholarly environment in which students become well-rounded and employable business graduates, and in which its faculty contribute to society, industry and academia through quality engagement and research.

The School is committed to understanding critical business, economic and social issues and to placing itself at the leading edge of impactful and timely research that leads and influences public debate. We endeavour to make social science accessible and relevant to people's lives, to ensure that they make a meaningful contribution and support the growth and development of individuals and society. 

The School offers a wide range of programmes, from undergraduate degrees to executive education, tailored to deliver the specific professional skills required to succeed in a globalised and competitive environment. Led by our highly-experienced faculty, we pursue an innovative teaching approach which incorporates face-to-face delivery, blended learning, professional mentoring, student placements and group-based project work. 

Our outstanding faculty are recognised as experts in their field by practitioners and by other academics, and our ambitious and motivated students come from over 40 countries. Our graduates are highly employable and many of our 14,000+ alumni have become leaders in their fields. 

Students and staff who join our School become part of a team which provides a range of experience which is both inspiring and international, and I look forward to welcoming those who join us in creating the leaders of tomorrow. 

I invite you to browse our website for additional information on our educational and research activities, and we are happy to hear from you with any queries or comments. 

With best wishes, 

Dr. Tom Acton  
Head of School of Business & Economics

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Dr Tom Acton