Wednesday, 7 February 2018

BComm  Graduate Marie Joyce, Chief Financial Officer, NTR plc spoke to our Accountancy Masters students this week. Her key takeaway - ‘The finance function is a key driver of analytics and plays a leadership role rather than a supporting role’.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

KPMG Annual Prizegiving for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed B.Comm (Accounting) students completed in May 2017. Well done to Patric Evason, Rebecca Palmer & Darren Dooley. ‌

Thursday, 6 July 2017

A very warm congratulations to PhD  graduate Miguel Pérez,  who graduated in June 2017.  ‌    

Friday, 31 March 2017

A very warm congratulations to PhD  graduate Loredana Smaldore,  who graduated in March  2017. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

A lively and stimulating debate on pensions and tax took place in the National University of Ireland, Galway on 10th and 11th April 2017. As part of WP 4 of the FairTax research project, Dr Emer Mulligan brought together pension and tax experts from the Netherlands and Ireland to compare the two pension systems, and analyse the relationship of the taxation system in each country with its pension system. Click here for more information about this event.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

NUI Galway has announced an innovative collaboration with KPMG on a new Masters programme, the MSc in International Accounting and Analytics, and the appointment of Laurence May, Audit Director at KPMG, as Adjunct Professor in Accounting and Finance at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway. The MSc in International Accounting and Analytics is the first of its kind in Irish and UK universities to offer practical, hands-on modules in SAP and audit analytics for accountants and is targeted at both prospective and early to mid-career accountants. Key features of the programme include: an internationally recognised SAP Certification; the KPMG-led Summer School on Audit and Accounting Analytics and Cognitive Technologies using KPMG software and tools; the development of professional skills for the workplace; and membership of the ACCA Accelerate Programme which offers specialist networking advice, CV workshops, and access to the global ACCA community. Read more here

Monday, 3 October 2016

Mary Cosgrove is a lecturer in Tax and Accountancy in the Department of Accountancy & Finance at NUI Galway. On 23 September 2016 she attended a meeting of the United Nation's Expert Group on Illicit Financial Flows at the invitation of the United Nations Financing for Development Office, in conjunction with the Macroeconomic Policy Division of the United Nations  Economic Commission for Africa. In addition, she presented a paper on Tax Spillover Analysis at a conference on Human Rights and Tax - organised by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice which is based in New York University (NYU).


Monday, 26 September 2016

Rendering subjectivity informative – field study evidence of subjectivity in performance measurement and reward systems 30 September 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am Location: CA113, Cairnes Building (Ground floor), NUI Galway, United States Speaker(s): Professor Anne Lillis Affiliation: University of Melbourne Organised by: Performance Management research cluster Professor Anne Lillis is Fitzgerald Chair of Accounting at the University of Melbourne, Australia and is a member of the editorial boards of eight top tier international accounting journals. Her research interests focus on field studies of the design and behavioural influence of performance management and control systems.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Begoña Navallas : Visiting Researcher Begoña Navallas, is a Spanish teacher and researcher from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), and a registered chartered accountant with long experience in auditing services. She holds a Business and Administration degree from UAM and a  Master in Auditing by Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (UAH). She completed her PhD at in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where she is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Accounting. Begoña's research interests include corporate governance, disclosure decisions and audit regulation. Her current research focuses on segment disclosure and stereotypes on the auditing profession. Begoña is a Chartered Accountant, registered on the Instituto de Censores Jurados de Cuentas de España (ICJCE) and has long professional experience in auditing and accounting services. She is an active member of the ICJCE, and member of AECA, Spanish association of Accounting and Management .

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The topic of sustainable growth and competitiveness brought together practitioners and academics from 24 countries at the recent European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change (ENROAC) conference hosted at NUI Galway. Guest speakers including Ray Cantwell, Senior Finance Director of Global Operations, Medtronic; Massimo Romano, Head of Group Integrated Reporting and CFO Hub, Generali S.p.a; and Nick Topazio, Head of Reporting Policy at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), discussed the need to highlight the creation of sustainable value for stakeholders within annual reports by focusing on forward looking information for companies, as opposed to simply reporting historical content. Speaking at the two day event, attended by 150 accounting practitioners and academics, President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne commended the participants for stimulating the debate with regard to competitiveness and sustainable value as these issues were important for growth and competitiveness globally. Dr Browne said: “This conference highlights the importance of close links between the profession and industry with the academic discipline. The Accounting and Finance Discipline at NUI Galway continue to pioneer the way in disseminating research findings back to industry as this conference follows a number of recent workshops held by our accounting and finance faculty for practitioners.” Head of Accountancy and Finance Discipline at NUI Galway, Professor Breda Sweeney, commented on the close alignment between the themes discussed at the ENROAC conference and research carried out in the Discipline: “Through the Performance Management Research cluster based in the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change we have examined a range of contemporary issues such as the need for both efficiency and innovation in private and public sector organisations and how performance measurement systems can stimulate action and drive accountability.” The event was sponsored by CIMA’s General Charitable Trust, KPMG and Fáilte Ireland.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

On Tuesday, 3rd February 2015, Ms. Riona Lyons, lecturer in Accountancy & Finance met with final year students at Summerhill College, Sligo to speak about studying accounting at NUI Galway and potential career opportunities in accounting. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

NUI Galway Introduce “Accounting Nuggets” Online Tutorials The Discipline of Accounting and Finance in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway has recently launched “Accounting Nuggets”, a series of online tutorials for Leaving Cert Accounting students. The Explore funded project is a student-staff collaboration where a series of step-by-step guided online tutorials have been created to support students with bite-sized chunks of the Leaving Certificate Accounting syllabus. Team members consisted of lecturers Mary Barrett and Riona Lyons, Bachelor of Commerce students Rita Breen and Sarah Kelly, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) students Patric Evason, Natasha Caulfield, Michael Loftus and Kelley Hession and Masters of Accounting student Owen Wyer.  The project team consulted with leaving cert students and secondary school teachers to select topics that students found most difficult at leaving cert level. Accounting Nuggets team member and final year student on the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree at NUI Galway, Michael Loftus, values his involvement in the project: “It was a fantastic experience to work alongside our lecturers and give something back to the university and wider community. I have been able to improve my teaching and presentation skills no end but most importantly I think this project will benefit Leaving Cert students with their accounting studies”. Attending the launch of Accounting Nuggets, was secondary school student Declan McGoldrick from Summerhill College, Sligo.  "I am currently a 4th year student and I am studying Accounting for my Leaving Cert. I believe that the Accounting Nuggets developed by NUI Galway is a fantastic resource to have as a student. It offers top quality online tutorials in Accounting and it will be a great revision aid for me when revising for my Leaving Cert next year".  Mary Barrett, Programme Director for Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) is keen to encourage the study of accounting at leaving cert and emphasise the benefits of pursuing an accounting career “Students pursuing accounting careers continue to successfully find employment even during the recession, with 41% of all graduate jobs in 2012 in the area of accountancy, banking and finance (GradIreland 2013). We have long standing relationships with employers at NUI Galway and they return year on year, competing with one another to recruit our graduates from the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degrees.  Many of our students choose to pursue a professional accounting qualification from CAI, ACCA, CIMA or CPA. Our programmes provide significant exemptions from these professional body exams which means that our graduates are well on the way to qualifying as a professional accountant on completion of their studies at NUI Galway”. The online tutorials are an ideal support for anyone studying accounting for their Leaving Cert and can be accessed from the NUI Galway website at the following link  The website also provides information on the career paths of many of our accounting graduates. ‌

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Pictured at a recent Accountancy & Finance Discipline reception recognising the achievements of NUI Galway alumni who have received prizes/places in their professional accountancy or taxation examinations.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Throughout the year a range of seminars have been arranged. Speakers are both local and international and the topics cover a wide range of areas. Seminar dates and further information can be found on the accompanying PDF file.   Seminar Series 2012-2013

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Two of top three places in Chartered Accountants Ireland Examinations to NUI Galway Aisling Curtin (2nd place) and Sarah Finnegan (3rd place) secured two of the top three places in the Final Admitting Examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland in 2012. Both students completed their undergraduate degree (BComm) and postgraduate degree (Master of Accounting) in NUI Galway. They are now employed in KPMG, Galway. Despite the current economic environment, the employment market for accounting graduates is excellent at present and 48.4% of all graduate jobs are in the Accountancy and Financial Management Sector, according to Gradireland 2012, graduate salary and recruitment trends survey.  Virtually all students on the Master of Accounting programme have secured employment before they finish the programme. The small class size on the Master of Accounting programme is ideal for developing excellent interpersonal skills and enabling an in-depth understanding of technical issues and alumni from the programme have been very successful over the years in professional accountancy examinations.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

The KPMG prizes are awarded annually, on the recommendation of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics based on the results of the examinations of the Second Commerce year, to those students who obtain first, second and third place in the aggregate in the subjects Management Accounting I, Business Finance I and International Financial Reporting I, provided they pass the examinations of the year as a whole. Prizes are also awarded to students who achieved top marks in all subjects in 3rd B Comm Accounting.

Monday, 1 October 2012

PwC awards prizes annually, on the recommendation of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, based on the results of the examinations of the first year of the B. Comm (Accounting) degree, to those students who obtain first, second and third place in the aggregate mark of all examinations taken to the student in the Bachelor of Commerce degree programmes. A prize is also awarded to the student who obtains the highest marks in the first-year Accounting module, provided a pass is achieved in the first year exams overall.   

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Dr Emer Curtis and Professor Breda Sweeney have given a number of workshops for industry and professional bodies in Galway and Dublin on 'Using Management Controls to Enable Innovation'. These workshops have been organised by the Whitaker Institute (Full name?). The above photo was taken at the most recent workshop which was offered for CIMA members. In these workshops, Emer and Breda discuss how management control systems can be designed and used to foster innovation and creativity based on findings from over 60 research interviews held with managers and other cross functional staff from companies in medical device and green energy sectors.  The workshops have been highly successful with opportunities for interaction between participants and discussion of experiences. If you would like further details of the workshops please contact Nuala McCarthy (

Monday, 22 October 2012

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI) and NUI Galway Western Region Schools Quiz took place recently in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway. Sixteen schools, with a total of 28 teams took part and competed from all over the west, to determine who would represent the region in the National Finals in March. The table quiz was held for Junior Certificate students of Business Studies. Brian Duffy, Chairperson CIMA West of Ireland Branch, said: “At CIMA our relationships with education providers have always been crucial.  We are delighted to have a leading role in this quiz which showcased the talents of second level business students in the West of Ireland.” Professor Willie Golden, Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at NUI Galway, said: “NUI Galway works closely with its regional hinterland and this is nowhere more evident that in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics. A defining part of all our student courses is the engagement with the local community. Working with the BSTAI and CIMA allows us to engage with second level students and foster their interest in business studies. I have no doubt that many of these students attending the event, will be amongst our leaders of the future.” Jennie Harrington, President of the BSTAI, commented: “I am delighted that so many business studies students took part in the CIMA Schools quiz.  It is an opportunity for students to have fun while also revising for their Junior Certificate exam. I would like to thank CIMA for all their work in organising the quiz.” The winners on the night were Seamount College, Kinvara, Co. Galway, who took first place. They were followed closely in second place by Dominican College, Taylors Hill, Galway. Third place went to Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway. The top three teams from the regional final will now go on to compete in the National Finals, which will take place in March.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

We were delighted to have PWC present to our for MSc (International Management) and MSc (International Accounting and Analytics) students on the topic of Data Analytics. The lecture was given by Keith Power, Director in Risk Assurance Practice, who covered the topic of Data Analytics and Alan Murphy, Senior Manager in Technology Consulting Practice, who covered the topic of Emerging Technologies.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Dr Emer Mulligan, J.E.Cairnes School of Business and Economics, speaking at the 2013 joint Irish Tax Institute/Harvard Kennedy School conference: Shaping Tax Policy – The Global Landscape in Dublin Castle

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