Údarás na hOllscoile

What role does Údarás na hOllscoile play? 

In practice the primary responsibility of Údarás na hOllscoile is to guide the strategic direction of the University.  To this end, at least one full meeting per year should be entirely devoted to a detailed review of the Strategic Plan, its financial forecasts and the annual operating plan.  Monitoring implementation of the strategic plan and its progress should be key elements in the agenda for other scheduled meetings of the Údarás.

To ensure that this can be done effectively, performance targets, measures and success criteria should be built into the Strategic Plan and the Annual Operating Plan. These should be well defined, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely.  The results of monitoring against the key performance measures, as indicated in the Strategic Plan, should be reported to the Údarás on a regular basis and include explanations for any significant variances from the targets.  Where results of monitoring show performance is off target, it will be the duty of the President to indicate what corrective actions are to be taken.

As required under Statute, the President shall prepare and submit to Údarás an Annual Report on the state of the University.

It is the responsibility of Údarás na hOllscoile to ensure that a robust system of risk management is in place in the University and that the risk assessment and management process is integrated into existing management systems.

1. Legislative Context for Údarás na hOllscoile

Údarás na hOllscoile of National University of Ireland, Galway (the University) was established under the Universities Act, 1997 and is the direct successor of the Governing Body established under the founding Charter of University College Galway (1908).  Among the main functions of Údarás na hOllscoile are the appointment of the Chief Officer (President), determination of policy and strategy and the control and administration of all lands and properties of the University.

2. Functions of Údarás na hOllscoile

The Universities Act, 1997, provides that the functions of Údarás na hOllscoile shall be as follows, in pursuance of the objects of the University under Section 12 but within the constraints of its budget under Section 37: -

(a)  to control and administer the land and other property of the University,

(b)  to appoint the Chief Officer and such other employees as it thinks necessary for the purposes of the University,

(c)  subject to the Act and its charter, statutes and regulations, to determine the membership from time to time of the Údarás nahOllscoile, and

(d)  to perform such other functions as are imposed on it by or under that or any other Act or by its charter, statutes and regulations.

Organisational Structure of Údarás na hOllscoile

A Manual of the Structure, Code of Practice & Procedures of Údaras na hOllscoile

Terms of Reference for Governing Body Meetings

Meeting dates

10.00am               Wednesday October 28th 2020                   
10:00am               Wednesday December 16th 2020
10.00am               Thursday February 25th 2021
10.00am               Tuesday April 27tht 2021
10.00am               Thursday June 24th 2021

Committee Support

Any queries in relation to Údarás na hOllscoile should be directed to govandacademicaffairs@nuigalway.ie


Údarás na hOllscoile Members 2016 - 2021

The number of members of the current Údarás na hOllscoile is 40, as follows:


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):

Ms Ursula Connolly  

Dr Anthony Grehan

Dr Ann Torres

Dr Anne O’Connor

Dr Gerard Wall

Other University Employees (3):

Ms Sinéad Beacom

Dr Eric Mortimer

Mr Brendan O’Looney

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

Mr Pádraic Toomey

Ms Emma Sweeney

Postgraduate Representative (1):

Mr Owen Ward

Nominations of External Organisations (3):

Ms Ruth Curran

Sinéad Uas. Ní Fhatharta

Dr Donagh O’Donoghue

University Graduates (4):

BGen Ger Aherne

Mr Conor Fottrell

Mr John Glynn

Mr Eoin Neylon

Local Authority Nominees (7):

Councillor John Keogh

Councillor Richard Finn

Councillor Pauline O'Reilly

Councillor P.J. Kelly

Councillor Dónal Gilroy

Councillor Michael Connolly

John McCartin

National University of Ireland Nominees (2):

Dr Catherine Caulfield

Mr Noel Daly

President of St. Angela’s College, Sligo:

Ms Amanda McCloat

Artistic/Cultural Category (1):

Dr Ríonach Ní Néill

Minister’s Nominees (3):

Mr Harry McGee

Dr John Greally

Ms Madeleine Taylor-Quinn

Non-members in attendance:

Professor Lokesh Joshi

Mr John Gill

Prof Anne Scott

Ms Sharon Bailey

Ms Caroline Loughnane

Ms Clare McCann