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               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 2021 - 2025

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


To be appointed


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:

Mr Pádraic Toomey

Ms Emma Sweeney

Ms Róisín Nic Lochlainn

Postgraduate Representative:

To be elected 

Nominations of External Organisations:

To be nominated

University Graduates:

BGen Ger Aherne

Ms Edel Browne

Mr Conor Fottrell

Ms Nuala Ní Chonghaile

Local Authority Nominees:

Councillor John Keogh

Councillor Richard Finn

Councillor Niall Murphy

Councillor P.J. Kelly

Councillor Sinéad Maguire

Councillor Eileen Mannion

Councillor John McCartin

National University of Ireland (NUI) Nominees:

To be nominated

President of St. Angela’s College, Sligo:

Ms Amanda McCloat

Artistic/Cultural Category:

To be nominated

Minister’s Nominees:

To be nominated

Non-members in attendance:

Professor Jim Livesey

Mr John Gill

Proffesor Anne Scott

Ms Sharon Bailey

Ms Caroline Loughnane

Ms Sinéad Ryan

Ms Clare McCann