Beyond 2020

As we approach 2020, the University must look to the future and plan for our success beyond the strategy laid out in Vision 2020, our Strategic Plan for 2015-2020.

With this in mind, the University President, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, convened a Strategic Development Group and an External Advisory Group to lead the development of our strategy beyond 2020.

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Strategy Development Group

The group is chaired by the President and comprises 24 staff and student representatives, each one nominated by a member of the University Management Team and by the directors of the University's seven largest Research Institutes. In addition, the Registrar and Deputy President, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, sits on the group, as well as our Institutional Research Officer, Claire O'Connor, and our Internal Communications Officer, John Caulfield, who acts as Group Rapporteur.

Strategy Development Group membership

Strategy Development Group - Terms of Reference

External Advisory Group

A separate group, chaired by former EU Commissioner, Dr Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, comprises over 20 individuals from outside the University. The External Advisory Group members share a diverse range of perspectives and experiences, and many have served at senior positions in public and private organisations across Ireland and the world. They will offer important counsel and expertise throughout our strategic planning process.

External Advisory Group membership

University Values

President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is keen for our strategic plan to be grounded firmly in the values that our University community shares - and the values that we strive to grow into the future. For this reason, the Strategy Development Group has developed a number of value statements on which we can base our success in the coming years. These value statements were defined by the group in two workshops early in 2019, following the consideration of other work carried out by staff and students on our values: in the recent brand values exercise coordinated by the Marketing and Communications Office, in the development of our Sustainability Strategy coordinated by our CUSP team, and in the values exercise recently coordinated by staff of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.



A consultation process with staff and students was launched in February 2019. In the video below, University President, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh; Professor of Strategy, Esther Tippmann; and Students' Union President, Megan Reilly, call on our campus community to get involved.

Almost 1,500 staff, students and members of Údarás na hOllscoile took part in the survey.
The results of the University Values Survey can be found here: University Values Survey results


Imagine NUI Galway

On Thursday 28 March 2019, the University hosted a day-long online discussion called Imagine NUI Galway. Students, staff, alumni and the general public were invited to contribute to one of 18 discussions, which were scheduled throughout the day from 11am-midnight. The discussions were structured around the five values-led strategic themes identified through previous consultation with staff, students and external stakeholders, namely:

  • Respectful NUI Galway
  • Expert NUI Galway
  • Accessible NUI Galway
  • Distinctive NUI Galway
  • Sustainable NUI Galway

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Unit Submissions

In May, Colleges and major Research Centres, Units and representative groups, were invited by members of the Strategy Development Group to make a submission to the strategy development. The submissions template drawn up by the SDG included a series of questions and prompts, asking each unit to respond to each of the five values-led strategic themes with:

  • A University-level priority
  • Three actions that their unit could lead/support over the life of the plan
  • Measures that would show the impact of these actions

The responses will be used to inform the University's ambitions for each of the strategic themes and to help identify how the themes resonate with groups across the University's mission.

Download: Strategy Development - unit submissions template