Director of Student Services

John Hannon was appointed as Director of Student Services in April 2015. The role of the Director is to provide leadership in the integration of the student services functions and for the provision of high quality and comprehensive non-academic support and wellbeing services for students. The Director works with the Dean of Students for the Student Experience to ensure appropriate working partnerships are in place with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders, which are conducive to the effective realisation of the University’s strategic aspirations in relation to student support and wellbeing, and to the student experience.

The units that come under Student Services include the Access Centre, Accommodation and Welfare, the Career Development Centre, Chaplaincy, Student Counselling and Societies Office. Sports, Student Health Unit and the University Crèche. 

John has worked for over twenty years in higher education, including roles as a tutor, lecturer, careers adviser and Head of the Career Development Centre. He is former Chair of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services in Ireland and is Membership Secretary of Student Affairs Ireland.

John studied in NUI Galway (BA and HDE), UCD (DCG) and University of Warwick (MA CEIGHE).

Prof. Michelle Millar

Michelle has taught in the School of Political Science & Sociology at NUI Galway since September 1998. Teaching Policy and Public Administration to  undergraduate Arts, Public & Social Policy and Nursing & Midwifery students and postgraduate Community Development, Family Support and Social Work students, she was awarded the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017.

She has provided programme leadership at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1998, developed new programmes and served as the Chair of the School Teaching and Learning Committee 2014-18. In January 2018 she was appointed Head of School Political Science & Sociology. Michelle is a Senior Research Fellow at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and has acted as Principal Investigator on several funded research projects, the most recent an IRC Social Protection Research Innovation Award. 

The Dean of Students has particular responsibility for ensuring that the university structures, environment and support services underpin the educational and personal development of students. Michelle works in collaboration with Student Services to enrich the student experience.  Michelle is also the first point of contact for students who may wish to submit a complaint, and she holds the role of University Disciplinary Officer.

Email Michelle at

Or contact her office:
Email AnnMarie Gilchrist at or phone AnnMarie 091-495748 (extension 5748)
Email Mary Cairns at or phone Mary on 091-495367 (extension 5367)