NUI Galway announces election for Údarás na hOllscoile

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NUI Galway has announced the election of a new Governing Authority will take place next week, with women making up more than half of the candidates.

A total of 30 university staff and graduates are standing for election to Údarás na hOllscoile, including 18 graduates, seven from the University’s professional service staff and five academic staff.

Three professors have been automatically elected. Around 50,000 University graduates and staff are eligible to vote, with the online ballot open for 27 hours – from 9am on Monday 11 January 2021 until midday on Tuesday 12 January 2021.

President of NUI Galway Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh urged all eligible staff and alumni to use their vote.

“The election for the next Údarás has seen unprecedented interest, both from alumni across the world registering to vote and also through our social media platforms,” said Professor Ó hÓgartaigh.

“It demonstrates the value which our University community at home and abroad places on our Governing Authority.

“The Údarás is the most important committee in our University – it is the place where we establish our accountability and transparency as an institution for the public good and where our ideas, our ambitions and our strategies are shaped and supported.”

Professor Ó hÓgartaigh extended a special word of thanks to everyone who stood up and put themselves forward to play a part in the coming years.

“The breadth and range of ages, experience, education and skills highlights the value our alumni attach to the University and their desire to give back.

“I would encourage all those who have registered to vote to remember to cast their ballots.”

The results of the election are due to be released on Tuesday 12 January 2021, with the next Governing Authority to take office on 1 February 2021.

Three Professors were appointed to the Governing Authority after the number of nominations matched the number of available positions. They are Professor Aisling McCluskey, School of Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics; Professor Michal Molcho, Children’s Studies, School of Education; and Professor Jim O’Gara, School of Natural Sciences.

Student elections to elect four representatives to the Governing Authority will begin in late January.

Speaking about the diverse range of attributes required in the membership of the Governing Authority, Caroline Loughnane, NUI Galway’s Secretary for Governance & Academic Affairs, said: “The role of the Governing Authority as the ultimate decision making body is pivotal in shaping the future direction of the University.

“A diverse mix of skills, experience and personal attributes are essential components of a well-functioning Board and it is really encouraging to see such diversity in the profiles of the candidates running for election.

“Voters are spoiled for choice and I would strongly encourage staff and graduates to use their votes to make their voices heard in this election.”

Professor Ó hÓgartaigh added: “I would like to thank all the members of the outgoing Governing Authority for their commitment and work in recent years and a special word of thanks to the Chair of Údarás na hOllscoile Catherine McGuinness. Our University was privileged to be able to call on the former Supreme Court Judge’s knowledge, experience and independence for so many years.

“I would also like to congratulate the professors who have been appointed to the next Governing Authority – I am sure they too will bring a wealth of talent to the role. I look forward to working with them and all the members of our Governing Authority in ensuring a level of accountability and ambition which matches our place in the world, as set out in our strategic plan, Shared Vision, Shaped by Values, for our students, for our society and for our planet.”

Details of the 30 nominees for the next Governing Authority are available to view online here.