New Students’ Union President takes office at NUI Galway

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Galway-native and Science graduate Clare Austick has been elected President of the Students’ Union in NUI Galway.

Clare previously held the positions of Vice-President/ Welfare & Equality Officer, Equality Officer and Class Representative with the SU.

The President co-ordinates the activities of the Students’ Union and works with University Management to achieve the best academic environment and quality of life for 19,000 NUI Galway students.

They are responsible for Union finances, co-ordination of Union campaigns and acts as the chief spokesperson of the Union.

Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “Over my time at NUI Galway I have gained invaluable experience through my Students’ Union activities and I hope to transfer these experiences and skills to my new position as President.

“I cannot describe just how humbled I feel at the generosity of NUI Galway’s students to trust me and elect me as their President.

“I am excited to get working with my team and look forward to the year ahead.”

Clare will be joined by Cameron Keighron who has been elected to the position of Vice-President/Education Officer and Brandon Walsh the new Vice- President/Welfare and Equality Officer. Cameron is from Sligo and completed the BSc in Biotechnology and the MSc in Regenerative Medicine at NUI Galway.

Brandon previously served as the SU Societies Chairperson, studies general Science and is from Cork. All look forward to their terms in office and working with the rest of the team of SU officers and staff.

NUI Galway Students’ Union is a democratic organisation whose mission is “to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.”


NUI Galway Students’ Union Officers for 2019/20

President – Clare Austick
Vice President / Education Officer – Cameron Keighron
Vice President / Welfare and Equality Officer  – Brandon Walsh
Oifigeach na Gaeilge – Erin Mac An tSaoir
Mature Students’ Officer – Chuka Paul Oguekwe
Postgraduate Taught Officer – To Be Elected September
Postgraduate Research Officer – Emily Tock
Societies Chairperson – Oissíne Moore
Clubs Captain – Pádraic Toomey
SU Council Chairperson – Scott Green
Convenor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies – Laura O’Toole
Convenor of the College of Science – Kenny Cooke
Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Science – Aisling Fitzgerald

Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law – Clodagh McGivern
Convenor of the College of Engineering & Informatics – Sachi Sinha
International Students Officer – Avery Fenton
Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer – Morgan Queeney
Disability Rights Officer – Alex Coughlan
Ethnic Minorities Officer – Victoria Chihumura