Two NUI Galway colleges named the best in Ireland at Education Awards


The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies and the J.E Cairnes School of Business and Economics were both declared the best of their kind in Ireland at the 2019 Education Awards.

The Eduation Awards were established in 2017 to recognise and encourage extraordinary achievements in third level education.

NUI Galway was nominated in two categories, Best College of Business and Best College of Arts and Social Science, taking home both awards.

They were chosen by an independent panel of judges who praised them, not just on the quality of what happens in the classroom, but for their impact in the community with industry partnerships, collaborations and research.

Professor Cathal O’Donoghue, Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies said that in the past 18 months the college has worked hard to ensure its appeal, launching multiple successful new programmes and producing incredible research for the benefit of society.

“It is wonderful for the efforts of all colleagues in making this happen to be recognised at the 2019 Education Awards,” Professor O’Donoghue said.

Professor John McHale, Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy, and Law at NUI Galway also said he was delighted with the win for the J.E Cairnes School.

“This incredible achievement is truly representative of the efforts of all colleagues and reaffirms our commitment within the University to creating transformational opportunities for our students.”

J.E Cairnes School of Business and Economics

The top prize of Overall Excellence in Education was awarded to the National College of Ireland.

NUI Galway was also shortlisted in multiple other categories including Best Education Outreach Award’ for NUI Galway Youth Academy, ‘Best Online Learning Experience’ for the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, ‘Career Impact Strategy Award’ for the Career Development Centre, ‘Best Marketing/Communications Team’ for the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, and ‘Best Business and Third Level Institution Collaboration’ for Deloitte and NUI Galway.