Where we are situated

The Planning and Institutional Research Office is situated in the Quad at the heart of the university and is a key division of the Office of the Secretary for Governance & Academic Affairs.

Institutional Research Office Secretary for Governance & Academic Affairs Office of the vice-president for research and Innovation President's Office

What we do

Our office provides a comprehensive range of services relating to strategic data management and planning for the University.  We provide leadership in the management of strategic information on performance and business intelligence for decision-making and institutional planning.  We aim to lead in the development of a culture that embeds business intelligence throughout the organisation, enabling the University to measure and monitor activities, outputs and performance on many levels, using metrics aligned with University strategy.

‌The office:

  • Supports and advises on the development and maintenance of performance indicators, operational plans and internal and external teaching, research and social impact benchmarking analysis to support and inform the Universities strategic objectives. 
  • Coordinates, analyses and reports diverse and complex information to inform decision making across the University and its various Departments. 
  • Supports the compilation, analysis and timely submission of data for external bodies such as University Rankings, HEA and the IUA.
  • Researches demographic and student application trends.
  • Analyses and reporting on surveys such as students surveys.


10th April 2024 

QS World University Subject Rank 2024: University of Galway  achieved a global rank in 24 subjects, up from 23 in 2023, with a Top 100 Global Rank in 3 subjects. 


5th December 2023

University of Galway is ranked 120 in the second year of the QS Sustainability Ranking, up from 161-170 in 2022. 


27th September 2023

University of Galway retains it's global rank of 301-350 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024. 


20th September 2023

University of Galway is ranked 98th in Europe out of 690 institutions across 42 European locations in the inaugural QS World University Rankings: Europe 


27th June 2023

University of Galway is ranked 289th out of ~ 1500 institutions worldwide in the QS World university Rankings. 


1st June 2023

University of Galway continued to climb in the  5th edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World IMPACT Rankings 2023, andhas a global rank of 34 (no. 1 in Ireland, up from 47 in 2022) out of a total  of 1,591 institutions from 112 countries across the World.

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22nd March 2023

QS World University Subject Rank 2023: University of Galway achieved a global rank in 23 Subjects, up from 22 last year - with Performing Arts at University of Galway achieiving a global rank of 101-120 for the first time. The subject of English at University of Galway also broke into the top 100 in the world, achieving a global subject rank of 91. 


12th October 2022

University of Galway has climbed in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2023,  into the 301-350 category, up from the 351-400 category last year.