President's Awards for Societal Impact

About the Awards

The University of Galway President's Awards for Societal Impact is a recognition of the valuable contribution staff members makes to society. The aim is to award the outstanding contributions of staff across the whole University who seek to use their skills and knowledge to improve the University’s contribution to society and our various communities, to stimulate excellence and help improve the visibility of the University’s impact on society and the broader community, above and beyond routine support and academic activities, on behalf of the University. This is the fourth year the awards have been running and now in 2020, there are two categories of awards with the Early Stage being offered in addition to the traditional Established career award.

  • Established - activities that are mature with national and/or international partnerships and impact.
  • Early Stage - activities are at early or nascent stages of development with more local and/or regional partnerships and impact.

Societal Impact is a broad concept and for the purposes of this award it should reflect serious efforts that align with the University’s ambitions set out in our new Strategy - Shared Vison, Shaped by Values  2020-2025.The strategy encourages active engagement with external stakeholders, alumni and the public to maximise and amplify our impact.   Some ways to do this include engagement in public debate and services; supporting the development of policy; stimulating and supporting cultural activities and supporting industries; providing businesses and the community with expertise and advice. The President's societal awards, were initially launched in 2017 following the European Universities Association conference hosted by University of Galway, the President of Ireland/ Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins, praised Universities for their significant contributions to society beyond routine academic activities and encouraged all staff to use their skills and knowledge to create a better society. Inspired by this vision and in line with the high valueUniversity of Galway places on societal impact, the University invites applications and nominations for the ‘President’s Award for Societal Impact’

Context and examples

Societal Impact is a broad concept. For the purposes of this award, it should reflect serious efforts at societal impact beyond that typically considered to be part of routine work. It should involve an individual identifying a need or opportunity for societal impact and demonstrating initiative, effort and creativity to help create a better society.  The societal impacts should be in line with the institutional ambitions set out in Vision 2020 including engaging in public debate and services, supporting the development of policy in key areas and stimulating and supporting cultural activities and supporting industry, businesses and the community with expertise and advice. Reported impacts should be accompanied by quantitative and qualitative measures.

 Contributions and impacts can include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Indicators of wider influence (for example, on policy and practice) or contributions to the discipline, national and international
  • Important cultural production, for example, in literature, music and art
  • Esteem indicators such as awards, prizes, commendations or nominations pertaining specifically to positive societal impact and not covered by other metrics 
  • Esteem indicators such as leadership and Membership roles with demonstrable high-level engagement in international bodies (other than international academic networks), national statutory bodies, professional organisations and cultural institutions
  • Collaborative partnerships with demonstrable impacts with external bodies, and/or with industry, government agencies, local and regional authorities and community groups, including schools and other education providers where appropriate
  • Impactful contribution to Government Agencies, NGOs, community groups or organisations including, for example, significant reports or background papers (other than commissioned research covered by research impact KPIs), invited voluntary/independent expert inputs to strategic planning and programme evaluation processes.
  • Significant contributions to establishing a collaborative community learning and research partnerships and initiatives aimed at advancing civic, social, economic and cultural inclusion, including community arts projects
  • Direct or indirect contributions to jobs creation in the private sector and voluntary/non-profit sector
  • Development of educational, training or dissemination programmes that bring significant value to the local or national economy (e.g. internationally funded students, tourist/visitor attraction, large international conferences, concerts/entertainment events)
  • Significant contributions to the provision of aid, resources, education, training or services to troubled or resource-deprived communities/regions (e.g. partnership with institutions in the developing world) 

Selection Criteria

A selection panel will review all submissions based on the following criteria: 

  • Reach: How many people are impacted by the contributions?
  • Depth: How deeply is society impacted by the contributions?
  • Longevity: How long will the impact of the contributions last?
  • Strategy: How aligned with University strategy are the contributions?
  • Effort: The amount of effort expended over time on the impact.

 The Panel has the right to make autonomous decisions based on the information received and the criteria, reserving also the right to seek further clarification and the right to modify the process if required. Each award will be accompanied by a grant of €1,000 that may be used for the purchase of equipment, support conference participation, travel and subsistence.


Application Procedure

All staff are eligible for application or nomination and consideration either as an individual or as part of a team. Applications or nominations by a member of staff can be put forward. Any nomination must be made by a member of University of Galway staff and requires the nominee's acceptance/consent.

All applications/nominations must include: 

  1. The standard application form
  2. A short 500-700-word statement giving a critical assessment and quantitative evidence of the work which the candidate wants to be to be considered against the relevant criteria.
  3. Letters of support at least one of which should be from someone outside the University.

All applications/nominations will be reviewed by the Societal Impact Panel (or official sub-group thereof) to identify candidates who meet the requirements. Any applicants who do not meet the above three requirements will be deemed ineligible and not considered.  

The Societal Impact panel reserves the right to request further information if deemed necessary and an applicant may be invited to submit a supporting case document - a concise document which justifies the applications/nominations and explains the supporting evidence which underpins the submission. The deadline for submission of the supporting case document will be communicated to applicants 

Societal Impact Panel

  • Academic Staff Developer (Chair)
  • Vice President for Equality and Diversity
  • Vice President for Research
  • Director of Planning & Institutional Research
  • Two Nominees of the President
  • Two Deans
  • Two external reviewers to be identified by the panel

The awards will be presented at an appropriate ceremony.
The University will wish to publicise the awards and award holders through various media and, therefore, award holders should be prepared to appear in such publicity materials. Successful candidates will not be eligible to be considered for another Societal Impact Award for a period of 3 years.

See timeline for the 2021 applications:

Applications/nominations in PDF format should be submitted here using the online form (ensure you are logged into MS Office 365), no later than  30th July 2021. All applicants will be informed of the decision made by the panel before the end of September 2021. 

For any queries, please contact
Claire O' Connor
Director of Planning and Institutional Research
University of Galway
Tel: 353(0)91-49 5708



As Gaeilge

Gradam an Uachtaráin do Leas na Sochaí  

Is cúis áthais dom a fhógairt go bhfuil iarratais á lorg anois do Ghradaim an Uachtaráin don Tionchar ar an tSochaí 2020.

Is gradam é seo a thugann aitheantas don obair luachmhar a dhéanann ár gcomhghleacaithe, thar ceann na hOllscoile, ar mhaithe leis an tsochaí agus lenár bpobal trí chéile, sa bhreis ar na gnáthghníomhaíochtaí tacaíochta agus acadúla. Is é an cuspóir atá le Gradaim an Uachtaráin don Tionchar ar an tSochaí aitheantas a thabhairt don obair eisceachtúil a dhéanann comhaltaí foirne fud fad na hOllscoile a bhíonn ag iarraidh a gcuid acmhainní agus a gcuid eolais a úsáid le cur leis an obair a dhéanann ár nOllscoil ar mhaithe leis an tsochaí agus lenár bpobail éagsúla, le daoine a spreagadh le sárchaighdeán a bhaint amach agus le níos mó airde a tharraingt ar an tionchar a bhíonn ag ár nOllscoil ar an tsochaí.Seo an ceathrú bliain a bhfuil na gradaim á reáchtáil agus anois in 2020, tá dhá chatagóir gradaim ann, an Chéim Luath atá á tairiscint i dteannta an ghradaim thraidisiúnta do ghairm Bhunaithe.

 1.  An Chéim Luath - tá na gníomhaíochtaí ag céimeanna luath den fhorbairt agus tá na comhpháirtíochtaí agus tionchar níos áitiúla agus/nó réigiúnaí.

 2.  Bunaithe - gníomhaíochtaí atá níos forbartha agus comhpháirtíochtaí agus tionchar náisiúnta agus/nó idirnáisiúnta.  

Is coincheap leathan é Tionchar ar an tSochaí agus chun críocha an ghradaim seo ba cheart go léireodh sé na hiarrachtaí substainteacha a thagann le spriocanna na hOllscoile atá leagtha amach inár Straitéis nua - Fís i gCoiteann, Múnlaithe ag Luachanna 2020-2025. 

Leis an straitéis seo spreagtar rannpháirtíocht ghníomhach le páirtithe leasmhara seachtracha, le alumni agus leis an bpobal chun an tionchar atá againn a mhéadú ar mhaithe le leas an phobail.   Roinnt samplaí de seo ná rannpháirtíocht i ndíospóireacht agus i seirbhísí poiblí; tacú le polasaí a fhorbairt; spreagadh agus tacaíocht a thabhairt do ghníomhaíochtaí cultúrtha agus tacú le tionscail; saineolas agus comhairle a sholáthar do ghnólachtaí agus don phobal. Is réimse é seo atá ag éirí níos tábhachtaí do phobal na hollscoile agus do na pobail a bhfuilimid scartha uathu sa tréimhse dhúshlánach seo.

 Comhthéacs agus samplaí

 Is coincheap an-leathan é Leas na Sochaí. Maidir leis an ngradam seo, ba cheart go léireodh sé iarrachtaí dáiríre maidir le leas na sochaí lasmuigh díobh sin a shamhlaítear leis an ngnáthobair. Is cóir go gcuimseodh sé riachtanas nó deis a aithint chun tionchar a imirt ar an sochaí agus go léireoidh sé tionscantacht, saothar agus cruthaíocht ar mhaithe le sochaí níos fearr a chruthú. Ba cheart go mbeadh leasa na sochaí ar aon dul leis na huaillmhianta a leagtar amach in Fís 2020 lena n-áirítear páirt a ghlacadh i ndíospóireachtaí agus i seirbhísí pobail, tacú le polasaí a fhorbairt i réimsí fíorthábhachtacha agus gníomhaíochtaí cultúrtha a thacú agus a spreagadh agus tionsclaíocht, gnólachtaí agus an pobal a thacú le saineolas agus le comhairle.Ba cheart go mbeadh bearta cainníochtúla agus cáilíochtúla ag gabháil leis na leasa a thuairiscítear.

 D’fhéadfadh na nithe seo a leanas a bheith i gceist le héachtaí agus le leasa ach níl siad teoranta dóibh

  • Táscairí maidir le leasa níos leithne (mar shampla, i dtaca le polasaí agus le cleachtas) nó éachtaí maidir leis an disciplín, go náisiúnta agus go hidirnáisiúnta
  • Saothar tábhachtach cultúrtha, mar shampla, maidir le cúrsaí litríochta, cúrsaí ceoil agus cúrsaí ealaíne
  • Táscairí ómóis mar ghradaim, duaiseanna, ardmholtaí nó ainmniúcháin a bhaineann go dlúth le leas na sochaí agus nach gclúdaíonn méadracht eile iad
  • Táscairí ómóis mar róil cheannaireachta agus Bhallraíochta a bhfuil rannpháirtíocht ardleibhéil fhollasach i gceist leo i gcomhlachtaí idirnáisiúnta (cé is moite de líonraí acadúla idirnáisiúnta), comhlachtaí reachtúla náisiúnta, eagraíochtaí gairmiúla agus institiúidí cultúrtha
  • Comhpháirtíochtaí comhoibríocha le leasa follasacha le comhlachtaí seachtracha, agus/nó le gníomhaireachtaí tionscail, rialtais, údaráis áitiúla agus réigiúnacha agus grúpaí pobail, lena n-áirítear scoileanna agus soláthróirí oideachais eile nuair is cuí
  • Éacht tábhachtach maidir le gníomhaireachtaí rialtais, eagraíochtaí neamhrialtasacha, grúpaí pobail nó eagraíochtaí lena n-áirítear mar shampla: tuarascálacha tábhachtacha nó doiciméid taighde (lasmuigh de thaighde coimisiúnaithe atá clúdaithe ag leas taighde eochairtháscairí feidhmíochta), ionchur saineolais deonach/neamhspleách a bhfuil cuireadh i gceist leis maidir le pleanáil straitéiseach agus próisis mheastóireachta clár
  • Éachtaí tábhachtacha chun foghlaim chomhoibríoch phobalbhunaithe a bhunú agus comhpháirtíochtaí taighde agus tionscnaimh atá dírithe ar ionchuimsiú sibhialta, sóisialta, eacnamaíoch agus cultúrtha a chur chun cinn, lena n-áirítear tionscadail ealaíne pobail
  • Éachtaí díreacha nó indíreacha maidir le cruthú post san earnáil phríobháideach agus san earnáil dheonach/neamhbhrabúis
  • Cláir oideachais, oiliúna nó craobhscaoilte a fhorbairt a mbaineann an eacnamaíocht áitiúil nó náisiúnta tairbhe shuntasach astu (e.g. mic léinn atá ag fáil maoiniú idirnáisiúnta, rudaí a mheallann turasóirí/cuairteoirí, comhdhálacha/ceolchoirmeacha/imeachtaí siamsaíochta móra idirnáisiúnta)
  • Éachtaí tábhachtacha maidir le cabhair, acmhainní, oideachas, oiliúint nó seirbhísí a sholáthar do phobail/réigiúin chorraitheacha nó atá ar ghanntan acmhainní (e.g. comhpháirtíocht le hinstitiúidí sa domhan forbraíochta)

 Critéir Roghnúcháin

 Déanfaidh painéal roghnúcháin athbhreithniú ar na hiarratais go léir bunaithe ar na critéir seo a leanas:  

  • Tionchar: Cá mhéad duine a dtéann na héachtaí i bhfeidhm orthu?
  • Méid an Tionchair: Cé chomh mór agus a théann na héachtaí i bhfeidhm ar an tsochaí?
  • Fad: Cá fhad a mhairfidh leas na n-éachtaí?
  • Straitéis: Cé chomh mór agus atá na héachtaí i dtiúin le straitéis na hOllscoile?
  • Ionchur: Leibhéal an ionchuir a rinne an duine/fhoireann chun an t-éacht seo a bhaint amach.

 Tá sé de cheart ag an bPainéal cinntí a dhéanamh as a stuaim féin bunaithe ar an eolas a fhaightear agus ar na critéir, tá sé de cheart aige freisin soiléiriú breise a lorg agus tá sé de cheart aige an próiseas a choigeartú más gá. Beidh deontas €1,000 ag gabháil le gach gradam ar féidir é a úsáid ar mhaithe le trealamh a cheannach, ar mhaithe le cabhrú le freastal ar chomhdhálacha, ar mhaithe le cúrsaí taistil agus cothabhála.


Tá gach comhalta foirne i dteideal iarratas nó ainmniúchán a dhéanamh, mar dhuine aonair nó mar chuid d’fhoireann.  Is féidir le comhalta foirne iarratas nó ainmniúchán a dhéanamh ar an bhfoirm iarratais/ainmniúcháin atá ar fáil ar láithreán gréasáin na hOifige Taighde Institiúidigh   . Caithfidh comhalta d'fhoireann OÉ Gaillimh aon ainmniúchán a dhéanamh agus caithfidh an té atá ainmnithe glacadh leis nó cead a thabhairt. 
Is cóir go mbeadh na nithe seo a leanas san áireamh le gach iarratas (i) an ghnáthfhoirm iarratais/ainmniúcháin, (ii) ráiteas gairid 500-700 focal a chuireann fianaise ar fáil agus a dhéanann measúnú criticiúil ar an obair a bhfuil an t-iarrthóir ag iarraidh go gcuirfear san áireamh í, i bhfianaise na gcritéar ábhartha a mhínítear thuas le tacaíocht ó (iii) litreacha tacaíochta ar cheart go mbeadh ar a laghad ceann amháin acu ó dhuine éigin lasmuigh den Ollscoil. 

Cuir isteach d’iarratas anseo nach déanaí ná 30/07/2021. Athbhreithneoidh Painéal Leas na Sochaí (nó foghrúpa oifigiúil an Phainéil) na hiarratais/na hainmniúcháin chun na hiarrthóirí siúd a chomhlíonann na riachtanais a aithint. Ní chuirfear iarrthóirí nach gcomhlíonann na trí riachtanais atá luaite thuas san áireamh.
Beidh sé de cheart ag Painéal Leas na Sochaí breis eolais a lorg má mheasann sé go bhfuil gá leis agus sa chás sin d'fhéadfaí cuireadh a thabhairt d'iarrthóir cáipéis tacaíochta a chur ar fáil – cáipéis ghonta a dhéanann cás ar son an iarratais/an ainmniúcháin agus a mhíníonn an fhianaise thacaíochta atá curtha ar fáil san iarratas.  Cuirfear an spriocdháta in iúl do na hiarrthóirí maidir leis an dáta ar gá an cháipéis tacaíochta a sheoladh ar aghaidh.
Cuirfear cinneadh an Phainéil in iúl do na hiarrthóirí agus do na moltóirí ar fad roimh dheireadh Meán Fómhair 2021. 

Painéal Leas na Sochaí 

  • An Stiúrthóir Feabhais (Cathaoirleach)
  • An Leas-Uachtarán Comhionannais agus Éagsúlachta
  • An Leas-Uachtarán Taighde
  • Stiúrthóir Pleanála & Taighde Institiúidigh
  • Beirt Ainmnithe de chuid an Uachtaráin
  • Beirt Déan
  • Beirt athbhreithneoirí seachtracha a bheidh le hainmniú ag an bpainéal

Bronnfar na gradaim ag searmanas cuí.

Beidh sé de rún ag an Ollscoil poiblíocht a dhéanamh ar son na ngradam agus ar son na ndaoine a mbronnfar gradam orthu trí mheáin éagsúla agus, mar sin, ba cheart go mbeadh na daoine a mbronnfar na gradaim orthu réidh le páirt a ghlacadh in ábhair phoiblíochta.

Ní bheidh iarratasóirí a n-éireoidh leo i dteideal iarratas a dhéanamh ar Ghradam Leas na Sochaí arís go ceann tréimhse 3 bliana.   Le haghaidh tuilleadh faisnéise déan teagmháil le do thoil:  

Claire O' Connor
Director of Planning and Institutional Research
University of Galway
Tel: 353(0)91-49 5708



Societal Impact President's Awardees

See previous years Awardees

2021 Awardees

Following on from last year, we continued with the two categories for the awards, Early Stage- which takes into account, activities at early or nascent stages of development with more local and/or regional partnerships and impact and Established Stage- which takes into account activities that are mature with national and/or international partnerships and impact. This year we awarded one early-stage career which was an individual awardee and two established career, which were two teams.

Established Career Awardees

1. Dr.Elaine Keane and Dr. Manuela Heinz (School of Education). Diversifying the Teaching Profession

Dr. Elaine Keane and Dr. Manuela Heinz have worked in the area of diversifying the teaching profession for over a decade. This work became formalised through our IRC-funded Diversity in Initial Teacher Education (DITE) (2013-2015) national research project which has had significant impact beyond the academic realm, contributing directly to the development of national and EU-level policy in the area of diversity in teaching, a major HEA national funding initiative (PATH1), enhanced equity of access to the teaching profession, and ultimately greater social cohesion.

DITE established Ireland’s first national dataset on the socio-demographic backgrounds (sex, gender, sexuality, social class, nationality/ies, ethnicity, dis/ability, languages, and religion) and motivations of applicants to state-funded initial teacher education (ITE) programmes, bringing teacher diversity to the top of the national education agenda. Our findings demonstrated to policy-makers the significant homogeneity of ITE populations and resultant mismatch between student and teacher bodies in schools. They hosted Ireland’s first Diversity in Teaching Research Symposium in 2014, which was attended by a host of government policy-makers, and resulted in significant media coverage. Following briefing papers to policy-makers, recommendations about diversifying teaching subsequently appeared in the HEA National Access Plan 2015-2020 for the first time. DITE’s international impact is evident through the European Commission-funded study on Diversity in Teaching (Donlevy, Meierkord and Rajania, 2016), which cites DITE as the only source of relevant data for Ireland and emphasises its importance.

Following their work as members of the two Department of Education and Skills (DES) Diversity in Teaching and Teacher Supply Data Working Groups, the Minister for Education and Skills announced €2.7 million (funded again in 2020) to support diversifying ITE (HEA/DES Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Strand 1: Equity of Access to ITE) (2017-2020). Media announcements of the competitive grants cited DITE findings as the rationale. There are now six national PATH1 projects to diversify teaching. One is ours (NUIG/STACS Access to Post-primary Teaching (APT) project (€408,120; 2017-2023) through which we support student teachers from lower socio-economic groups (29 to date) through a range of supports, and 1,500+ pupils in DEIS schools (with Access & Career Development Centres). In the research strand, we examine the impact of ‘working class’ student teachers’ backgrounds and motivations on their teacher identity constructions and career trajectories. They are also Steering Committee members of the national AHEAD Professional Placements and National Competence Standards project for professional education in Ireland.

Their Diversity in Teaching publications include 10+ journal articles, several book chapters, and an edited book (Keane, Heinz, and McDaid, 2022, Routledge) based on Ireland’s first International Research Symposium on Diversity in Teaching (November, 2019), which they hosted, and which showcased PATH1 and relevant international projects. Public dissemination has included multiple national and local radio interviews and invited addresses. In addition to the measurable impact on policy, funding, and the life and educational experiences of young people from marginalised backgrounds, our teacher diversity research, advocacy and dissemination is also contributing to longer-term attitudinal change in wider society and, ultimately, to greater societal cohesion.

 2. Prof. Sean Dinneen, Prof. Molly Byrne and Dr. Eimear Morrissey and the D1 Now Young Adult Panel (YAP). "Improving outcomes for young adults with type 1 diabetes in Ireland through high quality Public and Patient Involvement (PPI).

 Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a challenging condition to live with, and balancing it with the demands of young adulthood means that many young people with the condition have poor outcomes.  This was the inspiration for D1 Now – a programme of research led by Prof Sean Dinneen – with the aim of improving outcomes for young adults (18-25 years) living with T1D. D1 Now has been running since 2014, during which time the team have developed, refined and pilot tested the D1 Now intervention. You can read more about the study at the D1 Now website

Central to D1 Now is the Young Adult Panel, a Public and Patient Involvement in Research (PPI) Panel. The Young Adult Panel is made up of ten young adults living with T1D who act as co-researchers in the work. You can read more about PPI activity in University of Galway here .While the D1 Now research team and YAP together have made a remarkable contribution to the field of diabetes research (co-authorship of 5 peer-reviewed papers, co-organisation of an international diabetes conference, Health Research Board co-application which is funding the current work), their contribution to society has been equally impressive as they have played an important role in shifting the culture of traditional health research to one that is inclusive of the patient voice. Having been in place since 2014, the D1 Now YAP is one of Ireland’s longest standing and well-known PPI panels and has raised societal awareness of the value and impact of PPI in research. This has led to members of the YAP being invited to several national conferences over the years to speak about their experiences and advocate for PPI, providing an outstanding example of the motto ‘Nothing about us, without us’. A recent example of this is YAP member Cameron Keighron, who gave a webinar on ‘Creating Impact Using PPI’ to the Elsevier Researcher Academy which was viewed by people across the world. Cameron and the YAP also starred in the documentary about PPI, The Patient Effect, a Science on Screen commission which has been screened over twenty times at national and international film festivals, community events and has been used as an educational tool. 

Early Career Awardee

1. Johanna Clancy, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, Leadership role at SCCUL Enterprises Ltd.

Johanna is a lecturer in Business Enterprise and programme director of the Bachelor of Commerce at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics. She receives the President’s award for societal impact, based largely on her leadership role and passion in advancing social enterprise and economic development in Galway and the Western region, having been actively engaged with the local civic, social and economic community for almost a decade.

Johanna’s most significant contribution is through her leadership role at SCCUL Enterprises Ltd., a social enterprise located in what may be described as a socio-economic challenged community on the eastern outskirts of Galway. She is currently serving her seventh year as non-executive director, of which she spent five years as Chairperson. Since her involvement, SCCUL has been successful in attracting over €1m in national and EU funding, and she has helped to spearhead a number of innovative socially-driven, impactful and sustainable initiatives. An example of such initiatives includes the establishment of SAOL Café on University of Galway’s campus, the first social inclusion café based in a third level institution in Ireland. Another example is in scaling SCCUL’s bizmentors® pro bono mentorship programme for start-ups and existing businesses, where along with international partners, the model is now offered across the peripheral region of North West Europe. Other examples include the establishment of a new Community Centre, and the operational oversight of SCCUL’s Enterprise Centre. A final example is her integration of SCCUL’s expertise in to her final year Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise module, where students receive weekly guidance from SCCUL’s mentors in the development of their social business ventures.

Johanna’s work with SCCUL wholly aligns to University of Galway’s third mission, and the core values outlined in Strategy 2020-2025, particularly the values respect and sustainability. In addition to SCCUL, she is involved in a number of ways to build awareness of, and strengthen, social enterprise. For example, she is a judge with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and previously with Rethink Ireland. She is advisor to Foroige, Ireland’s largest youth development organisation, in its design of a nationwide second-level social enterprise module. She is a member of Social Enterprise Research Network of Ireland, and has recently established a regional task force, composed of several stakeholders, to mobilise social enterprise awareness and activity in the West of Ireland. Finally, in actively addressing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), Johanna leads the School’s commitment to the U.N. Principles for Responsible Management (PRME), a global platform which aligns academic institutions with the work of the UN Global Compact.



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.