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Women in healthcare urged to apply for McGinty Scholarship for NUI Galway MBA

Female health professionals are being encouraged to apply for a women-only scholarship for NUI Galway’s MBA programme.

About the Scholarships: The McGinty Scholarships were established by alumna Dr Geraldine McGinty, a physician executive and radiologist, to empower a new cohort of women who will lead improved and impactful outcomes for patients and healthcare staff.  Established in 2020, the scholarships were introduced to encourage and enable female physicians and allied healthcare professionals to engage in the MBA programme, to support them on a career path to leadership in the healthcare sector. The McGinty Scholarships are available each year to support two women, one physician and one allied healthcare professional in the MBA programme at NUI Galway. Dr Geraldine McGinty is a graduate of Medicine at NUI Galway and is a radiologist who specializes in the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. She has served as Chair and President of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors and was the first woman to hold this post. She is an internationally renowned expert in imaging economics. She serves as a Non-Executive Director of IDA Ireland and is a member of the NUI Galway Governing Authority.

MBA Women in Leadership Event: A special online information forum was held on Thursday 24 June 2021 for female healthcare professionals who are eager to learn what the programme offers. Playback here

Speaking about the value of women in healthcare leadership:

Dr McGinty said: “Despite women making up the majority of the healthcare workforce they are typically underrepresented in the highest levels of leadership. We know diverse teams drive better results and outcomes so making sure women are prepared to assume senior leadership roles is a key goal.”

Emergency Medicine physician Dr Odharna Ní Dhomhnalláin received the inaugural McGinty scholarship. She said: “Healthcare practitioners bring a unique insight, particularly with regard to patient care and healthcare problems that we encounter in our day-to-day practice. The MBA has been very helpful in broadening my thinking and exposing me to the business knowledge that I need in order to pursue leadership and management positions in the future.”

Ann Cosgrove, Chief Operations Officer at Saolta University Health Care Group, said: “The hospital services operate with a predominantly female workforce, with women delivering and managing clinical services across our health service. Ensuring more women reach leadership roles will strengthen our teams. I am delighted that this scholarship has been made available to further develop key leadership pathways for women in the healthcare sector.”

Professor Alma McCarthy, Head of J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway, said: “Research shows that diversity in senior management leads to better organisational outcomes. We are committed to supporting gender parity in leadership roles and providing women with female leaders who can act as role models. This MBA scholarship will help to nurture world-class female leaders who can have a significant impact in their organisations and throughout society.”

The McGinty Scholarship with Dr. Geraldine McGinty


MBA McGinty Scholarship Recipient - Dr Odharna Ní Dhomhnalláin


McGinty Scholarship Advisory Board

Scholarship recipients are selected by and receive dedicated mentorship from leading females in the healthcare industry.


Mary Dunne is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bons Secours Health Care Group as well as the Saolta University Health Care Group. Mary holds a Masters Degree in Management.

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Mary Harney served as Tanaiste and Minister for Health and is the current Chancellor of the University of Limerick. She serves on the Boards of a number of private companies in pharmaceutical, healthcare, technology and financial services sectors.

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Aine Lyons is VMware’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Worldwide Legal Operations and Chief of Staff to VMware’s General Counsel.

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Dr. Carmel Malone is the Head of NUIG’s School of Medicine since September 2016 and is a Consultant General and Breast Surgeon.

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Marie O’Connor was the first woman to be admitted as a partner to Price Waterhouse and was an audit and business advisory partner of PwC Ireland for 30 years until her retirement in 2017. She was appointed as the first female Chair of UCD Governing Authority in 2019 She was a founder member and the country lead for the 30% Club in Ireland, which promotes gender diversity in business. 

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Catriona O’Farrell is a board director and strategic business advisor. She was the former Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Fintrax Group. She received her B.Comm. undergraduate degree and executive MBA from National University of Ireland, Galway.  

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Martina Ni Chulain serves as Director of Strategic Development & Process Improvement for the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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