Peter McHugh

Deputy President and Registrar

Professor Peter McHugh
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Professor Peter McHugh is Deputy President and Registrar of the University. He is a member of the University Management Team and Academic Council, and he deputises for the President in his absence. In his role Peter has overarching responsibility for academic strategy, academic promotions, and academic quality. He chairs the University’s Teaching and Learning Committee, the Academic Promotions Committee, the Quality Enhancement Committee, among other committees in the University. Externally, he is a member of the Senate of the NUI and the Board of the Central Admissions Office (CAO). A native of Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, Peter holds a first-class honours BE in Mechanical Engineering from University of Galway and an ScM and PhD in Engineering from Brown University, Rhode Island, USA. He also holds a Doctor of Science (DSc) on published work from the National University of Ireland. Peter joined the University faculty in 1991 as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. He was appointed as the University’s first Established Professor of Biomedical Engineering in 2007 and he has served as Head of Biomedical Engineering within the School of Engineering since 2013. He served as Dean of College and Head of School of Engineering and Informatics from 2016 to 2019, and Head of School of Engineering from 2019 to 2021. Peter is an internationally recognised research leader in biomedical engineering and his research has been focused on fundamental developments and applications of computational and experimental methods in biomechanics, tissue mechanics and in the analysis and design of medical implants and devices, and he has published widely on these topics. In addition to research, Peter is deeply committed to undergraduate and postgraduate education. He has received numerous awards, including membership of the Royal Irish Academy (2011), the Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland - Section of Bioengineering (2011), Fellowship of the Irish Academy of Engineering (2019), the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1995), the Presidential Nominee Fellowship of Engineers Ireland (2009), and he is a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland since 1996. He has also served in officer roles in the Royal Irish Academy, as Secretary for Science and as Secretary for Policy and International Relations where he was the Irish representative to several international academy organisations, including the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC).


 Marie KennedyPersonal Assistant to the Deputy President and Registrar
Marie Kennedy  
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Monica CrumpUniversity Librarian
Monica Crump
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Monica Crump is Interim University Librarian, in which role she is responsible for leading the Library team in the delivery of the Library Strategy:  Preserving the Past, Enabling the Future.  A particular focus of her work is the planning of a new Library Building, which will deliver a future-ready learning environment, supporting the University’s Academic Strategy - Teaching and Learning, by enabling students’ collaboration and creativity, supporting their learning success, as well as providing collections and spaces for individual, focussed study.  Monica has nearly 30 years’ experience working in higher education, as a librarian and a researcher.  She has particular interests in the ever-evolving world of scholarly communications and publishing, as well as the alignment and development of teams to deliver institutional strategic goals and support evolving user needs.  Monica holds a B.A. in Computer Science, Linguistics and German (TCD), a Masters in Library and Information Science (UCD), and has completed an evening B.A. in French (University of Galway).  She is an elected member of Údarás na hOllscoile since 2021, has been a member of the Finance Resource Committee, and is currently a member of Standing and Strategic Planning Committee.


  Iain MacLarenDirector, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT)

Dr Iain MacLaren
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Dr. Iain MacLaren is the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT), which spans a range of responsibilities including technologies to support teaching and learning (whether in the classroom or online), the professional development of academic staff, teaching and learning policy and strategy, and research and scholarship in higher education. Prior to taking up this role, he taught and researched in a number of universities in Scotland and England, and his own disciplinary background is in Astrophysics (BSc(Hons) Edinburgh, PhD Durham) which broadened also to atmospheric physics, advanced computing techniques, multimedia technologies, and education. He has participated in, and led, a number of national and international projects related both to professional development and learning technologies. He was a founding Board member of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning, is currently a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/AdvanceHE, and writes and publishes in the field, most recently in Reflective Teaching in Higher Education (1st and 2nd Editions, Bloomsbury) which is a core text for many Postgraduate programmes in teaching and learning.


Richard MantonDirector of Sustainability 

Richard Manton  

Richard Manton is the University's first Director of Sustainability, leading the new Sustainability Office to achieve an ambitious sustainability strategy and champion the Sustainable Development Goals. Richard was previously the Registrar at Engineers Ireland and a Non-Executive Director at Bus Éireann. He was also a lecturer and researcher in transportation, energy and environment at the University, and a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley and LMU Munich. Richard is a Chartered Engineer with a BE in civil engineering, a MA in financial management, a PhD in sustainable transportation and a professional diploma in digital transformation management. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy Engineering & Computer Sciences Committee 


Nuala McGuinnDirector, Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development (CALPD)
Nuala McGuinn
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Nuala McGuinn is Director of the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at the University of Galway following her appointment to this role in 2013.  Nuala has over 25 years’ experience working in adult learning and development within the Institute of Technology and University sector.  Within her current role at the University of Galway she has responsibility for the development and expansion of the University’s range of part-time programmes with particular emphasis on flexible models of course delivery, the development and implementation of blended and online learning programmes, partnership with industry to identify and meet the training needs of the region and the support of adult learners in their professional development journey. Having commenced her career as a primary school teacher, Nuala has merged her interest in teaching, education and management into her current work in educational management and academic programme design and development.  Nuala has an MA in Management in Education (WIT), an MSc in Marketing Practice (University of Galway), a Higher Diploma in Business Studies (University of Galway) and a Bachelor of Education (St. Patricks College). Her interests include professional and workforce development, work-based learning, models of accreditation for prior formal and experiential learning, and supporting and developing adult learners in higher education.  Nuala is a member of the West Regional Skills Forum Steering Group and is honorary secretary of the Higher Education in Ireland Lifelong Learning Network (HELLIN).
Michelle Ní ChróinínDirector of Strategy and Planning
Michelle Ní Chróinín
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Michelle is Director of Strategy and Planning in the Office of the Deputy President and Registrar, leading University-wide projects related to the delivery of its strategic academic mission. Prior to her appointment to this new role, she previously held the position of Institutional Press & Information Officer at the University of Galway. Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in public administration, communications and in corporate governance. She was an elected member of Údarás na hOllscoile from 2009 – 2013 and was a member of its Committee for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs. She is currently serving her second term on the Board of TG4 where she served as interim Chair to the Board in 2017. She previously served on its Audit and Finance Committee and is current Chair of its Brand and Marketing Committee. In 2018 she was invited onto the Board of Macnas and is a previous board member of Volunteer Galway.  Michelle holds an MA in Business (IMI/UCC), MA in Media Studies (UL), HDip in Arts Administration (University of Galway), HDip Applied Project Management (IPM/UCC), and BMus (UCC).


Caroline Ní FhlathartaOifigeach Gaeilge

Caroline Ní Fhlatharta                                                                                                                                         
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Caroline Ní Fhlatharta  was appointed the University of Galway’s first ever Irish Language Officer in October 2021.  This appointment  is a key part of the University’s inaugural Irish Language Strategy - A Strategy for the Irish Language 2021-25.  Caroline will support this Strategy and our vision to develop and foster a sustainable bilingual environment and promote our language across University life and the the University of Galway community, as well as in the Gaeltacht and Irish language communities.  Caroline holds an MA (Adult Learning and Development), a BA (Applied Irish), a Diploma in Irish and a Diploma in Business Technologies from the University of Galway, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Learning Guidance and Theories from Maynooth University.  She facilitated the first ever LIFT Leadership Programme in the country  through Irish with the University of Galway staff members and won a LIFT Leadership Award for Innovation and Adaptability.  A native speaker from Connemara, Caroline joined the University of Galway in 2005 and had worked with TG4 prior to that. 

Sinéad O'ConnorDirector of Quality
Sinéad O'Connor
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Sinéad currently holds the role of Director of Quality having been appointed to the role in the summer of 2019.  She has eighteen years’ experience in the areas of governance, audit, risk management, and strategic management.  She has seven years’ experience in the higher education sector having worked as Internal Auditor with the University of Galway, playing a central role in the public accountability process by providing assurance to the Governing Authority on the internal control and risk management frameworks within the University.  She also worked as Finance Manager for the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.  Sinéad is the former Ard Stiúrthóir of the Camogie Association, a national sporting organisation comprising 600 clubs and a network of almost 100,000 members. Sinéad is a member of the Quality Enhancement Committee, Academic Council and Academic Council Standing Committees and previously served on the University’s Audit Committee and Risk Management Group. Sinéad has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Scranton and Masters in Accounting from UCD.  She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant.


Michelle O'Dowd LohanSustainability Officer
Michelle O'Dowd Lohan
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Michelle O’Dowd Lohan is the University of Galway’s inaugural Community and University Sustainability Officer. Appointed in September 2019, this is a senior leadership position that supports the Deputy President and Registrar to further the aims of the Community and University Sustainability Partnership (CUSP). CUSP aims to make the University of Galway a top-class, green, smart and healthy campus by embedding sustainability into teaching learning, operational and wider outreach activities. Michelle is an Environmental Science graduate from the University of Galway.  She went on to complete a Higher Diploma in Education before attending Queen’s University, Belfast where she completed an MSc in Environmental Engineering. Michelle previously worked as a Sustainability Research Associate with the Ryan Institute, University of Galway.  Her research interests include sustainability relating to education and health sectors.  Prior to her time at the University of Galway Michelle worked for 12 years as the Environmental & Waste Management Co-ordinator with Galway University Hospitals.