Director of Student Services

John Hannon was appointed as Director of Student Services in April 2015. The role of the Director is to provide leadership in the integration of the student services functions and for the provision of high quality and comprehensive non-academic support and wellbeing services for students. The Director works with the Dean of Students for the Student Experience to ensure appropriate working partnerships are in place with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders, which are conducive to the effective realisation of the University’s strategic aspirations in relation to student support and wellbeing, and to the student experience.

The units that come under Student Services include the Access Centre, Accommodation and Welfare, the Career Development Centre, Chaplaincy, Student Counselling and Societies Office. Sports, Student Health Unit and the University Crèche. 

John has worked for over twenty years in higher education, including roles as a tutor, lecturer, careers adviser and Head of the Career Development Centre. He is former Chair of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services in Ireland and is Membership Secretary of Student Affairs Ireland.

John studied in NUI Galway (BA and HDE), UCD (DCG) and University of Warwick (MA CEIGHE).

Professor Michelle Millar is the Dean of Students at NUI Galway

Professor Michelle Millar is a member of the University Management Team with specific responsibility for Student Services, Sports & Physical Activity and ASPIRE a new flagship programme in NUI Galway whose mission is to drive transformational change and support the evolution of the educational experience for our students, staff and enterprise partners. The Dean of Students has particular responsibility for ensuring that the university structures, environment and support services underpin the educational and personal development of students. Professor Millar and her team play a lead role in the implementation of the NUI Galway Strategy with particular focus on the objectives and initiatives that support the success of students in their education and their personal development.

A graduate of the University of Limerick, Michelle has taught Public Policy and Public Administration in the School of Political Science and Sociology since 1998. She was awarded the NUI Galway President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017. She has provided programme leadership at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1998, developed new programmes and served as the Chair of the School Teaching and Learning Committee 2014-18. In January 2018, she was appointed Head of School Political Science & Sociology. Michelle is a Senior Research Fellow at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and has acted as Principal Investigator on several funded research projects, the most recent an IRC Social Protection Research Innovation Award the outputs of which culminated in her receiving the NUI Galway President’s Award for Societal Impact in 2019.  Michelle is currently a Joint Principal Investigator for the evaluation of the ASPIRE programme at NUI Galway.


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