The Office for the Vice-President for Engagement is responsible for external relations and communications, data and engagement research, and philanthropy and fundraising. The heads of Marketing & Communications, Internal Communications, Data & Insight, Content, Development & Alumni Relations and Community Engagement report directly to the VP for Engagement.

The Office of the Vice-President for Engagement plays a central role in the implementation of our strategy Shared Vision, Shaped by Values.  With this strategy we aim to:

  • Stimulate the creative potential of our students, staff, alumni and wider community to advance our teaching, research, innovation and engagement in and for the world.
  • Engage with our alumni and retired staff in order to shape and support our future.
  • Build on our long tradition of partnerships with community groups and organisations in the Galway region and find new ways to deepen that cooperation in future in an open and inclusive way.
  • Enhance our network of business, industry and employers to ensure our graduates, courses, research, innovation and facilities are primed to benefit the economy of our region and country.
  • Partner with and support cultural and creative organisations, regionally and nationally, to celebrate our distinctive culture and make cultural expression available to all.
  • Actively engage with government, state bodies, development agencies, the Saolta hospitals group and other educational institutions to maximise our contribution to regional and national development.
  • Look out to the world with ambition: establish new strategic alliances with European and international partners and strengthen existing alliances to maximise the reach and impact of our teaching, research and innovation.

Community Engagement

The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy. Learn more.


The Content team leads and develops the vision for content creation for the University to ensure that the narrative for the University is front and centre and always on point. The team works with the Vice-President for Engagement to lead on the development and implementation of a clear strategy for content creation and dissemination across all relevant platforms. Learn more.

Data & Insights

Head of Data Insight Marc Mellotte leads the insight generation for the development team based on data analytics, data modelling, segmentation, measurement and tracking, in line with the University strategy. Mellotte works closely with the other functions within the Engagement directorate to collect, prepare, organise, protect and analyse data while ensuring that procedures meet best practice and compliance with relevant legislation. Other deliverables include leading an interdisciplinary team and improving and streamlining data analysis and systems within the directorate.

Head of Data Insights

Marc Mellotte

Development & Alumni Relations

Galway University Foundation is dedicated to raising philanthropic support for the priority projects of University of Galway. Its mission transforms the lives of students and supports research that enhances the lives of people across the globe. Learn more.

Alumni Relations is committed to connecting with University of Galway's global network of over 120,000 graduates. Learn more.

Internal Communications

Internal Communications is responsible for keeping our campus community informed of University news, staff and student successes, campus events and changes to practices and policies in the University. Learn more.

Marketing and Communications Office

The Marketing and Communications Office provides a link between the media and the wealth of information and expertise at University of Galway. The Director of Marketing and Communications will work with the Vice-President for Engagement to lead the marketing communications and press engagement strategy for the University. Learn more.