New president for NUI Galway students 

New student union heads: Rebecca Melvin (NUIG SU VP/education officer), Phelim Kelly (NUIG SU president) and Jimmy McGovern (NUIG SU VP/welfare officer).

New student union heads: Rebecca Melvin (NUIG SU VP/education officer), Phelim Kelly (NUIG SU president) and Jimmy McGovern (NUIG SU VP/welfare officer).

Inishowen native Phelim Kelly has now taken up office as president of the Students’ Union in NUI Galway.

He will be joined by Headford native Rebecca Melvin, who has been elected to the positon of vice-president/education officer, and Jimmy McGovern, vice-president for welfare. 

Kelly, who has been actively involved in the Students’ Union both as a part-time officer and as the vice president for education, says his previous experience will help him in his tenure as president.

The president co-ordinates the activities of the Students’ Union and works with university management to achieve the best academic environment and quality of life for 17,500 NUI Galway students. The president is responsible for union finances, co-ordination of union campaigns, and acts as the chief spokesperson of the union. 

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