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Members of the Convocation Executive Committee


 

Mr Robert Corbett (Chair)
Mr Robert Butler
Mrs Mary Campbell
Ms Mary Casey
Professor Paul McKevitt
Professor Pauline Murphy
Mr John O'Neill
Ms Ciara Platt
Professor Girijesh Prasad
Mrs Anne Rowe
Mr Johnny Stewart
Mr John Thompson
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Mr Robert Corbett (Chair)

Robert is originally from Seskinore, near Omagh, Co. Tyrone.  He graduated from the University of Ulster at Coleraine in 1985 with a BA Honours degree in History.  As a student, Robert became involved with Portrush Lifeboat Station. He served as a crew member and was a member of the committee that organised the Portrush Raft Race for more than 15 years.  Later, Robert was chariman of the Lagan RNLI Fundraising Branch in Belfast and the highly successful Portrush Lifeboat Appeal in 2000.  He is still interested in promoting the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Robert is currently employed by Belfast City Council as its Records Manager.  He previously worked as an archivist in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.  Robert is an active member of the Information and Records Management Society and in 2011 he was made an Honorary Life Member, the first person from the Ireland regional group of the Society to receive this award.

Robert is a keen local historian and plays a leading role in Ballintoy Archaeological and Historical Society.  He lives in Portstewart with his wife, Julie, who is also a graduate of the University of Ulster.

Robert has been a member of  the Convocation Executive Committee since April 2007.

Mr Robert Butler

Mrs Mary Campbell

 

 Mrs Mary Casey

Professor Paul McKevitt (Vice-Chair)

Paul is from Co. Donegal (Dún Na nGall), Ireland.  He has contributed to genesis of `The Imagineering Quarter' [(c) 2009, PM] in the City of Derry~LondonDerry~LegenDerry, which backed the City's successful bid for First UK City of Culture 2013, and is a member of the Digital Action Team (DAT) for Digital Derry which manages CultureTECH. He is Director of the international Loebner Prize 2013 Contest in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

 

Paul completed a Master's degree in Education (M.Ed.), at the University of Sheffield, England in 1999, his Ph.D. in Computer Science, at the University of Exeter, England in 1991, his Master's degree in Computer Science (M.S.), at New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA in 1988 and his  Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (B.Sc., Hons.), at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland in 1985.

 

Paul's further details are available at:

http://www.paulmckevitt.com/bio.html

  Professor Pauline Murphy 

Pauline graduated 1st class at NUI followed by post graduate qualifications in Education and later in Guidance and Counselling at Ulster.  Her career in Northern Ireland began as a lecturer at Cookstown College, then as Head of Economics and Social Sciences in St. Louisa's Comprehensive College, Belfast.   As chief examiner in Economics for NI Schools Council she introduced an O Level in Economics to the curriculum and in 1985 she joined Ulster teaching on the PgDip and Masters in Education.  In 1990 she received funding from the European Commission and organised a Womens' Opportunities Unit.  She has chaired curriculum committees in partnership with other European countries to design and validate courses from outreach to certificate, diploma, foundation degrees, post grad diplomas and masters in professional development for women.  The foundation certificates were franchised to colleges of further education throughout NI and access progression routes were created for hundreds of potential adult students who continued on to degree and post grad levels.

As Director of Womens' Opportunities Pauline received many awards including: Fawcett Society, European Women, Life Changers, Belfast Millennium Women Breaking the Mould and her holistic approach in course design based on personal, professional and political development facilitated successful outcomes for students.  Pauline also founded the Training for Women Network NI a UN linked NGO still based in Belfast that she chaired for 6 years and she was also the President of the Irish Association for Social, Cultural and Economic relations for 5 years.

Following her retirement in 2002, she was a consultant on access progression routes, Quality Assurance and Equality and Diversity.  Currently Pauline has organised seminars in Inclusive Peacebuilding Locally and Glocally at Magee and Belfast (2002 and 2003) via Incore and has an Adjunct Professorship at University of Ottawa.  Her priority in Higher Education is the creation, support and development of continuing and progressive learning.

Mr John O'Neill

 

Ms Ciara Platt

 

Professor Girijesh Prasad

Girijesh Prasad has been a member of academic staff of the University of Ulster since Nov. 1999 and currently holds the post of  Professor of Intelligent Systems in the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems. He is an executive member of the ISRC and leads the Brain-Computer Interface and Assistive Technology (BCIAT) research team. Previously he worked in industry in excess of five years, first as a Digital Systems Engineer and then as a Power Plant Engineer in India. He also worked for over two years as a Research Fellow on a UK EPSRC/industry funded research project at the Queen’s University of Belfast.

Girijesh obtained a first class honours BTech degree in Electrical Engineering from Regional Engineering College Calicut (now National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India)  and a first class honours MTech degree in Computer Science and Technology from the University of Roorkee (now, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India). He obtained his PhD degree from the Queen's University of Belfast. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is a founder member of IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics society’s Technical Committee on Brain-Machine Interface Systems.

Girijesh is a member of the editorial board of International Journal of Computational Intelligence, International Journal of Life Sciences and Technology, International Journal of Medical Sciences and Technology, International Journal of BioSciences and Technology, and Scientific Journals International (Journal of Engineering, Computing, and Architecture). He has been a member/chair of International Program Committee (IPC) of several international conferences including IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics and IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, over past several years. He has been a reviewer of UK EPSRC funding proposals and a large number of international journals such as IEEE Transactions on SMC, Energy Conversion, Neural Networks, and Fuzzy Systems.

Mrs Anne Rowe

Anne was Chair of Convocation from 2006 to 2010 and is currently President of the University's Alumni Association.  Having graduated with a BA Honours in English and Education from The New University of Ulster in 1974 she went on to gain professional qualifications in Librarianship and Careers Guidance.  Following several years teaching at both secondary and further education levels she took up the post of Careers Information Officer at Queen's University, Belfast before moving to the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster in 1995.  She retired from her position as Senior Career Development Adviser in 2011.

She was appointed to the Board of Governors of Causeway Institute in 2002 and served on the standing committee overseeing the establishment of the Northern Regional College.  Since 2008 she has been a member of the governing body of Coleraine Academical Institution.

Anne is married with two sons.

Mr Johnny Stewart 

Johnny is originally from Maghaberry near Lisburn City. He graduated from the School of Communication at Jordanstown with a BSc Honours degree in Communication with Public Relations. As a student he was involved in the extracurricular activities of the Christian Union and he also received half colours having represented Ulster Colleges.

In his day job Johnny works as a communication professional at Weber Shandwick providing advice and guidance on media and political engagement. Johnny previously served on the Alumni Association Executive Committee from 2009 until 2013 and has since joined the Committee for NIGAG (Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group) taking over the role of Vice Chair at the recent 2014 AGM.

As well as his sporting interests Johnny is a keen volunteer having previously taught English to speakers of other languages and is currently involved in a number of youthwork projects.

Mr John Thompson

Mary Campbell, Robert Corbett, Anne Rowe and John Thompson currently represent Convocation on the University's Court.