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Senior Management Structure 2012 - 2013 Professor Alastair Adair - Pro-Vice-Chancellor Delevopment and Provost for Belfast and Jordanstown Professor Richard Millar - Pro-Vice-Chancellor Academic PLanning, Partnerships and International Affairs Professor Hugh McKenna - Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation Professor Denise McAlister - Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Professor Alastair Adair, CBE - Acting Vice-Chancellor Mr Peter Hope - Chief Finance and Information Officer Mr Ronnie Magee - Director of Human Resources Mr Paddy Donnelly - Director of Physical Resources Professor Jan Jędrzejewski - Arts Professor Liam Maguire - Computing and Engineering Professor Ian Montgomery- Art, Design and The Built Environment Professor Carol Curran - Life and Health Sciences Professor Paul Carmichael - Social Sciences Professor Marie McHugh - Ulster Business School Professor Deirdre Heenan - Pro-Vice-Chancellor Communication and Provost for Coleraine and Magee

Professor Alastair Adair, CBE - Acting Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development) & Provost (Belfast & Jordanstown)

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Alastair Adair is Acting Vice-Chancellor, Ulster University until July 2015 when Professor Patrick Nixon takes up the post.

As Pro Vice Chancellor (Development) and Provost (Belfast and Jordanstown campuses), Professor Adair's responsibilities encompass the University's development plans for Belfast and Jordanstown, Development and Alumni Relations.

He is also Professor of Property Investment with research interests comprising the financing of infrastructure and regeneration and property market performance. He is a founding co-author of the University's House Price Survey which has analysed the Province's residential market performance since 1984.

As a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors he is a former Chair of RICS Northern Ireland and a Past President of the Irish Auctioneers and Valuers Institute. He holds a PhD from University of Reading.

Professor Adair was appointed a member of the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 Sub-panel 16 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning. He was also a member of the Research Assessment Exercise Town and Country Planning Panels in 2008 and 2001.

He was appointed a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2014 for services to Higher Education in Northern Ireland.

Professor Adair was conferred with Honorary membership of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects in 2014.

Responsibilities: Development (including the Ulster University Foundation); Alumni Relations; Community Relations and Greater Belfast Development. As campus Provost for Jordanstown and Belfast, Professor Adair also has responsibility for oversight of the general affairs of the campus including: service standards; pastoral care of students and staff and interaction with the wider community.

Secretary to the Acting Vice-Chancellor Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Jayne Purdy Clare Paradi +44 (0)28 9536 7330 +44 (0)28 9536 7339


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Professor Deirdre Heenan - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Communication) & Provost (Coleraine & Magee)

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Professor Deirdre Heenan was formerly Provost and Dean of Academic Development at the Magee Campus. A distinguished researcher, author and broadcaster, she is a member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences and has published widely on healthcare, education policy, social care and devolution. She is a co-founder and former co-director of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey.

In 2001 she was the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award and this was followed by a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2006. In 2008 she secured an ESRC fellowship and spent nine months as policy adviser in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. In 2011 she was appointed by the health minister to join a five strong panel of experts to oversee a radical review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. In 2012 she was appointed to the Irish President's Council of State as one of the seven personal nominees of President Michael D Higgins.

She is a director of ILEX the Derry~Londonderry urban regeneration company and a school governor in two Derry schools, Foyle College and St Patrick's Pennyburn.

A native of Annaclone, she was educated at Banbridge Academy and the Ulster University. She lives in Derry with her husband and three sons.

Responsibilities: Corporate Communications, brand, internal communications, web development, Public Relations, including media relations and public affairs. As campus Provost for Coleraine and Magee, Professor Heenan also has responsibility for oversight of the general affairs of the campus including: service standards; pastoral care of students and staff and interaction with the wider community
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Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Gemma Thornton +44 (0)28 7167 5352 +44 (0)28 7167 5454

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Professor Denise McAlister, CBE- Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)

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Professor Denise McAlister assumed responsibilities as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the Ulster University in September 2005. Previous to this she held positions as Head of School, School of Public Policy, Economics and Law and Dean of the Faculties of Business and Management and Social Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Quality Assurance and Enhancement). Previously educated at the Queen’s University of Belfast, the University of Salford and the University of Tromso, Norway, Professor McAlister was appointed to a personal Chair in Health Policy in 1998. Her research interests and expertise include economic appraisal and evaluation, the economics of contracting and the role of the user in health policy evaluation and she is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education.

She has held a number of public appointments including, membership of the Ministerial Advisory Board, Water Service (NI), and the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, interim chair ERINI, membership of the Governing Body of BIFHE and a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Public Sector Enterprises Ltd (NI-CO), Department of Trade and Investment. Her professional appointments extend to several national/international committees including the Quality in Higher Education Group and formerly, the US National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education. She has undertaken consultancy projects in performance measurement and economic appraisal for a wide range of government departments and public sector organisations, and provided policy relevant advice to Ministers, CEOs and civil servants.

Professor McAlister was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours for services to higher education in Northern Ireland.

Responsibilities: Academic Office; Academic Planning; Quality Management and Audit Unit; Staff Development; Student Employability and Marketing.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Mrs Patricia Rankin  +44 (0)28 9036 6164  +44 (0)28 903 66827

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Professor Hugh McKenna, CBE,- Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

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Dr Hugh McKenna, is Professor and joined the University in 1988. His professional background is in general and mental health nursing. He has over 200 publications including 10 books and over £3 million in grants. He has supervised 15 PhD students to successful completion. He is an editor of ‘International Journal of Nursing Studies’ and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN), Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing (FEAN) and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, (FRCSI). In 2008 he was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his work on health and community. He sits on national/international committees for three charities, four research funding bodies and five editorial boards. In 2009 he obtained the University’s Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship and made a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) – only the third nurse in Europe to be given this honour. He is a non-executive member of the Patient and Client Council and chairs the mental health monitoring group which reports directly to the Minister of Health. He also chairs the UK Research Excellence Framework sub panel for nursing, allied health professions, pharmacy and dentistry. He has also recently chaired the Hong Kong Accreditation Panel for Health Sciences and the Swedish Health Sciences Research Council. He is a visiting scholar at the University of Texas and Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include doctoral education, suicide prevention, and the health care workforce. 

Responsibilities: Research Office; Research Planning and Policy; Research Students; Research Quality Enhancement and Monitoring; Research Grants and Contracts; Research Governance; Research Excellence Framework (REF); Non-Research Grants and Contracts; Innovation Ulster Limited (including Intellectual Property; Campus Companies; Licensing/Royalties; Consultancy); Office of Innovation; KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership); Innovation Ulster Limited; Regional Services.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Wendy Johnston +44 (0)28 7012 4343 +44 (0)28 7012 4922

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Professor Richard Millar - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Planning, Partnerships and International Affairs)

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Professor Richard Millar obtained a Master of Arts degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) in 1986 before returning to Northern Ireland for research studies at the Ulster University. He graduated from there in 1989 with a Doctor of Philosophy in Computing Science and accepted an offer of a Lectureship in Computing Science.

Richard was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996 and to Head of the School of Computing and Mathematics in 2000. For the years 2004-2014 he was Dean of the Faculty of Computing & Engineering before being appointed in August 2014 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Academic Planning, Partnerships and International Affairs.

He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a former member of the Society's Council, currently Chair of the Society's Professional Examinations Board and a past-Chairman of their Belfast Branch. Richard was a member of the Steering Committee for the STEM Review in Northern Ireland, a member of the Project Board for the DEL HE Strategy for Northern Ireland and a Board member of Momentum. He is a Liveryman of the Information Technologists in the City of London and a Department of Education-nominated Governor for Belfast High School.

Richard is married to Belinda; they have one son, Zack. Richard strives to maintain a work-life balance to pursue interests in golf, rugby and be an active member of his church.

Responsibilities: Academic Planning: Educational Partnerships (Domestic and International); International Student Experience, Marketing and Recruitment; Student Support; Students' Union Liaison.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Clare Clarke +44 (0)28 90368632 +44 (0)28 90366827

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Mr Peter Hope - Chief Finance and Information Officer

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Peter Hope was educated at the University of Stirling, where he was awarded a BA Hons in Accountancy. In addition, he was awarded a Masters in Business Administration from the Ulster University in 1995. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and Touche and is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He joined the University in 1991 as Head of Internal Audit. He was appointed Director of Finance in 2003 and took on the position of Chief Finance and Information Officer in 2010.

He is member of the Northern Ireland Science Park Audit Committee and a member of the North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium Board of Directors.

Responsibilities: Finance & Planning (including Income & Treasury Management; Expenditure; Financial Accounting; Management Accounting; Purchasing; Salaries & Wages; Pensions; Financial Strategy, Policy Planning; Investment; Taxation; External Audit, Internal Audit, student statistics including student data, statutory returns; academic courses and student numbers planning; performance monitoring; sectoral research; institutional benchmarking; provision of management information; systems maintenance and development); Information Services (covering academic and administrative computing, digital communications, media-technology services and reprographic services); Student Administration and Library.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax

Janice Moore

+44 (0)28 7012 4712 +44 (0)28 7012 3141

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Mr Ronnie Magee - Director of Human Resources

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Responsibilities: Human Resource Services (including Recruitment and Selection; Recruitment Administration; HR IT Systems; Grievance and Discipline; Industrial Tribunals); Employee Relations (including HR Employment Policy, Practice and Procedures; Consultation and Negotiation; Pay and Reward; Promotion and Advancement; Probation; Job Evaluation; Organizational Change); Health and Safety (including Occupational Health Service; Health and Safety Policy, Practice and Procedures).

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Trish Small +44 (0)28 9036 8230 +44 (0)28 9036 6837

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Mr Paddy Donnelly - Director of Physical Resources

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Patrick Donnelly is Director of Physical Resources. He joined the University on 1993, having previously worked in private practice and the Estates Directorate of Queen's University, Belfast. A native of Ballycastle, he is married with five children, and is a member of the British Institute of Facilities Management and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Mr Donnelly is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the strategic planning, management and development of all aspects of the University Estate and its associated services.

Responsibilities: Estates Planning, (including Strategy, Space Management, Project Management and Central Timetabling); Estates (including Building and Grounds Maintenance and Management and Design Services); Facilities Services (including Cleaning, Portering, Security), Catering (including Conference Services), Residential Services and Sports Services.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Miriam Hamilton +44 (0)28 7012 4133 +44 (0)28 7012 4855

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Deans

Professor Jan Jędrzejewski, MRIA - Arts

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Jan Jędrzejewski was educated at the University of Łódź, Poland, where he obtained, in 1985, his MA in English philology, and at Worcester College, University of Oxford, where he completed, in 1992, his DPhil on Thomas Hardy. He joined the Ulster University, as a Lecturer inEnglish, in 1993; he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001, and he became a Professor of English and Comparative Literature in 2007.

Professor Jędrzejewski held the posts of Acting Head of the Humanities Research Institute (2008-2009), Acting Head of the School of History and International Affairs (2009), and Head of the School of English and History (2009-2014). A specialist in nineteenth-century English literature, particularly the Victorian novel, he also has a major interest in comparative literature, focusing on the literary relations between the British Isles and Poland.

He has published monographs on Thomas Hardy and the Church (1996) and George Eliot (2007), and he has produced critical editions of Hardy and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Responsibilities: Dean of the Faculty of Arts which comprises the Confucius Institute at the Ulster University; School of Creative Arts and Technologies; School of English and History; School of Irish Language and Literature; School of Media, Film and Journalism; School of Modern Languages; Research Graduate School.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Pearl Platt +44 (0)28 7012 4517 +44 (0)28 7012 4925

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Professor Liam Maguire, Computing and Engineering

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Professor Liam Maguire was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Engineering in September 2014.

Liam obtained MEng and PhD degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Queen's University of Belfast. He joined the Ulster University, as a Lecturer in 1994; he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001, Reader in 2004 and he became a Professor of Computational Intelligence in 2007.

He is Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre and his research interests focus on brain modelling and the development and application of bio-inspired techniques. He is the author of over 200 research papers and has a track record of securing research funding. He has also supervised 15 PhD and 3 MPhil students to completion.

Responsibilities: Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Engineering which comprises the School of Computing and Information Engineering; School of Computing and Intelligent Systems; School of Computing and Mathematics; School of Engineering; Research Graduate School.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Margaret Hickey +44 (0)28 9036 6285
+44 (0)28 7167 5616
+44 (0)28 9036 6855
+44 (0)28 7167 5570

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Professor Ian Montgomery- Art, Design and The Built Environment

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Professor Ian Montgomery was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment in summer 2008. He was previously Head of the School of Art and Design and Director of the Research Institute for Art and Design. Ian joined the University in 1991 as an Associate Lecturer in Design, having previously worked in professional practice. He holds a BA (Hons) and a DPhil in Design, both from the Ulster University. He was appointed Professor of Design in 2005. His main research interests are in the areas of design theory, knowledge transfer, and design perception.

Ian is a member of Council of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a Management Board member of the Higher Education Academy’s Art Design and Media Subject Centre. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Ian is interested in the area of sustainable development and project partnerships across a broad range of constituencies. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching cricket.

Responsibilities: Belfast School of Architecture; Belfast School of Art; School of the Built Environment; and the Research Graduate School.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Amanda Lindsay +44 (0)28 9536 7459 +44 (0)28 9536 7310

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Professor Carol Curran - Life and Health Sciences

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Professor Carol Curran is Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences. She joined the Ulster University in 1996 as a Lecturer/Practitioner in District Nursing, a full time lecturer in 1999 becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2005. In 2007 she was awarded a Personal Chair in Nursing on the basis of Academic Enterprise.

Carol obtained an honours degree in Nursing Studies in 1990, an MSc in Professional Development in 1997 and a PhD in 2005 all from the Ulster University. Before taking up the post of Dean Carol has been Head of School of Nursing, Chief Executive of Ulster Educational Partnerships Ltd and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences. Carol is the current Chair of the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nurses and Midwives (NIPEC). Carol is keen to advance inter-professional learning across the faculty and to maximise the relationship between research and teaching and learning.

Responsibilities: Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences which comprises the Schools of Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Nursing, Psychology, and the Ulster Sports Academy (formerly School of Sports Studies) each with their respective Research Institute and the Research Graduate School.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Tricia Magill +44 (0)28 9036 6166 +44 (0)28 9036 8349

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Professor Paul Carmichael - Social Sciences

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Professor Paul Carmichael is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He joined the Ulster University in 1992 as a Lecturer in Public Administration, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 1997, Reader in 2002 and Professor of Public Policy & Government in 2004.

Paul obtained an honours degree in Economics and Public Policy in 1989 from Leeds Polytechnic. He was awarded a PhD in Public Policy in 1992 from the University of Strathclyde and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education in 1995 from the Ulster University. Before taking up the post of Dean, Paul had been the Head of the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy since 2005. Since 2000, he has been Honorary Secretary of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom and a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for British Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Paul is keen to advance the research agenda of the Faculty while developing all aspects of teaching and learning.

In 2007, Professor Carmichael was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Originally a native of Kingston upon Hull in England, Paul has lived in Northern Ireland for over 18 years.

Responsibilities: Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences which comprises the School of Communication; School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy, School of Education; School of Law; School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies; the Graduate School for Professional Legal Education, the Research Graduate School, the Transitional Justice Institute, the Social and Policy Research Institute; and, INCORE.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Valerie Barr +44 (0)28 9036 6157 +44 (0)28 9036 8266

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Professor Marie McHugh - Ulster Business School 

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Professor Marie McHugh is Dean of the Ulster Business School. She joined the Ulster University as a Research Officer in 1987, becoming a Lecturer in Organisation Studies in December 1989. In 2001 she was awarded a Personal Chair in Organisational Behaviour and was appointed Head of Department. Before taking up her present post she was Head of the Department of Management in the Ulster Business School.

A native of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, she attended Mount Lourdes Grammar School. She went on to read Psychology at Queen's University Belfast, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 1983. This was followed by an MSc in Occupational Psychology in 1985, and in 1997 she obtained a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from the Ulster University.

In addition to her roles at the Ulster University, Professor McHugh is Editor of the Leadership and Organizational Development Journal and is Vice President of the British Academy of Management.

Responsibilities: Dean of the Ulster Business School which comprises: the Department of Accounting; Department of Business, Retail and Financial Services; Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management; Department of International Business; Department of Management and Leadership; Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategy; the Business Institute; the Business and Management Research Institute; and the Research Graduate Centre.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Gillian Webb +44 (0)28 9036 6350
+44 (0)28 9036 6685
+44 (0)28 9036 6834

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