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Senior Management Structure 2012 - 2013 Professor Alastair Adair - Pro-Vice-Chancellor Communication and External Affairs and Provost for Jordanstown and Belfast Professor Anne Moran - Pro-Vice-Chancellor Educational Partnerships and International Affairs Professor Hugh McKenna - Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation Professor Denise McAlister - Pro-Vice-Chancellor Teaching & Learning Professor Richard Barnett - Vice-Chancellor Mr Peter Hope - Director of Finance and Information Mr Ronnie Magee - Director of Human Resources Mr Paddy Donnelly - Director of Physical Resources Professor Jan Jędrzejewski - Arts Professor Ian Montgomery- Art, Design and The Built Environment Professor Richard Millar - Computing and Engineering 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

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Professor Richard Barnett - Vice-Chancellor

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Professor Barnett has been Vice Chancellor of the University since April 2006.

He joined the University in September 1990 on his appointment to the Professorship in Public Finance and Management and has held appointments as Head of School, Dean, and Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning). From November 2004 to March 2006 he was Acting Vice Chancellor of the University.

Prior to joining the University Professor Barnett held academic appointments at the Universities of Salford and York and at the Queen's University, Ontario. He has also held the Vivienne Stewart Visiting Fellowship at the University of Cambridge and been a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Cambridge. His publications focus on the applied aspects of economics, especially inter-governmental fiscal relations.

Professor Barnett is currently a Non-Executive Director of Bombardier Aerospace (Belfast), a Member of the Board of the Northern Ireland Science Park Foundation, and a Member of the Advisory Panel for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (Higher Education Academy). Previously he has been a Director of the Board of UCAS, Chairman of Universities Ireland, a Director of ILEX (the Derry ~ Londonderry Urban Regeneration Company), a Member of the CBI's Northern Ireland Council, a Member of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Council, a Member of the Department for Employment and Learning's Employment and Skills Advisory Group, a Member of the Burgess Implementation Group for the Higher Education Achievement Report (Universities UK and Guild HE), and a Non-Executive Director of the United Hospitals Trust.

In 2008/09 Professor Barnett chaired the Independent Review of Economic Policy established by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, and in 2010/11 he chaired the Task Group on the Identification of Priority Skill Areas established by the Northern Ireland Advisor on Employment and Skills.

Professor Barnett is a member of the Institute of Directors and a companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

Secretary to the Vice-Chancellor Phone Fax
Jayne Purdy +44 (0)28 7012 4329 +44 (0)28 7012 4901



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Professor Alastair Adair - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development) & Provost (Belfast & Jordanstown)

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Professor Alastair Adair was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor in August 2008. Previously he held positions as Head of the School of the Built Environment and inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment. He is also Professor of Property Investment.

Teaching and research specialisms comprise dynamics of property market performance, regeneration, appraisal and finance. Research findings impacting on policy and practice have been utilised by HM Treasury, Department for Communities & Local Government, NI Executive, Investment Property Databank and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

He is the recipient of numerous international awards including the prestigious Richard Ratcliff Award made by the American Real Estate Society.

Professor Adair was appointed a member of the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Sub-Panel 16 and was also a member of RAE 2008.

He is a member of the Cathedral Quarter Trust and a Non-Executive Director of the International Centre for Local and Regional Development.

Previous Ministerial appointments include DRD Regional Development Strategy Review Working Group and Chair of the DSD Advisory Panel of Experts for Implementation of the Review of Affordable Housing.

Professor Adair is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has held positions as Chair/President of RICS Northern Ireland and the Irish Auctioneers and Valuers Institute respectively and founding Vice President of the European Real Estate Society.

Responsibilities: Development (including the University of Ulster 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.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
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 University of Ulster. She lives in Derry with her husband and three sons.

Responsibilities: Corporate & institutional communications & public affairs (including the Press Office). 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 University of Ulster 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 Anne Moran, OBE, - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Educational Partnerships & International Affairs)

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Anne Moran is Professor of Education and was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ulster from 2002-2010. Formerly she was Head of the School of Education. She joined the University in 1985 as a lecturer having spent 13 years as a senior teacher in a secondary school in Belfast. In 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to higher education.

Her research interests are teacher education and inclusive education and she has contributed significantly to policy formulation and research in Northern Ireland in both these areas. In the sphere of teacher education she has worked with the two Departments who hold responsibility for teacher education (Department of Education & Department for Employment and Learning) over a period of 15 years, spanning two major reviews of teacher education, including the initial, induction, early professional development and CPD phases. A further interest and the subject of recent publications (2008) relates to the issue of widening access to initial teacher education. Her most recent research award has been a grant of approximately £100,000 from the British Council (DelPHE scheme) (2010) for a three year project entitled Developing More Effective School-HEI Partnerships in Initial Teacher Education with Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, Chancellor College, University of Malawi and Makerere University in Uganda.

Responsibilities: Access and Distributed Learning including eLearning; Educational Partnerships; International Affairs; International Student Experience, International Marketing and Recruitment; Student Support; Students’ Union Liaison; Widening Access and Participation.

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Clare Clarke +44 (0)28 9036 8632 +44 (0)28 9036 6827


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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 University of Ulster 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 University of Ulster, 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 University of Ulster; 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 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 University of Ulster. 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 Richard Millar - Computing and Engineering

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Professor Richard Millar is Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Engineering. He accepted a lectureship in Computing Science at the University of Ulster in 1989 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996. Before taking up his current position in 2004, Richard was Head of the School of Computing and Mathematics from 2000-2003 and then Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. His teaching and research interests are in image compression, image processing and software engineering. He is active as a Fellow of the British Computer Society: a former member of Council, a moderator for the Society’s professional examinations and a past-Chairman of the Belfast Branch. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist and European Engineer as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

A graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Ulster, Richard is married with one son and spends his leisure time in ice hockey and rugby.

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

Personal Assistant Phone Fax
Margaret Hickey +44 (0)28 90366285 +44 (0)28 90366855

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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 University of Ulster 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 University of Ulster. 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
Susan Hargan +44 (0)28 7012 4491
+44 (0)28 9036 6915
+44 (0)28 7012 4922
+44 (0)28 9036 6808

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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 University of Ulster 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 University of Ulster. 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 University of Ulster 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 University of Ulster.

In addition to her roles at the University of Ulster, 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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