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Members of convocation

Members of the convocation are comprised of University graduates, academic or academic related staff, senior officers of the University and the Chancellor and Pro - Chancellors.

University Staff Members

Professor Paul McKevitt

Paul has contributed to genesis of `The Imagineering Quarter' [(c) 2009, PM] in the City of Derry~Londonderry, which backed the City's successful bid for First UK City of Culture 2013 and is a Board Member of the `Amelia Earhart STEAM Zone' children's STEAM centre registered Charity.He is Head of the Faculty of Arts Research Graduate School (Pro-Tem), Vice-Chair of the University's Convocation Executive Committee and directed the 23rd International Loebner Prize Contest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) (2013) held, for the first time on the island of Ireland, during CultureTECH 2013.

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

Professor Girijest Prasad

Girijesh Prasad is Professor of Intelligent Systems in the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems. He is Director of Northern Ireland Functional Brain Mapping (NIFBM) facility at Intelligent Systems Research Centre, where he leads the Neural Systems and Neuro-technology research team.

Mr John Thompson


Non-Staff Members

Mr John O'Neill (Chair)

Mr Robert Corbett

Robert graduated from Ulster University in 1985 with a BA Hons in History. He was chairman of the Lagan RNLI Fundraising Branch in Belfast and the highly successful Portrush Lifeboat Appeal in 2000, and 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 and is an active member of the Information and Records Management Society, in 2011 he was made an Honorary Life Member. Robert has been a member of  the Convocation Executive Committee since April 2007.

Professor Pauline Murphy

Pauline graduated from NUI with a first class degree, she also has postgraduate qualifications in Education as well as Guidance and Counselling. 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, postgraduate diplomas and masters in professional development for women.

As Director of Womens' Opportunities Pauline received many awards including: Fawcett Society, European Women, Life Changers, Belfast Millennium Women Breaking the Mould. Pauline also founded the Training for Women Network NI a UN linked NGO still based in Belfast that she chaired for six years.

Mrs Anne Rowe

Anne was Chair of Convocation from 2006 to 2010 and is currently President of the University's Alumni Association.  She graduated from Ulster Universite in 1974 with a BA Hons in English and Education. Following several years teaching she took up the post of Careers Information Officer at Queen's University, Belfast before moving to Ulster University in 1995.  She retired from her position as Senior Career Development Adviser in 2011.

Mr Johnny Stewart

Johnny graduated from the School of Communication at Jordanstown with a BSc Honours degree in Communication with Public Relations. He works as a communication professional at Weber Shandwick, providing advice and guidance on media and political engagement. Johnny joined the Committee for NIGAG (Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group) taking over the role of Vice Chair at the recent 2014 AGM.

Mr Robert Butler

Mrs Mary Campbell

Ms Mary Casey

Mr John O'Neill

Ms Ciara Platt