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Professor Hugh McKenna Dean of Medical School Development

Medical School
Research Institute
Nursing & Health Research
Room 08K31
Jordanstown campus
Shore Road
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB
+44 (0)28 903 68457
Hugh   McKenna

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.

Research publications

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