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Professor David Hassan

Associate Dean (Global Engagement)

Profile image of Professor David Hassan


Dean's Office (Life & Health Scs)


Sport and Exercise Sciences Research


Room 17C19 Shore Road Newtownabbey Co. Antrim BT37 0QB



Professor Hassan has published 15 books and 175 other scientific outputs, having worked collaboratively with academic researchers from around the globe. A prominent scientist with an international reputation, he was awarded a Distinguished Research Fellowship by Ulster in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research. He has held several leadership roles at the University, including Head of School, Head of Research Graduate School, Provost of the Belfast and Jordanstown campuses, Chair of the Building and Infrastructure panel for Ulster’s proposed new Graduate Entry Medical School, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences (Global Engagement). In the latter role, he has forged a substantial overseas partnership network for the institution, including in China and South East Asia.

His leadership roles extend to being Editor of both an SSCI-ranked academic journal and a successful book series for the global publisher Routledge, Founding Co-Director and Chair of the Special Olympics Regional Research Centre for Europe and Eurasia at Ulster, and Chair of a range of third sector and voluntary organisations. His research in the field of intellectual disabilities, supported extensively by over £300k of competitive external funding, has significantly enhanced the integration of young people with developmental and intellectual disabilities across Europe.

Professor Hassan has provided strategic direction and leadership as part of a significant portfolio of industrial and commercial experience and has been appointed to a number of international boards in his field of expertise. In 2013, the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris appointed him to its Strategic Task Force whilst, more recently, the President of the GAA selected him to join its strategic committee, ‘Towards 150’, tasked with examining the future direction of this body. He has been honoured by the President of Ireland for the impact of his academic research, whilst his work examining the needs of young people with a range of complex disabilities in the Middle East has been recognised by the UAE Minister for Culture, Youth, and Social Development. In 2014 UEFA appointed Prof Hassan as an expert witness to its high-profile investigation into events at a Champions League game between Ajax and Glasgow Celtic FC that resulted in serious fan disorder.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has supervised 10 + PhD students to successful completion and has delivered over 30 invited lectures, including at Oxford University. A specialist reviewer for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational qualifications, Prof Hassan holds Professorial appointments at the three leading global institutions in his field – Loughborough University, UK, University of Technology, Sydney and Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia. A regular commentator for the international media, Prof Hassan was an expert contributor to the PPI Gold Award winning documentary broadcast by the BBC entitled ‘Does the Cap Fit?’