Gillian Armstrong is a Professor of Business Education and is Ulster University Business School’s first Director of Business Engagement. She has been with Ulster University and Higher Education for over 20 years and has been actively involved in the development and management of academic excellence within the Business School. Gillian joined Ulster University in 1997 and was awarded a Senior Lectureship in 2007 and a Chair in Business Education in 2013. Prior to her current role, she was Head of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics from 2010 – 2018 at Ulster.
Deeply committed to supporting the growth and development of the regional economy, Gillian has sought to ensure that the Business School works closely with priority sectors to actively support the supply of skills and the attractiveness of Northern Ireland as a location to do business. She has been actively involved in the development of work based learning and innovative educational models to support employers in securing talent and in upskilling and retaining graduates in a range of sectors. She has worked in partnership with Deloitte NI to develop the first-Degree Apprenticeship programme within the region and is currently leading a Business School initiative to support Future of Work requirements.
Gillian is an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee and is a Council member of the NI Chamber of Commerce (NICC). She is also a Visiting Professor at Hebei Geo University (HUI) in China, as a result of increasing international partnership activity, whilst her teaching and research interests are in the use of big data consumer analytics and have been supported by a range of research funders (DAERA, Invest NI). Gillian has published in a range of academic journals, including the International Small Business Journal, the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development and was part of the REF 2014 Business and Management Studies Unit of Assessment (including a research impact case study).