Professor Una McMahon-Beattie

Head of AACSB Accreditation

Dean's Office (Ubs)

Belfast campus

Room BA-02-032A,
2-24 York Street,
BT15 1AP,
Head of AACSB Accreditation

Professor Una McMahon-Beattie


Professor Una McMahon-Beattie is Head of AACSB Accreditation and the former Head of Department for Hospitality and Tourism Management which includes the award winning restaurant, The Academy, Belfast, and the Consumer Insight Lab (CIL) and the Food and Consumer Testing Suite (FACTS), Coleraine.

Una studied Modern History at Queen’s University Belfast. In 1988 she completed an MSc in International Hotel Management University of Surrey, a PGCE in Research Methods of Human Science at Ulster University in 1996 and in 2009 a PhD in Revenue Management and Consumer Trust at the University of Gloucestershire.

She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a Fellow of the University’s Centre for Higher Education and Research Practice.

Una joined the University in 1990 from working in luxury hotels in London. Her main research areas are tourism futures, revenue management, and tourism and event marketing. She is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management and a board member of the Journal of Tourism Futures.

Una has published extensively in leading journals and is author/co-editor of nine books including The future past of tourism: Historical perspectives and future evolutions and Science Fiction, disruption and tourism. Recent research grants in the area of food include an investigation into the establishing a strong Food Safety Culture in small food businesses (safeFood) and food safety advice for vulnerable patients/residents in healthcare settings on the island of Ireland (safeFood). Una has been an external examiner at institutions both nationally and Internationally including the University of Surrey, the University of Bournemouth, University College Birmingham, University of Plymouth, Glion Institution of Higher Education (Switzerland) and EASM East Asia Institute of Management, Singapore. Nationally, Una is Chair of the Council of Hospitality Management Education (CHME).