Professor David Jones

Professor David Jones

Education and Students

David Jones is Professor of Biomaterial Science at Queen’s University Belfast and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students.

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He gained a BSc (1st class honours) in Pharmacy (1985), a PhD in Pharmaceutics (1988) and, in 2006, a DSc., all from Queens University of Belfast.

He registered with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland in 1989. From 1989-1992 he was a lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the University of Otago and from 1992-1994 he held the position of Head of Formulations at Norbrook Industries Limited (NI).

In 1994 he was appointed to a lectureship at the School of Pharmacy, QUB, was promoted to a Senior Lectureship in 1997 and again promoted to a personal Chair (based in the School of Pharmacy).

His research concerns the characterisation, formulation and engineering of pharmaceutical materials/dosage forms and biomedical devices.

He is the author of two textbooks, 6 patents and over 400 research papers/communications and has been awarded the Lilly prize for pharmaceutical research and the British Pharmaceutical Conference Science Award.

Professor Jones is both a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Chemist and is an elected Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Member of the Institute of Engineers in Ireland.

He is the Editor of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and is a previous holder of the prestigious position of a Royal Society Industrial Fellow.

As a member of the University Executive Board, Professor Jones has responsibility for:

  • Chair of Education Committee
  • Responsibility for Institutional Education Strategy
  • Responsibility for student issues
  • Member of INTO Board and Chair of Academic Sub-Group

Secretary to Professor Jones - Miss Pauline Allen - (0)28 9097 5220

James McElnay

Professor James McElnay

Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs

Professor James McElnay took up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs on 1 July 2008.

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He gained his BSc and PhD from Queen's, and after registration as a qualified pharmacist, he spent a year at the University of Iowa on a postdoctoral fellowship.

He continued his academic career at Queen's and spent a year as a visiting professor at the Texas Medical Centre in Houston before being awarded a Chair of Pharmacy Practice in 1995.

He was Head of the School of Pharmacy from 1994 to 2001, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture from 2001 to 2005 and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences from 2005 to 2008.

Professor McElnay is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

His research interests lie in the area of clinical pharmacy, with particular reference to pharmaceutical care and paediatric therapy.

As a member of the University Executive Board, Professor McElnay has responsibility for:

  • Chair of Research and Postgraduate Committee
  • Responsibility for Institutional Research Strategy and Institutional Postgraduate Strategy
  • Vice-Chancellor's Envoy to South East Asia

Secretary to Professor McElnay - Mrs Judith Hamilton - (0)28 9097 5221

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Professor Richard English

Internationalisation and Engagement

Professor English took up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement on 1 September 2016.

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Professor English is also Professor of Politics, and Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

Between 2011 and 2016 he was Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), at the University of St Andrews. 

He is the author of eight books, including the award-winning studies Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006).  His most recent book, Does Terrorism Work? A History, was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. 

He is also the co-editor/editor of a further six books and has published more than fifty journal articles and book chapters.  He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and political violence, and on Irish politics and history, including work for the BBC, CNN, ITN, SKY NEWS, NPR, RTE, the Irish Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, the Guardian, and the Financial Times.  

He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), an Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford, and an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews.