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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Professor Joanne Hughes

Joanne is Director of the Centre for Shared Education. Her research interests concern the role of education in divided societies.

In 2015 she was appointed the first ‘UNESCO Chair on Globalising a Shared Education Model for Improving Relations in Divided Societies’, highlighting Queen’s as an international example of how shared education can promote reconciliation in divided societies.

Professor Hughes


Professor Jack Anderson

Jack is a Professor in the School of Law and is recognised globally as an expert in the study of match-fixing in sport, having worked with Interpol, FIFA, FIFPro and World Rugby.

He is a member of a United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Expert Group on combating match-fixing in sport, and his work on sports law is cited frequently in sports arbitration awards globally and in sports-related judicial proceedings. In 2016 he was appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Professor Anderson


Professor Sinéad Morrissey

Sinéad is Professor in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry and was the first Belfast Poet Laureate.

She is the author of five acclaimed collections of poetry. Her latest collection, Parallax, won the prestigious TS Eliot prize in 2013.

Professor Morrissey

Julie Norman

Dr Julie M Norman

Julie is a Queen's Research Fellow and Director of Education at the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

With an interdisciplinary background, her research focuses on unarmed resistance in protracted conflict, with a focus on Israel-Palestine. Other research interests include Middle East politics, political prisoners, media activism, and the intersection of security and human rights in conflict.

Dr Norman

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Professor John McCanny CBE

John is Director of The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) and lead Investigator for the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT).

Within Queen’s he was responsible for the vision that led to the creation of the Northern Ireland Science Park, with ECIT and its £37m CSIT research flagship. Professor McCanny is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Professor McCanny

Professor Maire O'Neill

Professor Máire O'Neill

Máire is Director of Research for Data Security Systems in the Centre for Secure Information Technologies.

A one-time British Female Inventor of the Year and an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship holder, Máire is among Europe’s leading cryptography experts helping to enhance our data security. Her research involves designing novel security solutions for communications applications.

Professor O'Neill


Professor Stephen Smartt

Stephen is Director of the Astrophysics Research Centre and holds an ERC Advanced grant for work on super-luminous supernovae and their progenitor stars.

He leads a team who have leading roles in two large international projects to study supernovae and the transient Universe, the Pan-STARRS and PESSTO projects.

Professor Smartt

Bernhard Mueller

Dr Bernhard Mueller

Bernhard is a Research Fellow in the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s. His research is centred on the explosions of massive stars.

These supernovae are among the brightest and most energetic explosions in the Universe. His research collaborations span Germany, Japan, the United States and Australia.

Dr Mueller

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Chris Elliott

Professor Chris Elliott

Chris is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences and a world authority on food safety.

His research focuses on detecting and reducing contamination in the food supply chain. In 2013, he was appointed by the UK Government to lead an independent review of Britain’s food system. The Elliott Report, the most thorough review of food systems ever conducted in the UK, was published in September 2013.

Professor Elliott

Denise Fitzgerald

Dr Denise Fitzgerald

Denise is a Senior Lecturer in Immunology in the Centre for Infection and Immunity.

A Wellcome Trust Investigator Awardee, she leads a new Neuroimmunology research group focused on reversing the damage caused by Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr Fitzgerald


Professor Ryan Donnelly

Ryan holds the Chair in Pharmaceutical Technology at the School of Pharmacy. His research is centred on advanced polymeric drug delivery systems.

His bioadhesive patch design has now been licensed to Swedish Pharma AB, for whom Professor Donnelly acts as a Scientific Adviser. He is currently pursuing development of novel microneedle systems independently, as well as with a range of international companies. Professor Donnelly was the BBSRC Innovator of the Year for 2013.

Professor Donnelly

Dr Christoph Engl

Dr Christoph Engl

Christoph is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Food Security.

His research aims to find solutions to major societal challenges, antimicrobial resistance and maintenance of global food security, applying state-of-the-art molecular microbiology approaches.

Dr Engl

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