Leadership and structure

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Acting President and Vice-Chancellor

Supported by the Registrar and Chief Operating Officer and Pro-Vice-Chancellors, each with specific portfolios.

Vice-Chancellor's Office


James O'Kane

Registrar and Chief Operating Officer

Leading, managing and coordinating the provision of a wide range of professional services and formulating strategies, policies and procedures in support of the University's ambitious vision.

Registrar's Office

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Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students

Leading the delivery of a world class, dynamic and interdisciplinary learning environment.

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Professor Richard English

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement

Leading and harnessing the University’s academic expertise, world-class reputation and impact, to develop Northern Ireland as a region with global ambition and reach.



Arts, Humanities and social sciences

Professor Adrienne Scullion



Engineering and physical sciences

Professor Mark Price



Medicine, health and life sciences

Professor Chris Elliott


Nine Directorates

Professional support services

The University’s Professional Services sector, led by the Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive and integrated range of services in support of the University’s corporate objectives.

Professional support directorates

Directorate Name

Head of Directorate

Academic and Student Affairs Ms Wilma Fee
Development and Alumni Relations (DARO) Ms Norma Sinte
Estates Directorate Mr Damien Toner
Finance Directorate Ms Wendy Galbraith
Human Resources Mr Brian Parkes
Information Services Mr John Gormley
Marketing, Communications, Recruitment and Internationalisation Ms Isabel Jennings
Research and Enterprise Directorate Mr Scott Rutherford
Student Plus Ms Caroline Young
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Three Faculty groupings

Each are headed up by a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and there are 15 Schools each led by a Head of School.

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Faculty of

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty information


Faculty of

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Faculty information

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Faculty of

Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Faculty information

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School Head of School School Head of School School Head of School
School of Arts, English and Languages Professor Sally Wheeler School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Brian Falzon School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Professor Pascal McKeown
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics Professor Yvonne Galligan School of Natural and Built Environment Professor Greg Keeffe School of Biological Sciences Dr John McGrath
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work Professor Allen Thurston

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Professor Dimitrios Nikolopoulos School of Pharmacy Professor Carmel Hughes
School of Law Dr Robin Hickey School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Professor Peter Robertson School of Nursing and Midwifery Professor Donna Fitzsimons
Queen's University Management School Professor John Turner School of Mathematics and Physics Professor Robert Bowman    
    School of Psychology Professor Peter Hepper    
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University oversight

Senate, university charter and statutory governance.

University Governance