Vice-Chancellor's Office

Education and Students

Professor Ellen Douglas-Cowie

Professor Ellen Douglas-Cowie Vice-Chancellor's Office, Queen's University,
Belfast, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland

Secretary to Professor Douglas-Cowie
Miss Paula McConville - (0)28 9097 5132


Professor Ellen Douglas-Cowie is Professor of Spoken English at Queen’s University Belfast and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students. A speech scientist, she graduated from the University of Ulster in 1972, and gained her PhD in 1980. She became a lecturer in Linguistics (based in the School of English) at Queen’s University Belfast in 1975, Senior Lecturer in 1991 and  Professor in 2003. She was Head of the School of English (1992-2003), Dean of the Faculty of Humanities (2003-2005) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2005- 2009). She took up her post as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students in 2009.

Her research studies the characteristics that distinguish varieties of speech and includes seminal papers on sociolinguistics, deafened speech and emotional databases. Most recently she has worked on a series of EU funded interdisciplinary projects concerned with the identification and recognition of emotion and social signals from speech and face.

She was appointed a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2008 and is Chair of the AHRC Advisory Board. She also sits on the NI DEL Employment and Skills Advisory Board and is a member of the UCAS Board.

 As a member of the University Management Board, Professor Douglas-Cowie has responsibility for: