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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

Emma Flynn
Professor Emma Flynn
Research and Enterprise

Professor Emma Flynn is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.

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Emma Flynn is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Queen's University Belfast. Emma has worked at a number of universities across the UK, including Nottingham, St Andrews and Durham. Emma is a psychologist by training; through her research, which looks at the transmission of innovation, she has extensive international collaborative links with biologists, philosophers, computer scientists and statisticians. Through her current role Emma works closely with local and national bodies to develop and utilise the world-leading research produced by Queen’s to have significant disciplinary, societal, environmental and economic impact. 

She gained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Southampton in 1995 and a PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2001.

The author of 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, Professor Flynn is a Member of the ESRC Review College and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Secretary to Professor Flynn – Karen Hood – (0)28 9097 5221

Professor Margaret Topping

Professor Margaret Topping is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation

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Professor Topping joined Modern Languages at Queen’s in 2011.

After completing her BA, MSt and DPhil at the University of Oxford, she held teaching and research positions at Oxford, Bangor and Cardiff Universities. As a Professor of French and Intercultural Communication, she is an internationally recognised Proust scholar, with current research interests focused on debates around travel, tourism and migration, and the ethics and aesthetics of cross-cultural communication and representation.

Professor Topping is the author of several books and many articles in these areas and has research collaborations with networks in Europe and the Middle East.

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