Hats off to new Ulster University Business School visiting professors

Professor Marie McHugh (second right) congratulates the Ulster University Business Schools new visiting professors (from left) Sean Duffy, Jackie Henry and Derek Kennedy

ULSTER University Business School has added to its cohort of more than 40 visiting professors by appointing three senior business leaders to the role for a four-year period.

Jackie Henry, senior partner at Deloitte NI, Sean Duffy, head of entrepreneurial services at EY Ireland, and Derek Kennedy, programme director wiht the Strategic Investment Board, have each taken up the voluntary roles.

The appointment of a visiting professor is based on personal business achievement and the active contribution which the individual can potentially make in helping Ulster University Business School to provide the optimum educational experience for its students.

Welcoming the new appointees Professor Marie McHugh, in her last official task as Dean of Ulster University Business School, said: “We prides ourselves on providing education and development programmes that prepare our students for the realities and challenges of professional life.

“To help deliver that outcome, we place great emphasis on engaging with the business community and the practical contribution made by our visiting professors is invaluable in cementing this relationship.

"Within their respective areas of expertise – entrepreneurship, professional services and business improvement, strategy and leadership – Sean, Jackie and Derek are leaders and influencers.”

She added: “They will be excellent role models for our students in helping to reinforce classroom theory and curriculum design, thus helping ensure that our education programmes are directly linked to business needs.

"We are delighted that they have accepted the posts and look forward to working with them to expand the entrepreneurial spirit that is characteristic of Ulster University Business School and its students.”

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