Professor Denise McAlister assumed responsibilities as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Student Experience) at the Ulster University in September 2002.
Previous to this she held positions as Head of School, School of Public Policy, Economics and Law, and Dean of the Faculties of Business and Management and Social Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Quality Assurance and Enhancement).
Previously educated at the Queen’s University of Belfast, the University of Salford and the University of Tromso, Norway, Professor McAlister was appointed to a personal Chair in Health Policy in 1998. Her research interests and expertise include economic appraisal and evaluation, the economics of contracting and the role of the user in health policy evaluation and she is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education.
She has held a number of public appointments including membership of the Ministerial Advisory Board, Water Service (NI), and the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, interim chair Economic Research Institute (NI), membership of the Governing Body of BIFHE and a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Public Sector Enterprises Ltd (NI-CO), Department of Trade and Investment.
She is a member of the Expert Group appointed by the Education Minister to provide policy advice on the reform of GCSEs and A Levels. She has undertaken consultancy projects in performance measurement and economic appraisal for a wide range of government departments and public sector organisations, and provided policy relevant advice to Ministers, CEOs and civil servants.
Professor McAlister was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours for service’s to higher education in Northern Ireland.
Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment):
Joint venture agreement with QAHE
Connections with professional and subject-based bodies:
Connections with other bodies:
Member, Expert Group, Review of GSCE and 'A' Level Qualifications, Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CEA), Department of Education (NI)