UU Business School appoints NI business leaders as visiting professors

  • Ulster University Business School (UUBS) has announced the appointment of four new Visiting Professors who have taken on the voluntary roles for a four-year period:

    • Tina Mc Kenzie, CEO, Staffline Recruitment Ireland and Chair of Northern Ireland Federation of Small Businesses
    • Jennifer McKeever, CEO, Airporter
    • John Stapleton, International Entrepreneur and Investor
    • Stephen Kelly, CEO, Manufacturing NI, 

    Professor Mark Durkin, Executive Dean of Ulster University Business School said: “Industry engagement is at the heart of what we do at the Business School and our Visiting Professor network allows us to bring the latest research, teaching and industrial experience to UUBS whilst further enhancing the student learning experience across our campuses in Belfast and the North West. 

    “Highly experienced and knowledgeable leaders in their respective fields, I am confident our newly appointed Visiting Professors will contribute to our teaching, research and external engagement activity. They will add value in various ways, to classroom theory and curriculum design, particularly within the areas of Talent Management, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Enterprise, Leadership, Supply Chain Management, International Business and Tourism. Having that critical business insight will underpin the work we are doing to support skills, entrepreneurship and SME growth and development in the region.”

    Tina Mc Kenzie, a multi-award winning Managing Director with 25 years’ experience in the recruitment industry is an alumna of Ulster University. Commenting on her appointment, she said: "The business community will play a pivotal role in the economic recovery of Northern Ireland post-pandemic and I hope to use my experience to assist and inspire the next generation of business leaders while contributing to the future of educational policy on behalf of the University.”

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    Jennifer McKeever sees the opportunity as a chance tosupport the workforce of the future, adding, “The next decade will be transformative, and it's imperative that both our indigenous and FDI business leaders have the skills and knowledge to survive - and thrive - in a global marketplace. UUBS connects our future workforce, our emerging innovators, and our ambitious business community to create an ecosystem that promotes entrepreneurship and sustainable economic wellbeing, and I am proud to be a part of the team.”

    UUBS has a cohort of approximately thirty Visiting Professors representing a wide range of competencies and industry expertise.

    Appointment is based on personal business achievement and the active contribution which the individual can make in helping the Business School to provide the optimum educational experience for its students.

    For more information visit: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/faculties/ulster-university-business-school/visiting-professors

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