Provost of Magee, Professor Deirdre Heenan, has been appointed onto a Irish Council of State by President Michael D Higgins.
The appointment means that Professor Heenan can give the President advice under certain circumstances. She was instated alongside six other people who joined the 17 other members of the council including Taoiseach Enda Kenny as well as a number of other government figures.
Professor Heenan is Provost and Dean of Academic Development for the University of Ulster's Magee Campus, where she a member of the Senior Management Team. She was appointed to a Lectureship in Policy Studies at the University of Ulster in 1995 and became a Professor in 2007. Professor Heenan is a co-founder and former co-director of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey which has become a key statistical resource for schools, academics and policy makers. Her particular areas of expertise are devolution, education and social care.
In 2008-9, Prof Heenan spent nine-months working as a policy adviser in the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister. Last year she was appointed by Health Minister Edwin Poots, to join the five strong panel of advisers to assist with the Review of Health and Social Care Services in Northern Ireland.