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Denise McAlister

Professor Emeritus of Health Policy UU

Denise McAlister is Professor Emeritus of Health Policy, Ulster University. She retired from the University in 2017 having held the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Student Experience) for 12 years. 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.

She graduated from the Queen’s University of Belfast BSc(Econ)1976, the University of Salford, MSc 1982 and the University of Tromso, Grad Dip 1992 and 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. 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, memberships 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, Department of Trade and Investment. She was appointed by the Department for the Economy(NI) to the Board of the Quality Assurance Agency where she chaired its Access, Recognition and Licensing Committee.

She was a member of the Expert Group appointed by the Education Minister to provide policy advice on the reform of GCSEs and A Levels. Throughout her career 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 devices to Higher Education in Northern Ireland. 

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