Elected: 2012
Discipline: Economics and Social Sciences
Professor Mary Patricia McAleese HonFRSE, HonFLSW

Former President of Ireland.

Professor Mary McAleese is a politician who served as the 8th President of Ireland between 1997 and 2011. Mary graduated from the Queen’s University Belfast and passed the Bar of Ireland in 1978. After a spell as a practising Barrister, she joined the QUB as Director of the Institute of Legal Studies and was Pro-Vice Chancellor from 1994 to 1997. She is committed to educating children and young people about law so they can better navigate the sophisticated legal systems in which they live.