Former President of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese has been appointed Distinguished Professor in Irish Studies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.
The appointment comes as the leading Catholic University prepares to celebrate the 165th anniversary of its foundation, confirming the institution’s historic links with Ireland and the quarter century existence of the Centre for Irish Studies (CIS).
Dr Mary McAleese, President of Ireland between 1997 and 2011, will take up her position in the School of Arts and Humanities in the 2015/16 academic year.
Dr McAleese will teach on the MA Irish Studies programme and in particular its ‘New Perspectives on Irish History’ seminar series. She will give a keynote conference lecture and take part in a programme of public conversations during her period of appointment. In addition, she will give two public lectures at the University’s Centre for Law and Culture. She will carry out research and her teaching will draw on her experience and insights from two terms as Ireland’s Head of State and more than 30 years’ experience in Irish public life.
Dr McAleese said: “I am delighted to join St Mary’s at an exciting time in its growth and development and look forward to meeting both students and staff. I particularly look forward to working closely with the excellent team at its Centre for Irish Studies as it researches the continuing development of Anglo-Irish relations. St Mary’s, which has been a focus of Irish life in Britain for 165 years, has an important role to play in this work as we look to the next 100 years of close relations between our two countries.”