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OBE award for Professor Roy McConkey

We are delighted and proud with the news that Ulster University Emeritus Professor Roy McConkey has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List (2015) for services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Roy has been the pioneering champion of policy, practice and research development at Ulster University for over two decades.


Roy is Professor of Learning Disability; a post jointly funded by the Health and Social Care Board of Northern Ireland. A psychologist by training and a native of Belfast, he has previously held posts at the University of Manchester, in Dublin with St Michael’s House and in Scotland with the Brothers of Charity Services. He took up his post at Ulster in 1997. He has acted as a consultant to various United Nations agencies and International NGOs and currently is an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Research Interests

His main research interests focus on the social inclusion of people with disabilities, the provision of support services to family carers, and the development and evaluation of new models of service provision, nationally and internationally.

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