Former President of Ireland
Honorary Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge
Professor McAleese served two terms as President of the Republic of Ireland from 1997-2011. Originally from Belfast, she studied law at Queen’s University Belfast before working as a barrister and journalist. She has a long standing commitment to issues of social justice and a keen interest in Catholic Social Thought nad became Patron of the VHI in 2012. She was Reid Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin and later Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and Pro Vice Chancellor at QUB, where she is now Professor Emerita. She is currently studying for a doctoral degree in canon law at the Gregorian University in Rome.