Louise O'Boyle


  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom


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Louise is Associate Dean (Academic Quality & Student Experience) in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. She was formerly Head of Belfast School of Art and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014); elected Faculty Representative to Ulster University Senate (Jan 2022); Expert Trustee CHEAD (Oct 2022); professional member of Institute of Designers Ireland (2018); Chair of the Group for Learning in Art and Design in Higher Education (GLADHE); and a full member of Centre for Higher Education and Research Practice, Ulster University.

Her research interests include investigating the role of the artist as social commentator, and the evolution of teaching and learning practices in art and design tertiary level education. 

Louise has exhibited work and presented her research both nationally and internationally. She has been commissioned by both private and public bodies to create a number of public artworks, complete research, feasibility studies, education, training and manage arts projects. She has worked extensively in the community and schools sectors on a wide variety of projects and initiatives. Louise has received a number of awards both for her arts practice and pedagogic research. For more information see http://louiseoboyle.com

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Master, MEd Education, Queens University, Belfast

Award Date: 23 Jul 2021

Master, MA Applied Arts

Award Date: 5 Jun 1998

Bachelor, BA Hons Contemporary Crafts, Manchester Metropolitan University

Award Date: 7 Jun 1996

External positions

Expert Trustee, The Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD)

4 Oct 2022 → …

Trustee, Arts Care, Arts Care

1 Oct 2022 → …

Trustee, The MAC

25 Mar 2022 → …

External Examiner, University of East London

14 Jan 202230 Sept 2025

Chair, Group for Learning in Art & Design in Higher Education

13 Jan 2022 → …

Treasurer, Board Member and Trustee, New Life Counselling Service

1 Oct 201731 Dec 2020

Secretary, Group for Learning in Art & Design in Higher Education

1 Jan 20151 Jan 2022

External Examiner, Limerick Institute of Technology

1 Sept 20141 Jun 2018

Elected Executive Committee Member , Group for Learning in Art & Design in Higher Education

1 Oct 2013 → …


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