Tom Maguire


  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

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1992 …2023

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Tom Maguire, Professor of Contemporary Drama and Performance, is the Head of the School of Arts & Humanities. His research engages with the relationships between performance, identity, place and power particularly in Britain and Ireland. He has published widely in the fields of Irish theatre and Scottish theatre, as well as in the areas of Theatre for Young Audiences and Storytelling Performance. He has also undertaken a number of heritage research projects, including the collection Heritage after Conflict: Northern Ireland, co-edited with Professor Elizabth Crooke in 2018.

From 2021-24, he served as Chair of the Board of the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN), one of the constituent networks of ASSITEJ, the international association for theatre for young audiences. He is a co-founder of the Talking TYA research network in Ireland. He is a research advisor to the ASSITEJ project, Building Collective Resilience, funded by Creative Europe, 2021-24.

Tom has been a member of the Arts and Humaities Research Council Peer Review College since 2014, serving as a peer reviewer and member of moderating panels for a number of award schemes. He has been a peer reviewer for a wide range of academic journals and publishers.

Tom was a Co-Investigator for the AHRC-funded Future Screens NI project and for Museums, Crisis and Covid-19, also funded by the AHRC.

A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Distinguished Teaching Fellow of Ulster University, Tom teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervises research students in Drama and in Museums and Cultural Heritages. In 2023, he was appointed as a Visiting Professor to Hubei Normal University, China.


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 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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 7 Dec 2020

PhD, Politics, Performance and teh Popular Imagination: Scottish theatre 1979-1990, University of Glasgow

1 Sept 19881 Jan 1992

Award Date: 1 Jul 1992

Master, MA (hons) English Language and Literature, University of Edinburgh

Oct 1984Jun 1988

Award Date: 5 Jul 1988

External positions

Visiting Professor, Hubei Normal University

18 Nov 2023 → …

Chair of the Board, International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network

Mar 202127 May 2024

Board Member, Young at Art, Belfast

10 Dec 2020 → …

Member, Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council

2014 → …

Chair of Board, Big Telly Theatre Company, Northern Ireland


  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • Heritage
  • Museum Studies
  • PR English literature
  • drama
  • theatre
  • performance
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Irish drama
  • Scottish theatre
  • applied theatre


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