Director Bios and Credentials
Dr. Terence McIvor :
BSc (Hons) DIS Biochemistry, DIS, PGCert Educational Technology, PGCert Further and Higher Education, PG Dip in Further and Higher Education, MCA, PhD
CEO/Director of Finance/Curriculum and Quality Enhancement
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Dr. McIvor is an academic professional and entrepreneur passionate about fostering innovative science and maths programs through national and international organisations and has extensive experience in curriculum development to degree level. He holds a BSc Honours Degree in Applied Biochemical Sciences with a Diploma in Industrial Studies from the University of Ulster. From there he pursued higher degrees in teaching and post-secondary education leading to PhD's in Chemistry and Chemical Education (Physical).
Previously, he worked as Curriculum Manager of Science & Mathematics at the local College in Derry, where he lectured in Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Sciences, Nanochemistry, Mathematics and ICT. During this time, he was instrumental in pioneering the College’s strategy to establish a “Science Applied Research Centre” as part of the Department for Employment and Learning’s FE Strategy for centres of specialism. This project assisted in building of an applied research portfolio in this area. He has organised an international conference with Ulster University and coordinated the Salters Festival of Chemistry which was held at the local Collage in 2015, the first college in the UK to ever host the festival and he also organised the International Conference Woman in STEM Conference, which was held at the local College in 2016. He developed and led a team who were involved in launching a Maths Centre at the local College, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. Dr. McIvor published a paper in mathematical education with Queens University Belfast and the University of Maynooth. He is also the author of a book targeted toward both teachers and students entitled “The Development of Learning Strategies in Chemical Education." He has published papers in the areas of chemistry and Information Technology.
Among his accomplishments, Terry has written a number of science programmes in partnership with Ulster University and the Open College Network and has participated in Erasmus and Erasmus+ programmes researching and developing vocational skills curriculum in Germany and India. He has also set up successful educational training companies which focuses on vocational and skills training.
Dr McIvor is an International Workshop facilitator and he represents Ireland in the Albert Schweitzer Society and is a visiting scholar at Bundelkhand University in India and a Professor of Bio Physical Chemistry at Afriford University He is also on the board of regents at Saint Monica University in charge of certification and to ensure that the university qualifications meet international standards.
He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) and a professional member of the British Computer Society. Terry is part of the review panel of AIC for conferring chartered chemist status to successful candidates through the credentialing system administered by the National Certification Commission in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (NCCCCE). He is also a member of the Biochemical Society, part of the panel for science education and an adviser for science education policy within the Biochemical Society. Terry is also a Vice President of Chartered Institute of Management and Leadership.
Dr. Terence McIvor is a leader in the development of teaching and learning strategies and also an active member of the Chambers of Commerce. He is also an Internal Verifier (IV) for OCN to ensure that assessment criteria and processes are applied consistently by assessors and verifiers. He is also on the Advisory Committee for Springer LNNS Series - 2nd International Conference on Communications, Computing and Networking.
Gerard has worked for 25 years at a very senior level in both the public and private sector. Since 1990 as the Deputy Director of North West Regional College he has been involved in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of over 150 European Union funded projects with values ranging from £3.5 million to £5000 in a wide variety of subject areas. A number of the projects with which he was involved were specifically aimed at the development of innovative new technologies for a range of vocational areas. He has an extensive network of contacts within all of the countries of the European Community as well as the USA, Australia, Canada and South America.
His key experience is as follows;
Senior management experience in public sector environment both in education/training and economic development.
Senior management experience in development and delivery of computer technology based projects, education, training, community and economic development projects funded through national and international funding agencies, in particular ESF.
Substantial experience in developing and maintaining key relationships with senior personnel at high levels within the public and private sectors throughout Europe, USA and Australia.
Led the team of development professionals delivering Digital Media and Technology qualifications to over 1000 Full Time and 3000 Part Time students at North WestRegionalCollege
Business project planning, project evaluation;
Project Advice and Evaluation.
Design, marketing and delivery of Economic Development Initiatives.
SME mentoring, counselling, training, team building;
Strategic Planning (Enterprise and Economic Development);
Network Development leading to ‘win – win’ marketing and economic development solutions
Wide experience and proven capability in Small Business (SME) development, International Strategic Business Alliances, Economic Development Initiatives, Multi-agency Collaborative Projects, including private/public sector partnerships.
SME mentoring, counselling, training, team building
Business project planning, evaluation
He has recently developed his own company called Entec Studios which is involved in promoting and developing technology in the delivery of education and training programmes.
Non Executive Director of Finance
Michael Flanagan is head of Taxbuster Accountants, an accountancy firm, with a number of offices in both Ireland and the UK.
He is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a member of the Institute of Taxation. He has worked in PwC in Ireland, UK and Boston. He has wide experience in both large business and small business. He has written various taxation and economic articles for newspapers in Northern Ireland and London.
I started work with Du Pont (UK) as a Control Technician, this was one of the first multi-discipline positions in the UK at the time. Responsibilities included all Instrument and process controls, and all electrical installations including switchgear up to 33Kv. Whilst at Du Pont, I studied for ONC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
I then moved to Northern Ireland Electric Service before moving to Occidental Oil in Libya, working on an LNG Gas Plant and Oil Producing facilities looking after all control systems associated with a large petrochemical complex including Sulzer, Ruston, Pratt & Whitney, & Solar gas turbines. Whilst at Occidental I studied for an HNC in Electrical & Electronic engineering.
After several years with Occidental, I moved to ESI, a subsidiary of Solar Turbines which is part of Caterpillar Inc. Whilst at ESi as a Field Engineer, I worked on numerous projects commissioning, installing, and troubleshooting various Turbomachinery packages worldwide. I was also assigned as part of the management team where Solar & Esi set up a joint venture in Venezuela which built, owned and operated an offshore Gas Compression platform for a major Venezuelan oil producer. Later I was assigned as Project Manager on major project in Egypt where ESi operated and maintained a Gas Compression facility for a major oil company.
Then I took up a post as Electronics Engineer on a new project with Hunt Oil in Yemen. My duties there involved the installation commissioning and on gong maintenance and troubleshooting of four Neuvo Pignoni (GE) Frame 5 gas compression units, Solar Power Generation units, and Rolls Royce Gas Compression packages as well as all instrument and Plc controls on a new major LNG plant. This included setting up the DCS system and building screens for the operation, to assist with this I spent two weeks at the DCS software OEM facility in Houston Texas.
A couple of years later I returned to Solar and was assigned to Asia for 9 years, where I was re-located to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with my family, as Senior Field Service Engineer looking after an area from India to China including Myanmar Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea
After nine years with Solar in Asia, I took up a position as Maintenance Supervisor and Relief OIM on an offshore facility with Petronas in Myanmar. The facility was extended three times during my 12 years there, doubling the size of the first platform, and installing two more platforms which included six gas compression packages and five gen sets, as well as balance of plant required to safely run a complex offshore operation.
During my time with ESi, Solar Turbines, Hunt Oil, and Petronas, I conducted numerous training courses on all aspects of turbomachinery. Operation & Maintenance, Control Systems, Plc controls, Relay controls Power generation systems, Gas Compressor control Systems, including Surge Control.
Clients included Shell (Brunei, Malaysia, & Phillipines), Petronas (Malaysia & Myanmar), EPMI- Esso (Malaysia), Daewoo, Thai Gypsum, Solar Turbines,(various worldwide locations) Gupco (Egypt), Maraven ( Venezeula) ONGC (India) Conoco (Thailand) Agip (Nigeria)
Adviser of Online and Distance Learning
Dr Dan Corbett graduated from Queen's University with a First Class Honours degree in Pharmacy in 2010, subsequently completing his pre-registration training at McMullan's Pharmacy in Belfast. After registering as a Pharmacist in 2011, Dr Corbett returned to the School of Pharmacy to complete a PhD in Biomaterials Chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Colin McCoy, within the Pharmaceutical Science and Practice cluster. Since completing his doctorate, Dr Corbett took responsibility for student recruitment at the School from 2014-2015, whilst also carrying out a number of teaching responsibilities. Dr Corbett is Lecturer (Education) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with a majorty of his teaching taking place at the China Medical University-Queen's University Belfast Joint College (known as CQC), located in Shenyang, People's Republic of China. Dr Corbett's current research interests lie in the development of polymer-based medical products which exhibit properties such as infection resistance, enhanced biocompatibility, and drug delivery. In addition to these roles, Dr Corbett authors articles for a number of publications, and works for the Northern Ireland professional pharmacy regulator.
Consultant of Medical/Biomedial Innovation
Dr Cherian - McIvor has attained her initial qualification in the field of medicine and Anaesthesia from India. She then moved to the UK for further experience and worked in different hospitals across Ireland. She passed the Fellowship exam from the College of Anaesthetist, FCARCSI and was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist in 2009 and she currently works in Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry, a multispecialty hospital. Dr Cherian - McIvor has been involved in research projects during her training in Northern Ireland including study on remifentanil for labour analgesia and she has a keen interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia and is currently Lead Anaesthetist for obstetrics in the Department. She takes active interest in patient safety and quality improvement projects and is currently the clinical governance lead for Anaesthesia at Altnagelvin Hospital. Dr Cherian - McIvor has been involved in high quality audit projects and has also been local lead investigator for 2 national Audit projects within her department. She has presented posters at national and international meetings and has also been an invited speaker at the Western Association of Anaesthetists meeting. She has been an instructor on the Advanced Trauma Life support course and she is currently involved in multidisciplinary simulation based teaching in obstetrics and updating the departmental guidelines for obsteric anaesthesia.
Godfrey William Brock-Gadd
Executive Director of International Public Relations
I was born on the 13th. January 1948, to Goodly parents, Father served in HM Forces in the RAMC. That’s why I have lived all over the world. Including Malaysia, Singapore, Penang, Kualalumpor, Malta GC, Germany thrice, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, and Osnabruck, apologise for the spelling.
I attended a few schools, as my father would have been posted every 2 to 3 years. Parkgate primary school in Cheshire. Malta RAF School at Luqa, and the Royal Naval School Talhandaq, Chiltern School, Deyes Lane, Maghull Liverpool.
I attended the:
1. Runsure College, Leyland, did my A-Levels.
2. I attended the University of Central Lancashire I did a Combined Honours Degree BA/BSc. Business Management and Philosophy.
3. Attended the Corpus Christi College Cambridge reading Leadership Skills and Managing Performance certificate.
4. University of Central Lancashire - University Certificate in Forensic Science.
5. British Red Cross first aid,
6. Ambassador to East Belfast Visitor Centre.
7. Administrator to St. Christopher’s Larder (Food Bank in East Belfast, distributed over 15,148 food parcels within the last 5 years since it’s opening.
8. Member of the St. Christopher’s Steering Group.
9. Member of the Royal Order Most Honourable Order of Omukama Chwa II Kabalega as the European Co-Ordinator.
10. Past Founder / CEO / Chairman of Ultra Rare Decease and Disability Foundation Northern Ireland.
11. Past Member of the Royal Household Staff, as Queen’s Footman / Butler.
12. After Dinner Speaker, (Royal Household experience).
13. Secretarial experience in Local Charities.
International Business Development Director for China and ASEAN Territories
Joseph Ng has worked as a teacher at the following institutions since 2012:
1. Shengli No. 1 High School International Division (China) (Nov 2015 – Aug 2016)
Designation: Program Director and AP instructor
Specialisation: Education Teach Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus and AP Physics to high school students. Manage the academic curriculum and execute plan as instructed by founder of International Academic Alliance.
2. Nanning Second High School International Division (China) (Nov 2014 to Nov 2015)
Designation: Head of Department for Physics and Science
Specialisation: Education Teach ACT Science, A level and AP physics. Designing and developing course curriculum and materials for the students.
3. Shenzhen Academy of International Education (China) (Nov 2013 to Oct 2014)
Designation: Subject leader
Specialisation: Education Responsible for teaching physics at SAT level and AP level. Designing and developing course curriculum and materials for the students. Conducting research in bridging IGCSE physics and SAT physics course. Designing laboratory manual for the students
4. MDIS College (Singapore)
Designation: Associate Trainer
Brief Description: Responsible for teaching physics and chemistry at O and A level.
Joseph has an extensive experience in Project planning, monitoring and delivery and participated in numerous Projects:
Biomax Technologies Pte Ltd (Singapore)
Designation: Principal Consultant (Oct 2011 to Oct 2012)
Specialisation: Engineering – Environmental Engineering
Brief Description: Oversee the consultancy and education department. Develop management and operational framework of the department. Devise a business strategy and plan for the implementation of Eco program as well as setting up of composting facilities in school premises. Identify and develop suitable monitoring and evaluation tools to access the sales performance of the department. Explore and identify new areas and approaches to develop new R&D program.
2. Building & Construction Authority (Singapore) Designation:
Project Manager (Dec 2010 to Sept 2011)
Specialisation: Engineering - Civil/Construction
Brief Description: Maintain and oversee private estate upgrading projects on behalf of Ministry of National Development. Ensure a smooth progress and timely delivery and completion of projects. Prepare consultant tenders and monthly progress reports and verify claims submitted by consultants and contractors. Identify problems and recommend areas for improvement.
3. DHI-NTU Research Centre
Designation: Research Engineer (Aug 2009 – Aug 2010)
Specialisation: Research Project
Description: Do research on Vacuum Consolidation as per requirement between government agency and DHI-NTU research center. Follow up with consulting report for pilot trial and submit to government agency Education Nanyang Technological University B.Eng in Environmental Engineering (Hons) Nanyang Technological University (Top 12th global University according to QS ranking 2018) Membership China Investment Committee Chinese Principals’ Association Entrepreneurship, Oxford University Nanyang Technological University Research Group Liberty University Education Committee
Calum Morrison MA
International Education Consultant
Calum Morrison is an International Education Consultant at CJM Education which is a Global Education Services provider. He has over thirty years of experience in Further and Higher Education and over twenty of these years have been at Senior Management Level.
From 2014 to 2019 he was President of Ulixes an EU Training and Research organisation www.ulixesnet.eu
Has experience of leading and managing education projects in Europe, India, China and SE Asia. Calum had also been senior manager in charge of different European projects delivered in partnership through ERASMUS, Lifelong Learning and Erasmus +.
Previously Calum was the Director of Curriculum of the North West Regional College (NWRC) with responsibility for the development and delivery of the college curriculum which ranged from entry level to post graduate. This position required overall responsibility for the development and delivery of the Curriculum from Level 1 to Level 7 on the European Qualifications Framework. Before this worked for the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. He continues to participate in promoting research, training and educational programmes through collaboration with European and International partnerships. Calum is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).
Director of Education Nigeria
Prince Adeniyi John, Founder/CEO of Global Scholarship Trust (GST). A Non Governmental Organisation that conducts scholarships exams with the sole aim of diminishing educational barriers. He holds B.Sc in Computer Science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and he's a member of Chartered Institute of Commerce of Nigeria. a certified CISCO Network Administrator (CCNA), Senior Research Fellow (SRF), Institute of Commerce Research and Enterprise Development (ICRED) and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Educational Practitioner UK (FCIEP-UK). John, through his philanthropic work, has awards scholarships to the indigent and less privileged Nigerian Studens to have access to quality and affordable education, home and abroad. He is an experienced and seasoned Manager, Social Entrepreneur, Educationist/Literacy Advocate and Social Worker who has served in so many management capacities with over 15 years of experience. He has served as chairman to numerous committees and in some cases as a dedicated member to some of these committees.
Professor Paul Mc Kevitt
Visiting Professor of Artificial Intelligence to AISR
Professor Paul Mc Kevitt is from Co. Donegal (Dún Na nGall), Ireland on the northwest of the European Union (EU) and was born in the Year of the Dragon. He is Visiting Professor of Artificial Intelligence at AISR. He directed the 23rd International Loebner Prize Contest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) (2013) held, for the first time on the island of Ireland, is Co-Director of the [HE]Arts of STEM initiative at Ulster University, investigating how arts and technology inform each other, and has contributed to genesis of `The Imagineering Quarter' [(c) 2009, PM] in the City of Derry~LondonDerry~LegenDerry, which backed the City's successful bid for First UK City of Culture 2013.
He is a Board Member of the `Amelia Earhart STEAM Zone' children's STEAM centre registered Charity and is Vice-Chair of Ulster University's Convocation Executive Committee.
He is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Ulster University, Magee, Derry~LondonDerry~LegenDerry, Northern Ireland. Previously, he was Head of the Faculty of Arts Research Graduate School (Pro-Tem) and Chair in Digital MultiMedia in the School of Arts & Humanities.
He has been Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Visiting Professor of Intelligent MultiMedia Computing in the Institute of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, Denmark and a UK EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Advanced Fellow in the Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, England. The Fellowship, commenced in 1994, and released him from his Assistant Professorship (tenured Lectureship) for 5 years to conduct full-time research on the integration of natural language, speech and vision processing. He has been Visiting Professor at LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, Univ. Paris Sud, France, Visiting Fellow at the School of Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, and Research Scientist and Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science, New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA.
He completed a Master's degree in Education (M.Ed.), at the University of Sheffield, England (1999), his Ph.D. in Computer Science, at the University of Exeter, England (1991), his Master's degree in Computer Science (M.S.), at New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA (1988) and his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (B.Sc., Hons.), at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland (1985).
He has published numerous research papers in international journals, conferences and books, has been awarded 3 UK/international patents and is co-founder of, and shareholder in, a Magee campus spin-out company,
ActionSense Ltd. (fomerly HidInImage Ltd.). He has secured research and education funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Ireland (PRTLI-V), the British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Union (Esprit [Open-LTR], TEMPUS, Erasmus, Socrates), The Royal Society, The British Council, Invest Northern Ireland (NISPO Funds, Proof-of-Concept, RTD Networking, Innovation Vouchers), InterTradeIreland (Fusion), Enterprise Ireland (Innovation Vouchers), UK Teaching Company Scheme (TCS) and industry (US WEST Advanced Technologies [Denver, CO, USA], Seagate Technology [Derry/Londonderry], 360 Production [Derry/London]).
His primary research interests are in Natural Language Processing (NLP) including the processing of sentiment, emotions, beliefs and intentions in dialogue. He is also interested in Philosophy, Digital Creativity, Digital Empathy and the general area of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Dr Rahul Kanagat
Director of Education India
Versatile professional, with 23 years in the Hospitality industry as General Manager and 15 years in the education sector as Director. Presently employed as Professor, HOD for Department of Hospitality and Tourism at TeamLease Skills University, Vadodara, Gujarat.
Academic & Technical Credentials :
A PhD in Tourism & Management and MBA in HR have provided him with great inputs of Operational and Administration Skills with in depth know-how in strategic planning and conceptualizing of services and products. Besides that he has also done Post-Graduation Diploma in Business Administration and Post-Graduation Diploma in Industrial Relation and Personal Management.
Diploma in Catering & Hotel Management
Worked at CESPL as CEO (2013- 2015)
As the CEO of Composite Education Solutions I was responsible for ; Brand Development, Strategic Planning, Mentoring of Teachers and counselors and adhering to Core Company value systems. Execution of CSR activities for corporate.
Ms Fernandes , Director, Vadodara ( 2012 – 2013)
Brand Development, Strategic Consulting, Mentoring of Teachers and counselors to achieve overall goals. Placement for candidates. Consultant for providing systems in Hotels and Institutes.
International Institute of Hotel Management, Director at Delhi Campus,(2001 – 2012)
Coordinating with Edinburgh Napier University (UK) and University of West London for In house delivery of lecture and took part in discussions for smooth and effective functioning of the Academics and Examinations.
Attended staff development programs conducted by Edinburg University
Selection recruitment & Induction of Staff and Student counselling and encourage active participation of parents with the institute
Strategic Management Areas for marketing, positioning and expansion program.
Gujarat Institute of Hotel Management, (AICTE approved Institute 2007-08) Director from Nov 2001- June 2011
Directing and controlling the education / training / placement recruitment, training & Induction of Staff.
Delivered lectures in Food and Beverage Service, Facility Management.
Conducted awareness sessions for faculty members on “ Stress Management “ “ Motivation” and “Teambuilding”
Savshanti Chain of Resort Hotels - General Manager, (1989 – 2001)
Hotel Hillock, Mount Abu General Manager ( 1988 -- 1989 )
Hamad Medical Corporation Doha Qatar. Catering department (1981 –1987)
Dr. Zumao Weng
Visiting Professor of Robotics to AISR
Academic and Professional Qualifications/Membership
2014 Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, UK
2003 Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Ulster, UK
2001 PhD in Computer Science, University of Ulster, UK
1988 MSc in Computer Science and Technology, Fujian Normal University, China
1982 BSc in Physics, Fujian Normal University, China
Brief Outline of Career History
06/2000-04/2016 Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Ulster, UK
12/1998-12/2012 Visiting Professor in Computing and Informatics, Fujian Normal University, China
12/2001-12/2010 Honorary Dean, Faculty of Software Engineering, Fujian Normal University, China
01/1997-04/1998 Director of Network Information Centre, Fujian Normal University, China
05/1993-01/1997 Associate Director, Multimedia R&D Centre, Fujian Normal University, China
02/1990-11/1997 Associate Professor in CS and Informatics, Fujian Normal University, China
Teaching, research and development experience – 27 years
Professional/Industrial Experience – 9 years
Algorithms and Data Structures
Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Based Systems
Object-Oriented Information Systems
Business Information Systems