Development and Alumni Relations Office




Eddie Friel
Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Eddie became Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the start of December 2013. A graduate of Ulster University, he leads the development and alumni relations activity at the University, working closely with senior officers and staff.


Phone: +44 28 71675456


Development (Fundraising)



Caroline Armstrong
Head of Fundraising

Caroline is responsible for all aspects of the Development and Alumni Relation’s fundraising, leading a team of major gift and annual fund fundraisers, while also managing her own portfolio, to secure further funding for all areas of the University’s work.


Phone: +44 (0)28 95367513









Brid McLaughlin
Student Fund Assistant

Brid works in support of the Ulster University Fund, raising money from graduates, staff and friends of Ulster which is used to reward student excellence and creativity and ensure that all students at Ulster can fulfil their potential, regardless of financial background.


Phone:+44 28 95367538




Kathy Morrow

Development Officer - Regular Giving

Kathy oversees the Ulster University Fund, which aims to raise much needed funds from alumni, staff and friends of Ulster in order to award scholarships and bursaries to current students. The Fund supports students in a number of ways, from offering a life-line in desperate times, to providing specialised sports scholarships.


Phone: +44 28 95367291




Sinead Devlin

Researcher and Proposal Writer

Sinead works as part of the Fundraising team to provide prospect research on potential and existing donors and funding opportunities. She also provides research on potential funding streams as well as working on proposals and applications for funding.


Phone: +44 28 95367287


Alumni Relations




Roisin McNamara
Alumni Relations Manager

Roisin is responsible for developing mutually beneficial life-long relationships with former students of the University. She manages and implements the alumni engagement strategy working across all faculties and departments within the University.


Phone: +44 28 95367503              




Sandra Irwin
Executive Assistant

Sandra began working at the former Ulster Polytechnic in August 1980 for the Information Services and Publications Office. Her work within the University has included staff and student recruitment, corporate events, press office, internal communications, and publications all within the Department of Public Affairs. She joined the Alumni Relations Office in December 2007 and provides support for a wide range of activities.


Phone: +44 28 95367486



Development (Arts and Culture)




Tim Kerr
Development Manager (Arts and Culture)

Tim manages our year-round programme of events and arts activity.


Phone: +44 28 95367286




Kelly Gordon
Clerical Assistant

Kelly works within the Arts & Culture team.  Kelly's main duties include assisting with the organisation of events, marketing, finance and to provide support to the Arts & Culture Manager primarily on the Belfast campus.


Phone: +44 28 95367285




Cheryl Mullan
Clerical Assistant

Cheryl  provides administrative and front-of-house support for event delivery across campuses.


Phone: +44 28 71675679





Feargal programmes the University Art Gallery at the Belfast Campus and manages the University’s art collection.


Phone: +44 28 95367511




Feargal O'Malley


Development Services




Alison Snookes
Development Services Manager

Alison manages operational support for all teams within DARO. She works closely with the Fundraising team to manage scholarships and other forms of student support and to build ongoing relationships with donors and sponsors. She is also responsible for oversight of donation processing, the team’s website and alumni records.


Phone: +44 28 70124460




Nicola McIlroy
Administrative Assistant (Database and IT)

Nicola is responsible for managing, updating and maintaining the Development and Alumni Relations Office database and websites.


Phone: +44 28 95367234



Debbie Caulfield
Executive Assistant

Debbie joined the University in April 1991. Debbie worked in the Academic Office, the Research Office and the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences. Debbie’s main responsibilities include working closely with the Development Services Manager, liaising with donors and University staff in receipt of awards, processing recording and reporting on financial transactions. 


Phone: +44 28 70123208




Claire Bleakley
Support Assistant

Claire joined Ulster University in December 1993. She worked in the Cultural Affairs’ Department first at the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine, and later when the department became part of the Development and Alumni Relations Office. Claire joined the Development Services team in 2011. Her main responsibility in the department is administrative duties and selling Memorabilia.


Phone: +44 28 70124449