A Greenisland academic has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his work in the field of learning disabilities.
Roy McConkey will receive an OBE for services to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
The local man is Professor Emeritus of Learning Disability, based at Ulster University’s Jordanstown campus.
A psychologist by training and a native of Belfast, he has previously held posts at the University of Manchester, in Dublin with St Michael’s House and in Scotland with the Brothers of Charity Services, taking up his post at Ulster in 1997.
He acted as a consultant to several United Nations agencies and international NGOs and currently is an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
During his tenure, the local man’s research focused on the social inclusion of people with disabilities, the provision of support services to family carers, and the development and evaluation of new models of service provision, nationally and internationally.