In July 2019, Professor Norelee Kennedy was appointed Vice President for Research at the University of Limerick, Ireland and took up the post in January 2020, following a four-month period of research leave.
Norelee Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health and is an active member of the Health Research Institute and its Health Implementation Science and Technology cluster. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc in Physiotherapy (1999) and a PhD (2004) in the field of physiotherapy, health economics and rheumatology. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics (TCD 2000) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NUI Galway 2004).
Norelee was appointed Lecturer in Physiotherapy at UL in 2004, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015 and Associate Professor in 2018. She was the Head of School of Allied Health, UL from 2014-2019. During that time, she oversaw the first external quality review of the school, six regulatory body programme approvals and monitoring of professional programmes as well as the establishment of two new professional graduate entry Masters programmes in Physiotherapy and Human Nutrition & Dietetics. She managed over 50 staff in the school, delivering programmes to c400 students across the four disciplines of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy and Dietetics. She also co-led the successful first School of Allied Health Athena SWAN application for a Bronze award in 2018.