Paul McCague

    Paul McCague

    Lecturer (Education)

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    Paul McCague graduated with a Master of Pharmacy from Queen's University Belfast (QUB) in 2008 and following pre-registration training returned to the School of Pharmacy in Belfast to complete a PhD in clinical pharmacy. Following his PhD, Dr McCague held lectureships in the School of Pharmacy University College Cork (2012-14) and Liverpool John Moores University (2014-15). His role in University College Cork was a joint appointment with the Mercy University Hospital, where he worked as a paediatric clinical pharmacist.

    In September 2015, Dr McCague returned to QUB as a Lecturer in Pharmacy Education where he is involved in teaching pharmacology and clinical pharmacy throughout the four years of the MPharm degree programme. Paul also delivers the pharmacokinetics teaching on Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Advanced Clinical Practice (postgraduate) programmes. Additionally, Paul is involved in pharmacy education post-registration with both the NI Centre for Pharmacy Learning & Development (NICPLD) and Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU). These roles involve the development and delivery of courses to pharmacists in both the North and South of Ireland. Paul has a strong commitment to research led teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). He has disseminated numerous educational initiatives at national and international conferences as well as publication in peer reviewed journals.

    Paul’s PhD thesis is entitled ‘The Unlicensed Use of Extemporaneously Prepared Paediatric Medicines in the Community and Hospital Setting’. His doctoral work involved both quantitative and qualitative methods of research. As part of his research, Paul has collaborated with local schools as well as the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Altnagelvin Area Hospital, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital, Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital Cork.

    Dr McCague has worked in both community and hospital pharmacy settings over the past ten years and continues to carry out regular locum work. He is a Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Paul was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019 for his contributions to education.



    - Master of Pharmacy: 1st Class Honours (2008), Queen's University Belfast

    - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Pharmacy (2012), Queen's University Belfast

    - Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2013), University College Cork

    - Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2014), University College Cork

    - University Rising Star Teaching Award (2016): Clinical Pharmacokinetics

    - University Team Teaching Award (2017): Extemporaneous Formulation & Dispensing

    - Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2019)

    - QUB Institutional Nominee for Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship (2019)




    Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) programme:

    PMY4107: Advanced Pharmaceutical Care (Module Co-ordinator)

    PMY4108: Advancement of Practice Through Evidence (Joint Module Co-Ordinator)

    PMY4002: Business, Government and Industry 

    PMY4005: Project

    PMY4050: Objective, Structured Clinical Examinations for Level 4

    PMY3177: Clinical Therapeutics

    PMY3178: Pharmacy Practice

    PMY3050: Objective, Structured Clinical Examinations for Level 3

    PMY2107: Applied Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

    PMY2006: Pharmaceutical Technology

    PMY1017: Practising as a Pharmacist


    MB BCh BAO Medicine programme: 

    MED1023: Principles of Disease and Treatment I

    MED2014: Principles of Disease and Treatment II


    Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology programmes:

    PMY2021: Principles of Drug Action


    BSc Medical Science (Intercalated) programme:

    BMS3106: Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics


    MSc/Diploma/Certificate in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice postgraduate programmes:

    PMY7045: Managing Drug Treatment

    PMY7052: An Introduction to Clinical Research Methods

    PMY7043: Practice Research Project




    - Module Co-ordinator: Advanced Pharmaceutical Care (PMY4107), Advancement of Practice Through Evidence (PMY4108)
    - Lead for Interprofessional Learning: MPharm Programme Level 1 & 2
    - School Staff Student Liaison Officer: (September 2016-September 2018)
    - School Lead: University Personal Tutoring Scheme
    - School Committee Memberships: School Board, MPharm Accreditation, Teaching & Learning, Examinations & Assessment, Distance Learning and Staff Student Consultative Committee
    - University Committee Memberships: Academic Board, Academic Council, Staff Forum, Periodic School Review, Lead Personal Tutor Forum  
    - STEM Ambassador  
    - Northern Ireland Department of Health Poisons Board: Panel Member

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