|Professor Michael A Hayes was born in Limerick in 1957. He graduated from St Munchin’s College in 1974 and went on to study at St Patrick’s Pontifical College in Maynooth, before moving to the United Kingdom, where he lived and worked from 1980 to 2011. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark in South East England.
He took up the post of President of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in October 2011. He was nominated by the colleges of education in Ireland to the Teaching Council of Ireland in April 2012. He is an internationally respected academic in the field of Pastoral Theology; he is particularly interested in the relationship between faith and praxis. He is also a qualified Psychotherapist and studied at the London Institute of Psychosynthesis. He holds a BD from the Pontifical University of Maynooth, an MA from the University of London, and a PhD from the University of Surrey. In May 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane letter (L.H.D) from De Sales University, Pennsylvania.
He is the editor of international journal, The Pastoral Review, which is published in London by The Tablet. Prior to his appointment at Mary Immaculate College, he worked in pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Southwark, he taught in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Roehampton University, and was latterly Vice-Principal and Professor of Catholic Pastoral Studies at St. Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, London, where he had also been Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and the founding Head of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and History. He is a visiting professor at St Mary’s University College, London.
He is committed to world class provision of initial teacher education and continuing professional development. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). He is a member of the recently established Consultative Forum of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).