Dr Kathleen Rankin in a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast where she completed her Ph.D. on the In-service Education of Teachers with particular reference to science. For many years she was involved with the organisation of both Chemistry and Biology courses for teachers at the Queen’s University Teachers’ Centre.
In addition she is a graduate of Trinity College, university of Dublin where she obtained an M.Litt. in Education. Dr Rankin is the daughter of the late Herbert R. Lilley, a well known linen designer, and since retirement as a lecturer in Lisburn Institute, she has been involved with Living Linen, an organisation associated with the gathering of information on the Irish Linen Industry in the twentieth century.