Cancer researcher and university administrator who contributed to Ireland’s workplace smoking ban

Posted in Life on June 10th, 2017 by steve

“Paddy Johnston, who has died suddenly after a cycle ride in Donegal, was internationally recognised as a leading cancer researcher, and an outstanding university administrator as vice-chancellor and president of Queen’s University, Belfast. He possessed the ability to combine both roles, publishing his latest research paper in the spring …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 June]

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Funeral held for Queen’s University Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2017 by steve

“The funeral has taken place for the late Professor Patrick Johnston who was Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast. He passed away suddenly on Sunday at his holiday home in Co Donegal aged 58 …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 8 June]

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A tribute to Patrick Johnston – Vice-Chancellor of Queens University

Posted in Life on June 5th, 2017 by steve

“There was palpable shock and genuine grief among the staff of Queens on Sunday evening following announcement of the death of the Vice-Chancellor, Paddy Johnston. A top flight academic and brilliant administrator had died suddenly in his prime when he had so much more to give …” (more)

[Terry Maguire, Slugger O’Toole, 5 June]

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President and vice chancellor of Queen’s University dies suddenly

Posted in Life on June 5th, 2017 by steve

“The death has occurred of the vice-chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast, Professor Patrick Johnston, the college confirmed on Sunday. A leading cancer expert Prof Johnston took over as president and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University in 2014 stating that his ambition was to make the college an ‘international powerhouse’ …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Queen’s University Belfast Vice-Chancellor Patrick Johnston dies suddenly

Posted in Life on June 4th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast’s Vice-Chancellor Patrick Johnston has died suddenly. The news of his death came in an email to staff from the university’s registrar, James O’Kane on Sunday afternoon …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 4 June]

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Brexit could lead to fees hike says Queen’s vice-chancellor

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students from the Republic are facing potential massive university fee increases after the UK withdraws from the EU. The head of Queen’s University Belfast said EU undergraduates could be charged pricier international tuition fees post-Brexit …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 29 May]

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Queen’s University graduates reveal why they snubbed vice chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“Students have spoken of the moment they publicly snubbed the head of Queen’s University Belfast during their graduation ceremony. Several history and anthropology graduates refused to shake Patrick Johnston’s hand and others gave him a campaign flyer …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 7 July]

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History students snub Queen’s University vice chancellor Patrick Johnston at graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2016 by steve

UK“History students used their graduation ceremony to snub the head of Queen’s University after his controversial claim that ‘society doesn’t need a 21-year-old that’s a sixth century historian’ …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 6 July]

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Why Society Needs Historians

Posted in Research on June 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“… Johnston, it must be remembered, was an oncologist before going into university leadership, so he’s one of the Good Guys. He deserves our respect. But this doesn’t stop this being stupid, philistine, nonsense …” (more)

[Jonathan Healey, The Social Historian, 4 June]

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In an Underfunded Sector, We Cannot Let Financial Interests Dictate Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Comments made by the vice-chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Patrick Johnston, earlier this week sparked passionate backlash from academics and those interested in the preservation of a university’s mission of academia …” (more)

[University Times, 5 June]

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Queen’s University vice-chancellor Patrick Johnston: Can we put my history blunder in the past?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2016 by steve

UK“The vice-chancellor of Queen’s University in Belfast has apologised to his own school of history after claiming ‘society does not need a 21-year-old that’s a sixth century historian’. The comment by Patrick Johnston sparked fury online, with many members of Mr Johnston’s own history department contacting the Belfast Telegraph …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 1 July]

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Queen’s University and Ulster University chiefs say a £100m higher education funding gap in Northern Ireland needs plugged

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2016 by steve

UK“The vice-chancellors of the Queen’s University, Belfast and Ulster University say that serious decisions need to be taken over the future funding of higher education in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 17 January]

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£8m funding cut could ‘destroy’ Northern Ireland’s institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s v-c speaks out amid plans to axe 236 staff and reduce student numbers by more than 1,000. The performance and reputation of Northern Ireland’s higher education system are at risk of being ‘destroyed’ by public funding cuts, university leaders have warned …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 23 April]

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Ulster University’s new £250k leader becomes Northern Ireland’s highest paid official

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2015 by steve

UK“Ulster University has appointed a new vice-chancellor who will become the highest paid public figure in Northern Ireland. Liverpool-born Professor Paddy Nixon (47) will be paid £250,000 plus benefits when he succeeds Professor Sir Richard Barnett following his retirement in March …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Belfast Telegraph, 9 January]

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Universities revolt: Academic chiefs team up to blast Stormont over ‘madness’ that will mean 1,100 fewer student places

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2014 by steve

UK“The heads of Northern Ireland’s two universities have come together to warn that Stormont cuts will force some of our brightest young people to leave the country …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 5 November]

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Northern Ireland economy to suffer as a result of higher education cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2014 by steve

UK“One of Northern Ireland’s greatest natural resources is our skilled, talented people. People who are the lifeblood of local and international businesses, the research base and ultimately, our economy. Higher education contributes £1.5 billion annually to the local economy, and is a key economic driver providing 8,000 high-quality graduates each year …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 5 November]

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New Queen’s University Belfast chief says university life is tougher than ever

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2014 by steve

“University has never been tougher – but Queen’s new president and vice-chancellor is hoping to tackle some of the big issues facing students during his six-year tenure …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Belfast Telegraph, 4 March]

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I’ll make Queen’s University Belfast a powerhouse, vows new chief Professor Patrick Johnston

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“One of the world’s most respected cancer specialists has said he wants to make Queen’s University ‘an international powerhouse in higher education’ as he takes over at the helm of the institution today …” (more)

[Joanne Fleming, Belfast Telegraph, 3 March]

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Cancer specialist takes over at Queen’s

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Prof Patrick Johnston takes over as president and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast, today. Prof Johnston, formerly dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s is one of the world’s top cancer research specialists …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 March]

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Queen’s University vice-chancellor to get paid £250,000 a year

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2014 by steve

“The new head of Queen’s University will be paid a salary of almost £250,000, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. Professor Patrick Johnston takes up the post of vice-chancellor next month – but has caused controversy even before he begins work because of his massive pay packet …” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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