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Published: 26 October 2009 15:00
Pat Loughrey has been appointed as 12th Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London. He will be taking over the leadership of Goldsmiths from Professor Geoffrey Crossick, who is leaving in 2010.
For the past nine years Pat has been Director of BBC Nations & Regions, leading a staff of 6,500 based in more than 50 centres across the UK, making it one of the country’s largest multi platform broadcasting operations.
Pat began his career as a Language Teacher and freelance broadcaster before being appointed as a Radio and then Television producer in BBC Northern Ireland. He subsequently became Head of Educational Broadcasting. In 1991 he was appointed Head of Programmes, and in 1995 Controller of BBC Northern Ireland. He took up his current post in 2000.
Pat was educated at the University of Ulster (BA Contemporary History) and Queen’s University, Belfast (MA History). He is also currently a Visiting Professor at the School of Media, Film & Journalism at the University of Ulster.
Christopher Jonas, Chair of Council at Goldsmiths said: “we are delighted to welcome Pat Loughrey to Goldsmiths. He has proven himself to be a leader of distinction, with a talent for empowering staff, a capacity to manage change, and a track record of successful innovation in the creative sector. Goldsmiths is a strong and self-confident institution with a sound academic and economic base from which to deal with an increasingly stressful future. We need a leader who is able to release and nurture the intellectual energy of the College while also focussing personally on the vital developmental challenges we face. Pat Loughrey shares our enthusiasm for the fit between the needs of Goldsmiths and his record and experience. He presents us with a rare opportunity to recruit a new Warden with an extremely strong track record of leadership and innovation just when the College needs it most. ”
Pat Loughrey said: “I’m delighted to have this opportunity to lead one of the UK’s most distinguished and dynamic colleges. I have long admired its tradition of research-led scholarship and innovation and I firmly believe that Goldsmiths has huge potential for the future. I look forward to working closely with staff, students and the College Council to realise that potential. ”
Notes to Editors
Goldsmiths is a College of the University of London and a member of the 1994 Group of smaller, research-intensive universities. It spans a range of disciplines in the humanities, arts, social sciences and sciences and in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise was ranked 9th in the league tables for the very peak of world-leading research, shown by the top 4* grade.
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