Gerry McKenna

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Patrick Gerald McKenna, DL, FIBMS, FRSB, MRIA (born 10 December 1953), known informally and widely as Gerry McKenna, is a Chartered Biologist (CBiol, 1982) and Chartered Scientist (CSci, 2006) from Northern Ireland.

Professor McKenna is most well known for his long affiliation with the University of Ulster in Coleraine, where he was honoured with the Freedom of the Borough of Coleraine[1][2] and as Coleraine Business Person of the Year, as well as being appointed Deputy Lieutenant for County Londonderry.[3]

University of Ulster leadership[edit]

During McKenna's successive tenures as founding Director of the Biomedical Sciences Research Centre, Head of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Dean of Science, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), and finally Vice Chancellor/President of the University of Ulster, the university became the foremost provider of healthcare programs (both undergraduate and postgraduate), and was top-ranked for research (5*) in Biomedical Sciences and Celtic Studies in the UK, and the largest university on the island of Ireland.[4] The university rose to 27th in Quality Research Funding (research power) in the UK and was shortlisted for Sunday Times University of the Year.[5]

McKenna has strongly promoted social inclusion,[6] most notably via the acclaimed 'Step Up' program for school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. He also established a range of e-learning programs via Campus One.[7][8][9]

Founder or co-founder[edit]

Affiliations and honours[edit]

External links[edit]

Website: Professor P. G. (Gerry) McKenna - Home


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  2. ^ "Sheepish traditions". Times Higher Education (THE). 9 February 2001.
  3. ^ "Lord Lieutenant of Londonderry – Lord Lieutenant of Londonderry".
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  6. ^ "CAIN: Issues: Politics: Speech by Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), at the University of Ulster, Coleraine, on 'Partnership as the only way forward', 19 February 2004".
  7. ^ "University scheme 'total success'". 20 August 2002 – via
  8. ^ "University of Ulster - Outreach programme hailed". 28 August 2008.
  9. ^ University, Ulster (28 April 2017). "eLearning at Ulster University".
  10. ^ "Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  11. ^ "IUNA". IUNA. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Servite Priory Library Project". Servite Priory Library Project. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Launch of the Celtic Academies Alliance". Royal Irish Academy. 25 March 2021.
  15. ^ a b c d e f "Professor P.G. (Gerry) McKenna". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  16. ^ (QAA), The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. "The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)".
  17. ^ "Professor P G (Gerry) McKenna - University of Kufa". 23 June 2016.
  18. ^ "A new year, a new ambassador, a Cruachan eye, an Ulster hero, and more" (PDF). Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Flax Trust – Honourees". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Professor P. G. (Gerry) McKenna". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  21. ^ "DTA Applied Biosciences for Health - UA Doctoral Training Alliance".
  22. ^ "RIA Brexit Taskforce". 11 December 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Higher Education Futures Group Established by the Royal Irish Academy". Royal Irish Academy. 13 August 2020.
  24. ^ "Higher Education Futures". Royal Irish Academy. 24 August 2020.
  25. ^ "Professor P. G. (Gerry) McKenna". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  26. ^ "Royal Irish Academy". Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  27. ^ "About HUCBMS - Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences". Retrieved 15 August 2017.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Trevor Smith, Lord Smith of Clifton
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster
Succeeded by
Richard Barnett