Professor Pat Loughrey, Goldsmiths
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.
Pat’s previous post was the Director of BBC Nations and Regions. He held the role since May 2000 and had overall responsibility for the BBC’s television, radio and online programmes and services in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the 12 English regions. In this post he lead more than 6,500 staff based in more than 50 centres across the UK.
Pat was born in 1955 in County Donegal, Ireland. He studied at the University of Ulster (BA Hons Contemporary History), The Queen’s University of Belfast (MA History) and Trent University, Ontario (Doctoral Research Fellowship). He received the University of Ulster’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 1997 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2009.
Pat is a Visiting Professor at University of Ulster, Department of Journalism. He is a member of the Advisory Board of European Television Management Academy, Strasbourg and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Advanced Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Studies. He is also a Chairman of the commercial board of Teaching Awards.
For three years Pat was Head of the BBC’s Project North. The Project included the creation of MediaCityUK, a massive new enterprise dedicated to media production in which Goldsmiths is also involved.
Pat is married with three children.