2017. Election to Vice President of Royal Irish Academy
Gerry McKenna MRIA was elected to the Council of the Royal Irish Academy and as Vice President on 16 March 2017. ...read more


2017. From Portugal to Benburb, A Rare Collection of Books Comes Home.
‘From Portugal to Benburb, A Rare Collection of Books Comes Home’The Chief of the Clans of O’Neill, Portugese nobleman Dom Hugo O’Neill, has donated his private book collection to the Benburb Priory Library & Museum. Dom Hugo is recognised as the present Chief by desce ...read more


2016. Appointment as Chair of Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Advisory Committee on Health Technology and Informatics
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA has been appointed Chair of Hong Kong Polytechnic University´s Advisory Committee on Health Technology and Informatics. Professor McKenna was previously a member of the Committee which includes biomedical sciences/medical laboratory sciences, radiography and health informatics within its remit. ...read more


2016. Letter Published in The Times on EU Referendum.
23June 2016   Sir, Northern Ireland is the only UK region that would have a land border with the EU post-Brexit. The Leave campaign has argued that the UK should leave the single market but that somehow the current ‘invisible’ North-South border, established as a resu ...read more


2016. Northern Ireland Members of Royal Irish Academy Support EU Remain Vote.
A number of Northern Ireland-based Members of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIAs) have written to the Times Higher Education and other outlets outlining the benefits for HE and research of the UK voting to remain part of the European Union in the June 2016 referendum. ...read more


2016. HUCBMS EU Referendum Position Statement
HUCBMS EU Referendum Position Statement The Executive Committee of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS) supports the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) continued membership of the European Union (EU). HUCBMS believes that within the global scientific community, greater i ...read more


HUCBMS 2016 at Plymouth
The Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences Annual Conference (HUCBMS 2016) and AGM will take place at Plymouth University on 6 and 7 September . The major themes of the conference will be: -          Developments in Teaching and Learning ...read more


2016 Royal Irish Academy publishes Advice Paper on the Sustainability of the Northern Ireland Higher Education sector
  The Royal Irish Academy has published an Advice Paper (No. 10) which considers the current (2016) position of the Northern Ireland Higher Education sector, and the emergence of a significant funding gap which will have major knock-on effects for the long term sustainability of the Northern Ireland higher education system, and will also serve to un ...read more


2015 Science Summit: Strategy for Excellence
Professor Gerry McKenna will be a keynote speaker at the ‘Science Summit: Strategy for Excellence’ conference to be held at the America Square Conference Centre, London on 10 December 2015. The Summit which is an Open Forum Event will support universities and research institutions in their st ...read more


2015 University Alliance takes the initiative with DTA
University Alliance has launched a new kind of doctoral programme for the 21st Century. Thirteen Alliance universities have joined forces to launch a new kind of doctoral training programme in response to industry needs and promote the UK’s economic growth and productivity. ...read more


2015 Gerry McKenna appointed to International Advisory Board of MARBLE Project
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA has been appointed to the International Advisory Board of the JMD MARBLE Project. MARBLE is a Joint Master’s Degree (JMD) high-level integrated international study programme for Biomedical Laboratory Scientists. The programme involves one year of ...read more


2015 McKenna speaks at Oxford on 'changing role of UK universities
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA delivered a lecture and seminar at Worcester College, Oxford in July 2015 on ‘The changing roles of UK universities’. The wide ranging presentation was part of the Georgia Tech Summer School programme at Oxford. He outlined the history of higher education in the UK and the changes in its governance, fundi ...read more


2015 HUCBMS 2015 Annual Conference
HUCBMS 2015 The annual HUCBMS conference (HUCBMS 2015) will take place at the University of Bradford on 8 and 9 September 2015. The programme will begin on Tuesday 8 September at lunchtime and end with the Conference Dinner on Wednesday 9 ...read more


2015 McKenna joins RIA Steering Group on optimal governmental structure for HE and research
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA has accepted an invitation to join the Royal Irish Academy´s Steering Group established to ´identify the optimal governmental structure for Higher Education and Research´. ...read more


2015 Rare Northern Ireland priory collection to be conserved and made public
Heritage Lottery funding of nearly £750k will protect and ‘open up’ 20,000 volumes from Servite Priory in Benburb   A library and museum of rare and historical books, archives and artefacts collected over centuries and held in a priory in Co Tyrone is to be conserved and opened ...read more


2014 McKenna issues Northern Ireland HE Quality Warning Alert
Northern Ireland HE Quality Warning Alert   The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster, Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA, has urged Northern Ireland politicians to either re-examine their policy of freezing student tuition fees* or accept ...read more


2014 HUCBMS Travel Fellowships
HUCBMS Travel Fellowships The Executive Committee of HUCBMS has established two annual Fellowship Travel Awards to encourage collaboration in biomedical sciences teaching and research between UK-based and overseas universities. The first awards will be available in 2014-15. O ...read more


2014 McKenna appointed to RIA Life and Medical Sciences Committee
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA has been appointed to the Royal Irish Academy´s newly established Life and Medical Sciences Committee. ...read more


2014 McKenna joins Society of Biology Education Policy Advisory Committee
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA has joined the newly formed Society of Biology Education Policy Advisory Committee. ...read more


2014 McKenna joins QAA Benchmark Review Groups
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA has been appointed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to be a member of the Group established to review the Benchmarking Statement for Biosciences and and also a member of the Review Group for Biomedical Sciences. The reviews are expected to be completed by early 2015. ...read more


2014 Gerry McKenna to Deliver Peace Lecture in Iraq
Gerry McKenna to Deliver Peace Lecture in Iraq Professor Gerry McKenna will deliver a keynote address at a major international conference on ‘Religious Pluralism in the Dialogue of Civilizations’ to be held in Iraq in late February. He has been invited by the Iraq Minis ...read more


HUCBMS 2014 Conference
The 2014 Conference of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS) will take place on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 September at the University of East London. The themes of the conference will be: education, internationalisation and research. Full conference details link: ...read more


2013 McKenna lectures at Oxford
Professor Gerry McKenna was guest lecturer on the Georgia Tech summer programme at Worcester College Oxford in July 2013. He spoke on the theme ´Health research in the UK´ ...read more


2013 McKenna delivers lecture to young researchers in Hong Kong
Professor Gerry McKenna delivered an invited lecture  on 27 March 2013 to young and developing researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on ´The development of research careers´. ...read more


2012 McKenna joins Stormont All Party Group
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA has joined the Stormont Science and Technology All-Party Group. The Group, which is chaired by Basil McCrea MLA, includes members from a number of learned societies. Professor McKenna represents the Royal Irish Academy and the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS). ...read more


2013 McKenna joins RIA All island and International Relations Working Group
Professor Gerry McKenna has been appointed to the Royal Irish Academy´s Working Group on ´All-Island and International Relations´ as part of the development and implementation of the Academy´s strategic plan. ...read more


2013 McKenna joins International Advisory Board for University of Kufa
Professor Gerry McKenna has accepted an invitation to join an international advisory board for the University of Kufa in Iraq. The Board will advise the University on all aspects of its academic development and iternational outreach.http://www.uoku ...read more


2013 McKenna joins Executive Committee of Heads of Biology
Professor Gerry McKenna has accepted an invitation to join the Executive Committee of the Heads of University Centres of Biology (HUBS). HUBS is a Special Interest Group of the Society of Biology www.societyofbiology.org . Professor McKenna is Hon. Executive Secretary and President Emeritus of the Heads of University ...read more


HUCBMS 2013 Conference
The 2013 Conference of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS) will take place on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 September at the University of Northumbria. The main themes of the conference will be: ...read more


2012 Servite Priory LibraryTwenty thousand rare Servite manuscripts and books receive Heritage Lottery Fund backing
A collection of around 20,000 manuscripts, books and archive material has secured the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) initial support* in a bid for nearly £773,000, including development funding of £83,000 to protect and open up the rare collection.   ...read more


HUCBMS 2012 Annual Conference
  The 2012 HUCBMS Annual Conference will take place at the University of Lincoln on 5-6 September. The programme and conference details can be accessed via the HUCBMS website www.hucbms.org   or directly at: http://www.lin ...read more


McKenna Joins Royal Irish Academy North South Standing Committee
Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA has joined the Royal Irish Academy North-South Standing Committee. The Task Force is chaired by Professor Seamus MacMathuna MRIA. (April 2012) ...read more


McKenna Advises on REF
Professor P G McKenna is currently advising a number of universities in the UK and Hong Kong on their REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework) submissions. Professor McKenna has extensive experience of strategic research planning. (February 2012) ...read more


McKenna is Keynote Speaker at Malaysian Health Science Education Seminar
Professor P G (Gerry) McKenna delivered a keynote address on international trends in health science education at a seminar organized by the Malaysian Ministry for Higher Education which took place in Kuala Lumpur on 16-17 November 2011. He also had discussions on biomedical sciences education with representative ...read more


2011 Prof Gerry McKenna is new HUCBMS Executive Secretary
Gerry McKenna has accepted the honorary position of Executive Secretary of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS: www.hucbms.org ). McKenna was a co-founder of HUCBMS when it was established in 1993. He held the position of President from 1995-97 and wa ...read more


Gerry McKenna appointed Biomedical Sciences Subject Advisor for Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Prof Gerry McKenna has accepted appointment as biomedical sciences advisor to Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In this roll he will monitor and work with the relevant department/school to help maintain and enhance the standards of all its academic functions. (September 2011) ...read more


Professor Gerry McKenna chairs Servite Priory Library Project
Professor P G (Gerry) McKenna chairs the Management Board of the Servite Priory Library Project. The Project, based at Benburb Co. Tyrone, is designed to catalogue, conserve and consolidate the Servite Priory’s library collections. The collections extend to approximately 20,000 volumes with some books dati ...read more