News Release

Professor Tom Fraser Appointed Provost of Magee Campus

30th August 2002

The University has appointed the distinguished historian and author Professor Thomas G Fraser as Provost of its Magee campus.

A native of Irvine, Scotland, Professor Fraser has been with the University and its predecessor institutions since 1969.

Announcing the appointment, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster, Professor Gerry McKenna, said:

"I have known and worked with Professor Fraser for many years. He is not only an outstanding academic, but also a man of wisdom and integrity. He has made many valuable contributions to the development of the Magee campus. I look forward to working with him in taking the campus through its next phase of development"

A former Fulbright Scholar, Professor Fraser’s academic interests are wide and deep, ranging across US foreign policy, the history of India, through Middle Eastern history and conflict, to the Irish parading tradition. He has published extensively in each of these fields.

Educated at the University of Glasgow and the London School of Economics, Professor Fraser has also published a number of book chapters on the Siege of Derry and how it has been commemorated.

The new Provost’s interest in the preservation and interpretation of our material heritage is reflected in his period as a Trustee of the Ulster Museum, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2002, and his role as Chairman of the Northern Ireland Museums Council since 1998.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. and a Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs; he is also the fourth Provost to be appointed to the campus since the formation of the University of Ulster in 1984.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Fraser said:
“The Provostship of Magee is a privilege and a challenge for me. I have been associated with the campus for many years, and am proud to have been associated with its development. The University of Ulster plays an important part in the educational, cultural economic and social life of the community, and I look forward to working with our partners across the city and the region,”.

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