Senior Queen’s figure quits his top role

Professor Tony Gallagher
Professor Tony Gallagher

One of three pro-vice chancellors of Queen’s University Belfast has resigned.

Professor Tony Gallagher, responsible for planning and public engagement, revealed the move via Twitter.

He said after five-and-a-half years in the role, “I have decided to step down and focus on research & teaching in the School of Education #backtoroots”.

The university made no statement on the matter.

In 2013 the university – which recently received a blow when planners recommended rejecting plans for new student accommodation in south Belfast – launched a misconduct probe into the professor.

This found he had made an “inappropriate” reference in a report he wrote in 2000, by mentioning a volume of his material which had not been published.