Northern Ireland

Annual lecture established in memory of historian Éamon Phoenix

Stranmillis University College has established the Dr Éamon Phoenix Memorial Lecture
Stranmillis University College has established the Dr Éamon Phoenix Memorial Lecture

An annual lecture has been established in memory of the late historian Dr Éamon Phoenix.

Stranmillis University College said the lecture will be dedicated to "honouring the legacy of our esteemed late colleague".

It comes after Dr Phoenix, an Irish News columnist, acclaimed author and broadcaster, passed away in November following a short illness. He was 69.

Tributes following his death remembered him as a "gifted communicator" whose contribution to advancing the understanding of the north's history was unmatched.

Announcing the establishment of the Dr Éamon Phoenix Memorial Lecture, Stranmillis University College said it reflects its "commitment to advancing educational excellence and celebrating the contributions of remarkable individuals to the academic community".

"Dr Phoenix, an outstanding historian, communicator, teacher and educator, made significant contributions to the field of education throughout his tenure at Stranmillis University College, "a spokesman said.

"His unwavering dedication to fostering innovative teaching approaches, promoting critical thinking, and nurturing a vibrant intellectual environment left an indelible mark on colleagues and students alike.

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"The annual lecture will serve as a platform to bring together educators, researchers, students and professionals to engage in thought-provoking discussions on contemporary educational themes.

"Each year a prominent figure renowned for their expertise in education or a related field will be invited to deliver a lecture that resonates with Dr Phoenix's commitment to critical enquiry, intellectual rigour and public engagement.

"The establishment of the Dr Éamon Phoenix Memorial Lecture is a testament to the respect and admiration in which Dr Éamon Phoenix was held throughout the Stranmillis University College community and beyond.

"It underscores our dedication to preserving his legacy and inspiring future generations of educators to strive for academic excellence."

The spokesman added that colleagues, students and the general public will be invited to attend the inaugural lecture, with further details to be announced in the coming months.

"We extend our gratitude to the Phoenix family who have supported the establishment of this annual lecture, ensuring that Dr Phoenix's impact on education will continue to resonate for years to come," he added.