Lori Houlihan, former Vice-Provost (Advancement), retires due to ill health

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This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.

UCL has said a sad farewell to Lori Houlihan, former Vice-Provost (Advancement), after she took the decision this year to retire due to ill health.

Lori joined UCL in 2011 to lead Development and Alumni Relations and has always been an energetic champion of building a close and connected global alumni community, travelling frequently to meet alumni groups around the world.

In 2016, she led the launch of It’s All Academic, one of the biggest and most ambitious university philanthropy and engagement campaigns in Europe, which aimed to raise £600 million and 250,000 volunteering hours to benefit UCL and its staff, students and alumni. Four years later, and one year ahead of schedule, the Campaign has reached its volunteering and fundraising targets.

She became Vice-Provost (Development) in 2016 and then Vice-Provost (Advancement) in 2018, with an expanded portfolio including Communications and Marketing. She has also been a leading senior supporter of equality and diversity, including as a member of UCL’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Group, an ally of Out@UCL, and as UCL’s first Interfaith Champion.

In 2019, she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, and in response set up the UCL Lori Houlihan Glioblastoma Fund to raise funding for research into this form of cancer.

Thanking UCL’s alumni and supporters, Lori said, “It’s been such a privilege to be part of UCL and to work with alumni and supporters who keep UCL in their hearts no matter where they are in the world. Thank you to all of you who have supported and encouraged me, and embraced the Campaign so enthusiastically. You are all a huge part of what has made my time at UCL so rewarding, and it’s been a great honour to be part of this wonderful community.”

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This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.

This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.

UCL has said a sad farewell to Lori Houlihan, former Vice-Provost (Advancement), after she took the decision this year to retire due to ill health.

Lori joined UCL in 2011 to lead Development and Alumni Relations and has always been an energetic champion of building a close and connected global alumni community, travelling frequently to meet alumni groups around the world.

In 2016, she led the launch of It’s All Academic, one of the biggest and most ambitious university philanthropy and engagement campaigns in Europe, which aimed to raise £600 million and 250,000 volunteering hours to benefit UCL and its staff, students and alumni. Four years later, and one year ahead of schedule, the Campaign has reached its volunteering and fundraising targets.

She became Vice-Provost (Development) in 2016 and then Vice-Provost (Advancement) in 2018, with an expanded portfolio including Communications and Marketing. She has also been a leading senior supporter of equality and diversity, including as a member of UCL’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Group, an ally of Out@UCL, and as UCL’s first Interfaith Champion.

In 2019, she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, and in response set up the UCL Lori Houlihan Glioblastoma Fund to raise funding for research into this form of cancer.

Thanking UCL’s alumni and supporters, Lori said, “It’s been such a privilege to be part of UCL and to work with alumni and supporters who keep UCL in their hearts no matter where they are in the world. Thank you to all of you who have supported and encouraged me, and embraced the Campaign so enthusiastically. You are all a huge part of what has made my time at UCL so rewarding, and it’s been a great honour to be part of this wonderful community.”

Support Lori’s fundraising for glioblastoma research

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This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.

This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.

UCL has said a sad farewell to Lori Houlihan, former Vice-Provost (Advancement), after she took the decision this year to retire due to ill health.

Lori joined UCL in 2011 to lead Development and Alumni Relations and has always been an energetic champion of building a close and connected global alumni community, travelling frequently to meet alumni groups around the world.

In 2016, she led the launch of It’s All Academic, one of the biggest and most ambitious university philanthropy and engagement campaigns in Europe, which aimed to raise £600 million and 250,000 volunteering hours to benefit UCL and its staff, students and alumni. Four years later, and one year ahead of schedule, the Campaign has reached its volunteering and fundraising targets.

She became Vice-Provost (Development) in 2016 and then Vice-Provost (Advancement) in 2018, with an expanded portfolio including Communications and Marketing. She has also been a leading senior supporter of equality and diversity, including as a member of UCL’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Group, an ally of Out@UCL, and as UCL’s first Interfaith Champion.

In 2019, she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, and in response set up the UCL Lori Houlihan Glioblastoma Fund to raise funding for research into this form of cancer.

Thanking UCL’s alumni and supporters, Lori said, “It’s been such a privilege to be part of UCL and to work with alumni and supporters who keep UCL in their hearts no matter where they are in the world. Thank you to all of you who have supported and encouraged me, and embraced the Campaign so enthusiastically. You are all a huge part of what has made my time at UCL so rewarding, and it’s been a great honour to be part of this wonderful community.”

Support Lori’s fundraising for glioblastoma research

Read the full story

This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.