In memory of Lori Houlihan

Photo of Lori Houlihan, former Vice-Provost (Advancement) of UCL

This article first appeared in issue 8 of Portico magazine, published November 2021.

Members of UCL’s community around the world have come together to pay tribute to former Vice-Provost Dr Lori Houlihan, who died on 19 April 2021 after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2019. 

Lori joined UCL in January 2011 to lead the Development and Alumni Relations Office, which became the Office of the Vice-Provost (Development) in 2016 when she was promoted to Vice-Provost. In 2018, her portfolio expanded to include Communications and Marketing and UCL’s London Strategy, and she became Vice-Provost (Advancement). Due to ill health, Lori retired in March 2020. In recognition of her “exceptional and dedicated service” to UCL, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in November 2020. 

One of Lori’s crowning achievements at UCL was to devise and lead the ambitious It’s All Academic campaign. Aiming to raise £600 million and 250,000 volunteering hours, the campaign hit its targets in 2020, one year ahead of schedule. 

Lori was also known as a proactive champion of equality and inclusion. She was UCL’s first Interfaith Champion, a member of UCL’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Group, a Friend of Out@UCL and a board member of the Higher Education Working Group of the 30% Club, which aims to increase gender diversity at board and senior-level management. 

After being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2019, she established the UCL Lori Houlihan Glioblastoma Fund to raise funding for UCL’s clinical research into the disease, which has raised more than £200,000 so far. 

Former UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur said, “Lori Houlihan was a truly outstanding member of the senior leadership team at UCL, who made an enormous contribution to our university community in so many different ways. She was the living embodiment of so much that UCL stands for and Lori lived those values for all to see.” 

Lori is remembered for the energy, vision and sense of fun that she brought to everything she did. 

 

 

This article first appeared in issue 8 of Portico magazine, published November 2021.

Members of UCL’s community around the world have come together to pay tribute to former Vice-Provost Dr Lori Houlihan, who died on 19 April 2021 after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2019. 

Lori joined UCL in January 2011 to lead the Development and Alumni Relations Office, which became the Office of the Vice-Provost (Development) in 2016 when she was promoted to Vice-Provost. In 2018, her portfolio expanded to include Communications and Marketing and UCL’s London Strategy, and she became Vice-Provost (Advancement). Due to ill health, Lori retired in March 2020. In recognition of her “exceptional and dedicated service” to UCL, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in November 2020. 

One of Lori’s crowning achievements at UCL was to devise and lead the ambitious It’s All Academic campaign. Aiming to raise £600 million and 250,000 volunteering hours, the campaign hit its targets in 2020, one year ahead of schedule. 

Lori was also known as a proactive champion of equality and inclusion. She was UCL’s first Interfaith Champion, a member of UCL’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Group, a Friend of Out@UCL and a board member of the Higher Education Working Group of the 30% Club, which aims to increase gender diversity at board and senior-level management. 

After being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2019, she established the UCL Lori Houlihan Glioblastoma Fund to raise funding for UCL’s clinical research into the disease, which has raised more than £200,000 so far. 

Former UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur said, “Lori Houlihan was a truly outstanding member of the senior leadership team at UCL, who made an enormous contribution to our university community in so many different ways. She was the living embodiment of so much that UCL stands for and Lori lived those values for all to see.” 

Lori is remembered for the energy, vision and sense of fun that she brought to everything she did. 

 

 

This article first appeared in issue 8 of Portico magazine, published November 2021.

Members of UCL’s community around the world have come together to pay tribute to former Vice-Provost Dr Lori Houlihan, who died on 19 April 2021 after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2019. 

Lori joined UCL in January 2011 to lead the Development and Alumni Relations Office, which became the Office of the Vice-Provost (Development) in 2016 when she was promoted to Vice-Provost. In 2018, her portfolio expanded to include Communications and Marketing and UCL’s London Strategy, and she became Vice-Provost (Advancement). Due to ill health, Lori retired in March 2020. In recognition of her “exceptional and dedicated service” to UCL, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in November 2020. 

One of Lori’s crowning achievements at UCL was to devise and lead the ambitious It’s All Academic campaign. Aiming to raise £600 million and 250,000 volunteering hours, the campaign hit its targets in 2020, one year ahead of schedule. 

Lori was also known as a proactive champion of equality and inclusion. She was UCL’s first Interfaith Champion, a member of UCL’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Group, a Friend of Out@UCL and a board member of the Higher Education Working Group of the 30% Club, which aims to increase gender diversity at board and senior-level management. 

After being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2019, she established the UCL Lori Houlihan Glioblastoma Fund to raise funding for UCL’s clinical research into the disease, which has raised more than £200,000 so far. 

Former UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur said, “Lori Houlihan was a truly outstanding member of the senior leadership team at UCL, who made an enormous contribution to our university community in so many different ways. She was the living embodiment of so much that UCL stands for and Lori lived those values for all to see.” 

Lori is remembered for the energy, vision and sense of fun that she brought to everything she did.