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Ulster University's Magee campus in Derry receives £5 million donation from widow of visionary businessman
17 Oct 2018
Ulster University’s prominence in the field of Data Analytics and artificial intelligence has been further boosted today through a significant donation to establish the Dr George Moore Chair in Data Analytics. This position will play a pivotal role in further elevating Ulster University’s world-leading work in this field, at the Magee campus. Angela Moore, the wife of the one of the founding fathers of the data analytics industry Dr George Moore, has donated £5 million to Ulster University to further enhance its impact as a global data analytics centre of excellence in memory of her husband. In the University’s largest philanthropic donation from one individual, the £5 million contribution will enable the establishment of the Dr George Moore Chair in Data Analytics. The Chair will be a stellar, world-class academic, who will lead an innovative research team responding dynamically to the real-world needs of data analytics. In recognition of Mrs Moore’s gift, Ulster University will recruit an associated research fellow and 3 PhD students who will contribute to revolutionising global AI and data analytics research. Dr George Moore, born in County Louth, left Ireland in 1972 and established Targus Information, a world leading data analytics service provider, whose technologies are used by many Fortune 500 companies. A visionary businessman, Dr Moore predicted the explosion of information that would follow the creation of the internet and his genius was to recognise the commercial value of harnessing this information though data analytics. Ulster University awarded Dr George Moore an honorary doctorate in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to society and his global impact on the field of data analytics. The Dr George Moore Chair in Data Analytics will be based at Ulster University’s Magee campus. The family of Dr George Moore visited the new £11 million teaching centre at the Magee campus which opened its doors to students in 2018, funded by the Department for the Economy. At the launch event, Programme Director for The Alan Turing Institute-Defence and Security partnership Dr Mark Briers spoke to students and staff of Ulster University and industry stakeholders on the future of data analytics. Angela Moore commented: “I am delighted to be at Ulster University’s Magee campus to celebrate the establishment of the Dr. George Moore Chair in Data Analytics, named for my late husband. This is a field that George was a leader in back in his day, and it is a great fit that the University has an established reputation as a global leader in revolutionizing data analytics research and impact. This is a university that is willing to take risks, to be brave and to innovate. “It is for all of these reasons I chose to make an investment in memory of George. I understand that philanthropy is very important so universities are able to enhance their work and realise their ambitions. I believe it is important for all of us, big and small, to give back and pay it forward.” Recruitment for the Dr George Moore Chair in Data Analytics has already commenced and selection is ongoing.
Pictured above - Professor Alastair Adair Deputy Vice-Chancellor Ulster University, Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor, Ulster University, Angela Moore and Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact, Ulster University.
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