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Ben Tucker is a video-journalist based in Belfast, United Kingdom.

Former Video Editor at the Irish News, have worked at the Belfast Telegraph and Belfast Live.

If you need any help with filming/editing or interviewing any subject be it online or for broadcast please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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Finding the humanity in higher education leadership

01 Oct 2023  |  Wonkhe
The report 'I, vice chancellor: finding the humanity in higher education leadership' examines how university leaders in the UK maintain their humanity while managing their institutions. It highlights the pressures faced by vice chancellors due to policy changes, increased competition, and public accountability. The report argues for a more human approach to leadership, emphasizing empathy, vulnerability, and emotional intelligence. It also addresses the impact of social media and public scrutiny on leaders, advocating for a leadership culture that values humanity at all levels to build resilience in the face of external challenges.

Outgoing DUP leader Edwin Poots insists ‘I’m absolutely fine, it’s a grand day’

18 Jun 2021  |  www.sundayworld.com
Edwin Poots, the outgoing leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), has expressed that he is fine following his resignation, which came just three weeks after succeeding Arlene Foster. Poots will remain in his role until a new leader is elected, with Jeffrey Donaldson MP being the favorite to succeed him. The resignation followed a tumultuous period for the DUP, marked by internal splits and a contentious meeting regarding Irish language legislation. Poots has committed to supporting both Unionism and Northern Ireland during this transitional period.

Blood-giving golden retriever is the ultimate 'good boy'

03 Feb 2021  |  www.independent.ie
Echo the golden retriever has donated blood three times to help other dogs in need, exemplifying the term 'good boy'.

Famous NI fans urge GAWA to make history ahead of Slovakia showdown

11 Nov 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The Green and White Army aims to reach a second consecutive European Championships, with around 1,060 supporters attending the play-off final at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland fans, including celebrities like Eamonn Holmes, Charlie Lawson, and Gerry Armstrong, send their good luck messages to the team. First Minister Arlene Foster and other notable figures also express their support. The article highlights the excitement and optimism surrounding the upcoming match against Slovakia.

Famous NI fans urge GAWA to make history ahead of Slovakia showdown

11 Nov 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Northern Ireland's Green and White Army is gearing up for a crucial play-off final against Slovakia, aiming to secure a spot in the European Championships. Fans and celebrities, including Eamonn Holmes, Charlie Lawson, and Arlene Foster, have sent their best wishes and messages of support to the team. The article highlights the excitement and encouragement from various public figures, emphasizing the collective hope and pride in the Northern Ireland football team.

Watch: Business leaders welcome Loganair’s Belfast to Glasgow route

14 Sep 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Loganair has launched a new route between Belfast and Glasgow, marking a significant step towards recovery for the airline industry after the collapse of FlyBe and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Business leaders, including Ann McGregor of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Brian Ambrose of Belfast City Airport, expressed optimism about the route's potential to boost business and tourism. Despite new lockdown restrictions in Glasgow, the airline and airport officials are confident in the safety measures in place and anticipate increased demand as confidence in air travel returns.

Coronavirus: Belfast shoppers give their views on mandatory face coverings

10 Aug 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Belfast shoppers express mixed views on the mandatory use of face coverings, citing reasons ranging from skepticism about their effectiveness to discomfort. Some believe masks should have been mandatory from the start, while others find them uncomfortable or claustrophobic. Despite differing opinions, most agree to comply with the new regulations when they come into effect.

Scheme offering bikes on the NHS to tackle obesity 'should be rolled out in Northern Ireland'

28 Jul 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The Prime Minister announced a scheme in England where GPs can prescribe cycling to tackle obesity, with patients able to access bikes through local surgeries. Sustrans and Cycling UK advocate for a similar scheme in Northern Ireland, highlighting the benefits of cycling for health and the environment. Despite the increased interest in cycling during the pandemic, Northern Ireland lacks comparable infrastructure and funding. The Department of Health and Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon express support for promoting cycling, but no regional scheme currently provides access to bicycles.

Noah Donohoe: Community determined to reunite boy with family, says teacher

24 Jun 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Noah Donohoe has been missing since Sunday evening, prompting a large-scale search effort in Belfast. His mother, Fiona Donohoe, has made an emotional plea for residents to allow police to search their homes. The community, including local councillors and volunteers, has shown strong support in the search efforts. Police believe Noah may have injured his head and was last seen cycling naked before disappearing. The community's unity and determination to find Noah have been highlighted as a source of strength for his family.

Watch: Hungry fast food fans queue up outside NI restaurants as McDonald's reopens

02 Jun 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
McDonald's has reopened its drive-thru branches in Bangor and Newtownards, Northern Ireland, after nearly three months of closure due to COVID-19. Customers expressed excitement and relief at the reopening, with many sharing their eagerness to enjoy McDonald's food again. The reopening follows a phased approach across the UK, with new safety measures in place, including perspex screens, protective equipment for staff, and contactless payment methods. The company aims to have all drive-thru restaurants open by June 4, while ensuring safety and minimizing disruption.

Video: NI churchgoers welcome relaxation of coronavirus lockdown for private worship

22 May 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Churches in Northern Ireland have reopened for individual prayer with safety measures like one-way systems and blocked seats. Father Sean Emerson of St Comgall's in Antrim highlights the importance of in-person prayer for some, despite the success of online services. Parishioners Jim and Mary Gallagher share their experiences, noting the benefits and drawbacks of online worship, particularly missing the Eucharist and community interaction.

Tears of joy as Co Antrim teachers visit pupils ahead of learning 'big school' fate

20 May 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Teachers from Earlview Primary School in Carnmoney, Northern Ireland, personally delivered letters and poems to their P7 pupils to lift their spirits ahead of receiving their secondary school placements. The initiative, led by teachers Joanne Darrah and Kerrice Tonkin, along with classroom assistant Mandy Burns, aimed to provide reassurance and maintain a personal connection despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The teachers expressed pride in their students' resilience and acknowledged the challenges faced during the lockdown.

Coronavirus: NI garden centre owner's relief at reopening after 'long eight weeks'

18 May 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Garden centres in Northern Ireland reopened as part of the initial easing of the coronavirus lockdown, with measures such as social distancing and sanitization in place. Richard Fry, managing director of Colmans in Templepatrick, expressed relief but noted the financial challenges ahead, while customers like Keith Smith welcomed the return to normality.

How the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service is saving lives amid the coronavirus pandemic

07 May 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) has adapted its operations to continue saving lives amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite a 30% drop in blood donations due to social distancing rules and reduced operations. Reporter Ben Tucker, motivated by his wife's need for a blood transfusion, visited the NIBTS headquarters in Belfast to observe the donation process. The service has implemented strict health checks and appointment intervals to minimize risk. Blood donations are processed and ready for use within 24 hours, with the NIBTS urging the public to continue donating as it is classified as an essential journey.

Coronavirus: Older people enjoy dedicated shopping sessions at supermarkets in Northern Ireland and the Republic

17 Mar 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Supermarkets in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, including Iceland, Lidl, and Tesco, have introduced dedicated shopping hours for elderly customers to ensure their safety and comfort amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Iceland's initiative, which started at the Kennedy Centre in Belfast, has been well-received and is set to continue. Lidl and Tesco have also implemented similar measures, with Lidl offering prioritised queuing and additional assistance, and Tesco providing dedicated shopping times for over 65s and family carers. These initiatives aim to protect vulnerable customers during challenging times.

Ian Ogle's mum vows to stand up to UVF intimidation after graffiti targets family members

06 Jan 2020  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Margaret Elliott, mother of Ian Ogle who was murdered in East Belfast, condemns the UVF for graffiti targeting her family. The UVF admitted involvement in Ian's murder but denied leadership sanction. The family faces social media taunts and threats, vowing to remain strong and seek justice. Ian was stabbed to death after a clash with UVF members. Three men are charged with his murder, all denying involvement.

What people of Belfast think as Brexit day arrives without EU departure

29 Mar 2019  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The UK was supposed to leave the EU at 11pm, but after Theresa May's latest defeat in the Commons, the government now has until April 12 to seek a lengthy extension or leave with no deal. EU leaders have called a summit for April 10 to discuss options. Belfast residents expressed disappointment and frustration over the political handling of Brexit, with some criticizing the lack of cross-party cooperation and leadership. Northern Ireland had voted to remain in the EU by a majority in the 2016 referendum.

The worst day since Bloody Sunday: 'Heartbroken' sister of victim will pursue justice until her dying day

14 Mar 2019  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Kate Nash expressed profound disappointment following the Public Prosecution Service's decision to prosecute only one soldier, known as Soldier F, for the Bloody Sunday killings of 1972. Soldier F will face charges for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney, and the attempted murders of four others. Despite the Saville Inquiry's conclusion that all victims were innocent, no other soldiers or members of the Official IRA will be prosecuted due to insufficient evidence. The Saville Inquiry's findings led to an official apology from Prime Minister David Cameron for the unjustified killings.

The worst day since Bloody Sunday: 'Heartbroken' sister of victim will pursue justice until her dying day

14 Mar 2019  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Kate Nash's brother William was 19 when he was shot dead by a member of the Parachute Regiment. Kate Nash remains determined to pursue justice for her brother's death, describing it as the worst day since Bloody Sunday.

'Children could have been killed' during disgraceful shooting in west Belfast, says senior PSNI officer

04 Dec 2018  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
A man in his 40s was shot dead in his car outside St Mary's Grammar and CBS schools on Glen Road, west Belfast, around 3:15 PM. Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roberts condemned the act as disgraceful and reckless, highlighting the potential danger to children in the vicinity. The police are investigating the incident, suspecting dissident republicans but have not yet identified the victim. Local political figures, including representatives from SDLP, People Before Profit, Sinn Fein, and UUP, have condemned the shooting, emphasizing the need to remove guns from the streets and support the police investigation. The incident has led to the temporary closure of St Mary's school, which is providing counseling and support to affected pupils.

'Children could have been killed' during disgraceful shooting in west Belfast, says senior PSNI officer

04 Dec 2018  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
A man in his 40s was shot dead in his car outside St Mary's Grammar and CBS schools on Glen Road, west Belfast, in a reckless act that could have endangered children. Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roberts condemned the act and appealed for information. Various political figures, including Tim Attwood (SDLP), Gerry Carroll (People Before Profit), Paul Maskey (Sinn Fein), and Doug Beattie (UUP), condemned the shooting, highlighting its impact on the community and the need for police support. The school will be closed for investigation, and counseling services will be provided to pupils.

'Children could have been killed' during disgraceful shooting in west Belfast, says senior PSNI officer

04 Dec 2018  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
A man in his 40s was shot dead in his car on Glen Road, west Belfast, near three schools, causing significant trauma to children and the community. Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roberts condemned the act as reckless and unjustifiable, emphasizing the potential danger to children. Various political figures, including representatives from SDLP, People Before Profit, Sinn Fein, and UUP, condemned the shooting and called for community support for the police investigation. The incident has led to the temporary closure of St Mary's Grammar and CBS schools, with counseling services provided to pupils.

'Children could have been killed' during disgraceful shooting in west Belfast, says senior PSNI officer

04 Dec 2018  |  belfasttelegraph.co.uk
A man was shot dead in west Belfast near St Mary's Grammar and CBS schools, causing potential risk to children present. Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roberts called the murder disgraceful and reckless, with no justification. The victim, in his 40s, was shot several times, including in the head, while sitting in his car. The incident has had a significant impact on the local community, with the schools providing counselling and support. The police are investigating, and political figures like Tim Attwood, Gerry Carroll, Paul Maskey, and Doug Beattie have condemned the act, urging the public to assist the police.

Watch: Street fight in Belfast city centre

23 Jul 2018  |  belfasttelegraph.co.uk
A video circulating on social media shows two topless men engaging in a fistfight in College Close, near Castle Street in Belfast city centre. The fight ends with one man in red shorts apparently knocked out on the ground. The PSNI has stated that they have no record of the incident being reported on Monday.

How to attract out-of-sector leaders into HE

15 May 2018  |  Wonkhe
Higher education institutions are increasingly looking to recruit leaders from outside the sector to bring fresh perspectives and skills. This trend is driven by the need for 'future-ready skills' and greater efficiencies, especially in professional services roles. The article discusses the benefits of hiring from other sectors, such as large professional firms, the public sector, and the military, and emphasizes the importance of cultural fit and transferable skills. It also highlights the need for effective onboarding and mentoring to ensure successful transitions and retention of out-of-sector hires.

Hundreds rally for Ashers family over gay cake row

25 Apr 2018  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The McArthur family, owners of Ashers Bakery, are preparing to appeal to the Supreme Court against a ruling that they breached equality laws by refusing to make a cake for gay activist Gareth Lee. The case has garnered public support, with hundreds attending rallies. The Christian Institute supports Ashers, while the Equality Commission has been criticized for not engaging with the faith community before legal proceedings. The Supreme Court will sit in Belfast for the hearings, marking only the second time it has been held outside London.

Hundreds rally for Ashers family over gay cake row

25 Apr 2018  |  belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The McArthur family, owners of Ashers Bakery, are preparing to appeal to the Supreme Court against a ruling that they breached equality laws by refusing to make a cake for gay activist Gareth Lee. The case has garnered support, with hundreds attending rallies. The Christian Institute is backing the McArthurs, while the Equality Commission has been criticized for not engaging with the faith community. The Supreme Court will sit in Belfast for the hearings, marking only the second time it has done so outside London.

Watch: I can still become Northern Ireland's number one, vows Trevor Carson

22 Mar 2018  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Trevor Carson, a 30-year-old footballer, is optimistic about becoming Northern Ireland's number one goalkeeper. Despite a long wait for his senior cap, he remains determined and ready to seize the opportunity if called upon. Carson has been a regular member of Michael O'Neill's squads but has yet to play. He views the potential cap as a lifelong dream and a significant personal achievement.

Mark Allen attributes Masters snooker success to Northern Irish fans

22 Jan 2018  |  belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Mark Allen credits his Northern Irish fans for his Masters snooker victory, reflecting on their passionate support after his 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson. Allen, who returned to a warm welcome at Belfast International Airport, emphasized the importance of fan support and discussed the electric atmosphere at Alexandra Palace. He acknowledged the challenges faced by his opponent due to the vocal crowd but attributed his win to his own performance. Allen, who previously lost the 2011 UK Championship final to Judd Trump, also defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins on his way to the title. He plans to return to practice soon in preparation for the World Championships.

Watch: My Northern Irish fans carried me to Masters snooker success, says Mark Allen

22 Jan 2018  |  www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Mark Allen celebrates his first Triple Crown title, attributing his success to the passionate support of his Northern Irish fans. He reflects on the challenges faced during the tournament, including victories over notable players like Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins. Allen emphasizes the importance of fan support in his performance and looks forward to preparing for the upcoming World Championships.

Northern Ireland shoppers' shock at price of butter

20 Oct 2017  |  belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Abernethy Butter, a top gourmet food producer in Northern Ireland, has expressed concerns that the price of a pound of butter could reach £6 during the festive period. A 500g block of butter was taken into Belfast city centre to gauge shoppers' awareness of the current high prices. Reactions ranged from disbelief to resignation, with one shopper commenting on the unprecedented cost and another joking about needing a payment plan to afford it.

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