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Pádraig Belton is a co–opted Trustee of Irish in Britain
As a journalist, Pádraig writes regularly for the BBC, where he covers technology and global business stories. He’s reported from Russia, China, and the Middle East, and contributes often to the Irish Times, Guardian, Prospect, and the Times Literary Supplement.
In his other side as an academic, he is finishing a doctorate in politics at Oxford, and along with other teaching works with university applicants at an inner-city London sixth form. He’s written five short books published by Routledge, and received a Fulbright fellowship and RUSI’s Trench-Gascoigne Prize.
In his civic involvements, Pádraig is a school governor of the Harris Academy South Norwood, one of the UK’s largest secondary schools with 2,000 students, and secretary of Ted’s Light, a small non-profit working with children in care.
He is also treasurer of the Trinity College, Oxford Society, and chairman of the Westminster Strategic Studies Group, which organises a programme of school speakers for inner city schools.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, Pádraig joined St John Ambulance to volunteer in London A&E departments. In 2015, he ran the length of Ireland, Malin to Mizzen, for Macmillan Cancer Support, a year after cycling Land’s End to John o’ Groats for the Royal London Hospital’s trauma unit. He tweets at @padraigbelton.