The University of Ulster was in mourning last night after the sudden death of one of its most senior figures.
Professor Bill Clarke, Provost of the university's Jordanstown and Belfast campuses died suddenly after taking ill yesterday.
It is understood he had been officiating at a PSNI graduation ceremony at the training college in Garnerville, east Belfast.
University of Ulster Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Barnett lead the tributes. He said: "The whole university community is in shock at Bill's untimely death. We have lost a man who has not only given distinguished service to the university over many years but was a close personal friend, admired and respected by all who knew him.
"Our thoughts and our sympathy go out to his wife and family, to whom we offer our deepest condolences on their great loss."
Prior to his appointment as Provost Prof Clarke served as Director of the Management Institute and Head of the School of Management, at Jordanstown. He also served as chair of the recently-established Northern Regional College.
Earlier in his career Professor Clarke was based at Coleraine as Head of Department in the Faculty of Business and Management.