CV: Roger G H Downer

Current job: President, University of Limerick

What schools did you attend? Methodist College, Belfast

Had you any famous classmates? Robin Eames was a few years ahead of me.

Hidden talents at school? Remaining anonymous and staying out of trouble

Where did you go to college? Queen's University Belfast and University of Western Ontario

Best subject? Science

Worst subject? Latin

Most inspirational teacher and why? At secondary school, Gwyneth Gotto and, at university, Evan Pantelouris; both were enthused by their subject and shared that excitement with me.

What's the best thing about the Irish educational system? The strong support and encouragement provided to students by parents and friends; the Irish Mammy is a major plus for the system

Worst thing? Emphasis on disciplinary content in order to pass exams and too little emphasis on development of extra-curricular life skills.

What song most reminds you of your school days? Rock around the clock - Bill Haley and the Comets.