Reporter 451, 8 May 2000


The rare honour of the title of Life Fellow of the University has been conferred on two long-serving retired lecturers, deemed by Council to have distinguished themselves by outstanding service to the institution as a whole.

Biologist Dr CL (Tim) Johnson joined the University in 1968 and headed the Department of Animal Physiology and Nutrition at the time of his retirement in 1996.

He researched extensively in the nutrition of dairy cows and served on a wide range of governance and administrative bodies in the University.

Ralph Williams, appointed to the Department of Education in 1971, retired last July after serving as the first Dean for Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences. His research interests included the sociology of education and the management of change in schools.

Proposals for Life Fellowships are invited annually from members of Senate, though the award is conferred on average less than once a year and only about two dozen people currently hold the title. It carries with it a seat on the Court and the same privileges as are extended to serving members of staff.

Ken Atkinson of the School of Geography has been elected president of the British Association for Canadian Studies.

Dr Atkinson has research interests in soil science, ecosystems and resource management. He has worked on environmental management in Canada for a number of years, and is working on sustainability in the new Territory of Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. Closer to home, his interests include derelict and polluted land and the study of soil fertility in the Pennines.

Dr James Newell, senior lecturer in epidemiology and public health and Masters in Public Health course director at the Nuffield Institute for Health, has been awarded honorary membership of the Nepal Association of TB and Chest Physicians ‘in appreciation of his outstanding contribution to the control of tuberculosis in Nepal’.

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