Reporter 456, 9 October 2000

New theatre marks valued industry ties

Newly refurbished teaching space in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is ‘a model of what can be achieved when industry and academia work hand in hand’, said Vice-Chancellor Alan Wilson, welcoming the opening of the Agilent Technologies lecture theatre.

Celebrating the opening of the Agilent Technologies Lecture Theatre are (from left) Lawrence Lowe, Professor Roger Pollard, Professor David Hogg (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Communications and IT) and Jim Stewart from Agilent.

The £120,000 project was made possible by sponsorship from Agilent, a global leader in the design and manufacture of test, measurement and monitoring systems and semiconductor and optical components.

The University’s relationship with the company began in 1981 when the Agilent businesses were part of Hewlett-Packard. Since then, Agilent has established prizes for top students in high frequency engineering, run a series of marketing courses and sponsored the chair of Professor Roger Pollard. It has provided PhD studentships, donated equipment and funded Dr Lawrence Lowe as visiting professor.

The company’s UK human resources manager, Jim Stewart, spoke at the opening of the theatre along with Professor John Macklin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for teaching and learning.

The theatre has completely new seating, a new teaching wall and computer-controlled video system, a new sound system, motorised curtains and updated decoration and lighting.

After the opening, the company hosted a University House dinner where academics and executives exchanged ideas on links between industry and academia. Guests included MPs Fabian Hamilton and George Mudie and Don Stewart, executive director of the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.

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