opening ceremony in the Parkinson Court
on April 22 heralds a week of events marking
the University's 100 years, culminating in
celebration ceremony on April 29 in the
Great Hall. Tickets for both ceremonies are
available. Click on the links for details.
The centenary photo competition winners and
runners up can be seen here
and full listing of centenary events can be
emeritus professors will receive honorary
degrees at the opening ceremony: Zygmunt
Bauman, who worked at the University
from 1972 until his retirement in 1990, is
one of the most notable social theorists of
the 20th century and the world's foremost
sociologist of post-modernity. A refugee from
persecution in his native Poland, Professor
Bauman was Leeds' first professor of sociology.
He has published 25 books in English, 12 after
historian Maurice Beresford
has transformed medieval archaeology and stimulated
the study of landscape history. Professor
Beresford joined the University of Leeds in
1948, and is most noted for his forty-season
excavation of the depopulated medieval village
of Wharram Percy in North Yorkshire. A fellow
of the British Academy, Professor Beresford
has published books ranging from medieval
to 20th-century history.
Dowson gained his first degree and
doctorate at the University's school of mechanical
engineering, going on to become an outstanding
researcher and servant of the University.
He pioneered the study of tribology –
the branch of engineering dealing with the
relation of surfaces in motion and their lubrication
– and his work has appeared in nearly
500 publications. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor,
head of department and dean of international
following will receive honorary degrees at
the centenary celebration ceremony.
Charlton's football career commanded
respect as both player and manager. In 21
years at Leeds United, he made 772 appearances
and achieved legendary status as an uncompromising
defender. He won 35 caps for England and was
in England's 1966 world cup squad. He found
success off the pitch managing Middlesbrough,
Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and
the Republic of Ireland.
in Leeds, poet Tony Harrison
graduated from the University with a BA in
classics (with linguistics). One of his most
renowned works is a 1970 collection of poems
drawing on the cultural identity of the people
of Leeds, The Loiners. Harrison is known all
over the world and is a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Literature.
Dame Julia Higgins is Foreign
Secretary of the Royal Society and chairs
the advisory board of the Athena Project,
dedicated to the advancement of women in science,
engineering and technology. She also chairs
the Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary
Research Centre in Polymer Science and Technology
in which Leeds University is a leading collaborator.
Ian McKellen is one of the biggest
names in cinema and the greatest stage actor
of his generation. Recently nominated for
an Oscar for his role as Gandalf in the Lord
of the Rings trilogy, Sir Ian has performed
on numerous occasions at the West Yorkshire
Playhouse, Leeds; his performance in The Seagull
winning him the 1999 Barclay's Theatre Award
for best supporting performance.
Sir Kenneth Morrison has
created a supermarket empire from the humble
beginnings of a Bradford market stall. With
the impending takeover of Safeway
his business will comprise around 450 stores
stretching from the Shetlands to Penzance.
He is the longest-serving chairman of any
FTSE 100 company.
political studies graduate Baroness
Usha Prashar of Runnymede was appointed
First Civil Service Commissioner in 2000.
She is also chairman of the National Literary
Trust, chairman of the Royal Commonwealth
Society and has undertaken voluntary projects
including directorships of the National Council
of Voluntary Organizations and the Runnymede
Trust. She was awarded a CBE in 1995 for public
service and community relations.
and entrepreneur Professor David Rhodes
studied for both his BSc and PhD at Leeds.
In 1977 he founded the highly successful electronic
components company Filtronic, becoming an
industrial professor four years later. The
Shipley company was floated on the London
Stock Exchange in 1994. Professor Rhodes has
received an OBE and CBE and the Prince Philip
Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
wa Thiong'o was born in Kenya, studied
at Leeds in the 1960s and is one of the most
prominent African writers today. His most
notable works include 'Weep Not Child', which
he began writing in Leeds, telling the story
of a boy growing up during anti-colonial conflict
in 1950s Kenya. His awards include the Unesco
prize. He has taught at Yale, New York and