Her Majesty The Queen has sanctioned the appointment of Colonel Alan C Roberts OBE, TD, DL, PhD, DSc, LLD, as a Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ), for services to medicine. Membership of the Order is an honour granted by The Queen in recognition of outstanding contributions to the work of the Order of St John.
The Order of St John is a major international charity, accredited to the United Nations, whose organisations provide first aid, healthcare and support services in over 40 countries around the world. The Order of St John itself is an Order of Chivalry of the British Crown with 25,000 members around the world.
Colonel Roberts was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Leeds from 1986-2000.
Professor Griselda Pollock received the second annual award for Distinction in Feminist Scholarship and Research in Art History at the 98th Annual Conference of the College Art Association (CAA) of America, held in Chicago in February.
The Distinguished Scholars awards are presented as a result of nomination and peer review within the international membership of the CAA. The CAA conference draws more than 4,000 art professionals from the United States and abroad, including art historians, visual artists, students, educators, art-museum curators, collectors, and art critics.
A recently completed Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Leeds University Business School and Yorkshire Bank has been awarded the highest grade of “outstanding” by the KTP Grading Panel. The project To develop and implement Customer Lifetime Value measures to support the decision making processes around customer product offerings and the service proposition was led jointly by Professor Klaus Reiner Schenk-Hoppé (Accounting & Finance Division) and Dr Barbara Summers (Centre for Decision Research).
The KTP developed a novel approach to the estimation of Customer Lifetime Value which can be applied in a range of predictive applications, and uses a ranking approach which makes it useful in situations where environmental characteristics are unstable or unpredictable, such as those recently experienced in the financial
The European Union has selected a new interdisciplinary network of Jean Monnet European Centres of Excellence to boost understanding of future of EU-China relations.
Professors Jeremy Clegg (CIBUL/LUBS) and Juliet Lodge (ICS/PVAC) represented Leeds Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the launch of the network in Brussels.
Key concerns of the network are multilateral diplomacy, trade, finance and the economy, and cultural understanding. The Leeds’ Jean Monnet Centre members are preparing a book on these issues, together with their partners at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Fudan University Shanghai, Universidad Complutense, and CEU San Pablo University, Madrid. Two events for the public on China-EU relations will take place this year, one in Leeds and one in Brussels.
Professor Peter J Buckley, Centre for International Business, has been awarded a Changjiang Professorial Scholarship at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) Beijing, where he has been an Honorary Professor since 1998.
The Changjiang Scholars’ programme is a highly prestigious programme under the Ministry of Education and the Li Ka Shing Foundation started in 1998. The number of Changjiang Scholars in a University’s faculty is one of the indicators used in the Netbig Chinese University rankings. The Scholarship is for three years 2010-2013.
“As far as I can judge, I am only one of three foreigners to receive the award,” said Professor Buckley. “During the Scholarship, I intend to build relationships between UIBE and LUBS including joint research and teaching exchanges.”
Dr Dan Parsons has been named recipient of the 2010 Gordon Warwick Award from the British Society for Geomorphology. The award is for outstanding contribution for a body of work recorded in the field of Geomorphology by a research scientist below the age of 35. (An article on one of Dr Parsons’ projects appears on page 9.)
Dr Alan Hayward (School of Earth & Environment) has been awarded a second prestigious Mendenhall Fellowship by the US Geological Survey, to lead a project on reconstructing and modelling palaeo-ocean circulation. Dr Hayward, Reader in Palaeoclimatology/ Postgraduate Research Tutor and NCAS PI (Palaeoclimate), Sellwood Group for Palaeo-Climatology, is the only UK scientist ever to have
received this award.