University Chancellor Lord Melvyn Bragg has been presented with an Academy Fellowship by Bafta for his “outstanding and exceptional” contribution to television. Lord Bragg presented ITV’s flagship arts programme The South Bank Show for more than 30 years. The Chancellor has also been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his role as a major cultural champion of science.
Congratulations to Jo Westerman, Manager of the Logik Centre, who has been appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2010 for services to higher education.
Emeritus Professor of Sociology Zygmunt Bauman has been presented with the 2010 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. The awards are part of a series of annual prizes given in Spain by the Fundación Príncipe de Asturias to individuals, entities and organisations who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, or public affairs.
Professor Sheena Radford (Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology), University of Leeds has been elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences. She was amongst 40 of the UK’s leading medical researchers elected as new Fellows.
Professor of Bionanotechnology Paul Millner (Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology) has been appointed a Scientific Adviser for NetScientific. Set up by Leeds alumnus Farad Azima, NetScientific, is “a private investment fund providing early-stage finance and support for innovative technologies” and focuses on novel medical and green energy technologies. For more information visit www.netscientific.net/science_teamflash
The Internet and Democratic Citizenship: Theory; Practice; Policy by Professor Stephen Coleman and Emeritus Professor Jay Blumler (Institute of Communications Studies) has been given the American Political Science Association’s award as best book published in 2009 in the area of information technology and politics. www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521817523
Following the University’s successful bid for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2009, Kathy Aveyard from the Equality Service has been invited to become a judge for the 2010 awards and to help train universities planning to submit for awards.
Further information is available at www.athenaswan.org.uk/html/athena-swan/
Kathy has also been invited to join an advisory group to ensure promotion of the principles of equality and diversity in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework.
For further information visit www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/
Professor James Walker (Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine) has been elected as Senior Vice-President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and takes up his post in September. “I hope, through this role, I can continue to promote Leeds University as a progressive teaching and research institution in the best traditions of clinical academia,” said Professor Walker.
Dr David Clarke (School of Healthcare) has been awarded a Stroke Association Senior Research Training Fellowship. His research will seek to explore and enhance the rehabilitation role of nurses within stroke units in England. During the three-year Fellowship, David will work with Professor Anne Forster in the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation within the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.
The School of Design was shortlisted for the best exhibition stand award at Graduate Fashion Week in London – one of just three stands selected from the 45 exhibiting institutions. The stand was created by David Backhouse (BA Fashion Design Programme Manager) and Michael Anderson (Graphic and Communication
Professor Dawn Freshwater (School of Healthcare) has been elected to the Council of Deans of Health UK as the Representative for Nursing. The Council has 85 member universities and is the principal source in higher education of collective views on all matters relating to education and research for nurses and health professions
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