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A child’s hope

University research tackles global challenges


Women in engineering A new driving force in Formula 1 120 years of the Victoria Building From twilight shift to Chief Executive The generation game





The summer months have been an extremely busy time, with alumni events taking place across the globe in locations such as the Cayman Islands, London, and Switzerland. The team in Liverpool, like many people around the world, has also been gripped by Olympic and Paralympic fever, not least because we boast four Olympic and Paralympic athletes connected with the University. They include bronze medalwinning gymnast Beth Tweddle, who completed her Foundation degree at the University, two Nigerian athletes – basketball player Aniekan Archibong, currently studying online for his Liverpool degree and Taekwondo team captain Chika Chukwumerije (MSc Operations & Supply Chain Management 2010), plus Paralympic seven-a-side player Matthew Edward Dimbylow (BSc Hons Movement Science & Physical Education 1992, MPA 1995). Along with… Dave Brailsford CBE (BA Hons 1991), the Team GB cycling coach, you can see why the University’s Sporting Hall of Fame is filling fast! Watching the Olympic opening ceremony reminded me of the sheer diversity of our global alumni population, and that sport, like education, really has no boundaries. 20% of our alumni population now lives outside the UK, and we have representation in more than 40 different countries across the world. Through our partnership with Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and the 8,500 students studying online, our global network has never been stronger.


REGULARS University news


Honorary graduates


City news


International news


Then and now


Student spotlight


Diary dates


In memoriam


Benefits and services


In touch


Benefactors’ Fund update


Events and reunions



From twilight shift to Chief Executive It is the increasingly international nature of our work that has, in part, prompted the University to consider the governance structures for alumni relations currently outlined in its Statues and Ordinances, and to openly consult with alumni about these (see page 25 for more details). We want to make sure that we provide you with easy and fair access to have input into the University, and to ensure your views are represented. I would therefore urge you to take part in the consultation on the proposed changes, which is open until the end of November. This year there will be a number of opportunities for alumni to return to campus to see some of the results of our £600 million capital development plan first hand. More details of these events can be found on page 21, but please do sign up to receive our e-newsletter, as more will be announced later in the year. We hope to meet as many of you as possible at these events, and hope you enjoy reading this issue of insight.

Karen Brady Director of Philanthropy & Alumni Relations T: +44 (0)151 795 2348 E:


Alumnus Philip Clarke tells insight how he went from stacking shelves in his local Tesco to becoming the retail giant’s Chief Executive.


120 years of the Victoria Building


Celebrating the 120th anniversary of our flagship Victoria Building which gave rise to the term ‘redbrick university’.


Tackling today’s global problems


An insight into how University of Liverpool research is contributing to some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today.

The generation game


We meet two families for whom studying at the University of Liverpool has become something of a family tradition.

A new driving force in Formula 1


Combining a passion for sport and a head for business: MBA graduate Alex Sauber tells insight about becoming Marketing Director for the Sauber F1 team.

Women in Engineering Alumna Lesley Paterson tells insight about the importance of inspiring future female engineers. To contact the Philanthropy & Alumni Relations team please call +44 (0)151 795 4639 or email: To contact the Editorial team call +44 (0)151 794 2250 or email:





investment into student accommodation

A word from the Vice-Chancellor As alumni who may be familiar with our campus, I'm sure you'll be delighted to hear about the completion of a number of exciting capital projects to support the student experience.

We are making a significant investment in student accommodation; our £44 million Vine Court residences, which opened recently, and we are also investing a further £65 million in student residences on Brownlow Hill. The first phase of our £70 million scientific research facility – the Ronald Ross building – has been completed and is now home to the Institute of Infection and Global Health. The facility provides an inter-disciplinary environment to enable researchers to contribute more effectively to the major health challenges of the 21st century. Our £23 million Central Teaching Laboratories are about to open and will transform scientific teaching across a wide range of disciplines including physics, chemistry, environmental sciences and archaeology. The facilities, which support interdisciplinary science, are a new innovation in the sector and have attracted interest from universities across the UK and as far afield as Australia. The School of Veterinary Science has also undergone a £10 million redevelopment and now boasts a new Small Animal Practice, a newly designed School home, a larger teaching suite and enhanced research facilities at Liverpool Science Park. We are also investing in a new £10 million redevelopment of the Guild of Students, which will be completed in November 2013. To support these developments across the campus, we rely heavily on the support of alumni and friends of the University. The impact of fees on higher education has been enormous, and we are now in an extremely competitive marketplace. Philanthropy is therefore one of the few growing income streams available to the higher education sector, and I would like to thank those who have given so generously to our institution, and encourage others to do the same. Your support is essential to our continued success. Professor Sir Howard Newby CBE, FRSA Vice-Chancellor

s part of its commitment to providing a world-class student experience, the University has started work on a new residence at the heart of the campus on Brownlow Hill and Crown Street. It will comprise 1,259 en-suite rooms as well as retail outlets, and will be at the cutting edge of design.


Steve Dickson, Director of Facilities Management, said: “It is important that we make this investment to meet demand in the future. The University remains heavily oversubscribed, but it’s important that all aspects of our student experience, including accommodation, remain world class.” The development forms part of an overall £250 million investment for new accommodation. The first phase, Vine Court, on Myrtle Street, opened in September. It includes 749 en-suite rooms as well as a restaurant and retail outlets.

Liverpool-Lancaster collaboration update Since the last edition of insight and following extensive discussions between the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University, it has been agreed that the two institutions will not proceed with a federal model of collaboration.

However, it has been agreed that both universities will continue to explore the benefits of joint international collaboration and the potential for a joint graduate school. Collaborations between the institutions will continue in the areas of medical education, particle physics, zoonosis, eco-innovation and through the North West Doctoral Training Centre in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Facelift for University sports facilities The University’s swimming pool and changing area have undergone a £2.5 million makeover.

Andy Craig, Director of Sport Liverpool, said: “The pool has been an important community asset since it opened in 1966. The refurbishment has given the pool and the changing facilities a modern facelift, as well as making it environmentally friendly.” The renovation, which is part of a wider investment in sports facilities on campus, includes the replacement of the glazed panelling on the Oxford Street side of the pool with an environmentally-friendly insulating cladding system. The second phase of the improvement will more than double the size of the fitness area, as well as provide an integrated, state-of-theart weight training facility and dance studio.

Top British artist gives demonstration at VG&M The UK’s leading taxidermy artist, Polly Morgan, gave a live demonstration of her work at the Victoria Gallery & Museum as part of Liverpool’s Light Night, when the doors of the city’s galleries, museums and heritage sites stay open until late.

Polly has been hailed as Britain’s top taxidermist by street artist, Banksy, and her other celebrity fans include Kate Moss and Damien Hirst. She is one of the most collectable artists of her generation and was art historian Tim Marlow’s nomination for best up-and-coming artist.

PepsiCo chief visits campus Chief Scientific Officer of PepsiCo, Dr Mehmood Khan (MBChB 1981), visited the campus and met with scientists, academics and Management School students.

Dr Khan, who is also Chief Executive Officer at PepsiCo’s Global Nutrition Group, took a tour of the University’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and met academics from a range of disciplines including psychology, plant microbiology, engineering and environmental science, as well as members of the Food Security Network (see page 12 for more information about the network). He also gave a talk to Management School students on the subject of innovation and challenge for the food industry. Dr Khan said: “I have many fond memories of my time at Liverpool so it is wonderful to return to the city and visit my alma mater – the place which contributed immensely to where I am today. It has been amazing to witness the many changes on campus and find out more about current research at the University.”



N8 leads the way in High Performance Computing

Higgs boson success

A new £3.25 million Centre of Excellence for High Performance Computing (HPC) is bringing together the best academic expertise in the N8 Research Partnership, a group made up of the Universities of Liverpool, Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York. The Centre of Excellence is of a scale not currently available to the partners and will allow researchers to build more realistic computational models and undertake more complex analyses in fields such as healthcare, sustainable energy and aerospace.

Liverpool physicists, who have played a major role in the search for the Higgs boson particle, have been celebrating following new results which appear to confirm the existence of the Higgs. It was confirmed that a new particle had been observed in two LHC experiments at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, which appears to be the fabled Higgs boson. Professor Themis Bowcock, Head of Particle Physics at the University, said: “Half a century after it was proposed, and after a monumental effort by generations of physicists around the world, the discovery of the Higgs represents a major breakthrough in our fundamental understanding of nature.”

Researcher awarded new AHRC Fellowship Professor Charles Forsdick, Head of the Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, has been announced as the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Theme Leadership Fellow for Translating Cultures. He will provide intellectual and strategic leadership for the further development of the AHRC’s themes and will work closely with senior AHRC programme staff to develop partnerships within and beyond academia. Professor Forsdick will be speaking at Tate Liverpool on 28 February – see page 23 for further details.

Evaluating the impact of London 2012 Now that the Olympics have come to a close, a University researcher has been providing her expertise in cultural policy evaluation to the Games.

HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES The University is leading a £6 million EU-funded project to develop and test new food products with satiating qualities to help control appetite, manage weight and combat obesity.

Improving bovine TB diagnosis Research in the University’s Institute of Infection and Global Health has suggested that the failure of the current bovine tuberculosis (TB) eradication programme could be partly due to a parasitic infection that hinders the tests used in cattle to diagnose the disease. In 2011 bovine TB resulted in the slaughter of 25,000 cattle in England at a cost of more than £90 million. A study of more than 3,000 dairy herds has found that liver fluke infection reduces the sensitivity of skin tests used to diagnose bovine TB. The research team suggests that this finding can help improve the diagnosis of bovine TB and speed up the eradication of the disease from the UK.

University leads £6m EU project to tackle obesity

Satiety-enhanced foods can help with energy intake and weight control. SATIN (SATiety INnovation) is a five-year project that draws together experts from academia and industry to produce new food products using the latest processing innovation techniques.

Dr Beatriz Garcia, who has been acting as an expert commentator on London 2012’s cultural programme since the bid stage, is evaluating the impact of the Cultural Olympiad, the four-year programme of cultural activity across the country which culminated in the London 2012 Festival. Dr Garcia specialises in cultural policy and event-led regeneration and has undertaken research at seven Olympic Games. She is also a member of the Postgraduate Grant Research Selection Commission at the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne.

IN PROFILE “I was the first in my family to go to university,” says Philip. “We were a typical working class family struggling to make ends meet, but my mother wanted her children to have greater opportunities “My degree than she did so all three of us really stretched ended up going my thinking and to Liverpool.” Philip continued the skills and to work for Tesco information I throughout his gained laid the studies. In 1981 he became the groundwork for first graduate to my career.” enter Tesco’s management training scheme and within four years was managing the second largest store in the UK. Five years later, aged 30, he became a director, and by 38 he was on the Board.


Philip visiting Wood Park Dairy Farm

TO CHIEF EXECUTIVE f you were to cut Philip Clarke (BA Hons Economic History 1981) in half, you would almost expect to see the word ‘Tesco’ running through him like a stick of rock. The working-class lad from Childwall, who started stacking shelves in his local branch aged 15, has just celebrated his 39th year with Tesco by becoming the retail giant’s Group Chief Executive and UK Chief Executive. The Saturday boy who is now the boss says he owes a lot of his success to his time at Liverpool.


Philip Clarke (BA Hons Economic History 1981)

“I’ve never had a break in my employment with Tesco, even during university, and I guess that makes me quite different to other students,” he says. “While my peers were out partying or getting involved in student politics, I was managing the 6-10pm twilight shift at Tesco in Childwall because I had to bring money into the family. “Going to university wasn’t a big adventure for me like it is for many students, it was more of a means to an end. I wanted to learn new skills and improve myself so the social side of student life really wasn’t that important to me. “I loved being surrounded by people with different perspectives and being taught and coached by experts. My degree really stretched my thinking and the skills and information I gained laid the groundwork for my career.” Philip’s connection with Liverpool continues today, primarily through the Tesco Dairy Centre of Excellence at Wood Park

Dairy Farm, Leahurst, a collaboration between the retailer and the School of Veterinary Science, which offers expertise to Tesco farmers in cattle health and welfare in order to enhance the commercial benefits of their work. The collaboration also helps further veterinary teaching at the University by providing the latest information on dairy technologies and farm management. Latest research at Wood Park as part of the five-year partnership with Tesco includes support for a trial vaccine for digital dermatitis in dairy cows, the testing of techniques to improve the comfort of cows, and developing a model to enable prediction of Liver Fluke disease likelihood, and guidance to farmers on how to prevent the disease. “On a personal level I’m proud to be working with the University of Liverpool and helping to highlight the ground-breaking research being carried out at one of the UK’s great academic institutions,” says Philip. “As Chief Executive of the company that feeds more Britons than anyone else, I am excited about a collaboration that puts Tesco at the cutting edge of sustainable food production.” The University also has world-class expertise in zoonoses – infectious diseases which can be transferred between species. Tesco has made a financial contribution towards and is on the stakeholder group for Professor Tom Humphrey’s research into Campylobacter infection in chickens. “I see the role “On a personal of universities in the future as level I’m proud places where to be working new ideas are developed and with the nurtured, and University of more businesses should be tapping Liverpool” into that huge resource. “The University of Liverpool will continue to be successful because it focuses on research and ideas that seek to make things better. At Tesco we see the value of that and are currently looking at ways of expanding our collaboration with the University.”






BUILDING or 120 years the iconic red brick Victoria Building has been at the heart of University life. Its ornate doors have been welcoming students to Liverpool since 1892, and today it continues its civic role as one of the city’s finest art galleries. Designed by Liverpool-born architect Alfred Waterhouse, the Victoria Building’s terracotta facade was the inspiration for the term ‘redbrick university’, which became synonymous with the great 19th century civic universities. At a cost of £53,000, construction of University College Liverpool’s first purpose-built accommodation relied heavily on public donations. Some of Liverpool’s best known industrialists were early benefactors of the University: William Hartley, the jam manufacturer, paid for the clock and bells, while Henry Tate, the sugar magnate, funded the entire library block to the tune of £20,000. The building was the centre of academic life for several decades but, as the University grew, departments began to move out of the Victoria Building. In 1938 the Harold Cohen Library was opened, making the Tate Library redundant, and in 1970 the remaining administration departments moved into the newly built Senate House. Although the building remained sporadically in use for examinations which took place in the Tate Hall, it fell into disrepair. It wasn’t until Liverpool won its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008 that new life was breathed into the “jewel in the University’s crown” and plans for its restoration began. In May 2008, the Victoria Building was reborn as the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M). Gone were the dilapidated lecture halls and common rooms, and in their place came airy exhibition spaces to display the University’s vast collection of artworks and artefacts.


South West view of the Victoria building 1885

Did you know…? • The building was one of the first in Liverpool to install electric lights • The Leggate Theatre once hosted guest lectures from the likes of Hillaire Belloc, Gustav Holst and Peter Ustinov • The Tate Library held more than 80,000 books • On the front of the building is a plaque that reads: ‘For the advancement of learning and the ennoblement of life the Victoria Building was raised by men of Liverpool in the year of Our Lord 1892’ • Cast by Taylor of Loughborough, each of the five bells in the clock tower is inscribed with a line from Tennyson’s In Memoriam: ‘Ring out the old, Ring in the new, Ring out the false, Ring in the true, Ring in the Christ that is to be’ • The University’s war memorial, in the entrance hall of the building, is in memory of the staff and students who died in the First and Second World Wars. • A Latin inscription in the fireplace of the Sculpture Room translates as ‘whatever is true, pure and lovely.’

120 years of generosity The £8.6 million redevelopment successfully combined the old and new, with the building’s stunning original archways, columns and tiling complementing state-of-the-art lighting and technology. Opened by HRH The Princess Royal, the VG&M has been described as the city’s greatest legacy from the European Capital of Culture and is the University’s gift to the people of Liverpool, in recognition of their support. In a subtle nod to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the University is restoring The Quad behind the Victoria Building this year. The £900,000

development, inspired by old drawings of the original Quad, will feature trees and artworks as well as improved lighting and security. It will be directly below the building’s impressive clock, which was donated to the University in 1887 to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. It is intended that a commemorative stone will be laid to mark the rededication of the Quad in the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign once work is complete.

To mark the 120th anniversary of the Victoria Building, and in recognition of the spirit of philanthropy on which the building and the University were founded, we are encouraging alumni to donate £120 to our Benefactors’ Fund. These donations will make a real difference to students’ lives by providing scholarships and bursaries and funding campus enhancement projects. Your support will help to ensure another 120 years of teaching and research excellence. To donate, contact Dr Lisa Hannah-Stewart, Annual Giving Manager, on +44 (0)151 795 4638, email:


SEA ODYSSEY takes the city on a

New £40m scheme for King’s Dock

TITANIC VOYAGE Bio-innovation centre heralds fresh investment and jobs A new £28 million ‘bio-innovation centre’ is set to make Liverpool a centre of global excellence in biomedical sciences. A new £40 million exhibition and events complex is set to be built next to ACC Liverpool on King’s Dock.

The development, funded by Liverpool City Council, is due to open in September 2014. It will host about 50 events and attract some 250,000 visitors annually. The venture will

generate 1,300 jobs and contribute an estimated £40 million annually to the city region. A 200-bed luxury hotel is included in the plans as well as an 8,100 square metre exhibition centre, which will be run by the existing ACC Liverpool management team. Work is due to start in autumn 2013.

50 years of Liverpool’s top pop mop tops Liverpool is celebrating half a century of its most famous sons throughout 2012 with a programme of commemorative events designed to bring Beatlemania back to the city.

o celebrate the centenary of the Titanic disaster, more than 600,000 people lined the streets across Liverpool, the home port of the vessel, to watch Sea Odyssey – a three-day street theatre event that involved three giant puppets completing a 23-mile trek around the city.


A team of 110 puppeteers and crane operators from producers Royal de Luxe controlled the huge marionettes.

The ‘cast’ comprised a 30ft-tall girl, her pet dog, and her 50ft-tall uncle. Sea Odyssey tells the story of a girl who walks round Liverpool on a quest to find her uncle and learn news of her father, who was aboard the Titanic. The production, which generated £32 million for the city region’s economy, was inspired by a letter from a young girl to her father, a steward on the Titanic, who did not survive and never saw the letter.

The Cavern marks the 50th anniversary of the release of hit single Love Me Do on 5 October, as well as remembering John Lennon’s birthday on 9 October and hosting a George Harrison Remembered event on 29 November. The Bootleg Beatles will take to the stage on 7 December at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall where, the following day, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the John Lennon Songbook. Mark McGann returns to the venue on 9 December to star in John Lennon: In My Life. The programme of events will conclude with a John Lennon Peace Vigil on Sunday 9 December at ACC Liverpool Plaza.

The centre, consisting of 35 laboratories over five floors, will form part of the £425 million rebuild of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the new Liverpool Biocampus. It is expected to attract many highly skilled workers to the city. The centre will focus on research and clinical trials, and work in collaboration with the Royal and the University. Liverpool already leads the way in researching new treatments for diseases such as HIV and cancer. The bioinnovation centre could help smaller companies complete trials and market their drugs as finished products – keeping investment and jobs in the city.

Liverpool's first elected mayor announced Joe Anderson OBE (Diploma in Trade Union Studies 1986) has made Liverpool history by becoming the city’s first elected mayor.

Joe, former leader of Labour-controlled Liverpool City Council, won the city’s mayoral election at the first count with 58,448 votes, representing 57.7% of the poll. He began his four-year term following a ceremony at the city’s Municipal Building in May. The election followed the council’s decision to accept a ‘city deal’ which is expected to generate an extra £130 million of government funding.




GLOBAL PROBLEMS aising questions, challenging current thinking, influencing global decision-making, and working across boundaries to develop groundbreaking new ideas that address the most pressing global challenges, are all factors that drive current research at the University.


Bringing together leading academics in science and engineering, health and life sciences, and the arts and social sciences, the University’s research strategy provides a collaborative approach to better understanding the world’s most pressing concerns – environmental and cultural change, security and conflict, sustainable energy, materials for the future and global healthcare. “By organising research into broad themes, the University is identifying areas where multi-disciplinary research could have the greatest impact upon society,” said Professor Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange. insight takes a look at the University’s seven research themes and the work that is being undertaken in these areas:

Sustainable energy There are two major reasons to contest and change existing energy production and consumption technologies – the eventual exhaustion of fossil fuels, and climate change. The Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy is home to physical scientists whose work is addressing energy challenges, and acts as a central hub for collaborative projects with researchers in other fields. These include projects on developing clean and sustainable energy technologies – including hydrogen generation and storage, solar harvesting, bioenergy, wind and marine energy, and fusion technology – and understanding and reducing energy demand. Liverpool researchers work with industry partners and lead ENERMAT INTERREG, a European network of researchers working in the energy materials field.

Changing cultures Cultural change is accelerating, with globalisation and migration, rapidly-evolving technologies, and the effects of climate change all being contributory factors. Researchers across the University – including those linked to the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, the Institute for Cultural Capital (in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University) and the Liverpool Health Inequalities Research Institute (in partnership with Liverpool Primary Care Trust) – are focusing on the impacts of culture-led regeneration, the emergence of new digital tools, intercultural mobility throughout history, and cultural understanding of health and illness.

Personalised health Healthcare is changing; treatments ranging from medicine regimes through to psychological therapies will be tailored to treat the individual needs of each patient, moving away from the ‘one treatment fits all’ approach. The University has particular expertise that lends itself to this healthcare revolution. The University’s Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine plays a leading international role in personalised (or stratified) medicine research, while novel drug development and assessment expertise is supported by the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science, CR-UK Cancer

The Centre for Personalised Medicine is providing the evidence base that is necessary to revolutionise the way important illnesses are treated in the UK and worldwide.

Research Centre, and the NIHR Medicines

for Children Research Network. This year the University hosted an international conference on the Science of Stratified Medicine, focusing on the challenges faced by different sectors (for example pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic companies, healthcare funders and patient groups) as scientific advances are made in personalised health. Alongside this work, academics are also researching non-pharmaceutical methods of treatment and are currently using the arts – in particular film and reading – to improve patients’ health and wellbeing.

Security and Conflict A team from the Institute of Infection and Global Health is working in Ethiopia to reduce the impact of infectious disease on village poultry, which is the country’s main protein source

The threat of potential insecurity and conflict in the 21st century is high, driven by the consequences of climate change, increasing population and rapid urbanisation. Current expertise in responding to disasters and emergencies also includes understanding psychological responses of individuals, legal and cultural impacts of conflict, remote sensing, mine-clearance and nuclear decommissioning. The University’s Food Security Network brings together industry, policy makers and researchers to develop the knowledge, expertise and techniques to address increased competition for land and water, as well as tackle the issues of climate and economic change.

More information and news of the latest research can be found at: research-themes

Materials for the future Providing materials for a future dominated by environmental concerns, an ageing population, and the need for sustainable production, is among the major challenges facing all advanced societies. Advanced materials that are lightweight, recyclable and are based on new micro and nanotechnologies will be developed for medical applications and more efficient energy conversion in fuel and solar cells. Researchers across the University are working together to understand and improve manufacturing processes for key materials. The University also has a history of high-quality research into biomaterial science, tissue engineering and human adult stem cell technology, and has an important role to play in developing future technologies and health treatments that will have a beneficial impact to society.

Global health Improving health and achieving equality in health for all people worldwide is a growing challenge for Liverpool as a globalised civic university which aims to maximise the impact of research to help vulnerable groups in low-income countries. Research strengths include work in infection - such as HIV therapeutics, brain and gastrointestinal disease. Major mental health projects with organisations in Pakistan and India are underway, looking at maternal and child wellbeing across south Asia. Health inequalities are being addressed through research into access to water, food and housing, together with investigations into global health law. Research into the physiology of labour and safe childbirth across the globe is also being carried out through the Centre for Better Births, in collaboration with Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Living with environmental change The consequence of human-caused climate change for ecosystems, health, infrastructure, sustainability and social responses now figure among the most pressing global challenges. Research into the underlying drivers of environmental change, and its impact on the physical and biotic world are a priority to the research team made up

from experts from the fields of science, engineering, life sciences, social sciences and arts. They are working with national and international partners such as the Met Office Hadley Centre, University of Ireland Galway, Duke University in the US, La Trobe University in Australia and the NERC National Oceanography Centre.

We shall shortly be launching a new lecture series in London. The series will feature talks from top academics on subjects relating to the University’s research themes and all alumni are invited to attend. To be first to hear about the series, make sure you are registered to receive our alumni e-newsletter. If you have not yet signed up, email us at: with the subject line ‘e-newsletter registration’.


The generation

GAME any University of Liverpool alumni consider their alma mater to be part of their extended family, and for some, the institution really does play a massive role in family life – because so many generations have connections with the institution it has become part of both their history and their future.


Grandfather: William Rushworth (Hon MA 1941)

Father: Sydney Goldstone (MBChB 1924)

Father: William James Lyon Rushworth (Hon MA 1975)

Sister: Jeanne Valerie Grant (BA 1947)

Brother: Sir Clifford Grant (LLB Hons 1949)

Geoffrey C Grant (LLB 1952)

Wife: Valerie Grant (née Globe) (LLB Hons 1954)

Geoffrey C Grant (LLB 1952) “My father Sydney (known as Chic) entered the University of Liverpool Medical School in 1919 with the support of an ex-army grant. He graduated in 1924 and after training set up as a GP in Wallasey where he practised for the next 50 years. My older sister and brother followed in his footsteps. My sister studied General Studies with sociology as her special subject – she made her career in personnel management. My brother took his LLB at Liverpool, qualified as a solicitor and after a few years in practice joined the overseas judiciary, eventually becoming Chief Justice of Fiji. I was next and graduated in 1952.

Jonathan Rushworth (LLB Hons 1970) I qualified as a solicitor and practised in Greenwich, South London, for 47 years in partnership with (among others) my wife, also a Liverpool law graduate. We all went to the University of Liverpool because our homes were on Merseyside and in those days if there was a university near to you, that was the one you went to! Things changed for the next generation and my two eldest daughters studied at Birmingham. The youngest, Emma, did choose to study Law at Liverpool though. Three of our grandchildren now have yet to make their university choices so watch this space for the fourth generation!”

Daughter: Emma Kandler (née Grant) (LLB Hons 1987)

Nephew: Tim Rushworth (BA Hons Business, Economics and Computer Science 1998)

Jonathan Rushworth (LLB Hons 1970) “My grandfather, William, was awarded an honorary MA by the University in 1941 for services to music and then my father, William James, was awarded an honorary MA by the University in 1975. I recall that my father was particularly proud of the degree conferred upon him, given his connections with the University and following the conferment of his father. When I chose to study Law at Liverpool in 1967 I was certainly conscious of the family’s history in the city through the music business (Rushworths), which was founded by my great grandfather in the early 19th century. There was also an attraction to study in Liverpool as I was pleased to be living back with my parents – I’d been away at boarding school from the age of 8. I have no doubt that my family’s links with the institution have been influential in encouraging my involvement with sponsoring a PhD project at the University which is researching the history of our family’s music business and its contribution to the cultural life of Liverpool. It has been a real pleasure to renew my links with the University and the city in this way.”


A new driving force in

FORMULA 1 “Everything I learned at Liverpool I’ve been able to apply directly to my working life. Now, as an alumnus, I’m still benefiting from my time there.” Alex Sauber (MBA Football Industries 2007)

lex Sauber grew up in the motor racing industry. His father, Peter Sauber, was a Swiss racing car champion and founder of the Sauber F1 team, and as a child Alex lived just metres from the Sauber factory, watching Formula 1 cars being built and listening to his father’s stories of life on the racetrack.


“It was an unusual childhood in some respects,” says Alex, “but my father was generally very careful to keep his work and family life separate. I only went to a few Grand Prix. “I did grow up with a love of sport, though, and I knew from an early age that I wanted to work within the sports industry.” However, Alex was never tempted to follow in his father’s footsteps and get in the driving seat himself. “Despite having a career in one of the most hazardous sports, my father was very cautious when it came to his sons,” recalls Alex. “He wouldn’t even let me ride my bike to school because he thought it was too

dangerous! My mother had also spent years worrying about dad when he was driving so I think they were both quite pleased when I chose to go into Law.” After gaining a masters in Law from Zurich University, Alex began his career with a Swiss firm, specialising in sports and media law. He then joined Credit Suisse, where he was working in sports sponsorship, in particular the sponsorship of the Swiss national football team in the 2006 World Cup. “Football has always been my passion, so it was very exciting to be involved with the Swiss team. I had read about the MBA in Football Industries at Liverpool and I felt that working in football was the next logical step for me. It’s a very niche MBA, so I thought it would give me a platform in a very competitive job market. “I really enjoyed my time at Liverpool,” says Alex. “I met people from all over the world and made some excellent contacts in the football business. There were also some inspirational guest speakers like the Vice President of FC Barcelona, so I gained valuable insights into the global football industry. Plus I got to watch a lot of football!”

After graduating in 2007, Alex worked for Swiss football club Grasshopper Club Zurich as Commercial Director, and in 2012 finally joined the family business, becoming Marketing Director for the Sauber F1 Team. “The job with Sauber is perfect for me because it combines what I love with what I’m good at. I never intended to join the family business but it came at the right point in my career and it’s a great opportunity to help take Sauber forward.” Although he lives in Switzerland, Alex’s connection with Liverpool continues through the newly launched Swiss Alumni Association. “With the MBA, who you meet is almost as important as what you learn,” he says, “and that doesn’t stop once you graduate. Networking is vital in business and it’s essential to continue making connections. You’ve got access to thousands of alumni, so why not use them? “Everything I learned at Liverpool I’ve been able to apply directly to my working life. Now, as an alumnus, I’m still benefiting from my time there.”




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Guild hether you remember it for Panto or RAG week events, student elections, debates, sticky floors, societies, dingy basement bars or great gigs in Mountford Hall, the Guild has been the centre of student life for over a century. Now, a £10.8 million redevelopment programme is set to give Liverpool students a Guild to rival the best in UK higher education. Since it opened in 1910, the Guild has undergone many changes that reflect not only architectural fashion, but also the changing shape of society. The Reilly Building, the Guild’s original home on campus, once had separate entrances and common rooms for men and women. Gilmour Hall (once a debating chamber) was the only place they were allowed to mix – and that was only in the presence of the matron. The Guild was first extended in 1935 as student numbers began to grow, then again in 1965 when the Mountford Hall and the Courtyard were added. Originally open to the


elements, the Courtyard was covered over in 1994 with a wedge shaped glass roof, designed to echo the sloping roof of the nearby Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. But times have changed since then and the Guild is about to undergo a major transformation to ensure that it meets the expectations of today’s student. “Rising student numbers and the introduction of fees mean that all facilities have to be of the highest standard,” said Steve Dickson, Director of Facilities Management. “It’s a competitive marketplace and students – and parents – not only expect to see a quality environment in which to study, but also to socialise and take part in other extracurricular activities. Our strategic investments to support the student experience demonstrate our commitment to providing a wide range of quality facilities. “The refurbishment of the Guild will provide a modern, multi-functional space that will be fitting for a top Russell Group university. It will help the University to stand out among its competitors and ensure that we continue to attract high-calibre students.”

The redesign includes a new entrance at the end of the Reilly Building off University Square, a student lounge, an entertainment and activity space for student societies, and an international food court. A new student reception brings together key areas such as Student Services and the English Language Centre, to provide student-facing academic and welfare facilities in one place for the first time. “The Guild has always been a big part of the student experience,” says Steve. “It has changed over the years to reflect student needs, but each generation of students makes the Guild its own. “This refurbishment will give the University and its students a Guild to be proud of, and one that properly reflects the outstanding student experience at Liverpool.”

Work on the Guild starts this winter and is due for completion by autumn 2013.


The University is the first in the UK to establish Student Representative Councils (SRCs), allowing students to influence the running of the institution.


The two SRCs combine to become the Liverpool Guild of Undergraduates, featuring a President and Lady President.


The Guild moves into its first purpose built home, the Reilly Building, designed by Sir Charles Reilly, the University’s Professor of Architecture.


The Guild is extended, finally bringing an end to male-female segregation.


The Guild undergoes its second major extension, making it the largest Students’ Union in Europe.


The name is changed to the Guild of Students, reflecting the growing number of postgraduates at the University.


The glass roof is added to the Courtyard as part of a major refurbishment.


The £10.8 million redevelopment of the Guild begins.



YOUR MEMORIES OF THE GUILD I was the General Stage Manager of the Guild of Undergraduates, as it was then, for 1963-64, having been on the stage crew for the previous year. This was the period when the Students’ Union extension was being built and the refurbishment of the old buildings had begun. We were asked to provide information on the changes to the theatre and significantly improved the proposals, although we didn’t get all we wanted. Colin Ledsom (MEng 1969) My favourite night at the Guild was Wednesday night in the Lounge Bar with 'Freakscene', a perfectly pitched (for the era) night of Indie, Grunge, industrial and dance music, which had an extremely enticing scuzzy, underground feel to it. Like most Guild rooms, the Lounge Bar had a dual purpose, and the next day I would sit on the same floor which had been doused in sweat, Snakebite & Black and cigarette burns to read the NME and eat my sandwiches, which were served from the DJ Booth. Tim Robinson (BA Combined Honours 1994) As an active member of Rhythm Club, the University’s jazz society, and drummer with various student jazz groups, I spent much of my time in the Gilmour Hall, where we practised and held talks and record recitals. We often played at the frequent dances held in the Students’ Union, usually in a supporting role when nationally famous bands were hired by the dance organisers. Brian Hudson (BA Hons Geography 1960, MCD 1962)

The Rhythm Club Band playing at the Science Faculty Ball, Gilmour Hall, 1959. Brian Hudson is the drummer.

The old Guild buildings were a vestige of a bygone era. Dark, winding staircases and heavy doors opened into large bay-windowed rooms filled with an eclectic mix of couches, lounge chairs and tables. My sister and I were at university together and we’d often book a billiard table in the vast rooms on the top floor of the old Guild. I loved the atmosphere in there; the lights above the tables, the reverence for the felted green table tops, the smooth wooden cues, the muted sounds of voices and balls colliding. Frann Meredith (BA Combined Honours 1979) I was a student in the Social Science Faculty from 1962 to 1966 and I have many memories of the Guild of Undergraduates. The furniture in the lounges was very tatty! I used to write for Guild Gazette, Sphinx and Phoenix, and I appeared in various Dram Soc productions in Mountford Hall. The gigs were very popular; I especially liked the Road Runners. The Guild also organised dances on the Royal Iris. Dyana Roidriguez (née Robinson) (BA Social Science 1966)

The Gondaliers performed at the Stanley Theatre, March 1968

During the 1960s, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of the University regularly produced and staged operettas in the Stanley Theatre. These were well attended and were enjoyed by both cast and audience. My husband and I became engaged during rehearsals for The Pirate King in 1967. This was such an important and enjoyable part of my Liverpool experience. Eileen O'Hare (née Healey) (BSc 1968) I recall attending a concert arranged by the Students Union in (I think) 1971. It was Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention live on stage. A friend came from Middlesbrough by train and slept on our floor overnight, just for the pleasure of attending. Although the music

and lyrics were not to everyone's taste, the musicians were true professionals. I also recall the performance of a topless Swedish girl group around the same time. The singing and guitar playing was mediocre, but none of us cared! Martin Pickering (BEng Hons Electronics 1973) I attended most of the concerts in Mountford Hall from October 1975 to June 1978 as a member of the Technical Committee. What I find most fascinating is that some of the most memorable concerts were by bands that I had not seen before or would not have considered watching. The Climax Blues Band put on a wonderful show, along with others such as the rather unusual Live Libel tour by Pete Atkin and Clive James (yes, that Clive James!). Simon Matthews (BSc Hons Physics with Electronics 1978)


I was a member of the stage staff in the late 60s, which gave me access to many parts of the building that most never saw. I don’t suppose many people knew about the penny farthing bicycle in the storage area under the courtyard! Phil Hardyman (BEng 1968) The Guild was a focal point for student life. Some took part in debates, or in student politics, which was still then concerned with conditions for students, rather than the wider national and world issues which became important later in the late 60s. There were also external speakers, including our local MP, Harold Wilson, the future Prime Minister, who was then a front bench opposition figure. Ernie Savage (BA Hons Geography 1962) I was lucky to be President of the Guild through the ‘golden age’ of large club nights like Time Tunnel and Double Vision, providing twice-weekly opportunities to cram the place with 3,000 or so students, and I have some fantastic memories (from the nights I actually remember!). Combined with getting involved in societies and protesting on the streets of London, the Guild was the central feature of my student life. I’m delighted it’s being refurbished to inspire the next generation of students. David Winstanley (BSc Hons Geology & Physical Geography 2006)

24 OCT

Art critic, journalist, TV presenter, novelist, lecturer and educationalist Andrew Graham-Dixon will be presenting the second in a series of annual lectures on subjects of Italian interest which have been made possible thanks to a generous bequest from alumna and former lecturer in French and Italian, Professor Lucrezia Zaina. Andrew has spent a decade piecing together the scraps of evidence left of Caravaggio’s life, in pursuit of answers to questions that have long-puzzled scholars. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio arguably lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. The worlds of Milan, Rome and Naples through which Caravaggio moved – which Andrew will describe in his lecture – are those of cardinals and prostitutes, prayer and violence.

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This event gives you the chance to pit your wits against our Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) alumni rivals. The University of Liverpool is currently in the lead with three wins over LJMU’s one – bring along a team to help lead us to victory for the fourth time! Time: 7pm / Venue: Liverpool Guild of Students / Price: FREE

SCIENCE AND SOCIETY LECTURE 9 OCT Funding biomedical research: the role of charities, their impacts and limitations Director of the Wellcome Trust, Sir Mark Walport FRS, is a world leader in the promotion of biomedical science. Sir Mark will be talking about policy issues and funding research. Time: 6.30pm / Venue: The Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool / Price: FREE


10 OCT

Understanding the impact of the recent financial crisis Join one of our academics from the Economics, Finance and Accounting team as they explore the recent Euro crisis and how it is affecting businesses in Europe and across the globe. Time: 1pm (GMT) / Venue: online / Price: FREE


18 OCT

Can aid deliver for Africa? Since 1970, more than $300billion of aid has gone to Africa and yet, in many cases, average incomes have remained unchanged or have even fallen. This event will reconsider the case for aid and ask what sort of alternatives may make a real difference. How can we provide aid that is compassionate and effective whilst promoting growth, governance and independence? Time: 5.30pm / Venue: Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool / Price: FREE

27 OCT

The University of Liverpool's new Central Teaching Laboratories for the Faculty of Science and Engineering are set to transform the way in which Physical Sciences are taught at the University. We are welcoming all Physics, Maths and Chemistry alumni back to the University for a day of exclusive tours of the new building and talks from leading academics. Time: 10am / Venue: Central Teaching Laboratory, campus / Price: £12.50 (lunch include in price)


24 OCT

Art critic, journalist, TV presenter, novelist, lecturer and educationalist, Andrew Graham-Dixon, will be presenting the second in a series of annual lectures on subjects of Italian interest which have been made possible thanks to a generous bequest from alumna and former lecturer in French and Italian, Professor Lucrezia Zaina. Time: 5.30pm / Venue: Sherrington Building, campus / Price: FREE


This is your chance to meet with fellow alumni in London at our new venue, as well as test your knowledge, tease your memory, and see how much you know (or don’t know!) about a range of subjects. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Time: 7pm / Venue: Greyhound Pub, Kensington / Price: FREE



The first Chief Science Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: the role of Science in international relations. Professor David Clary FRS, President of Magdalen College, Oxford, and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will talk about the role of science in international relations. Time: 6.30pm / Venue: The Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool / Price: FREE




This is your chance to reunite with your fellow alumni in a bid to take the pub quiz crown. Come along and lead your team to victory! Time: 7pm / Venue: Baa Bar, Hardman Street / Price: FREE

28 NOV


Whose job is it to make business responsible? The Government views growth as crucial to getting the British economy on its feet again. This event will ask what responsibilities businesses have in the current climate, what state action can be effective, and where the Government should draw the line. Time: 5.30pm / Venue: The Crypt, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral / Price: FREE



5 DEC 13 FEB

This event is an invitation to all Veterinary Sciences alumni to visit the School’s new home, take a tour of the facilities, and meet with academics, students and researchers, including guest speaker Professor Susan Dawson. The event will also include the University of Liverpool Veterinary Alumni Association AGM. Time: 2pm / Venue: School of Veterinary Science, Thompson Yates Building / Price: FREE


11 DEC

The grand challenges in ocean science Professor Andrew Willmott, Director of Science and Technology at the National Geographic Centre, will talk about ‘The grand challenges in ocean science’. Time: 6.30pm / Venue: The Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool / Price: FREE


Global Supply Chain Strategies Supply chain management is an important element to consider in today's international business world. Join one of our Operations and Management academics as they review global supply chain strategies and reveal successful strategies and practices for organising your supply chain. Time: 1pm (GMT) / Venue: online / Price: FREE

20 FEB


The University of Liverpool Management School is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Join us at this exclusive dinner to celebrate our joint successes, reconnect and network with friends and former classmates, and listen to a fascinating key note speaker. Time: 7pm / Venue: Mansion House, London / Price: £45 per ticket


24 JAN

Your Career in the Global Economic Downturn Join Dr Paul Redmond, Head of University of Liverpool Careers & Employability Service, as he explores the measures you can take to improve your career during the economic downturn. Dr Redmond will offer tips and guidance about standing out from the crowd and climbing the career ladder during the current climate. This is a webinar for all alumni, including those in the Eurozone and those areas of the world that have been particularly affected by the downturn. Time: 4pm (GMT) / Venue: online / Price: FREE



Following on from our successful Chinese New Year celebration event in London in 2012, the University will host their celebration in Liverpool this year to bring in 2013, the Year of the Snake. The event will be hosted by Professor Michael Hoey, and all alumni are welcome to join us to celebrate our links with China. This event will be organised in conjunction with the Guild and the Liverpool Confucius Institute. Time: 6pm / Venue: Liverpool / Price: FREE


28 FEB

Professor Charles Forsdick, Head of the Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies and the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Theme Leadership Fellow for Translating Cultures, will deliver a lecture to tie in with the Tate’s Thresholds exhibition. Thresholds questions the uncertain boundaries of personal, geographical, political and cultural identities. The exhibition explores powerful themes including British identity, migration and the global effects of regional conflicts. A drinks reception and private view of the exhibition will follow the lecture. Time: 6pm / Venue: Tate Liverpool / Price: £5




Meet with fellow alumni in London to test your knowledge, tease your memory and see how much you know about a range of subjects. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Time: 7pm / Venue: Greyhound Pub, Kensington / Price: FREE


14 MAR

Join us for the inaugural collaborative event between the Women’s Organisation, which provides quality enterprise and employment service for women, and the University of Liverpool Management School. Find out how to maximise your potential and recognise your skills in the workplace and network with fellow business women from across the North West. Time: 6pm / Venue: The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool / Price: FREE


18 MAY


Join the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Howard Newby CBE, and Professor Themis Bowcock, Head of Particle Physics, for our second alumni event in Switzerland – an exclusive chance to go behind the scenes at CERN. Guests will be taken on a tour of CERN by a leading scientist and will learn all about their pioneering work. It will be around two hours long and will explore some of the research that Liverpool scientists are involved in. The tour will be followed by a drinks and buffet reception. All alumni are invited to attend. Time: 2pm / Location: CERN, Geneva / Price: £15 (approx. CHF23)

21 MAR

This is your chance to reunite with your fellow alumni in a bid to take the pub quiz crown. Come along and lead your team to victory! Time: 7pm / Venue: Baa Bar, Hardman Street / Price: FREE

19 JUN


Business Ethics We all agree that business ethics and compliance are essential, but do we actually understand what they entail? Join an academic from the University of Liverpool Management School as they explore the role ethics play in today’s businesses. Time: 1pm (GMT) / Venue: online / Price: FREE

11 APR

This event gives you the chance to pit your wits against our LJMU rivals. Come along and make sure we maintain our lead! Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Time: 7pm / Venue: Engine Room, Haigh Building, LJMU / Price: FREE



Making the most from your business to business relationships Do you know how to make the most out of your business to business (B2B) relationships? Join Dr Chris Raddats, a Lecturer in Marketing with 20 years experience in various marketing roles in the telecommunications industry, as he explores effective strategies for maintaining B2B relationships, including looking at how traditional manufacturing organisations can use their service capability to enhance sales and performance. Time: 1pm (GMT) / Venue: online / Price: FREE

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CHANGES TO CONVOCATION The University has recently proposed changes to its Statutes and Ordinances, and some of these changes relate to ways in which the graduate body (or the Convocation) interacts with the University.

Currently, the University’s Charter makes provision for a Convocation, and empowers it to: elect a Chairman and Clerk; appoint a discretionary Standing Committee; elect up to 150 members to the University Court; elect one of its members to the University Council; and to record and report to the Council any issues relating to changes to the Statutes and Ordinances, or any other matter relating to the University on which the Convocation wishes to express an opinion. Through the Alumni Relations team, the University currently is well-positioned to communicate directly with its members, a role previously fulfilled by Standing Committee. The increasingly international nature of the graduate body means that alumni communication and feedback has to be as accessible as possible to the diverse audience, and as a result this has raised some questions around the continuing role of Standing Committee. The proposed changes to the Statutes and Ordinances now present an opportunity to revisit that debate, and the University is therefore keen to invite feedback from the graduate body on this matter. The proposed changes are as follows:



The Graduate Association is seeking to grow its membership and all alumni are invited to join the Vice-Chancellor for the first University-led event in Hong Kong for a number of years. Alumni have the opportunity to meet and network, hear the latest news from the University and find out more about the Graduate Association and how they can get involved. Time: 7pm / Venue: Central Hong Kong / Price: £15 (approx. HK$180)

As part of the package of benefits and services that is available exclusively for University of Liverpool alumni, the institution is now offering even more access to library resources. Alumni can: • Join the University’s libraries for free • Borrow books and use electronic resources on site • Access JSTOR and Emerald online journals free of charge – wherever they are in the world • Have free access to RefWorks referencing tools.

• That the University Court be dissolved (therefore removing the right of Convocation to elect members to the Court). Alternative opportunities will be introduced to ensure that those stakeholders previously represented on the Court will have the opportunity to engage with the University • That Convocation Standing Committee be dissolved • The roles of Chair and Clerk of Convocation be disestablished, Consideration is being given to introducing a new role of President of Convocation • There will remain a Convocation Representative on Council, who will be elected through a democratic nominations process. In order to ensure that the views of the University’s global alumni are heard, a number of enhancements to service are also proposed, such as an annual opportunity to feedback on strategy, more inclusive nomination and feedback processes for the position on Council. Consultation is now open and all alumni of the University are eligible to participate at or by sending your comments to The consultation is open until the end of November 2012, with the outcome communicated via the alumni e-newsletter and website.

The issues which are affecting today’s society were the topic of the Burning Issues lecture series. Sponsored by Weightmans, a large, Liverpool-based commercial law firm, well known for helping people and businesses in the city achieve results, the four lectures in total attracted more than 1,250 audience members, who listened to experts in their field speaking about the issues shaping the economies and business environments of the future. The speakers included the former Chief Executive of the Football Association, Professor Brian Barwick (BA Hons Economics 1975) who talked about ‘The Power of Leadership’, General Secretary of the TUC, Brendan Barber, whose lecture was titled ‘In Place of Austerity’, Former Director General of the BBC, Lord John Birt who spoke about ‘Why Government is Ineffective’, and Executive Vice-Chair of The Work Foundation, Will Hutton, whose lecture was titled ‘It was Bad Capitalism that got us into this Mess – Good Capitalism that will get us out’.

"We are proud to be associated with the University of Liverpool, working with them to bring well-known business leaders to our city for the exciting Burning Issues series. We hope it inspires people to achieve even more." Patrick Gaul, Managing Partner, Weightmans. A second series of Burning Issues lectures is planned for 2012-13 and details of these lectures will be made available via the alumni e-newsletter and at

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Grants awarded through the disbursement of funds raised through the Benefactors’ Fund in 2012 have recently been allocated to the following projects:

to purchase a self-help library for the Counselling Service

£28,104 for Collaborative Working Environment facilities for the Computing Services Department

£25,400 to produce software required for an online mentoring scheme in the Careers and Employability Service

£21,650 towards a 3D printer in the School of Architecture

£29,322 for a portable demonstration of Nobel Prize winning technology in the School of Physical Sciences


Other (£10,853.75)

6.05% Improvements to learning facilities (£12,141.56)

6.38% University libraries (£12,803.90)


In the last year, £200,606.24 raised through the Benefactors’ Fund has been allocated as follows:

Scholarships, bursaries and student hardship (£46,140.29)


Areas of greatest need (£118,666.74)

In September 2011, Rebecca Coleman (BSc Hons Psychology 2010, MSc in Investigative and Forensic Psychology 2011), pictured left, was one of the first two Sir Joseph Rotblat Alumni Scholarship recipients. She has now completed the first year of her PhD programme and has just started the second year. Her PhD focuses on homicide and violent crime and the research is being carried out for Devon and Cornwall Police, who have provided her with data in the hope that a harm indicator can be developed, that will help to identify which offenders are more at risk of committing future homicide/violent offences. Money given to the Benefactors’ Fund Rebecca said: “When I applied for the by donors in 2011 has contributed to key areas such as the libraries, improvements scholarship my mum and I knew that it would be very difficult to cover the costs of studying for a to learning facilities and services and PhD, so all of our hopes were resting on the outcome. projects that are identified “At this level of study, it is completely as ‘areas of greatest need’. independent learning, but I am enjoying the The Benefactors’ Fund has also challenges of my supported the PhD. Completing a launch of a new “Without a doubt, I would not comprehensive piece scholarship have been able to study for of research seemed which is at first, but I designed to my PhD without the help of this daunting have received a great support scholarship; if I didn’t have the deal of support from talented supervisor and students financial assistance, I would not my other members of the who would like to be furthering my academic department. further their Scholarship education. career and so I owe a lot to it!” has“The been a significant The Sir Joseph help during my Rotblat Alumni Scholarship, named after studies. It has enabled me to focus entirely on former University lecturer and Nobel Peace my research and not have to worry about how I will Prize winner Sir Joseph Rotblat (PhD 1950, cover my tuition fees. Without a doubt, I would not Hon DSc 1989), rewards students with have been able to study for my PhD without exceptional academic performance who the help of this scholarship; if I didn’t have the can demonstrate that they would not be financial assistance, I would not be furthering my able to afford to go on to postgraduate academic career.” level study without additional financial This year’s Sir Joseph Rotblat Alumni support. Successful applicants are Scholarships have been awarded to Natalie awarded a grant of £10,000 Hanna, who will be pursuing a PhD researching per annum for a period of three the representation of gender in medieval literature years, which can either go If you would like to donate to the Benefactors’ through the works of Chaucer, and Adeniyi towards their fees or subsidise Fund or any of our other projects, you can do Olagunju, who will be undertaking a PhD looking their general course costs. so in the following ways: at the role genetics play in the safety and effectiveness of drugs for preventing HIV Online: transmission from mothers to their babies By phone: +44 (0)151 795 4638 during breastfeeding. By post: using the tear-off donation form at For more information about the Benefactors’ Fund the back of the magazine visit:


Your gift to the University his year, the generous donations to the Benefactors’ Fund made by alumni and other supporters of the University have totalled more than £200,000. The Fund was set up in order to provide a sustainable resource dedicated to enhancing and enriching the institution and the experience that is had by students during their time at University.


£2,250 to enhance student areas in the Institute of Integrative Biology

towards media/AV equipment in the Department of Music

£26,414 £11,373 for personal response systems in the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

to the Central Teaching Laboratory for a portable planetarium



The legacy of the University mace ach year hundreds of students graduate from the University. Every graduation ceremony is unique, with many different students from different countries setting foot on the stage in front of friends and family to receive their degree.


Although the faces, the fashions and the venue may change, one thing that remains consistent at every ceremony is the mace. The mace, which was presented to the University by Richard Caton MD, Professor of Physiology at Liverpool from 1881-1891, has to be present at each ceremony, otherwise, in accordance with the University statutes, graduation cannot take place. It was gifted to the University by Richard Caton in 1909 to commemorate his year of office as Lord Mayor of Liverpool and was used at the first installation of the 17th Earl of Derby as Chancellor of the University. The mace was made by Elkington & Company of Birmingham and is composed entirely of silver; the head and crown are symbols of the Royal authority that granted the University’s incorporation in 1903. At each ceremony the mace is carried before the Chancellor or the Vice-Chancellor by the Esquire Bedell – the ceremonial officer of the University – who leads the procession of academics into the venue.


HONORARY GRADUATES At each graduation ceremony a select number of honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who have achieved eminence in their chosen field or who have made outstanding contributions to the local community.

Since the last edition of insight, honorary degrees have been awarded to:

Rosemary Hawley MBE JP DL is Chair of primary care trust, NHS Knowsley, She is on the Merseyside Regional Health Authority Board and the board of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In 1997, she was one of the first recipients of the Duncan Society’s Duncan Medal. She served as High Sheriff of Merseyside between 2005 and 2006, and was awarded an MBE for services to healthcare in Merseyside in 2007.

Colonel James Graeme Bryson OBE (LLB Hons 1932, LLM 1935) is a former Regimental Commanding Officer whose distinguished career as a soldier has been complemented by an equally steadfast commitment to public office as a solicitor, a judge, one of Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Taxes, Chairman of the Medical Tribunal Appeal and Chairman of the Mayor’s Poppy Fund. One of the oldest living graduates of the University, he is a former President of Liverpool Law Society, a generous benefactor and Friend of the University. He received the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery and was made a Citizen of Honour in 2009.

Stephen Hough is a world-renowned classical pianist, composer and writer who has performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras. In 2001, he was awarded a prestigious McArthur Fellowship, he received the Northwestern University School of Music’s Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in 2008, and he was named the winner of the 2010 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award. He has more than 50 recordings in his repertoire for which he has won numerous awards, including four Grammy nominations and eight Gramophone awards.

Gee Walker is founder of the Anthony Walker Foundation, a charity she established following the death of her son Anthony in a racially motivated attack in Liverpool in July 2005. The mission of the Foundation is to promote racial harmony and equality through education, sport and arts events and to support law enforcement agencies to reduce hate crime and build safer communities.

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Professor PC Ching (BEng 1977, PhD 1981) is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Shun Hing Institute of Advanced Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a position he has held since 2006. In 2010, the Liverpool graduate was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government for his contribution to the development of innovation and technology. He is currently President of the University of Liverpool Graduate Association (Hong Kong), the University’s largest and most active alumni association, which has contributed more than £460,000 to fund postgraduate research scholarships and awards annual grants to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students at Liverpool.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore DL KBE is an honorary consultant physician specialising in liver disease at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and holds an honorary chair at the University. He is also current president of the British Society of Gastroenterology. He chairs the UK Alcohol Health Alliance and European Alcohol and Health Forum Science Group, is a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside, and he received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2010.

Lawrence McGinty (BSc Hons Zoology 1969) is a BAFTA award-winning Science Editor currently working for ITN. A University of Liverpool graduate, he has received a Science Writers’ Fellowship of the Association of British Science Writers and picked up two British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. He was awarded the Royal Television Society Television Sports Award and, in 2005, received the Medical Journalists’ Association award for Health Journalist of the Year.

Fergal Keane OBE is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has received numerous honours including a BAFTA, the Orwell Prize for political writing, an OBE for services to journalism, Human Rights Journalist of the Year and Reporter of the Year for both radio and television. He is currently a Special Correspondent with BBC News, a writer and also presents various programmes on Radio 4.

Sir Michael Bibby Bt. was appointed Managing Director of Bibby Line Group Limited in January 2000. He is a Director of the Chamber of Shipping, Director of Mersey Maritime and Typhoon Holdings, and is also Chairman of the Fundraising Committee of the Prince’s Trust in Merseyside.

Hugh Greenwood OBE is a retired business man who founded the Children’s Research Fund, which over the years has been a major supporter of children’s research at universities in the UK and abroad. He has always given special consideration to the University of Liverpool and regularly contributed to research by members of the institution, particularly in paediatric surgery, neonatal medicine and paediatric medicine.


Could you be a rom mentoring a current student and helping to recruit future generations of graduates, to setting up an international alumni network, delivering a guest lecture, or helping at events and graduations, there has never been a better time to become an alumni volunteer. Andrew Morrison, Alumni


Relations Manager for Networks and Volunteers, said: ”Through the Alumni Relations team, there is a wealth of opportunities to get involved in the life of the University. “We would like to thank everyone who has already volunteered their time in the past year in order to support the institution. It is much appreciated and helps to ensure Liverpool remains world-leading and that students enjoy the best possible experience. It would be wonderful if more of our alumni could get involved.”


Alumni associations

Alternatively, you or your company may be in a position to offer an internship to a current student or young graduate. The University is looking for a range of different internships not just in the UK but throughout the world. In the last 12 months, alumni as far afield as Hong Kong and Shanghai have offered facilitating placements at multinational companies, which have proved invaluable to students and their CVs.

The University has more than 40 international and subject-specific alumni associations, all of which are led by volunteer committees or alumni ambassadors. These networks rely on alumni volunteers to help ensure all graduates, wherever they are based in the world, can keep in touch with the University and access a support network of Liverpool graduates throughout their life and career. Visit for more details.

Supporting student recruitment There are also plenty of ways to help the University recruit the next generations of students, both in the UK and overseas. Perhaps you could provide a testimonial case study or attend a visit day or international education fair, or at a departmental level, you could choose to return to campus as a guest speaker, as many alumni have in the past.

Mentoring You can help students and graduates get their feet on the career ladder by becoming a mentor. The University’s Careers & Employability Service has launched a centralised mentoring scheme which will see participants paired up with a current student from an appropriate subject or discipline, enabling you to provide them with practical advice and guidance for their career. See page 31 for more information about mentoring.

WE NEED YOU (and here’s why)

Additional opportunities to get involved as an alumni volunteer will continue to be added as the involvement programme is further developed. For more information about volunteering opportunities, please visit

or contact Andrew Morrison, Alumni Relations Manager (Networks & Volunteers) by calling +44 (0)151 794 6940 or emailing:

MENTOR to one of our STUDENTS? by Dr Paul Redmond, Head of the Careers & Employability Service

s the competition for graduate jobs increases, the University is introducing a new mentoring programme designed to provide new students with the opportunity to be mentored by a select group of people, each of whom is equipped with his or her own unique, first-hand insight into the changing employment market. So who are these career-minded gurus, these 21st century tour-guides to the changing world of work?


Well, actually, we rather hope it’s going to be you – our fabulously supportive, ever-engaging, always-there-when-we-needyou, alumni.

Not that Homer There’s nothing new about the idea of mentoring. In fact, it goes back almost 4,000 years. Mentor, you’ll recall, was that handy bloke in the The Odyssey who volunteered to look after Telemachus while his dad was on the mother of all 18-30 trips to Troy. In his absence, Mentor became young Tele’s adviser, confidant, professional agent and career guru, all rolled into one. A sort of Bronze-age Simon Cowell. Four millennia on, today’s students have to travel their own career odysseys. Some students are from families in which no one has been to university; others are from regions or neighbourhoods in which graduate jobs and professions are few and far between. For many of these students, all that’s needed is the opportunity to talk to graduates who have gone on to work in jobs or organisations in which they’re interested; people who are able to give them a first-hand insight into the 21st century job market. If this sounds like you, this is how you can get involved.

The aim of the new mentoring project is to enhance students’ employability skills through a partnership with a member of the University’s alumni. Using online technology, the partnership will be facilitated and managed by the University’s Careers & Employability Service. The idea is that students and their mentors will be able to converse with each other by using a two-way online web service. There will be ‘rules’ to ensure that mentors are not overburdened with requests and emails, and, to make sure that any teething problems are ironed out, training will be provided to both student and mentor. The project will be aimed at two key groups – students from under-represented social and economic backgrounds, and postgraduate students enrolled on the Management School MBA Programme. Over a five-year period, the University is committed to providing mentoring partnerships for a minimum of 450 penultimate-year students. The mentoring will not only enable these students to gain a realistic perspective of the workplace, it will give them experience in networking and thus boost their self-esteem and confidence when dealing with professionals. Support with career development and encouragement to reach their goals is another key benefit in joining the scheme. If you would like to be involved in the mentoring programme, please send your details to Jayne Murphy, Alumni Relations Manager (ULMS) Tel: +44 (0)151 795 4607 or email: or visit:



Update from XJTLU

As we continue to strengthen our position as a global university, our international students, alumni and partners are playing an increasingly prominent role in flying the flag for the University around the world.


A gala dinner, sponsored by Laureate Online Education, marked the launch of the Cayman Island Alumni Association and the 30th anniversary of the University’s long-standing partner, Cayman Islands Law School

Alumni in Paris met for the first time at La Tete A L’Envers in Vincennes to reminisce about their time in Liverpool and to talk about establishing an alumni network in France

The sell-out football panel event, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, at the UEFA headquarters in Switzerland marked the launch of the Switzerland Alumni Association

he past year has seen the University continue to enhance its global reach as the institution’s international agenda becomes embedded in all aspects of activity.

With a rapidly increasing cohort of 19,000 graduates living outside of the UK, the Alumni Relations team works with more than 40 volunteer alumni ambassadors and contacts (see page 30) to ensure there are active networks for Liverpool graduates in every corner of the globe. Most recently, new alumni associations have been launched in Switzerland, where the University has excellent links with organisations such as UEFA and CERN, and the Cayman Islands, where its long-standing partner, the Cayman Islands Law School, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012. Alumni also met for the first time in Paris and discussed the possibility of setting up an alumni association in France. These new associations join the ever expanding list of graduate communities based overseas, which enable alumni to keep in touch and access a comprehensive programme of University or volunteer-hosted events for their personal and social enrichment. A full list of international groups and events can be found at: The University has established and strengthened its links with several institutions, governments and organisations around the globe, with international research collaborations focused on tackling some of the world's biggest challenges. As well as links with the University of Malaysia, Thailand's Mahidol University, Japan's flagship research organisation RIKEN and several institutions across China and the

US, Liverpool is significantly expanding its activities and developing joint research or study opportunities with institutions in new areas, including India, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Brazil. Providing an international learning experience enables students to become global citizens and, following in the pioneering footsteps of the University’s partnership at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China, an increasing number of opportunities now exist for students to study at Liverpool and a partner institution and receive a joint or dual degree. A partnership of this nature has been formed in Turkey, where a dual degree protocol has been signed with Istanbul Bilgi University, the first ever YÖK-accredited programme between a Turkish and British University. This international agenda is also reflected in the significant increase in overseas applicants for 2012/2013 entry. To ensure we remain ahead of the field, the International Recruitment team has developed a new strategy for 2013 and 2014 entry, including enhanced activity with partners and a proactive expansion to tap into the increased demand in Iraq, Canada, Turkey, Russia and Brazil. Online degree programmes also continue to grow. As Europe's largest provider of wholly online degrees, around 8,000 students are currently studying for a Liverpool degree in their home country, without the need to leave their homes, jobs and families. More than 90% of these students are based outside the UK, with significant numbers across Africa, the Americas and the Middle East. The online degree programme portfolio now stands at 22, including a Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Education.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) – the institution established by the University of Liverpool in partnership with Xi’an Jiaotong University in Suzhou, China – celebrated its sixth anniversary this year and is continuing to prove that it is an innovative model of education. In the last year it has been named Most Influential Sino-Foreign Higher Education Institution in China at the Fourth China Education Annual Gala and the institution’s Vice President, Professor David Sadler, received the title of ‘Suzhou Excellent Foreign Expert’ for his contribution to Suzhou’s economic construction and social development. It also received a visit by Sir Alan Langlands, the CEO of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and Dr Joanna Newman, Director of the UK Higher Education International and Europe Unit. The institution is well connected with the University of Liverpool and these achievements are reflective of XJTLU’s prominence back in the UK at the University of Liverpool. Almost 1,000 XJTLU students now complete part of their degree in Liverpool, contributing to a more multicultural campus and a richer learning experience. A further increase in student numbers is expected now that the Ministry of Education of China has also approved the launch of a series of XJTLU postgraduate programmes at masters and doctoral levels, which will be delivered in conjunction with the University of Liverpool.

If you would like to get involved with any of our international activities, please contact Andrew Morrison, Alumni Relations Manager (Networks & Volunteers) on +44 (0)151 794 6940 or visit:


more than just a


lthough for many students coming to University is about achieving a high standard of education and taking advantage of the social activities that come as part of the package of University life, for an increasing number it is about taking the opportunity to dedicate some of their time to something that is personal to them. insight talks to a few of the University of Liverpool’s students who are doing just that:



Amy Kokkinos Hockey sports scholar Fourth-year Medicine student

Taofiq Raimi Assistant General Manager for Urban Shelter Ltd Online DBA programme student

The Sports Scholarship scheme supports the best student athletes who are competing at a Junior, under 21 or Senior International Level, enabling them to combine excellence in academic study by offering the flexibility and support for them to compete at the highest level. “I dedicate a lot of my free time to hockey – playing five times a week during hockey season. I have represented the English Universities team on two separate Four Nations Tournaments and this year we won the competition! Without all of the support I have received as a sports scholar I don’t think that I would have been able to maintain the level of commitment to hockey that I have.”

MUSIC Gee Guan ANG Founder and President of Liverpool 24 Festival Drums Third-year BSc Electronic Business student 24 Festival Drums is a Malaysian cultural heritage, but teams have now been set up around the world. The Liverpool 24 Festival Drums Society is the first in Europe and has more than 30 members. “I set the society up to introduce a unique element of Malaysian culture to a wider audience. We perform at events not only at the University, but across the city – we were even part of the Olympic Torch relay celebration. Travelling with team mates and delivering performances will be a large part of my memories of studying at Liverpool.”

HELPING OTHERS RELIGION Zahid Rehman LivISOC (Islamic Society) President Fourth-year Medicine student ISOC is one of the Guild’s largest societies with more than 200 members who work together to unite Muslim students, striving towards maintaining an environment conducive to spiritual growth. “ISOC warmly receives many students living away from home for the first time and provides an environment in which we can develop our faith. We have multiple events per week, including educational events relating to our faith, interfaith dialogues, welfare events, weekends away and a football league which has proved popular amongst the brothers.”

Seena Karimi Student Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (STAR) volunteer Third-year English Literature and Language student STAR promotes positive images of refuges and asylum seekers in the UK, campaigns for their rights and gets involved with local projects. “I take pride in my refugee heritage- my father fled from political persecution in Iran during the 1970s and was granted refugee status in the UK – and I have an understanding of what it means for an individual to leave everything they know to seek a new beginning in another country. I regularly use my skills and knowledge to positively impact upon the lives of asylum seekers who have arrived in Britain, helping to restore their hope in a brighter future.”

Currently studying online in Nigeria for a DBA, Taofiq Idowu Raimi is Assistant General Manager for Urban Shelter Ltd – an integrated property development and management company. “I have to manage my time in order to balance my studies, my career and the time that I dedicate to a foundation that I have set up to support single mothers and their children’s education. The DBA enables me to combine my management work functions with study, which would not have been possible if I had chosen to study within the physical confines of any campus-based University. I have gained both rigorous academic and practical knowledge that are critical to meet my knowledge objectives for personal career growth and I am constantly applying what I learn within my organisation.”



desire to work with dolphins brought Lesley Paterson to Liverpool to study Marine Biology, but her career since graduating has seen her working with worms, sheep and, most recently, one of the scientific world’s lesser understood species – the engineer.


“I loved Liverpool from the moment I got off the train,” recalls Lesley. “It was such a vibrant city, everything about it was exciting; it was a great time to be a student. “I also loved studying at the Marine Biology station on the Isle of Man. It was quite a closeknit community and locals often came up and asked us questions while we were working on the beach – that was probably my first experience of science communication.”

After completing a PhD at St Andrews University, researching marine worms, and a Master in Science Communication at Birkbeck College, Lesley worked on a schools outreach programme in Scotland. She then became Scientific Secretary to Professor Ian Wilmut, creator of Dolly the sheep, where her duties included writing quotes for the cloned ewe. Now, as Head of Communications and Engagement at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Lesley is tasked with raising awareness of the diversity and impact of engineering. “Engineering encompasses everything from car design to renewable energy to medical implants,” said Lesley. “Engineers are doing essential, exciting work and my job is to encourage them to be loud and proud about it. “Part of my role is to increase the visibility of women in the field and inspire the next generation of female engineers. Universities have a major role to play in demonstrating the breadth and scope of engineering, and how it affects our everyday lives, and hopefully this will increase its appeal for students of both sexes.” At Liverpool, the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science is working hard to promote the appeal of the subject as a route of study for both sexes, and through its outreach work is targeting female-only schools in an attempt to even out the balance of male and female applicants.

The University also works with students to help them tap into opportunities that may support their studies. Following a competitive process, Grace McMahon, who is now in her third year of a four-year MEng programme, received an Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) FUSE scholarship, which is worth £1,000 per annum and is tenable for the duration of her degree programme. The scholarships are open to those who achieve a minimum of 300 UCAS points in their A Levels and are about to commence an IET-accredited degree course in the UK or an IEI course in the Republic of Ireland. Professor Joseph Spencer, Head of the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science, said: “Grace is an inspiration to other young women who are studying engineering. She beat off competition from across the country to become one of a few IET FUSE scholarship recipients and we are extremely proud of her achievement.” As part of her programme, Grace is currently being mentored by a Chartered Engineer at EA Technology. If you are interested in exploring opportunities to mentor a student who is studying engineering please contact Andrew Morrison, Alumni Relations Manager (Networks & Volunteers) Tel: +44 (0)151 794 6940 or email:

IN MEMORIAM Gary James Allen (BCom Hons 1965)

Thomas Hanley (LLB Hons 2011)

Geoffrey Carruthers Allen (MEd 1977)

Derrick George Hanson (LLM 1959)

Women in


1999, and Honorary Senior Fellow until 2011.

Languages and Area Studies from 1972 until

Dr Jessie Isabel Anderson (née Young) (MBChB 1947, DPH 1955)

Dr Joyce Helsby (née Watson) (MBChB 1945)

Robert Walter Reimer (MSc 2006)

Sir William Hawthorne CBE

Dr Peter Thomas Andrews (PhD 1961) who was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in the Department of Physics until his retirement in 2002.

Dr William Hood (BSc 1966, PhD 1969)

George Gerald Riffkin MRCVS (BVSc 1962)

(Hon DEng 1982)

Lewis Jessop MRCVS (BVSc 1950)

Charles Edward Shaw (LLB Hons 1990)

Richard Colin Jones (BSc 1951)

Dr Henry Savage (MBChB 1954)

Kathleen Jones (née Howell) (BA Hons 1945)

Richard Arthur Shaw (BSc Hons 1948)

Timothy John Barrow MRCVS (BVSc 1969) Rodney Bee (BSc 1961, CertEd 1962) Dr Arthur Stewart Binnie (MBChB 1952) June Birch (née Pickles) (MEd 1988) Dr David Charles Bridge (MBChB 1975) Professor Eric Gradwell Brown (BSc Hons 1953, PhD 1956, DSc 1979)

Dr Peter David Jones (PhD 1978) John Michael Jotcham (BEng Hons 1950) Dr Robert Warton Kennon (MBChB 1945) Dr Joseph Bernard Kenyon (MBChB 1952)

Dr Eric Sherwood-Jones (MBChB 1944) Peter John Siddall (BA Hons 1968) Margaret Edith Smith (née Bibby) (BA 1953) Andrew Gareth Soares (BA Hons 2001) Donald Eric Sutton (BArch 1960, MCD 1961)

Sir David Jack (Hon DSc 1998) Frazer McCarthy, a first-year student on a programme leading to BA Politics & International Business joint honours degree. Wasfie Mhabak, a student in her final year of a PhD in English, who, despite a serious illness successfully defended her thesis whilst in hospital.

Sidney Bunting (BEng Hons 1948)

Har Gobind Khorana (PhD 1948), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1968 for his work on the interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis.

Thomas George Chartres (BArch 1957)

Susan Lisa Lander (BA 1987)

Dr Elizabeth Marion Lucy Underwood (née Seymour) (MBChB 1987)

Denys Burrell Charnock (BEng 1947)

Dr Keith Leiper (DMed 2008)

Kenneth George Valentine (BEng Hons 1957)

the second year of a programme leading to a

Stuart Christie (LLB Hons 1956)

Dr John Kenneth Linacre (BSc Hons 1951, PhD 1954)

Anthony John Walsh (Med 1982)

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical

Maurice Walton (BArch Hons 1953, MCD 1954)

Engineering and Electronics. Services Department 1978-2010.

Robert Laugharne Llewellyn (BDS 1958)

Professor Bryan Frederick Warren (MBChB 1981)

Dr William Arthur Cummins (BSc Hons 1954, PhD 1963)

Richard David Locke MRCVS (BVSc 1950)

Dr Norman Wignall (MBChB 1952)

Dr Sheila Gertrude Maddock (MBChB 1955)

Dr Kathleen Dalzell (née Byrne) (MBChB 1950)

Howard Charles Magee (LDS 1956)

Sylvia Helen Williams (née Tempest) (BA Hons 1958)

Dr Lisa Helen Derriscott (DClinPsychol 2008)

Francis George Matthews (BA Hons 1985)

Vida Eslami (MBA 2007)

John Charles Mathews (BSc Hons 1943)

Dr Michael James Brown (MBChB 1964)

John Ernest Monkhouse Cooper (LDS 1952) Charles Bryan Croker (Diploma 1992) David James Crompton (BA Hons 1963, MA 1967)

Dr Michael Anthony Ropes Eslick (MBChB 1953)

Dr Gerald Edmond Fawcett (MBChB 1960)

Dr Lesley Paterson (BSc Marine Biology 1993)

Dr Ahmad Gunny, a Reader in Cultures,

Brian Charles Rawson MRCVS (BVSc 1962)

Christopher David Evans (BSc Hons 1987, CertEd 1988)

“Part of my role is to increase the visibility of women in the field and inspire the next generation of female engineers.“

Dr Peter Ravenhill (BEng Hons 1948, PhD 1955)

Gillian Elspeth Forsyth (LLB Hons 2000) Professor Patrick Anthony Foster (FFA 1955) Robert Matthew Foulds (BSc Hons 1949) Christine Ann Foulger (née Ball) (BSc 1957)

Dr Margaret Agnes Linacre (née Fowler) (BSc Hons 1952, PhD 1956)

Matthew Simon Malone (MA 2006)

Dr Roy Homer Maudsley (MBChB 1942) David Nigel Max (LLB Hons 1958) Dr Malcolm McChesney (PhD 1956) Dr Augustus Warren Merrick (MBChB 1943) Brenda Mitchell (née Robinson) (BA Hons 1955) Rachel Hope Moulton-Monk (née Moulton) (BArch Hons 1957) Dr Wadi Yusuf Nassar OBE (ChM 1967)

Dr Kenneth Munro Fraser (MBChB 1951)

Dr Percival Peter Newman (MBChB 1941, MD 1952)

Dr Brendan Patrick Freeman (MBChB 1951)

Angus Newton (BA Hons 1987)

Dr Harry Friend (MBChB 1942)

Vincent O’Riley (BEng 1952)

Dr Gaballa Ali Gaballi (PhD 1967)

Trevor Owen (BSc 1946)

Eileen Elizabeth Gidney (née Bushell) (BA Hons 1938, DipEd 1939)

Dr William Lewis Owen (MBChB 1947)

Michael John Stubbs (BEng 1958) James Nigel Rodney Taylor (MComm 1973)

Pamela Erica Willis (née Haighton) (CertSocSci 1941)

Obliation Mkuhlani, who was in his second year of study on a programme leading to LLB Law. Chiamaka Nwabuni, who was studying on

Sandra Presland, who worked in Computing Dr Steven Rubenstein, a member of staff in the Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies from 2006. Nkumbu Silungwe, a third-year student studying for a BA in Business Economics.

Margaret Anne Workman (BA Hons 1993)

Alisdair Smith, a student on the first year of a

Dr Peter John James Wren OBE (MBChB 1953, MD 1967)

programme leading to a Master of Science

Staff, Students, Friends of the University of Liverpool and Honorary Graduates

Robert Henry Tennant, a former Technician

Darcy Adams, a first-year student who was studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.


degree in Paleoanthropology. in the School of Environmental Sciences 1938-

Dorcas Esi Assan, (née Inkumsah) a first-year MBA student.

Donald William Thomas, a Friend of the

June Bhatti, (Hon Litt 1988) an author, who under the pen name of Helen Forrester, is best known for the autobiographical work Twopence to Cross the Mersey.

Emeritus Professor Juan Watterson, a

Dr David Bowsher, a reader in Anatomy and a member of staff for nearly 40 years. David cofounded the Pain Relief Foundation, and was made a citizen of honour in Liverpool in 2010.

Dr Helen (Betty) Whelan (Hon LLD 1986),

University of Liverpool. Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences 1962-1996. widow of Emeritus Professor Robert Whelan who served as Vice-Chancellor from 1977 until his death in 1984.

William Everett Parish MRCVS (BVSc 1953)

Albert Brown, who worked at the University for more than 30 years.

Christopher Warbrick, who worked in

Mary Ruth Perry (née Wareham) (BA Hons 1945)

Barry Connor, who worked in the Department of Finance 1996-2004.


Roy Hall MRCVS (BVSc 1975)

Joy Rosemary Price (née Forster) (BA Hons 1978)

Melody Cruz, who was studying a Master of Arts degree in Cultural History.

Experimental Officer in the School of

Geoffrey Halliday-Pegg (BEng 1961)

Garth Michael Procter MRCVS (BVSc 1958)

Nene Gbebaje-Das (Certificate 2011)

Engineering 1974-2008.

Dr Jack Gould (MBChB 1943) Callan Gordon (BSc Hons 2004) Dr Caradog Griffith (MBChB 1949)

Residential, Sport and Commercial Services John Charles Wilkinson, who was Senior




Colonel Dr James Graeme Bryson OBE (LLB Hons 1932, LLM 1935, HonLLD 2011) has produced a commemorative brochure A Day in My Life which recalls the day he received his special honour from the University (see page 29 for details about his honorary degree).

John Dixon Bennett (BSc Hons Geology 1961), retired from the British Geological Survey (BGS) International in 1998 after enjoying a career working on BGS overseas projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His interest in Africa and African geosciences was maintained following retirement from the BGS as a member of the Council of the Geological Society of Africa until 2006. He now enjoys walking, sailing and tennis in Devon and overseas travel whenever possible.

1940s Sir John Charnley (BEng Hons Civil Engineering 1942, MEng 1945, HonDEng 1988) is a retired civil engineer and lives in Surrey.

1950s Cynthia Margaret Hill (BSc Hons Zoology 1950, DipEd 1951) is retired and enjoys travelling, conservation work, and is a very involved Kirklees Countryside Volunteer. Dr Shaari Isa (Cert in Teaching Kirkby College 1955) has written a book, Kirkby: The Life and the Loves, a work of fiction based on the college’s historical ties with Malaysian trainee teachers who came to the UK to study. Bishop Vincent Malone (BSc 1959) who was Catholic Chaplain to the University 1971-79, Chairman of Convocation 1980-83 and is now Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, has received an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Liverpool Hope University. Dr Colin Ware Mitchell (MCD 1952) is retired and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Reading. Dr Norman George Price (Cert in Soc Sci 1950) celebrates his 90th birthday this year and, after 30 years in various employment, has spent his retirement in study. He has obtained a PhD in Government at London School of Economics, an MSc Politics at Birkbeck, an MA Political History at Canterbury Christ Church University and a BA in Law, Criminology and Political Studies at the Open University.

Denis Dixon (BEng Mechanical Engineering 1961) was elected as the 93rd President of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting. He will lead its 80,000 licence and certificate holders. The PEO regulates professional engineering in Ontario to serve and protect the public. Edward Robert Gittins (BA Hons Geography 1964) is Director of Edward Gittins & Associates, a planning consultancy company in Suffolk. He is also a member of the Inland Waterways Association’s Restoration Committee and planning advisor to the Essex playing fields association. Dr John Frederick Griffiths (BSc Hons 1964, PhD 1967) is Emeritus Professor of Combustion Chemistry at the University of Leeds. Dr Brian James Hudson (BA Hons Geography 1960, MCD 1962), who is Adjunct Professor in the School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment in Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia, has written his sixth book, Waterfall; Nature and Culture which is published by Reaktion Books, London. He has also written a memoir, Whe Yu’ From, a sequel to his earlier book How I Didn’t Become a Beatle. All of his books are available on Amazon.

Valerie Osbaldeston (née Davies) (BSc Hons Geography 1972) since leaving Liverpool in 1973 and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2008 for services to national and international higher education. Linden Stanley Osborn (née Bennett) (BA Hons English Language & Literature 1965) retired 14 years ago from a teaching career of 22 years, and is now happily self employed teaching speech, singing and drama to pupils aged seven – 70. Richard Swigg (BA Hons English 1963) has written a book, Quick, Said the Bird: Williams, Eliot, Moore, and the Spoken Word published by University of Iowa Press. Jill Rosemary Webster (BA Hons 1962, CertEd 1965) is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto.

1970s Chevalier Lionel Glyn Coates (BSc 1970) has been awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit by the Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem. This is in addition to the awards of Knight of Grace and Commander in the Companionate of Merit already held by him. He now lives and paints on Gozo in Malta. His work can be seen at: Stephen Cornforth (LLB Hons 1977) is Senior Partner at EAD Solicitors LLP in Liverpool and became President of the Liverpool Law Society in December 2011.

Professor Michael Osbaldeston OBE (BSc Hons Biochemistry 1969, MBA 1971) retired as Dean of Cranfield School of Management in 2009 and is now an Emeritus Professor of Cranfield University, a Vice-President of Ashridge Business School, a Governor of the Royal Agricultural College and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Liverpool Management School. He has been married to

Romesh Gunesekera (BA Hons Combined Hons 1976) is a novelist whose debut novel Reef was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has a new book out, The Prisoner of Paradise which is published by Bloomsbury. To find out more visit: Kathleen (Kate) Hurley (née Evans) (BEd Hons Education 1973) is a retired teacher. She studied as a mature student and was one of the first cohorts on the four-year BEd course at Edge Hill, with peers including Teresa Finnegan, Iris Pulham, Audrey Miller, Shirley Cotton and Marjorie Knight. She says Lecturer Ken Roberts was very impressed with their work! Syed Amjed Ali Jafri (MCommHealth 1976) is a self employed Health Consultant and a Homeo Physician at the Holistic Medicine Clinic in Karachi, Pakistan, who has received 45 awards and is author of many books which have been translated into 17 languages. Sir Leigh Warren Lewis (BA Hons Hispanic Studies 1973) retired from the Department for Work and Pensions at the end of 2010 and is now Chair of the Government Commission on a UK Bill of Rights and Chair of Broadway, the London-based homelessness charity. Dr Ian Galloway Milner (MBChB 1970) is a retired GP and played the cello in the University Orchestra. He still plays regularly. Dr Margaret (Maggie) Helen Quinlan (née Connor) (MBChB 1971) a self-employed GP in Auckland, New Zealand, has completed a diploma in theology and has just graduated MTh. She is licensed in the Anglican Church.

Sir Malcolm Jack KCB (BA Politics 1967), who was Clerk to the Palace of Westminster 2006-2011, was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Terence George Manby (MA 1967) was Curator of Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery from 1974 until his retirement in 1992. In July of this year he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Hull for services to archaeology.

Dr Karen Elizabeth Groves (MBChB 1979) is Medical Director of Queenscourt Hospice in Southport and has received an Honorary Degree from Edge Hill University for her compassion to end of life care and her links to Edge Hill, which include providing healthcare student placements at the hospice.

Stephen Tingle (BEng Civil Engineering 1979) is Director of Tingle Consulting Ltd, a sustainable flood risk management company in Glasgow. He has been involved in the Interreg IIIB NWE project ‘Urban Water,’ a new project with colleagues from France, Netherlands and Germany. James England (BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering 1975) worked for Ingersoll Rand and finished his career at the University of Bolton. Prior to retiring, he published a book of funny poetry called An Engineer Rhymes, under the pseudonym ‘Jim Eriddles’ about the ‘joys’ of engineering! It has sold in Malaysia, Holland, Jamaica and the UAE. Dr William (Bill) Grantham (BA Hons English Language & Literature 1979) is a partner in the law firm Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, based in Beverly Hills, California, where he practices entertainment law.

Ray Trainer (BSc Hons Mathematics 1977, MSc 1979) worked for more than 20 years with IBM, acquiring five patents in user interface design. He has recently moved to the Wirral to take up the position of Minister at Hoylake Evangelical Church. Dr Elizabeth Ann (Tiz) Trzebinski (née North) (MBChB 1970, DipinRadiol/Dig 1974) is mostly retired but still helps out as consultant radiologist at Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust. She received the Association Medal of the British Medical Association (BMA) in June last year.

Michael John Williams (BA English Language & Literature 1970) is Senior Lecturer and Head of Media Ethics in the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Central Lancashire. His latest book, On the Slow Train Again was published by Random House and his forthcoming book How Britain’s Railways Won the War is due out in 2013.

1980s David Gareth Edwards (BSc 1982) has started his own business, which since launching in 2010, has become a global brand. Bug-Bond is a tack-free UV cure resin for fly-tying and features regularly in fly-fishing and fly-tying magazines. For more information visit: Fiona Jane Finegan (née Rutherford) (BSc 1985, CertEd 1986) married Dr Tim Finegan (BEng Electrical Engineering 1983, PhD 1986) after meeting at Carnatic Halls in 1983 and marrying in 1987. They have three children and for the past 25 years Fiona has spent her career teaching mathematics. Tim works at the BT Research labs in Ipswich. Clifford Andrew Green (BSc Hons Computational & Statistical Science 1983) has published a book called Expat Evertonion, which documents his 22 years living overseas. Lesley Houfe (BSc Hons Chemistry 1986), is a self-employed HR Consultant at Lesley Houfe HR Consultant Ltd and climbs mountains in her spare time. Dr Dale Iddon (MSc 1984, PhD 1990) is a Global HSE Consultant at Eli Lilly and Company Ltd in Speke and is a fully qualified occupational hygienist and Fellow of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). Professor Marilyn James (BA Hons Economics 1987) is Professor of the Economics of Health and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham. She is working with Professor Simon Harding from the University of Liverpool on eye screening. Dr James Patrick Kingsland OBE (MBChB 1984) is a Senior Partner in general practice in Wallasey and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours List. Dr Helen Ruth Offman (née Levy) (BSc Hons Medical Cell Biology 1984, MBChB 1987) is a family physician at the Kupat Cholim Clalit practice in Israel.

Amrit and Rabindra KD Kaur Singh (BA Hons Combined Studies in Ecclesiastical History, Western Art History and Comparative Religion 1987) received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2011. The investiture took place in December last year at Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty the Queen. The twins said it was a very awe inspiring experience.

Peter Southerden MRCVS (BVSc Hons 1984) works at Eastcott Vets in Swindon. He made the news when he was called on to operate on Kamal, one of Bristol Zoo’s male lions who had broken a tooth! Dr Russell John Thorpe (MBChB 1982) is a GP at the Old Links Surgery in Lancashire, he is also Primary Care Cancer Lead for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network. Helen Zoe Wilkin (BSc Hons Genetics 1988) is a Medical Scientist at Monash Medical Centre in Victoria, Australia, and has graduated as Master of Medical Science (Pathology) from Charles Sturt University. She has recently taken part in her 15th 5km fun run.

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1990s Dr Gulzar Ahmad (PhD Biological Sciences 1998) is Associate Professor at the Directorate of Higher Education, KPK Peshawar in Pakistan, teaching botany to inter, degree and postgraduate classes. David Brailsford (BA Hons 1991) is Director of British Cycling Performance and Team Principal of Team Sky. He coached the Tour de France and London 2012 Olympic Gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins. Norma Davies (née Williams) (BA Hons Social Studies 1992) is retired and is on the committee of Hoylake Civic Society helping to set up the Hoylake Lifeboat Museum. Matthew Edward Dimbylow (BSc Hons Movement Science & Physical Education 1992, MPA 1995) was a London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ambassador and was part of the football seven-a-side team. Jason Gibb (BSc Hons Marine Biology 1994) is the owner of Nudo Ltd, an Italian food importer. His love of the Italian countryside inspired the ‘Adopt an Olive Tree’ scheme which allows people all over the world to adopt a tree and receive its oil. For more information on how you can adopt a tree visit: Nicholas Hardy (BA Politics 1997) is Programme Manager for Britain’s Energy Coast in Cumbria. He was also elected as the Mayor of Workington for the second time. Dr Matthew Guy Holt (BSc Applied Biochemistry 1998) has received the 2000th European Research Council (ERC) grant and joined the VIB Department of Molecular and Developmental Genetics at KU Leuven in Belgium to study the function of glial cells in brain function. Dr Goldie Khera (MBChB 1998) continued training as a Surgeon, becoming President of the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) until March 2012. Cormac Eamon McCloskey (BA Hons English & Modern History 1995) has self published a book of poetry, Who Would be a Girl When You Can be a Boy? which was reviewed in the Self Publishing Magazine, Spring 2012. Judith Ratledge (MSc Medical Imaging Technology 1995) was awarded an MBA from the Open University in 2010 and is a Senior Manager for Elective Care at Wye Valley NHS Trust in Herefordshire. Antony Ryan (BSc Hons Chemistry 1998) has written a book which he is hoping to get published about the possibility of God’s existence from a logical and scientific point of view. For more information visit:

Dr Priya Sharma (MBChB 1996) is a GP and has published a new book, The Ballad of Boomtown, which featured in the April 2012 edition of Black Static, Britain’s premier horror fiction magazine. For more information visit: Caroline Amy Storr (née Mean) (BA Hons History 1997) is Heritage Development Manager for Salford Heritage Services and was Client Project Manager for Ordsall Hall, a 14th century manor house. Ruth Tytherley (BA Hons Geography 1997) is Director of CB Richard Ellis, an industrial property business in London. She has also become the first female Chairman of the Industrial Agents Society.

2000s Samah Hamad Abuoun (MBA 2002) is General Manager at PalTel Group, a telecommunications company in Palestine. Jonathan Amor (BSc Hons Psychology & Neuroscience 2002) has launched Adtishoo, a firm which distributes free packets of tissues, all funded by advertising. For more information visit: Kathrine Jane Bancroft (LLB Hons 2001) qualified as a banking lawyer at Hammond in 2005 then moved to the in-house legal team at the Co-Operative. She is now Assistant Company Secretary to the Co-Operative Bank PLC and secretary to more than 100 companies in the group. Simon Boon (BSc Hons Zoology 2001) is in the Royal Navy and has served in submarines and surface ships from the UA to the Far East. He has also been based in Iraq and Italy. He has recently been promoted to Lieutenant Commander and is serving on HMS Diamond, a Type 45 Destroyer. Dr Adam John Charles (MESci Geology 2007) graduated last year from the University of Southampton and is now a Palynologist for Morgan-Goodall Palaeo Associates, a petroleum consultants in South Australia. Victoria Joanne Clarke (LLB Hons 2001) is combining a love of writing and research and has published three novels which are available online under the pen name ‘Jolin Malanski’. Two of them form part of an early-Victorian saga and the other is a murder mystery. Book four is due out in November. Tyrone Toussaint Dominique (BA Hons Politics 2000) spent time teaching English in Japan after graduation and worked in international trade consultancy in the US before qualifying as a Barrister in 2007. Since then he

has been working in the Chicago office of Balyasny Asset Management, an institutional asset management company, as a lawyer/compliance officer. He has recently relocated to the Hong Kong office to head up Balyasny’s legal and compliance department in Asia. He is married with one young daughter. Konstantinos Evangelou (BArch 2005) has his own architecture company in Greece, and is a registered architect at the technical chamber of Greece. Annette Marty Falk (née Hall) (BA Hons French 2003) obtained a postgraduate certificate at Liverpool Hope University in 2007 and has written a book and posted it in a blog on Liberalism: The Decline of the Church of England at: She is also Supervisor at Spar convenience store in Aughton, near Ormskirk. Luz Helena Hanaver (née Beltran Gomez) (LLM International Business Law 2008) is a Research and Teaching Associate at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She also started her own imports and distribution business of goods thanks to the experience obtained at Liverpool. Sonia Louise King (BSc Hons Radiotherapy 2004) is a Therapeutic Radiographer at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in Wales. Peter Philip Kinsella (BSc Hons Environmental Biology 2009) was made Managing Director at Jonathan Howell, a building environmental consultancy firm in Liverpool. Heather Louisa Martin (BSc Hons Geography 2004) is Communications and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator at the British Antarctic Survey and is working on the Lake Ellsworth project. She visited Antarctica last year and her hobby is sailing, coming runner up in R5500 Worlds with her partner. Apostolos Mastakas (BEng Hons Electrical Engineering & Electronics 2008) completed an MSc at the University of Leeds in 2010 and is currently doing National Service in Greece. Christopher McElroy (MMus 2001) has been appointed as the Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool. Godfrey Mutabazi (MSc IT 2007) is Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission which regulates the communication industry in Uganda. Muhammad Naveed (LLM International Business Law 2008) is a Faculty Member in the Department of Management Sciences at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Lahore, Pakistan and as a partner in Chohan & Chohan, a registered law firm in Pakistan.

Garrett O’Connor (MBA Financial Accounting 2009) is an Artiste Development Director for PBJ Management Ltd, an artiste management company. His hobbies include comedy, motorbikes, adventure, football, rugby and time with his family. Oliver John O’Malley (BSc Hons Zoology with Evolutionary Psychology 2005) is a lion keeper at Knowsley Safari Park where he has worked for the past six years. Tristan Lawrence Pottas (BSc Hons Geology & Physical Geography 2005) is a Project Geologist at Sirius Minerals on the York Potash scheme which is seeking detailed explorations to find out if a new, world-class potash mine is a viable proposition in the area. Edward Sebastian Riddell (BSc Hons Geography & Biology 2000) is a Post Doc Fellow at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. Christopher James Sadler (BA Hons Combined Honours 2002, MA Politics & Mass Media 2003) is a photographer whose work has been exhibited next to works by Banksy and Damien Hirst. He also runs a successful wedding and commercials photography company and has funded, provided publicity photos and starred (all but briefly!) in his first feature film in Brighton. Dr Babar Tasneem Shaikh (PhD Tropical Medicine 2009) is Associate Professor and Health Systems & Policy Specialist at Health Services Academy, Federal Government of Pakistan in Islamabad and is looking after a doctoral programme in Public Health. David Killian Shannon (BA Hons Architecture 2006, MArch 2009) is a self-employed architect in Dublin. Lisa Melanie Train (MSc Evolutionary Psychology 2005) is a Clinical Psychologist at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in Wales. Dr Natalie Marlene Vaughan (BEng Hons Biomaterials Science & Engineering 2002) is a maths teacher at Salvatorian College in Middlesex. Matthew John Wilson (BSc Hons Product Design with Multimedia 2009) is a CGI Artist for ThinkBDW in Colchester, creating 3D visuals and animations of future houses and apartment blocks for developments throughout the country. Paul Zheng (MCD 2007) works for Broadway Malyan, a global architecture, urbanism and design practice in Shanghai, which designed the Mann Island Apartments and the Wirral Waters project.

2010s Tobias Alexander Brian Adamson (LLB Hons 2012) plays professional rugby league for the North Wales Crusaders after initially taking a break from professional ranks to complete his degree. Chika Chukwmerije (MSc Operations & Supply Chain Management 2010) is a Taekwondo athlete who won a bronze at heavyweight in Beijing and qualified for the London 2012 Olympics. Jonathan Han (MEng Civil and Structural Engineering 2010) was awarded joint runner up in the New Civil Engineer Graduate of the Year prize. Ermerlinda Mary Katharine Jarman (MA Archives & Records Management 2010) is an Archivist at Brent Archives and won second prize in the Historical Association Awards for an Archive Masters dissertation with her Liverpool dissertation. Oliver Pott (BA Hons International Development 2011) is studying for an MSc International Development at the University of Bristol. Sophie Reade (BSc Hons Pharmacology 2011) is currently studying for an MRes at this University in Translational Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Clare Louise Roberts (BA Hons English Literature & Language 2011) gained her degree after attending an Access course, having worked as a secretary for 15 years. She won best Access student 2008 and attained a upper-second class honours degree, which she is very proud of. Eleanor Kate Slater (LLB 2010) has recently returned from Australia, where she completed a law internship and spent some time travelling. Dr Nazmat Toyin Surajudeen-Bakinde (née Olagoke) (PhD Electrical Engineering & Electronics 2010) is a Lecturer at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria and, as part of a team, was sent to Virginia State University in the US on a capacity building workshop and also to the University of Massachussets, Lowell, US, on collaboration. She is presently the examination officer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Roger Tangry (LLB Hons 2011) is currently studying for an LLM in Boston University School of Law, studying International Business Law.




House of Lords reception

Each year the University hosts a number of events and reunions so that alumni can meet up with friends or find out more about what is happening at the University.

Chinese New Year


In June, 20 members from University of Liverpool Convocation Football Club travelled to the seat of Germany's oldest University, Heidelberg, to play three games in the local area. The team’s kit was sponsored by the University To find out more about the team, visit:

Olympic athlete talks to Canadian audience

Football legend speaks at University

Two-time Canadian Olympian and double World Champion kayaker, Karen Furneaux, took alumni on a motivational journey through the mind of a top-level athlete at an event in Toronto, Canada.

In a lecture at the Guild of Students to more than 700 members of the public and alumni, former Liverpool FC player, John Barnes, spoke about racism in football.

Alumni Golf Day

Alumni from across the globe have been reuniting either back at their alma mater or at events in their own country. Some of the larger reunions have included the Medicine class of 1957, Vets of 1952 and 1957, 1962 Geography, Civil Engineering class of 1957 and 1950s Law. To view photos from these and other alumni reunions visit:

Convocation FC report

The alumni pub quizzes in both London’s Railway Tavern and Liverpool Guild of Students attracted great crowds. As in previous years, the Liverpool event was a joint quiz between rival Liverpool John Moores University and University of Liverpool alumni, with victory going to the University of Liverpool.

Entertainment at the University’s inaugural Chinese New Year celebration in London included a Chinese wedding performance and a Lion Dance, provided by the British Hanfu Association.

Hosted by The Right Honourable the Lord Rennard MBE (BA Hons Social Studies 1982), the House of Lords alumni reception attracted alumni from across the globe who enjoyed a drinks and canapé reception and had a chance to tour the venue.

An iPhone App is being developed which will make it easier for alumni to organise reunions. Details of the app will be included in one of the forthcoming editions of your e-newsletter.

Pub quizzes

International celebration event Thanks to the generous donation of alumnus Ronald Austin (LLB Hons 1967), more than 100 international students and researchers came together in the Victoria Gallery & Museum for The Global Researcher event, which celebrated the University’s international community and global research. Ronald, who was in attendance with his wife Sabine, flew in from Paris especially for the occasion.

Golfing enthusiasts gathered at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Wirral, for the fifth Alumni Golf Day. Conditions were once again excellent and five players returned a best score of 76, with University Golf Club captain James Orsborne declared the winner on count-back. Next year’s event takes place on Friday 19 April. To attend, call Stuart Wade on +44 (0)151 794 8767.

Paul Barry-Walsh speaks at Fred Freeman Lecture Paul Barry-Walsh (BA Hons Economics & Economic History 1976), founder of the Fredericks Foundation, gave the second of the University’s annual Fred Freeman Philanthropy Lectures. The series, created in memory of the late Fred Freeman who received an Honorary Degree in 2007, was established with a gift awarded to the University by his family.



he University receives a lot of support from alumni who would like to help sustain the future success of the institution.

Legacy gifts, however big or small, play a large part in this support and account for around a quarter of the University’s philanthropic income. Without them many activities which support the quality of the student experience or the progress of aspects of research could not take place. Over the past year, legacy gifts to the institution have supported a wide range of areas, including a lecture series in the English department, improvements to the Sydney Jones Library, a hardship fund for veterinary students, a scholarship to encourage local applicants from an underprivileged background to study medicine at Liverpool and the purchase of equipment in the Haematology department. Supporting the University not only enables the institution to achieve excellence and add value, but it provides opportunities for an individual to perpetuate a family name, or

any name that they may wish to honour or memorialise. Leaving a legacy can also have an even greater impact; since April this year any estate which has left at least 10% to charity has benefited from a reduced Inheritance Tax rate. This year the University received a bequest of £54,738 from the estate of alumna Elizabeth Gidney (née Bushell) (BA Hons English Language & Literature 1938) whose relationship with the institution stretched over 75 years. Up until her death she was the oldest surviving Lady President of the Guild of Students. Elizabeth said that her time at University was invaluable and “made much possible” in her life. Her gift will be used to support the redevelopment of the Guild of Students, where she will be remembered for her significant contribution to student life in Liverpool. If you are considering including the University in your will or would like more information about legacies please contact Stephen Kehoe, Research Manager, on +44 (0)151 795 4367 or email:

Santander and Scottish Power provide



The University is backing the national Legacy 10 campaign, which aims to encourage more people to make a will, and to leave a charitable donation within it. The campaign has been supported by high-profile individuals including Sir Richard Branson and Lord Rothschild. Visit:

Celebrating 10 years of the Management School Since the University of Liverpool Management School was established in 2002, students have benefited from first-class management and leadership training, education and research, which has helped the leaders of tomorrow meet the challenges posed by a rapidly-developing business world.

become innovative entrepreneurs or chief executives of multi-national companies, or influence government policy. Please help to celebrate our anniversary year This year the School celebrates its 10th with a gift that will last a lifetime. To find out more, anniversary and, to mark this significant year, we contact Dr Lisa Hannah-Stewart, Annual Giving are fundraising for 10 new MBA scholarships to Manager on +44 (0)151 795 4638 or email: support the next generation of business leaders. As a member of the University’s alumni In February 2013, the Management School community, you share an understanding of the impact that studying at Liverpool can have on your will be hosting a dinner at Mansion House in career and your life. With your help, we can help to London to celebrate its 10th anniversary. change the lives of 10 students who could go on to See page 23 for more details.

E-newsletter launched for Management School alumni The University of Liverpool Management School will be replacing its yearly alumni publication, Horizons, with a quarterly e-newsletter, designed to keep you up-to-date with key news and events on a more regular basis. Check your inbox in September for the first edition.


he University has joined forces with two multinational organisations, Santander and Scottish Power, to provide additional scholarship support for students.

Through its Santander Universities Global Division, the company has collaborated with universities for more than 15 years and donated more than £500 million in scholarships, travel grants, support to special projects, and academic and non-academic awards. Santander’s partnership with the University is designed to foster internationalisation and to promote the transfer of knowledge between institutions, as well as to give a financial boost to entrepreneurs and researchers. The agreement will provide scholarships to support undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking study and fieldwork abroad. There will also be a small number of awards for students coming to study at the University of Liverpool. Santander will also support initiatives to support entrepreneurship and has committed to providing 15 scholarships to support student internships. As a result, Liverpool will join 55 other UK universities and more than 1,000 higher education institutions in 16 countries that are collaborating with the bank through its Santander Universities Global Division.

A second partnership has been formed with The Fundación Iberdrola, the charitable arm of Scottish Power’s parent company, providing opportunities for masters students. It will fund a number of scholarship and research grant programmes focused on energy and environmental studies, and aims to create skilled leaders of the future in sustainable energy. Ann Loughrey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Scottish Power, said: “The scholarship programme was launched in 2010 as part of our commitment to addressing future skills in the energy industry.” So far almost 20 students in the UK have benefited from funding from Scottish Power. Professor Werner Hofer, Director of the University’s Stephenson Institute for Sustainable Energy, said: “The new scholarship scheme will provide a great opportunity for students to work on projects that will have a positive impact on global industry, policy and the way people live their lives, while researchers working together from different disciplines will provide a new approach to developing cleaner and safer ways to produce energy.”

Preparing our students for the real world Whether you graduated five, 20 or 40 years ago, there are University of Liverpool students who can benefit from your professional expertise. In a competitive employment market there is no substitute for advice from someone who has been there before. If you are interested in offering your insight into everything from CV writing and interview techniques to preparing for an internship or pursuing a particular career, please join our mentoring scheme. You can give as little or as much of your time as you like. The project is primarily aimed at supporting Masters in Business Administration (MBA) students, but we welcome alumni from all subjects who are willing to share their expertise. See page 31 for more information.


insight 2012  

The alumni magazine for graduates of the University of Liverpool. Originally published in September 2012.