Precinct Issue 210 18 PEOPLE Retirements from the University LONG-SERVING MEMBERS OF STAFF FROM FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, VETERINARY SCIENCE, LIFELONG LEARNING AND THE LIBRARY HAVE RETIRED FROM THE UNIVERSITY. Geoff Boswell, Tony Allison and Phil Lowe (top right) have all taken early retirement from Facilities Management based in Bedford House. Geoff joined the University Estates Department in 1976 as Assistant Estate and Development Officer, and in 1982 he became an Assistant Director, Operations and Maintenance later having responsibility for Buildings and Estates Data Division under Kevin Doyle. Tony joined the Department of Buildings Services in 1984 in the post of Assistant Director Engineering and became Acting Director in 1989 until 1992. Upon the appointment of Kevin Doyle, Tony continued as Assistant Director, Operations and Maintenance. Phil joined the Chief Engineering Department in 1967 as a draughtsman and in 1968 became an Assistant Building Surveyor. In 1975 he became a Senior Assistant Building Surveyor and in 1990 became the Contract Maintenance Group Leader until 1993 when he became Data Management Group Leader. Professor Barrie Edwards retirement marks the end of an era that has spanned more than 40 years – starting and ending at the University. Professor Barrie Edwards, who was Head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, graduated in 1961 and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award for services to veterinary science in 2004. Susan Baker (bottom right), latterly Personal Assistant to Anne Merry the Director of Lifelong Learning has retired, having spent time in various roles at the University including a time at Leahurst. The University has also said goodbye to Josie Edwards who worked in the Sydney Jones Library for more than 20 years. Commendation for outstanding contributions to teaching Dr David Dolowitz, Reader in the School of Politics and Communication Studies is one of four academics who has been singled out by academics at other universities for commendation for his outstanding contributions to teaching. Dr Dolowitz was invited to a ceremony held at the Universityof Birmingham, and was presented by the Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP) one of 22 Subject Centres set up by the Higher Education Academy to foster good practice in teaching and learning in UK universities. The award recognises his commitment to the development of innovative teaching and learning in social sciences and honours his support for the work being conducted by C-SAP and the Higher Education Academy.
THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE HAS RECEIVED HIGH PRAISE FROM THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS VALIDATING BOARD. School praised by Royal Institute The Board’s Report was approved by the RIBA Education Committee and the result was an enthusiastic endorsement of the high quality programmes that the school runs. Unconditional validation was awarded for both the BA Hons Part I and the BArch Part II programmes. The report can be objectively viewed as an exceptionally positive and supportive document. More information is on the School website at http://www.liv.ac.uk/abe/ Investigating the psychology of criminals THE WORLD'S LEADING CRIMINAL PROFILERS HAVE MET TO DISCUSS TECHNIQUES TO TRACK SERIAL KILLERS AND DANGEROUS SEXUAL PREDATORS AT A CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL. Crime experts and police chiefs shared opinions on police investigation techniques from interviewing suspects and victims, to gathering information at crime scenes. The experts met at the eighth International Investigative Psychology Conference in London where topical issues, such as the pressures faced by firearms officers in the wake of the shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes on the London Underground, were also discussed. The conference also included presentations on the psychology of terrorists, serial kidnappers and sadistic sexual offenders. Professor David Canter, Director of the University’s Centre for Investigative Psychology who founded the conference, has often been described as the inspiration behind the popular TV series, Cracker, starring Robbie Coltrane. He told Precinct: “Cracker was always no more than fun fiction. With this international conference we are moving policing into the 21st century. The conference shows that detectives of the future need to understand as much about psychology as they do today about DNA, fingerprints and ballistics. “The fact that psychologists and police officers from all over the world are participating in a professional gathering demonstrates that investigative psychology is a major weapon in the fight against all manner of crimes, from burglary to suicide bombings, and arson to serial killing.” Professor Canter hosts this years European Association of Psychology & Law conference at the UniversityofLiverpool in June 2006. further details at: www.i-psy.com/eapl New Year Honours David Linnell, a member of the University Council, has been awarded an OBE for services to Further Education. He is Principal of the John Leggott College, Scunthorpe. Professor Peter Thomas Ricketts, who was James Barrow Chair of French at the UniversityofLiverpool from 1980 to 1983, has been awarded an OBE for services to Medieval Languages and Literature. He is now Honorary Professor at the Universityof Birmingham. 19 NEWS Charity champions raise £1,000 QUIZ NIGHTS, BOOK AND CAKE SALES HAVE RAISED £1,000 FOR A HUMANITARIAN CHARITY. Staff from the Centre for Lifelong Learning who make up the SHINDIG committee, collected the cash for Plan UK, an international humanitarian organisation helping children to realise their full potential. The money will go to an educational project in the African country of Burkina Faso where 655 primary school children will receive education packs including pens and notes books. The SHINDIG committee would like to thank everybody involved in helping in raising this money. For more information about SHINDIG visit www.liv.ac.uk/cll/shindig or www.plan-uk.org for details of the charity.