The Green

Applying knowledge

From the solar-system to Shanghai, to Pakistan and the Orkney islands, the University’s knowledge was showcased in 2010/2011, securing over £9m of funding to support research and knowledge transfer.

Research improving lives

The academic year began with the announcement that researchers at the Centre for Visual Computing had created the first online automated system for predicting solar storms, using 3D images generated from a satellite. Meanwhile, colleagues at the Department of Medical Sciences published a study in the Journal of Applied Microbiology looking at different methods of hand drying, and the design of a new model of hand dryer, which rapidly strips water off the hands using high velocity air jets.

September also saw the University play host to Chinese and UK ministers, senior industrialists and academics in the UK pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai – the 'Olympic Games' of the economic, scientific and industrial world. The University announced the result of collaborations between the University and Chinese research teams, including the production of more effective malarial treatment drugs, and making some of the bitterest tasting medicines more palatable to infant patients.

Real world impact

In the Autumn, announcements came from the Centres for Automotive Engineering and Pharmaceutical Engineering Science. A simulation model, newly developed in our labs, will significantly reduce the time and costs required to calibrate a new engine; the creation of method to purify Propolis - a mixture of resin and wax made by honey bees – has led to the development of a new gel to treat mouth ulcers.

2011 began with the news that Nightingale Care Home, the largest Jewish care home in the UK, had become a partner with Bradford Dementia Group, in the School of Health, to work together to establish a blue print for care provision for people living with dementia. This work was recognised when Paul Edwards, a former nurse, won the 'Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Knowledge Transfer' prize at the University's Research and Knowledge Transfer Awards, for his work to Bradford on the map by maintaining and developing an excellent reputation in Dementia Care. This were followed by the 2012 Research and Knowledge Transfer Showcase, where the University opened its doors to demonstrate its impact on the world and the city of Bradford.

Sharing our expertise

As the academic year drew to a close, there were some exciting stories about the impact our researchers were having on the world around us. The Bradford Robotic Telescope team made a formal submission to the House of Common Science and Technology committee. Gregg Watts of the Centre for Sustainable Environments announced a series of methods he had designed to help design better parks, and improve existing amenity areas. The Pakistan Security Research unit continued to inform foreign policy decision making – with Professor Sean Gregory publishing an influential paper on terrorist tactics. Finally, at the end of the year, the University was proud to announce progress made by our archaeologists - using the latest laser scanning technology to record finds of prehistoric and Viking remains on the Orkney Islands.


The University of Bradford campus continued to be redeveloped during the academic year 2010/11.

The Green

In September 2010 the name was revealed for a cutting-edge student accommodation development on the University of Bradford campus – 'The Green' - a sustainable student village and a key part of the University's on-going Ecoversity programme.

To celebrate the beginning of the Green's site build the International street artist Mohammed Ali painted the UK's longest graffiti mural at the University of Bradford. Taking place over the course of a week he created 950 square metres of his distinctive murals. The project, called Life in the Wall, focused on the power of education – and words – to transform society and the world.

The Green, sustainable student village, reached the last stages of its development in 2010/11 and is now a home to over 1,000 students. The £40m eco-friendly student village was awarded the highest ever sustainability score by BREEAM at 95.05% ahead of its opening in September, during the british science festival.

New School of Health Studies building

In January 2011 BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration put the finishing touches to the frame of the University of Bradford's new School of Health Studies building, in a topping out ceremony. The £10 million new School of Health Studies building was completed at the end of the academic year and has since been opened by Paralympic athlete Tanni Grey Thompson.

Our students are benefiting from practice simulation suites, a movement laboratory and dedicated radiography facilities. These facilities will strengthen the ability of our academics to provide students with learning opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on patient care. This means Bradford graduates will have a significant advantage in securing employment in the health and social care sector.


Also in early 2011 The University announced the beginning of work on a centre for raising aspirations and attainment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM). Funding was secured from the Higher Education Funding Council for England totalling £2.9m for the 'Building STEM at Bradford' project. The centre will raise aspirations and attainment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) and will be an inspirational space for learning and teaching and an outreach programme to work with schools and colleges across Bradford and beyond.

Sustainable Enterprise Centre

Work has begun on the Sustainable Enterprise Centre, which already has the world's highest ever pre-construction BREEAM rating of 94.95% and seeks to be the focal point for embedding sustainable living and learning within all the Universities activities. The centre will be used for research and knowledge transfer activities and will provide facilities for events and learning opportunities through the building's function and the sustainable construction that are integral to the design.

Student development

The academic year started with a special way of marking the opening of Student Central – as Academic Affairs Sabbatical Officer Mateusz Wysocki 'took charge' of the University for a day, while the Vice-Chancellor went back to his own student roots by working in Student Central, to mark the opening of Student Central and exchange views between student and University-wide leadership.

Working with partners

The University maintained its commitment to working with external partners and supporters to enhance our student experience, as our Honarary Graduate Dick Mill organised a special day, hosted by the National Media Musuem and aimed at celebrating the work of one of British TV's most enduring units - the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. In November the University hosted the Ten+One Conference - featuring 10 lectures around one key perspective; the transition to a sustainable economy. Dame Ellen MacArthur attended following the establishment of her Foundation that works with business and educators to promote interest in the concept of 'Circular Economy'.

Student success

Meanwhile, our students continued to make their mark through their research and hard work. Master's student Suraj Vermoc from the School of Engineering, Design and Technology demonstrated the development of a wireless robot; controlled simply by using the human eye. In the new year we welcomed the hard work of our student callers, and the unfailing generosity of so many of our Alumni as over £40,000 was raised in donations and pledges to support student projects and hardship funding, who spoke to our student caller team.

Opportunities for our students outside their degree courses are well provided at the University, and this year was no exception on that front. Arts on Campus announced that Theatre in the Mill would be awarded a 95% increase in its funding from Arts Council England from 2012 to 2015 as part of the new National Portfolio funding scheme. In April, Margaret Wood OBE, entrepreneur, innovator and MD of a successful engineering company met Engineering, Design and Technology students at a special seminar organised by FAIRER (Females Actively Involved in Rewarding Engineering Roles).

Working with communities

In March the University's proud tradition of involving its students and pupils from the local community in its PeaceJam work and conflict resolution research saw a high point, as Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams visited the University of Bradford to inspire young people about practical ways to act for peace and social justice in their own communities. She drew on her own experience as co-founder of Peace People, an organisation dedicated to non-violence in Northern Ireland, for which she was jointly awarded the 1976 prize. In the same month it was announced five students from the School of Engineering, Design and Technology received a £500 prize from the prestigious Benjamin Jowett Memorial Scholarship fund.

Finally, the year ended on a high note for celebrating student development through involvement in the wider community. As part of Universities Week 2011, the University celebrated the development by students studying Permaculture Design of a derelict city-centre site as part of the Horton Community Farm project - an allotment site in the local community that directly surrounds the University campus.

British Science Festival – Bradford, September 2011

A cancer 'smart bomb', a non-invasive lie detector and a wheelchair controlled by the movement of the eye were among the world-leading innovations unveiled by the University at the recent British Science Festival. These announcements received attention from around the globe.

A triumphant return

The University hosted over 80 of the almost 300 Festival events, with many being led by our own academics, unveiling their groundbreaking research and shedding light on a variety of scientific disciplines. The Festival has been running since 1831 and has taken place every year since (apart from the war years). It is hosted each year by an institution renowned for its involvement with science and was last in Bradford in 1873.

There were three parallel programmes of events: a festival for schools and young people; a festival of public engagement with science - including public lectures, informal discussions and hands-on science; and a festival at the frontiers of science bringing the latest from the research frontier to the meetings and the world's press.

Celebrating a heritage of science

Festival director Sue Hordijenko described the response to the Festival as "magnificent". She said: "Some of the major stories we have had have focused on research coming out of the University. Talking to the people who live here, they really feel the Festival has caught the attention of the national media and its put Bradford at the forefront this week."

The arrival of the BBC's Bang Goes the Theory team in Centenary Square marked the start of the Festival alongside many other events at the University and across the city as part of the family fun weekend. Professor Robert Winston, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dame Ellen MacArthur were amongst the famous faces who joined over 50,000 people here in Bradford throughout the week.

Honorary Graduates

December 2010

Dr Ingrid Roscoe

Dr Ingrid Roscoe

Dr Ingrid Roscoe was made an honorary Doctor of Letters for her work as the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and for her continued support and commitment to the University and the Bradford region.

July 2011

Watch the video for Zulfi Hussain MBE

Zulfi Hussain MBE

Zulfi Hussain received an honorary Doctor of Education for his work in coaching, mentoring, diversity and promoting social inclusion. Mr Hussain is a self-made Bradford-based businessman who founded the company 'Global Synergy Solutions' as well as the charity organisation 'Global Promise'.

Watch the video for Professor David Sharpe

Professor David Sharpe OBE

Professor David Sharpe OBE received an honorary Doctor of Science for his work as an Honorary Professor at the University of Bradford and the Director of the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit at Bradford and Airedale Teaching and Primary Care Trust. Professor Sharpe has a very strong record in developing the next generation of plastic surgeons regionally and nationally.

Watch the video for Trevor Higgins

Trevor Higgins

Trevor Higgins was made an honorary Doctor of the University for his contribution to the City and Region through voluntary work especially within the learning and employer networks. Mr Higgins works closely with the University especially in relation to the Escalate Employer Engagement initiative.

Watch the video for Lawrence Neil Tomlinson

Lawrence Neil Tomlinson

Lawrence Tomlinson received an honorary Doctor of Engineering for his commitment to improving the lives of the elderly and commitment to Engineering, Ecoversity and Equality. An alumnus of the University, he has continued to contribute to the City and Region since his graduation in 1987.

Watch the video for Dr Leonidas Donskis

Dr Leonidas Donskis

Dr Leonidas Donskis received an honorary Doctor of Letters for his work as a philosopher, political commentator and historian. He was a Leverhulme Fellow in the Department of European Studies at the University of Bradford, and continues to promote scholarly values through publications and the media.

Watch the video for Professor John D Smith

Professor John D Smith

Professor John Smith received an honorary Doctor of Engineering for his record as an outstanding engineer and automotive industry executive with Ford Motor Company, and for his support for the University of Bradford’s links with industry for over fifteen years.

University Officers & Council
Membership 2010/11

The Council as the University's Governing Body has a collective responsibility to ensure that the University's overall Mission and Strategy are delivered through an effective framework of both Governance and Management. It met four times in the 2010/2011 Academic year, in November, February, April and July – details of these meetings and Council's responsibilities can be found on our Legal and Governance site.

The membership of University Council in brief is as follows:

Chair of Council - Paul Jagger

Paul Jagger MBEMr Paul Jagger MBE became a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Bradford in April 2006, and was appointed Chair of Council with effect from 1 August 2006. In the autumn of 2008, Paul was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Committee of University Chairs. He also serves as Chair of Barnsley Community Solutions and has recently been appointed Chair of the employers’ panel at NEST (National Employers Savings Trust).

Deputy Chair of Council - Diana Chambers

Deputy Chair of Council - Diana ChambersMrs Diana Chambers became Pro-Chancellor in August 2007 and is Deputy Chair of Council. Diana chairs the Diocesan Board of Education, is Chair of Governors at Immanuel College, Bradford, and Vice-Chair at Upper Wharfedale School. She helps to run a Child Contact Centre, and is a former president of Skipton Soroptimists. In February 2008, she was made an Honorary Lay Canon of Bradford Cathedral.

Vice-Chancellor & Principal - Professor M Cleary

Vice-Chancellor & Principal - Professor M ClearyProfessor Mark Cleary took up office as Vice-Chancellor in June 2007. Professor Cleary serves on the Board of the Bradford Local Strategic Partnership and is a Trustee of the National Media Museum. He is a member of the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, Universities UK International Committee and Chairs the Higher Education Race Forum. He is also a member of the HEFCE Leadership, Governance and Management Committee.

Trasurer: Roland Clark

Trasurer: Roland Clark Roland is the Treasurer of the University and so works closely with our Director of Finance, Sue Kershaw. He is on the Financial Group, the Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is a Past President of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce and is currently a board member of that organisation.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) – Jeff Lucas

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) – Jeff Lucas Jeff Lucas is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) at the University of Bradford and Professor of Health Studies. He took up office as DVC in September 2004 having previously served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching and prior to that Dean of the School of Health Studies.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) – Geoff Layer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) – Geoff LayerGeoff graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a LLB (Hons) and entered a teaching and research career initially in Manchester and then in Luton. He joined the Sheffield Business School in 1983 as a Lecturer in Law. He joined the University of Bradford in 1999 as Director of the Centre for Continuing Education. He was the founding Dean of the School of Lifelong Education and Development in 2001, and became Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) in 2004 before taking up the post of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic).

Appointed Member – Councillor J Godward

Appointed Member – Councillor J GodwardJohn is a Labour party Councillor for Great Horton ward in Bradford, and is the longest-serving Councillor, having held his seat since 1980. He was Lord Mayor of Bradford in 2009, having been Deputy-Lord Mayor in 2006. He has held several senior positions within the Council having been chairman of social services twice and the first portfolio holder for social services in 2000. He was Deputy Lord Mayor in 2006. He has worked for several charities such as the Church of England Children’s Society, Help The Aged, and the British Epilepsy Association.

Appointed Member - Dr M Bloj

Appointed Member - Dr M Bloj Marina is the Director of the Institute of Life Sciences Research and Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer. She trained as a Physicist at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina and graduated in 1993. In 1996 she was awarded an M.Phil. from the University of Newcastle and in 1999 a PhD for her work on the interdependence of colour and 3D shape perception. She came to the University of Bradford as a Lecturer in 2000 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006.

Appointed Member - Ms R Colley

Appointed Member - Ms R ColleyBecka was appointed as the Student Development Coordinator in 1998, becoming a Career Development Adviser in 2001, supporting students in making career choices and teaching on career skills modules. In 2005 she became the Professional Skills Development Co-ordinator, then lead for the Learner Development Unit project following its launch in October 2006. In September 2009 Becka was appointed Dean of Students, a senior level role which has overall responsibility for the student experience and supporting student success at Bradford.

Appointed Member - Professor C Hope

Appointed Member - Professor C HopeChris was Professor of Service Quality at Bradford University School of Management, and ran a popular module on International Tourism from 1992. She is a member of: the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism; the Tourism Society; the European Operations Management Association; the Travel and Tourism Research Association and the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. She retired during her council term, in 2011.

Student Member – Me K Almudallal

Student Member – Me K AlmudallalKhaled was elected as the University of Bradford Student Union Sabbatical officer as Secretary Treasurer in 2010, and was one of the University's Muslim Faith Advisors. He was born in Gaza, Palestine and is married, with one child. Khaled has lived in the UK since 2001 and obtained his GCSEs and A-Levels from Grange Technology College in Bradford. He completed his BSc (Hons) in Business and management studies from Bradford University School of Management.

Student Member – Mr M Wysocki

Student Member – Mr M Wysocki Mateusz was elected as the University of Bradford Student Union Sabbatical International Students officer in 2009 and 2010. He completed his BA in Development and Peace Studies in 2010, and is now employed as a Student Reviewer at The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Co-opted Member – Mr M Cole

Co-opted Member – Mr M ColeMarc is Executive Director of Regeneration with North East Lincolnshire Council, with his career in regeneration spans two decades, specialising in planning, economic development and physical renewal. His record includes taking forward significant projects, from past regeneration of Manchester city centre, to currently taking forward the redevelopment of the Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford.

Co-opted Member – Ms S Needham

Co-opted Member – Ms S NeedhamSandy is the Chief Executive of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce and a Director of its subsidiary company, the Bradford Enterprise Agency. The Bradford Chamber is the voice of around 1100 local businesses of all sizes and sectors and it provides a wide range of business services, primarily in the Bradford District. The Bradford Enterprise Agency lends money via the Business Enterprise Fund to businesses unable to borrow from banks.

Co-opted Member – Ms R Pickard

Co-opted Member – Ms R PickardMs Pickard was elected by Court as a member of the University Council in 2005 and subsequently joined the membership of the Health and Safety Committee and Welfare and Campus Amenities Committee as a representative of the Council. She is a member of Unison and plays an active part at Branch, Regional and National level, having been involved in hosting the UNISON National Disabled Members Conference.

Co-opted Member – Mr A Reeves

Co-opted Member – Mr A ReevesTony is currently Chief Executive of Bradford Metropolitan Council, having worked in Local Government at Stockport, Calderdale, Barnsley and latterly as Deputy Chief Executive at Wakefield before. Tony was attracted to Bradford by the complexity of the place and its people, the huge potential Bradford has to regenerate and become a major economic force for the region and the opportunity to change the way people think and feel about the place.

Co-opted Member – Ms S Smith

Ms S SmithSarah has 10 years' experience in Corporate Banking having joined Barclays as a graduate trainee in 2001, and now leads the Bradford based division of Barclays Corporate in Yorkshire. Sarah holds degrees in history from the University at York, and Financial Services, awarded by UMIST, and completed her Associate ship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in 2003 having been awarded the Whitehead Prize for Law Relating to Financial Services.

Co-opted Member – Ms V Steele

Co-opted Member – Ms V SteeleAfter qualifying, Ms Steele worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist, specialising in musculo-skeletal conditions, particularly sports injuries. She trained as a Physiotherapy Teacher before being appointed as a Superintendent Physiotherapist. She has recently retired (September 2008) from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, managing Clinical Psychology, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services within secondary care and in primary care, commissioned by the Bradford Primary Care Trusts.

Co-opted Member – Mr I Thompson

Co-opted Member – Mr I ThompsonMr Thompson worked in local government finance for 23 years from 1963-1986 following the completion of his accountancy qualification. He joined the Higher Education sector in 1986 when I became Secretary of the University Chest at Oxford University where I was also a Professorial Fellow at Merton College. In 1995 I moved to Manchester University as Director of Finance and retired in 2002.

Co-opted Member – Ms S Ullah

Ms S UllahSelina is the Director of the Muslim Women's Council, and non-executive director of the General Optical Council. She obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social care at the University, and sat as a lay member on several Bradford Metropolitan Council committees, including acting as Assistant Director of the Safer and Stronger Communities Committee.

Co-opted Member – Mr K Bates

Co-opted Member – Mr K BatesKarl has had a varied Civil Service career spanning almost 30 years, and is a Chartered Member (CMIIA) of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK & Ireland. A Bradford resident for the best part of 50 years, Karl has always seen Bradford University playing a vital - and very visible - role in helping to support and develop the City's rich and diverse heritage. Karl spent a year on the University Audit Committee before joining Council.

Graduate Member – Mr D Martin

Graduate Member – Mr D MartinMr Martin graduated in Mechanical Engineering, and served as sabbatical Union President in 1972/3. He met his wife Margaret in 1975, herself a Modern Language graduate of the University. He is currently a member of the School of Engineering Professional Advisory Board, alongside acting as chair the General Advisory Committee of York Archaeological Trust and a Trustee of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society.

Non-Academic Staff Member – Mr D Ewen

Non-Academic Staff Member – Mr D EwenDave is the Co-President of the University and College Union committee for the University, and was formerly Treasurer of the University's staff association BUSTA. As the non-academic staff representative to Council he is works within Learner Support Services as Senior Computer Officer, a member of the IT Services team.

Full biographies for its 2012/2013 membership can be viewed on the Bradford Council website (external link)

Full details of the Officers of the University of Bradford are available on our Structure and Organisation pages.

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