The Department's teaching was assessed and gained an excellent
rating (23 marks out of 24).
Building works continued with a new laboratory for Communications
Engineering and a major Library improvement completed.
Refurbishment of the Thermodynamics Laboratory started, and new
research centres were completed for Structures, Geotechnical Engineering
and Engineering Design.
A new Institute for Manufacturing was formed, centred on the Manufacturing
Division of the Department, following an alliance with the London
based Foundation for Manufacturing and Industry. This was accomplished
to form more effective lines of communication with the leaders of
A new procedure for personal promotions came into being allowing
a number of personal professorships to be created.
Dr Robert Mair, a partner in a London
practice of consulting engineers was appointed to a Chair in Geotechnical
Engineering, previously held by Professor Andrew Schofield.
The Geotechnical Centre was renamed the Schofield Centrifuge Centre
at a ceremony to mark the retirement of Professor Andrew Schofield,
who pioneered the use of centrifuges in the modelling of civil engineering