Changes are in store, as Professor David Newland ends his term
as Head of Department, after nearly seven years, to return to teaching
and research. Professor Keith Glover will succeed him as Head of
Department in October. Also Professor Calladine and Professor Ffowcs
Williams retire at the end of the academical year after many years
distinguished service while Professor Mike Kelly joins the Department
as Prince Philip Professor of Technology (a new chair).
Over a hundred new graduate students began work in the Department
during the year (mostly to do research for a PhD) and the number
of applications for admission continues to rise, with approaching
a thousand applicants for entry in 2003. This is happening alongside
a continuing substantial growth in the number and size of funded
research projects. In particular, there has been a large increase
in activity in Electrical Engineering, following the arrival of
Professor Ian White with his research group from Bristol, and, more
recently, Professor Harry Coles from Southampton. Our success was
recognised by a 5*A rating in the Government's 5-yearly Research
Assessment Exercise, 2001.
Professor Newland retires as chairman of the CUEA at its annual
meeting in September and Professor Glover has been nominated by
the Committee for election as his successor. Sadly the Association
will also be looking for a new Secretary as Dr Malcolm Macleod will
also be retiring at the same meeting, as he will be leaving the
Engineering Department later this year to return to industry.