Chair of York Chamber Music Festival Charitable Trust Committee
Stuart Lowe recently retired as a member of staff and has taken up the role of Chair of York Chamber Music Festival Charitable Trust Committee. We wish him the best of luck in his new role.
Oak Fish Island
Oliver Comins has published his first, long anticipated, full-length book of poetry called ‘Oak Fish Island.’ A selection of twentieth century work is included plus many previously uncollected poems written more recently.
Received an award for his work in heritage conservation
What was it for:
For his contribution in bringing awareness about heritage conservation Balvinder received a certificate, gold plated medal and a cheque of Rs. 11000 from the Chief Minister of Punjab.
Alexandra Southwood is missing. Her husband is beside himself, or at least he appears to be. She has vanished into thin air; the only traces left are her bloodied clothes by the riverside. It isn’t long before the police are searching for a body.
But we know that she is alive. That she is being kept somewhere far from her family. That perhaps this wife and mother wasn’t quite what she seemed . . .
Be warned: this isn’t another missing-woman thriller. This is something far more shocking . . .
Discover a wilder side to London with this guidebook of 25 walks in and around the capital’s green spaces and nature reserves. Covering both central and Greater London, they explore woods and forests, royal parks and heaths, canals and rivers. The walks range from 4 to 14 miles and take up to six hours to complete.
London is a city of 8 million people and 8 million trees, and its vast open spaces are home to 13,000 species of wildlife. This guide takes in all four corners including Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath, the World Heritage site of Kew Gardens and Wimbledon Common and showcases a greener, more gentle side to the city.
Using the rivers as a guide, the book is divided into four sections, and includes a wealth of information about the wildlife, history and conservation of each area. Each walk is illustrated with an OS map at a scale of 1:25,000, and includes a route description, public transport information and photos. There is also a handy route summary table.
How Much Brain Do We Really Need?
Your brain is shrinking. Does it matter?
How Much Brain Do We Really Need? challenges us to think differently about the brain. Rather than just concentrating on the many wonderful things it can do, this entertaining insight into the complexities and contradictions of the human brain asks whether in fact we can live satisfactorily without some of it.
The bad news is that our brains start to shrink from our mid-thirties. But the good news is that we still seem to generally muddle along and our brain is able to adapt in extraordinary ways when things going wrong.
Alexis Willett and Jennifer Barnett shed light on what the human brain can do – in both optimal and suboptimal conditions – and consider what it can manage without. Through fascinating facts and figures, case studies and hypothetical scenarios, expert interviews and scientific principles, they take us on a journey from the ancient mists of time to the far reaches of the future, via different species and lands.
Is brain training the key to healthy ageing? Do women really experience baby brain? Is our brain at its evolutionary peak or do we have an even more brilliant future to look forward to? We discover the answers to these questions and more.
Sadly passed away.
Our dear friend, Stuart, (Stu or Stugs) Graham died of cancer on January 23, aged 63. A Social Science student in 1972, Stuart graduated in Sociology and Politics after three years. He lived first in Alcuin College, where he met his lifelong partner and soul mate, Kit (Pure Maths, 1974), and then shared a house in Bishophill with Kit, Mark Popham, Jane Morgan and Sue Grimsey (who died in 2013). A keen football fan, Stuart temporarily transferred his allegiance from Fulham to York, and could be seen regularly on the terraces at home matches. In December 1975, Stuart married Kit, in the face of considerable family opposition. It was a testament to his powers of reconciliation that his in-laws took less than a year to appreciate what a good marriage he was building with and for Kit. Paul was born in 1981, followed shortly by Peter.
Although there were spells in Leeds studying for his Masters, and working in Buxton, Stuart and Kit settled in Coalbrookdale, near Ironbridge. There he was able to combine his passions for football, politics and beer, both in the local pub and at home, entertaining friends with good food and conversation in the garden of their very welcoming home. Following early retirement, Stuart and Kit indulged a passion for travel: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Barbados, but above all Scotland, where they were hiking as late as October last year.
At the end of that month, however, Stuart was diagnosed with terminal cancer: he died at home, with Kit singing to him and holding his hand, a true romance to the end. Stuart was a warm, kind, funny and, above all, a gentle man, a good friend to us, a great husband to Kit and supportive father to Paul and Peter. He was an enthusiastic member of our 1975 reunion group and we, its remaining members, will miss him dreadfully.
Sadly passed away.
Anthony/Tony (“Scouse”) Foulkes Vanbrugh Physics BA (Hons) 2(1)1975 06/04/1954 – 21/02/2018. Tony died of Sepsis and other complications in February this year and was given a good send off at Macclesfield and Buxton by his old University friends and family. He leaves behind a son Michael and a daughter Laura. He was very popular and will be greatly missed.
Sadly passed away.
It is with great sadness that the Department of Psychology announces the death of Professor Peter Venables, founder of the Department and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Professor Venables was a pioneer of the application of physiological measures to psychological questions with a particular focus on clinical and developmental issues. His perspective was influential in establishing the experimental and biological flavour of research and teaching in Psychology at York, which remains to this day.
His early work foreshadowed the growth of cognitive neuroscience as a discipline and he founded the British Psychophysiological Society, which went on to become the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience. He became a world-leading authority on schizophrenia and made important and diverse contributions to the cognitive, neuroanatomical, and neurodevelopmental understanding of that condition. He remained research‑active into his 90s. In May 2015, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Psychological Society. He published his last three papers in 2017.
Sadly passed away.
Former graduate Ralph Lambert passed away peacefully on 9 May with his family by his side. He read Politics, Sociology and Economics in his first year, selecting the latter as his final subject.
A passionate Evertonian, Ralph played for the university and Goodricke football teams.
He was liked by all; intelligent, interesting, humorous, interested in others and having a desire for fairness and reason. With a cup of coffee going cold by his side, his sometimes relaxed demeanour belied a strength and determination that were his hallmark.
After York he travelled to Australia and New Zealand, followed by a career with Metal Box and its subsequent guises where he moved from financial roles to responsibility for operations in Africa, the Middle East and finally Vice President – Eastern Europe.
Ralph was devoted to Helen whom he married in 1984. Helen has been wonderfully supportive throughout Ralph’s periods of ill-health. They were blessed with two daughters, Anna and Josie. Josie was due to marry in August but hastily rearranged her wedding and Ralph was able to walk her up the aisle only two weeks before he died.
His interests were wide-ranging and coupled with an appetite for knowledge and for seeking out the ‘why’.
Ralph made many friends along the way and will always remain a special friend deeply loved by all the Yorkists who were lucky enough to have known him. The companionship started during York days is captured in the accompanying photo taken on a bench in York city centre in 1970. Submitted by Peter Hill, Goodricke 1972, BA Maths/Computation.
Sadly passed away.
Dr Peter Lee was a member of the Department of Mathematics at The University of York from 1972 until his retirement in 2005. Read an article looking back at Dr Lee’s life by Professor Tony Sudbery.
The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion
The spread of Salafism―often referred to as Wahhabism―in the West has intrigued and alarmed observers since the attacks of 9/11. Many see it as a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that condones the subjugation of women and fuels Jihadist extremism. This view depicts Salafi women as the hapless victims of a fanatical version of Islam. Yet in Britain, growing numbers of educated women―often converts or from less conservative Muslim backgrounds―are actively choosing to embrace Salafism’s literalist beliefs and strict regulations, including heavy veiling, wifely obedience, and seclusion from non-related men. How do these young women reconcile such difficult demands with their desire for university education, fulfilling careers, and suitable husbands? How do their beliefs affect their love lives and other relationships? And why do they become Salafi in the first place?
Anabel Inge has gained unprecedented access to Salafi womens groups in the United Kingdom to provide the first in-depth account of their lives. Drawing on more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork in London, she examines why Salafism is attracting so many young Somalis, Afro-Caribbean converts, and others. But she also reveals the personal dilemmas they confront. This ground-breaking, lucid, and richly detailed book will be of vital interest to scholars, policy-makers, journalists, and general readers.