For the second year, Lancaster University has awarded Honorary Fellowships to recipients who have given distinguished service to the institution.
Sir Christopher Audland KCMG, DL; Professor Eric Evans; Claire Hensman and Professor Terry Mansfield FRS were presented with their Fellowships by the Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington CBE, DL, at a special dinner held in the Lancaster Leadership Centre on Monday 16 April 2007.
Lancaster’s Founding Chancellor, HRH Princess Alexandra was also in attendance, with the Pro-Chancellor Bryan Gray BA, MBE, DL, friends and family of the recipients, friends of the University, and previous Fellows.
Sir Christopher Audland joined University Council in 1988 after a distinguished diplomatic career as Deputy Secretary-General of the Commission and Director-General of Energy. He was elected Pro-Chancellor in 1990 a post he held until 1997. He lives in Ackenthwaite near Milnethorpe, and has served the county as Deputy-Lieutenant, served the National Trust and the Lake District National Park Authority, and has played a leading role in conservation activity.
Professor Emeritus Terry Mansfield was a founding member of the University appointed in 1965. He set up the solar domes and his research focussed on the cells in plants that regulate gas exchanges which has helped understanding of how plants respond to pollution and environmental and climatic change. He was promoted to a chair in plant physiology in 1977, became head of Biology in 1986, Dean of the Institute of Environmental and Biological Sciences in 1988 and in 1994 Provost of Sciences, leading the natural sciences across the campus. His research led to election as a Fellow of the Institute of Biology in 1985 and the Royal Society in 1987.
The historian Professor Emeritus Eric Evans retired recently from the University after 35 years service where he was Professor of Social History and in his final year, Dean of Arts and Humanities. His work included research on rural society in the nineteenth century and national identity. He became Chair of the Social History Society and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Board. His distinguished awards include a National Teaching Fellowship and a Centenary Fellowship from the Historical Association for services to the subject.