Geographer's career one of distinguished service
Retirement of Dr Alan Strachan
Alanís contribution to both the Department and the University has been immense. His innovative, intellectually stimulating and student-friendly teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level has been widely recognised with his classes on North America and Urban Planning being regularly among the largest options in the Department.
While the Chair of the Teaching and
Learning Committee the Departmentís procedures were advanced significantly
under his innovative and enthusiastic leadership.
But it must not be overlooked that Alan had a meritorious research
record in the fields of Urban Geography, North America and Geographical
During the past decade it was the latter
that was the focus of his interest, in particular, his role in establishing
the Midland Regional Research Laboratory, funded by the ESRC for over five
years, which produced significant research on the representation of
geographical data digitally and on the development of computer-based learning.
Alan served on a number of University committees and played a leading role in the Faculty of Social Sciences. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Stanhope House Creche and served as chair of the organising committee for a number of years.
Alan was also a leading light in the
inter-departmental cricket tournament, the Gilmore Lee Knockout Trophy, and it
was one of his proudest moments when Geography and associates eventually won
Alan has been a real mainstay of the Department and he will be very much missed by students and colleagues all around the University.
In his retirement, Alan will continue his
sporting interests, particularly golf, and it was therefore appropriate that
he chose a motorised golf trolley as part of his retirement gift.
It was fitting
that so many colleagues and friends were present to extend to Alan,
and his wife Joan, their best wishes on the occasion of his retirement.
It was fitting that so many colleagues and friends were present to extend to Alan, and his wife Joan, their best wishes on the occasion of his retirement.
Professor Gareth Lewis
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