Geoffrey Kirk

Regius Professor of Greek in the University between 1974 and 1982, died on March 10, 2003, aged 81. He will be remembered for his very distinctive scholarship, a larger-than-life personality, and distinguished and colourful wartime service in the Aegean (which he set down in a memoir, Towards the Aegean Sea, published in 1997).

His career included appointments in Harvard, Yale, and Bristol, and he had been a Fellow of both Trinity Hall and Trinity, though he had been educated at Clare, where his chief mentor was Nicholas Hammond, whose own wartime exploits in Greece have become legendary.

Kirk's principal publications covered three central areas of Greek culture: Homer, early Greek philosophy, and mythology. He was the General Editor and wrote the first two volumes of a grand-scale six-volume commentary on the Iliad, published by CUP through the 80s and 90s, and his The Songs of Homer (1962) was for students the 'bible' of Homeric studies for two decades and more. His collaboration with the late John Raven of King's, which resulted in 'Kirk and Raven', The Presocratic Philosophers (now revised as 'Kirk-Raven-(Malcolm) Schofield' or KRS), made this whole extraordinary thought-world really accessible to English-speaking students (and many scholars) for the first time and ensured Kirk's place on every reading list around the globe.

GSK was a commanding (if sometimes rather intimidating) figure who could, however, be kind and generous to younger scholars who sought his advice; his conversation, particularly on convivial occasions, was wonderfully irreverent. Amidst the minutiae of scholarship he urged one to look at and for 'the bigger picture' and to be as excited by the ancient world as he himself was.

Richard Hunter,
Regius Professor of Greek and Chair of the Faculty of Classics

Founding father

A bequest from the late Sir Leon Radzinowicz will significantly enhance the work of the Institute of Criminology, funding a student prize and visiting fellowship and lecture series.

Leon Radzinowicz was the founding father of criminology in Cambridge. Arriving here as a refugee from Poland in the late 1930s, he established a small Department of Criminal Science in the Faculty of Law during the Second World War. Later, he became the first Wolfson Professor of Criminology (1959-1973) and the first Director of the University's interdisciplinary Institute of Criminology (1960-1972).

Sir Leon remained deeply interested in the work of the Institute until his death in December 1999. In 2001, the Institute held a symposium to commemorate his achievements, and the proceedings of this Symposium were subsequently published (A E Bottoms and M Tonry (Eds) Ideology, Crime and Criminal Justice 2002).

By his will, Sir Leon has established a fund to be used by the University for two purposes. Firstly, a Prize has been established, named after Sir Leon's successor as Wolfson Professor and Director, Professor Nigel Walker. The Nigel Walker Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding piece of criminological writing by a Cambridge student: its main purpose is to recognise excellent work by PhD candidates. Secondly, the bequest will establish the Sir Leon Radzinowicz Visiting Fellowship, to be held every alternate year by a leading public figure, especially for the purpose of delivering the Radzinowicz Lectures. These lectures will be on a topic within the field of 'public policy in relation to crime and criminal justice', a focus that reflects Sir Leon's strong and longstanding commitment to the close interrelationship between criminology and criminal policy.

"The Institute is most grateful to its founding Director for this benefaction, which will honour his memory in a lasting and truly suitable way," said Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms, current Wolfson Professor of Criminology.

St John's achieves Investors in People recognition

St John's College is the first of the Cambridge and Oxford Colleges to achieve recognition as an Investor in People (IiP) for both its academic and assistant staff.

Investors in People is a scheme that sets national standards of good working practices, providing a framework which helps individuals to improve their performance, and thus improve the overall performance of their organisations.

St John's made a formal commitment in February 2001 to work towards achieving the standard, setting itself a target to do so within two years. The College has since introduced a number of new initiatives, working practices and policies. These include defined communication and consultation policies, a commitment towards training and development and an annual personal development review system for all assistant staff.

The Master of the College, Professor Peter Goddard, said that achieving the standard has involved a considerable amount of hard work by a large number of people in the College. He is confident that IiP's focus on training and developing people to improve their performance, will allow the College as a whole to achieve practical benefits in all areas of its work.

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Cambridgeshire delivers the Investors In People standard in the county as one of its many initiatives to encourage lifelong learning and foster skills development.

"We are delighted that St John's is the first Oxbridge College to achieve IiP recognition. This has involved a lot of work and is a reflection of the real benefit that organisations, particularly the education sector, can gain from the Investor in People framework," said Debbie Longhurst, Business Development Adviser, LSC Cambridgeshire.

UNISON officers elected

UNISON is Britain's largest trades union, affiliated to the Trades Union Congress. It is recognised by the University to represent the CS and M Divisions (clerical, library and secretarial staff, data processing staff and manual staff including cleaners).

At the University and Colleges Branch AGM in February the following officers were elected:

Branch Chair: Geoff Cross, OCR/UCLES, Hills Road.

Branch Secretary: Julie Wilson, Department of Biochemistry, 80 Tennis Court Road.

Assistant Branch Secretary: Jolanda Aldis, The Union Centre, 24B Trumpington Street.

Branch Treasurer: Amy Wandlass, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.

If you are interested in finding out more about UNISON go to the web site at http://www.unison.org.uk/ or contact them at: The Union Centre, 24B Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 2AH. Tel/Fax/Answerphone: 01223 765258, Email: unisoncucb@hotmail.com

Cambridge Oxfam Sponsored Walk 2003

Come and join over 1,000 walkers and help them raise £40,000 for Oxfam on Sunday 18 May starting at Wimpole Hall.

This will be the 36th Cambridge Oxfam Walk, an annual event which is always well-supported by staff and students from the University. It's a friendly day out for the whole family, individuals and groups. Participants can choose to be sponsored to tackle a route of seven, 14 or 21 miles.

By supporting the Cambridge Oxfam Walk, you will show support for the coffee growers facing economic ruin because of falling coffee prices and raise vital funds for Oxfam's work in over 80 countries.

For further information or sponsorship forms, please telephone Stephen or Clare on 01223 563388 or email oxformwalk@btopenworld.com or log on to http://www.oxfam.org.uk/walk

Marshals and stewards are crucial for the success of the Walk and if you think you could help for two or three hours on the day, please contact Jerry Carr-Brion on 01223 414954 or by e-mail jcarrbrion@yahoo.co.uk There is a free bus service from Cambridge to Wimpole Hall.

Sustainability in Southern Africa

Left to right: Anton Eberhard, University of Cape Town; Polly Courtice, Cambridge Programme for Industry; Wendy Luhabe, Vodacom; Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future; Sarah Severn, Nike Inc.; Margie Keeton, Tshikululu Social Investments; Murphy Morobe, Financial and Fiscal Commission; Dr Jørgen Randers, Norwegian School of Management; Peter Willis, Business & the Environment Programme; Khanya Motshabi, NEF Corporation; Richard Newton, Business & the Environment Programme

In February, in the peaceful setting of Lanzerac Manor in Stellenbosch, South Africa, some of the region's most senior executives were brought together to gain a deeper understanding of the role business might play in building more sustainable societies.

The event was the inaugural Southern African Seminar of the Prince of Wales's Business & the Environment Programme. It provided a forum for business leaders, civil servants and NGO representatives to interact on issues around global system pressures, corporate social responsibility, trade, governance, human rights, poverty and healthcare.

An international faculty was assembled to lead the seminar, and distinguished contributors were drawn from across the region. Graca Machel gave the Gala Dinner speech, and Sir Mark Moody Stuart, Chairman of Anglo American, gave the closing keynote session.

The Programme, which is run by the Cambridge Programme for Industry, was established in the UK almost 10 years ago and has since expanded to Europe, the US and, now, Southern Africa. It is widely recognised as the pre-eminent forum for senior executives who seek guidance and inspiration for making their own transition to corporate sustainability. The Programme has generated a close-knit and continuing network of over 650 participants from over 350 organisations from more than twenty countries, with the potential and drive to influence the debate at corporate, public and political levels.

Polly Courtice, Director of Cambridge Programme for Industry, reflected on the impact of the event in South Africa: "There was a unanimous feeling amongst both delegates and Core Faculty on the final afternoon that something really important had taken place, rich with possibilities for enabling transformation. Certainly the quality of the conversations and the generosity with which people shared insights and experiences helped to lift the seminar above the normal business gathering where important issues are discussed, and marked the event as the beginning of something special in Southern Africa."