Honours and Awards to Individuals.
Prof Norton received the CIBSE Napier Shaw Medal in 1996 and the Roscoe Prize of the Institute of Energy in 1999. Dr Myers received the George Stephenson Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1999. Prof McGreal and Prof Adair received Citations of Excellence of "Highest Quality Rating" by ANBAR Electronic Intelligence for two papers in the Journal of Property Valuation and Investment in 1998 and Literati Club Highly Commended Award for papers in the Journal of Property Valuation and Investment in 1997 and 1998. Prof Adair was recipient of the ERES Achievement Award in 1999. Dr McCluskey was awarded the best paper prize for 1998 for his paper in the Journal of Property Management. In addition, Dr McCluskey received two (one with Mr. Deddis) Citations of Excellence of the "Highest Quality Rating" by ANBAR Electronic Intelligence for papers in the Journal of Property Valuation and Investment in 1996 and 1997. Professor Woodside, Dr Woodward and Dr Akbulut were awarded the James Hill prize for the Best Paper in the Municipal Engineer by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1999. FireSERT was presented with Association of Building Engineers Highly Commended Fire Safety Award 2000 for its significant contribution to Fire Safety Engineering through education and research. Dr. Gunay was awarded the prestigious UK research Smeed Prize for the best paper presented at 31st Annual Universities Transport Studies Group Conference in 1999. Prof Woodside was elected a Freeman of the City of London.
Staff on influential committees and working parties:
Eleven staff served over the past four years on 40 influential committees and have held positions of responsibility within numerous learned societies. Prof Norton is a member of RAE UoA33 Assessment Panel and the Universities Research Group for Built Environment. He is Co-ordinator of the Housing Executive Design Forum for Sustainable Housing, chairman of the World Renewable Energy Network, a board member of the Foundation for the Built Environment, chair of the BSI Committee on Solar Heating, a ministerial appointee to the Construction Industry Training Board and member of the Royal Irish Academy National Committee for Engineering Sciences. Profs Norton, Eames and Dr O’Connor serve on the EPSRC Peer Review College. Prof Shields is a member of the ISO TC92/SC4 Fire Safety Engineering and was project co-ordinator of the Life Safety Panel. He is a member of CIB W14 Fire Engineering and liaison between CIB W14 Fire and ISO TC 92/SC4. He is a ministerial appointee to the Fire Authority for Northern Ireland. Prof Shields has served as a member of Council of the Association of Building Engineers, serves on BSI Committees and contributed to a World Health Organisation safety initiative. Prof Shields was appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment as a Visitor to BRE to advise on BRE’s research activities from 1992 to 1996. He is a member of the Educational Committee of the Institution of Fire Engineers. Dr O’Connor is a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers Research Panel. Dr Silcock was appointed as Fire Safety Adviser to the Office of Public Works in the Republic of Ireland and was retained as Scientific Adviser to the Northern Ireland Office. Prof Molkov is a member of the International Fire and Blast Information Group, NFPA Committee "Explosion Protection Systems" and CEN TC 305/WG3/SG7 "Gas Explosion Venting Systems". Prof Adair is a Member of the RAE UoA34 Town and Country Planning panel; the boards of the PEFRN (1999-); the International Real Estate Society (1996-1999) and the European Real Estate Society (1996-1999). He was President of the European Real Estate Society in 1996. Dr Berry was the Co-ordinator of the Home Ownership Working Group of the European Network for Housing Research (1996-1998), Dr McCluskey is on the boards of the International Property Tax Institute, Toronto, Canada (1998-) and an international adviser to the Department of Finance, Government of South Africa, on the Local Government Property Rates Bill. Prof McGreal is a member of the boards of European Real Estate Society (1996-1997; 1999-); and the International Real Estate Society (1999-). Member of the Urban Sustainability Commission of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (1999-) and Co-ordinator of the Home Ownership Working Group of the European Network for Housing Research (1996-1998) and board member of PEFRN (1999-). Prof Woodside is Chairman of the BSI Committee on Durability of Aggregates; UK representative on CEN committee TG9; a Member of EPSRC Engineering Panel and academic adviser to a DTI delegation to Sweden to examine "Unbound Forest Roads". Mr Heaney is a member of the NI M4i "Cluster" Board.
Prizes and Awards.
The successful FireSERT £5.7m bid was one of six EPSRC projects funded in round three of the Joint Infrastructure Fund. In their announcement of the awards to an invited audience in London, the DTI and Wellcome Trust highlighted the international standing of FireSERT.
UU research is cited extensively internationally. During the period of assessment, academics from China, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, India, South Africa, Australia, Greece and Portugal and the USA have visited to develop collaborative research. The international standing of FireSERT has been acknowledged in several different ways. FireSERT has accepted an invitation to join the European Organisation of Official Laboratories for Fire (EGOLF). FireSERT will from 2001 be the only university group in the International Forum for Fire Research. The Director of FireSERT accepted an invitation to participate in workshops published in NIST GCR 00-791, sponsored by the US Department of Commerce and organised by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers to develop a research agenda for fire protection engineers. The work of FireSERT is acknowledged in NISTIR 6539, the proceedings of a fire research needs workshop held in Emmitsburg, Maryland 1999 where particular reference is made to the studies of human behaviour in fire at FireSERT. Dr J Hall, Vice-President of the National Fire Protection Association USA in his Interflam ’99 paper "Fire Risk Assessment a review" stated "Prof Shields and his colleagues at UU have provided the most consistent focus on quantifying human behaviour in fire for those highly vulnerable populations. As with the recent research on pre-movement times, the net result has been to significantly increase our estimates of the time required for the range of people in our populations, acting normally without special fire safety skills or building knowledge to reach safety in an emergency situation". FireSERT contributions to advancing knowledge in the field of fire safety science are acknowledged in the publications of the International Association for Fire Safety Science. FireSERT’s £5.7m JIF award for new facilities which strengthen research in fire safety engineering at UU was identified as in the context of national needs in "Fire Engineering Journal (Sept 1999)".
A special issue of the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics on European Real Estate (July 1997) identified UU to be "one of the strongest real estate research centres in the UK" and a keynote address delivered at the 2000 RICS Cutting Edge Conference identified UU as being a top University in terms of papers presented at RICS research conferences over the period 1993-99. Research undertaken by Prof McGreal with South Bank Univ on the Globalisation of Real Estate Markets in Central Europe (funded by ESRC) led to an invited presentation to the Central European Initiative Summit Economic Forum in Budapest, November 2000 organised by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Research by Dr McCluskey on property taxes in South Africa influenced their national legislation. The World Bank sponsors two research studentships on aspects of Indonesian road infrastructure. Professor Woodside and Dr Woodward have acted as part of the international team on Europe’s largest motorway project. Professor Woodside arbitrated on the cause of failure of the surfacing of Cape Town International Airport’s Runway system.
Industrial and community recognition is evident over the past four years in many diverse forms. For example CST operated very successfully for five years, one of the four UK DTI Energy Design Advice Scheme Centres. Techniques developed at FireSERT have been used in industrial applications, eg, the heat flux measurements method using steel billets has been adopted by Warrington Fire Research and the Building Research Establishment and FireSERT data-bases are used by many groups for the determination of surface linings ignition and flame spread responses. RPP collaborated with MineIt, a UU incubator company in the development of mass appraisal software – ‘PropValuer'. Initial development work was funded by the Valuation and Lands Agency with the ultimate objective to undertake annual revaluations of the residential stock in Northern Ireland.
Industry Monetary Support.
BP Solar’s extensive support to two CST EPSRC projects included funding and the supply of industrial know-how and PV cells to non-standard designs. Pilkingtons and Toughglass supply glass for work on advanced glazings. Mr. Gunning was funded by the Singapore Ready Mix Concrete Industry to conduct seminar/workshops on quality control and assurance with concrete. Corus plc funded part of FireSERT’s large-scale compartment fire experiments and also funded work to develop the steel billet heat flux measurement instrument invented at FireSERT. MK Electric supported programmes of work undertaken at FireSERT to determine the flammability of cable conduit configurations using cone calorimetry. Methods of maintaining the fire resistance integrity of floors/ceilings as affected by recessed ceiling lights were developed with support from Hamron. Human behaviour research at FireSERT has been supported by Marks & Spencer plc who have made their premises available on six occasions for unannounced emergency public evacuations. They sponsored the First International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire, hosted and organised by Fire SERT in 1998 and are the main sponsors of the Second International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire hosted and organised by Fire SERT at MIT in Boston March 2001. This symposium is also supported by NFPA and SFPE. Ulster Bank sponsors the Northern Ireland Quarterly House Price Index produced by RPP and funded a special 10 year review of the housing market in 1997. Industrial support is also given to visiting professors (see RA5a).
Confs/Workshops inaugurated, hosted or published include:
Sustainable Buildings, RIBA, London 2000, REMIC 2001 Belfast, WREC IV Denver 1996, WREC V Florence 1998, WREC VI Brighton 2000, WREC VII Koln 2002, 1st International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire, 2nd International Symposium in Human Behaviour In Fire at MIT in Boston in March 2001, 1st Fire Bridge (to Russia) Conf 2000, European Real Estate Society hosted in Belfast in 1996, RICS Cutting Edge Conf in Dublin in 1997, European Network for Housing Research, Workshop on Home-Ownership Helsingor, Denmark 1996 and the Specially Convened Session on Private Finance in Urban Regeneration at the RICS Cutting Edge Conf, Leicester 1998, the PEFRN User Forum in London 2000, ESRC-sponsored seminar on Property Investment in Urban Regeneration in Belfast 2000, 1st International Symposium on Highway Surfacing, in Budapest 1997, Engineering Design and Application for Sustainable Development Belfast 2000.
Editorial Activities (editorships, Editorial Boards, Reviews)
All of the staff included in this submission have acted as reviewers for journals. Senior academic staff have also acted as referees for research councils in the UK and internationally.
Prof Norton is Associate Editor of Solar Energy and of Renewable Energy. Prof Shields co-edited (with Dr Boyce) the Proceedings of the 1st and 2nd International Symposia on Human Behaviour in Fire, with guest editor of a special edition of Fire and Materials Journal; co-editor (with Prof Molkov) of the 1st Fire Bridge Conf. Dr Boyce was guest editor with Prof Shields for a special edition of the Safety Science Journal. Prof Molkov is the deputy chief editor of Fire and Explosion Safety Journal. He edited the 1st and 2nd International Seminars on Fire Explosion Hazards. Dr McCluskey co-edited (with Mr Deddis) the Property Journal (NI) and edits the Journal of Property Tax Assessment & Administration. Prof Adair is Guest Editor of the Journal of Property Research (2000-2001). The Northern Ireland Quarterly House Price Index is edited by Prof Adair and Prof McGreal. Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal: An International Review was edited by Dr McCluskey and Prof Adair. European Valuation Practice Theory and Techniques was edited by Prof Adair and Prof McGreal. Cities in the Pacific Rim; Planning Systems and Property Markets was edited by Dr Berry and Prof McGreal. Property Tax: An International Comparative Review was edited by Dr McCluskey. Professor Woodside is co-editor of the International Journal for Pavement Engineering and Asphalt Technology.
Membership of Editorial Boards:
Prof Norton is a Member of Editorial Boards of: Ambient Energy, Nigerian Renewable Energy and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Prof Shields is a Member of Editorial Boards of: Fire and Materials, Fire and Explosion Safety, Fire Science and Fire Technology. Prof Shields was regional co-ordinator for the refereeing of papers for the 6th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science held in Poitiers, France 1999 and served on both technical and programme committees in 1996 and 1999. He will serve in similar roles for the 7th symposium to be held in Boston, USA in 2002. Prof Molkov is a Member of the Editorial Boards of: Fire Safety Journal and Fire and Explosion Safety Journal and 1st and 2nd International Seminars on Fire and Explosion Hazards. He was a member of the Publications Committee for the 6th and is a member for the 7th Symposium of the International Association of Fire Safety Science to be held in Boston USA 2002. Dr Boyce is a Member of the Editorial Board of Fire and Explosion Safety Journal. Dr Ali Nadjai: Member of Editorial Board of the 7th International Conf on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing, Oxford, 1999; Member of Editorial Board: Civ-Comp 2001 and the 8th International Conf on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing, Vienna, 2001. Prof Adair is a member of Editorial Boards of the Journal of Property Investment and Finance, Journal of Property Research, Journal of Real Estate Literature, Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education. Prof McGreal is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Property Research. Dr McCluskey is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Financial Management and Construction.
Prof Norton; 5th World Renewable Energy Conf, Brighton 2000. Dr Abu-Tair; NI Concrete Ltd/Inst of Structural Engineers Joint Meeting, Belfast 1996. Prof Shields; 6th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, Poitiers, France, 1999. Conf of the Institution of Fire Engineers, Belfast, 2000. Prof Molkov; International Conf INTERFLAM 99 Fire Science and Engineering, Edinburgh, 1999; the 27th UK ELG Aberystwyth Symposium on Explosions at Univ of Wales 2000 and National Taiwan Univ Alumini Club National Fire Admin 2000. Prof Adair; RICS Research Cutting Edge Conf, Dublin 1997 and RICS Research Cutting Edge Conf, London, 2000. Dr McCluskey and Mr Deddis; World Valuation Congress VII in Amsterdam, 1997. Prof McGreal; Third Urban Planning Symposium, Sharjah, 2000. Professor Woodside; 1st International Symposium on Highway Surfacing in Budapest, 1997.