UWE awards honorary degree to Professor Colin Fudge

Issue date: 10 November 2009


Professor Colin Fudge Professor Colin Fudge is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England, to the achievements and reputation of the University in teaching and research both in academic and professional dimensions, nationally and internationally.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the School of the Built and Natural Environment on Wednesday 11 November at 17.00 at Bristol Cathedral.

Colin Edward Fudge was born in Ealing, London and educated at Ealing Grammar School for Boys before completing degrees in Architecture and Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield.

During his career Colin Fudge has worked in central and local government, academia and the private sector. From 1975 to 1990 Colin Fudge was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, and from 1983 to 1986, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Environment, Victoria, Australia. In 1990, Colin Fudge became Director of Environmental Services, Bath City Council and Professor of Urban Environment at the University of Cardiff.

In 1995 Professor Fudge joined the University of the West of England, becoming Executive Dean of what was then the Faculty of the Built Environment, now part of the Faculty of Environment and Technology. In 1998 he was appointed an Assistant Vice-Chancellor and in 2001, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University. During this time he chaired Creating Excellence (the centre for sustainable communities), was the South West representative of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), chaired the South West Design Forum, and founded the SW Design Review Panel; he also chaired the Research Committee of HERDA SW, the association of higher educations in the south-west region of England, and was a Board member of Great Western Research, and of the Bristol Initiative. For twelve years Professor Fudge was Chair of the European Union Expert Group on the Urban Environment, an adviser to DGs Environment and Research and the key advisor to the EU on the Fifth Framework for Research.

In 2001, Professor Fudge was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects and in 2002, the title of Royal Professor of Environmental Science by the Swedish Academy of Sciences for his work in Europe on Urban Sustainable Futures.

Professor Fudge became Pro Vice-Chancellor of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne in 2008, responsible for the College of Design and Social Context (25,000 students, 1500 staff) and for property services, environmental sustainability and carbon reduction policy across the University. He is a member of Government Boards in Australia and of: the Committee for the Office of Knowledge Capital Melbourne; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Higher Education Review; UN Habitat University Partnership Board; Representative for Australasia of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE); and, the DAVOS Leadership Group. Professor Fudge is a Visiting Professor at Chalmers University, Sweden and a member of the Chalmers University International Advisory Panel. He is Co-Director of LEaRN, the learning and education research network in Australia, a member of the Cities Advisory Board at the London School of Economics, advisor to the Anglo-Swedish Ministerial Round Table on climate change and Chair of the International Advisory Panel to the Swedish Research Councils.

Professor Fudge has written more than 80 articles and reports, 8 books, numerous book chapters and presented over 100 conference papers. His research interests are in the areas of urban transformation, sustainability and environmental policy and how they interrelate with social economic, design and technological issues. He has extensive experience of working internationally on urban and regional issues, public policy and management and policy implementation in Sweden, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Southern Africa.

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