In this year at Warwick:
- Then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opened the first building in the Science Park.
- The Coventry Athletic Track at Westwood was opened by the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Joe Thompson, it was the largest training track in Britain at the time.
- Work began on the Arts Centre extension designed to house a gallery, sculpture court, cinema and bookshop (Arts Centre Phase III) as well as on the Social Sciences extension and the Biotechnoloy laboratory.
- Warwick’s Responsible Body Status, allowing it to provide Open Studies courses in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, took effect.
- Dr. Clark Brundin was named as the next Vice-Chancellor of Warwick, following a special meeting of the Council.
Warwick Featured in an Award Winning Film 'Degrees of Excellence'.
This is one of a number of carved sculptures that were given to the University of Warwick by the artist in 1990 in memory of his brother, Christopher Smith (1961-1987) who had been a student here.
The four carvings are from a five-part frieze made from redundant railway sleepers from the London Underground entitled Variations on a Braided Rope.
They capture images that the artist and his brother would have seen around their childhood home on the Thames estuary in Kent and evoke a journey through time and space.
And in the world:
- The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.
- Thirty-six of Britain and Ireland's top pop musicians gather in a Notting Hill studio to form Band Aid, and record the song "Do They Know It's Christmas", in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
- The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage on August 30th.
- The first MTV Video Music Awards are held in Radio City Music Hall, New York City on Sept. 14th.
Margaret Thatcher visiting the Arts Centre in 1984
Keir Smith |Hawser, Higham Bight| Jarrah Wood
The Science Park, with campus in the background. Taken in 1984