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A snapshot of 1985

In this year at Warwick:

  • Dr C.L. Brundin succeeded Lord Butterworth as Vice-Chancellor.
  • The establishment of the Advanced Technology Centre by Warwick University and Austin Rover is announced.
  • Warwick is awarded an additional 135 fully resourced undergraduate student places under Phase I of a Government Policy.
  • The Centre for Caribbean Studies was officially opened by Sir Shridath Ramphal, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
  • The Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature opened.
  • An Exchange Link between Warwick and Venice Universities was signed by the Rector of the University of Venice, Professor Giovanni Castellani and Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Clarke Brundin. The agreement allowed five students from each university to study at the partner institution every year.

Elisabeth Frink received many public commissions in the post-war era. Her unsentimental sculptures of animals and people are characterised by their surface texture and a concentration on shared and universal qualities rather than individual idiosyncrasies. Ecclesiastical commissions included the Eagle Lectern for Coventry Cathedral (1962) and the Altar Cross for Liverpool Roman Catholic Cathedral (1966).

The University approached Frink to commission a portrait of Lord Butterworth on his retirement from the position of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick in 1985, a role he had held for 20 years.

And in the world:

  • The first British mobile phone call was made.
  • South Africa ended its ban on inter-racial marriages.
  • A joint American-French expedition locates the wreck of the RMS Titanic.
  • Live Aid pop concerts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and London raise over £50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia.




Newly appointed Vice Chancellor; Dr C.L. Brundin



The University of Warwick Frisbee team


Lord Butterworth | Elisabeth Frink