Duke of Gloucester visits Keele

Posted on 24 September 2014

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO visited Keele today to see the new £2.8 million extension to the Anatomy Suite at the School of Medicine, get an overview of the internationally renowned work of the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, and tour the Sustainability Hub.

During his time at the University, Prince Richard, who was welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett, and Professor Ros Foskett, Professor Andy Garner, the Dean of Health, and  Professor Val Wass, Head of the School of Medicine, unveiled a plaque to 'commemorate' his visit to the Anatomy Training Facilities in the School of Medicine.

He said: "It is a great pleasure to visit Keele and a very pleasant task to unveil this plaque. This is a splendid building. The nation needs more doctors. By providing these excellent facilities you will be able to provide the courses to develop the doctors to make us well. Congratulations to everyone who has played a part in developing this new building."

At the Hub, the 23rd in line to the British throne was escorted by the Vice-Chancellor and Professor Mark Ormerod, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), and was introduced, by Acting PGT Director for the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Dr Sharon George, to members of business and community groups, which have worked with the Hub on a number of environmental projects; the Grey Matters Group, Green Business Network and Green Schools Network.

The Duke, a trained architect, met Masters students Sarah Butler and Matte Janos-Lorincz who gave an insight into their research projects, before meeting Phil Butters, the Director of Estates and Development, who explained the university's energy plans and the 'City Deal', including the Smart energy Network, and Philip Mayer, Chair of McCamley UK Ltd, manufacturers of wind turbine technology aimed at facilitating growth in urban renewable power.