The General Council marked the retirement of Principal Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea by holding a reception at Arthur Lodge and presenting the Principal with a gift of engraved glass and a substantial donation to the O'Shea scholarship fund.
Alison Kinnaird is an alumni of the University and is one of the world's leading glass artists and engravers, with work in public, royal and private collections throughout Europe, America and the Far East. Her glass ranges from small intimate pieces, to architectural installations which incorporate light and colour. A recipient of many awards and winner of many competitions, her creative contribution was recognised in 1997, when she was presented with an M.B.E. for services to art and music.
The glasswork depicts students congregating in the Old College Quad, while the symbols displayed on the side of the piece are a homage to the Principal's background in computing.