William Luce Memorial Fund
The fund commemorates the long and distinguished career of Sir William Luce GBE, KCMG, DL (1907-1977) in the Middle East during the era of the transfer of power.
Born in 1907, Sir William was educated at Clifton College and Christ's College Cambridge, where he read History and Modern Languages. Entering the Sudan Political Service in 1930, he served in Berber, Darfur, Blue Nile and Equatoria Provinces and finally as Adviser to the Governor-General on Constitutional and External affairs in the immediate period leading to the Sudan's independence in 1956. He was later able to bring his many talents to other offices. He was Governor of Aden from 1956 to 1960. From 1961 until 1966 and again from 1970 to 1972 he was intimately connected with the Gulf area, first as Political Resident, based in Bahrain, and then recalled from retirement - as the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary's Personal Representative for Gulf Affairs.
Sir William was held in the greatest respect and affection by the peoples of the Middle East, and among the many tributes paid to him by prominent Arab statesmen on his death in 1977 were:- He served the Arab World with the same zeal and dedication as his own country' and 'He understood our problems and aspirations.'
The object of the Fund is to support the study of those parts of the Arab world to which Sir William devoted his working life, to stimulate research, discussion and publication about them and to encourage collaboration and co-operation between institutions of learning, specialising in all the places which aroused Sir William's own interest.
Form of Commemoration
The commemoration of Sir William Luce through the Fund, and activities generated by it, will take the following form:
an annual Sir William Luce Fellowship tenable jointly in the University's Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Trevelyan College, open to scholars, including post-doctoral students, who are active in the fields of study for which the fund is established.
- acquisition by purchase, or otherwise, of research materials and books relating to the areas of study to add to the Middle East collections in the University Library, including the Middle East Documentation Unit and the Sudan Archive. Acquisitions will be marked by special book plates and a photograph of Sir William will hang alongside others commemorating important Library benefactors.
- special financial support for the editing and publication of selected documents held at Durham University within the spheres mentioned above. All such work will acknowledge the assistance of the Sir William Luce Memorial Fund.
Sir William Luce Fellowship
the Sir William Luce Fellowship will be available for the summer term and the first part of the summer vacation - normally from the end of April until the end of July.
the Fellowship, tenable jointly in the University's Institute for Middle Eastern Studies and Trevelyan College, will entitle the holder to full access to departmental and other University facilities such as the University Library and the Information Technology Service.
the Fellowship will carry a grant and accommodation, and all meals will be provided free of charge in Trevelyan College. Additional grants for travel and incidental expenses may be considered.
the holder of the Fellowship will be expected to deliver a public lecture or to hold a seminar on the topic of his or her research. This will be designated 'The Sir William Luce Lecture/Seminar'.
applications for the Fellowship should be made by the date specified each year. Applicants will be notified of the decision on their application shortly thereafter.
the Committee administering the Sir William Luce Memorial Fund reserves the right not to make an appointment to a Fellowship.
Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Durham University offers one of the most attractive academic environments in Britain in which to pursue research in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Its Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies was established in 1962 and now is known internationally for the wide range of Middle Eastern expertise it offers. It has built up a large graduate programme focusing particularly on the economy and politics of the Middle East. In September 2002, the Institute moved into a purpose-built building, generously donated by the H.H. Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah. Office space, including computing facilities, will be provided for the Fellow, who will be encouraged to participate in all the academic and social programmes of the Institute.
Trevelyan, one of the most modern of Durham's Colleges, is of considerable architectural interest and sited within easy walking distance of the University Libraries and teaching departments. It is in close proximity to the Institute, close to five other Colleges and the Botanic Gardens. It has a lively Senior Common Room drawn from all the University's departments, a resident senior academic community of some 15 people and a Postgraduate Centre. During the vacations the College is quieter than in term time and engages in conferences and other trading activities. As a Member, the Fellow will have the right of access to all facilities, including the Senior Common Room, the computer room and library, TV rooms etc. and will be encouraged to join the activities of the College.
The Honorary Secretary
Luce Conference Report
- Luce Conference Report (last modified: 12 January 2006)