The Company had four major openings in 2008, including its first store in Northern Ireland in the newly built Victoria Square Centre, Belfast in March. At 120,000 sq ft (11,000 m 2 ) it was the largest store that House of Fraser had opened (as opposed to taken over) in the UK.  Also in March 2008, the Company opened a 95,000 sq ft (8,800 m 2 ) store in High Wycombe. On 25 September 2008 the Company opened a 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m 2 ) store in the Cabot Circus development in Bristol ,  and a branch in Westfield London , a new 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m 2 ) store, on 30 October 2008. 
The Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar is appointed as a Visiting Faculty Member for any two terms in an academic year. SFU operates year-round, with Fall, Winter, and Summer terms. The Visiting Scholar will be expected to have extensive interaction with faculty and students. S/he will normally teach at least one course or other type of relevant class. It is also expected that the Visiting Scholar will engage in public outreach, which could consist of a public lecture or take some other form. The stipend for the Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar is CAD $45,000.