University of Kent The University of Kent has a new chancellor: Sir Crispin Tickell, the former diplomat who is now warden of Green College, Oxford. At one time our permanent representative at the United Nations, Sir Crispin has become something of an environmental standard-bearer - he has advised Downing Street on "green" matters and has set up an environmental think-tank at his college.
Not that he is a late-comer to environmental issues - his Who's Who entry has for some time listed his interests as "climatology; palaeohistory; art, especially pre-Colombiana; mountains" and he has just published a book on fossil-finding pioneer Mary Anning of Lyme Regis, from whom he is descended.
Sir Crispin will be installed in a ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral on May 18, where he will also be given an honorary DCL. Kent's previous chancellor Bob Horton stepped down from the post last November. According to a Kent spokesperson, it was felt "he had more than enough to do" as chairman of Railtrack.
HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY John Archer, deputy rector of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, has been appointed principal and vice chancellor.
National Advisory Council for Education and Training Targets The NACETT has appointed Philip Chorley as director. He is on secondment from the Department for Education and Employment where he had responsibility for coordinating UK policy towards the European Union and has worked on the Teachers' Pension Scheme.
Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority Jack Howell, former dean of medicine at the University of Southampton, has been appointed chair of SSWHHA.
UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLNSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE The following have recently been appointed: George Holmes, dean of management at the University of Humberside, director of academic development; Michael Jackson, dean of the former school of computing and information, has been appointed dean of the new management school of Lincoln; Peter Birchenall, head of programme of health and nursing in the Open Learning Foundation, has been appointed head of the department of health studies; Penny McCracken, head of research, has been appointed head of department of humanities; Natalie Cochrane, education liaison officer, has been appointed marketing manager.
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