Diana Rigg has been appointed as chancellor of the university from August 1998. Miss Rigg is an actress and Dame of the British Empire, patron of Baby Life Supports Systems and the Stirling and District Association for Mental Health.
Giles Dove, development officer at the University of St Andrews and former editor of the university's annual report, has been appointed director of public relations from January 1, 1998.
Inns of Court School of Law
The school has appointed the following specialists: Lois Dombek, aviation law; Hilda O'Connor, European Community law and civil litigation; Sarwan Singh, social services law, local government law and mental health; Alister Turtle, criminal law with special interest in martial courts and advocacy.
Brian Field, former head of the school of the built environment, professor of planning and development, has been appointed director of academic and curriculum provision.
The following have been appointed to readerships: G. Parry, education, former senior lecturer in the Institute of Education, University of London; P. Dawes, marketing, associate professor at Adelaide Graduate Business School; A. Lobo, has been appointed part-time medical director for five years.
University of Wales, Bangor
Eifion Karens, circuit judge, member for Wales of the Crawford Committee on Broadcasting Coverage, deputy lieutenant for Clwyd and former deputy chairman of the university's council, has succeeded John Howard Davies as chairman.
TEC National Council
The following have been appointed to the council: Arora Ranjit, non-executive director of Bradford Community Health Trust and head of multicultural education and research at Bradford & Ilkley Community College Corporation; Martin Bamford, national training and development officer with the Trades Union Congress; Sandra Elliot, proprietor of the Grapevine Hotel; David Harbourne, chief executive of Hospitality Training Foundation; Chris Humphries, chief executive of the TEC national council; Peter Humphrey, group personnel director of Securicor; Carol Kavanagh, director of human resources, Safeway plc; Ann Limb, principal and chief executive of Cambridge Regional College; Margaret Luck, chief executive of Advanced Training Limited; Neil Makin, external affairs director of Cadbury Schweppes plc; Susan Morton, business leader, people development, Birmingham Midshires Building Society; Bernard O'Driscoll, head of training and development Lloyds TSB; Nick Reilly (chairman), managing director Vauxhall Motors; Enid Rowlands, managing director, North Wales Welsh Development Agency; Peter Welsh, director of business improvement at Magnox Electric plc.
John Quelch, Sebastian S. Kresge professor of marketing at Harvard University's graduate school of business administration, will succeed George Bain as principal of the school on December 31.
John Wakeham, Conservative politician, peer and former secretary of state for energy and government chief whip, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, has been appointed chancellor.
Economic and Social Research Council
Ronald Amann has been reappointed as chief executive and deputy chairman for a further period from October 1, 1998 to September 30, 2000.
Council for the Central Laboratory of Research Councils Ken Peach, professor of physics at the University of Edinburgh, on leave of absence as deputy leader of the particle physics experiments division at the European particle physics laboratory in Geneva, will succeed George Kalmust as director, particle physics of the council on January 5. He will be based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.
Humanities Research Board
Paul Langford will succeed John Laver as chairman of the Humanities Research Board of the British Academy on September 1, 1998. He is professor of modern history at Oxford University, fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Humanities Research Board.
Association of Commonwealth Universities
Membership of the council for 1997-98 is as follows:
Chair: James Downey, president and vice chancellor, University of Waterloo, Canada.
Vice chair: W. Lakshman, vice chancellor, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Honorary Treasurer: Colin Maiden, New Zealand.
Immediate past chair: Brenda Gourley, vice chancellor and principal, University of Natal, South Africa.
Societe Internationale pour l'Etude de la Philosophie Medievale David Luscombe, Leverhulme personal research professor of medieval history at the University of Sheffield, has been elected president of the society until 2002.