James Humphreys , head of corporate communications at 10 Downing Street, has been appointed director of a masters course in politics at Kingston University, teaching political communication techniques pioneered by new Labour.
Martin Severs , head of the University of Portsmouth's Institute of Medicine, Health and Social Care and consultant at St Christopher's Hospital in Fareham, Hampshire, has been made head of a Department of Health project on information standards.
Cardiff University's Business School has appointed Stephen Walker , former head of the department of accounting and business method at Edinburgh University, professor of accounting and James Foreman-Peck , former economic adviser at the Treasury, professor of Welsh economic research.
Graham Durant , professor and deputy director of the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow, has been appointed director of the National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon in Australia.
Bryan Gray , deputy chairman of Baxi Group Ltd and chair of Baxi Technologies, has been appointed pro vice-chancellor of Lancaster University, succeeding Brian Heron who will retire on July 31.
William Gelletly , professor of physics at the University of Surrey, has been appointed distinguished professor.