September 5, 2003

David Allen, registrar and secretary at the University of Birmingham, is the chair-elect of the Association of Heads of University Administration and will succeed Eddie Newcomb, registrar and secretary of the University of Manchester, from April 2004.

John Nicholson, former professor in the dental school at King's College London, has been appointed head of the University of Greenwich's Medway School of Science.

Paul Frank, former head coach of the squash academy at Heriot-Watt University, has been appointed national performance director for Scotland - a post coordinated through Scottish Squash and the East of Scotland Institute of Sport.

• The University of Hull has appointed Mike Brown, former consultant to private and public companies, as its business development officer in the research and enterprise office.

John Mellor, chairman of the Foundation for Independent Directors, has been appointed visiting professor at the University of the West of England's Business School.

• The University of Aberdeen has appointed David Heaney senior research fellow in the Highlands and Islands Health Research Institute based in Inverness; and Helen Richards, a GP, has been appointed clinical senior lecturer.

David Ekserdjian, former editor of Apollo Magazine, has been appointed professor of history of art and film at the University of Leicester from January 2004; and Mark Allison , former senior lecturer in Spanish studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, will take up his post as professor of Spanish in January.

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