* Badi Baltagi, chair of economics at Texas A&M University and associate editor of the Journal of Econometrics and Econometric Reviews, has been appointed to a part-time chair at Leicester University.
* Bob Gibbs, director of development at Nottingham University's Institute for Enterprise and Innovation, has been elected vice-chairman of the UK Science Enterprise Challenge Network for 2004-05. He will succeed Peter Hiscocks as chairman in 2005-06.
* The Arts and Humanities Research Board has appointed Damian Popolo international affairs manager. He was formerly at the International Organisation for Migration in Madrid and Geneva.
* Caroline Thomas, professor of global politics in the School of Social Sciences at Southampton University, and Paul Curran, head of geography and dean of science, will begin their five-year terms as deputy vice-chancellors on September 1.
* Graeme Morton, senior lecturer in economic and social history at Edinburgh University, has been appointed to North America's first chair in Scottish Studies, at Guelph University in Canada.
* James Whitworth, professor of international public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has been appointed head of international science at the Wellcome Trust.
* Nigel Brown, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology and head of the School of Chemistry at Birmingham University, will take over as director of science and technology at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council on September 1.