January 24, 2008

The University of Nottingham has named two new managers for its campus in Malaysia. Ian Pashby, currently deputy vice-president at the campus, has been appointed chief executive officer. He succeeds Brian Atkin, who will return to the university in the UK when his term of office ends. Sayed Azam-Ali, professor of tropical agronomy, has been appointed vice-president (research) in Malaysia. The campus was opened in 2005. It now has 2,650 students from more than 50 countries.

Andy Adams, senior lecturer in pharmacy at the University of Huddersfield, has been awarded a £5,000 bursary by the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust. He will use the funds for an MSc in human health. His research will focus on the role of the pharmacist and whether they are "simply shopkeepers or certified health professionals".

Nigel Clarke, a senior lecturer at Durham University's chemistry department, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. The APS Fellowship Programme was created to recognise members who may have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.

Tourism academic Graham Dann has retired after a career spanning more than 30 years. He spent 21 years working at the University of the West Indies in Barbados before taking up his appointment as the first professor of tourism at the University of Bedfordshire, then Luton University, in 1996. Peter Mason, the head of tourism, leisure and sport management, said: "Graham's contribution to tourism research has been immense. He is highly regarded across the world for providing a unique insight into the world of tourism. We are honoured to have worked with such an accomplished and highly regarded academic." Professor Dann was a founding member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism.

Author and historian Michael Wood has been made a pro chancellor of Staffordshire University. Mr Wood, who will be familiar to many viewers for presenting the BBC television series The Story of India, which was screened last autumn, recently visited the Stafford campus to be appointed at the Chancellor's Forum. He was also awarded the honorary award of DUniv by the university in July in recognition of his work and enthusiasm for history. "Staffordshire University is committed to ideals that will be crucial to the welfare of the country in the coming years - namely that equal opportunities in higher education should be open to all people of whatever background. I hope that in some small way I shall be able to help in that," Mr Wood said.

The University of Glamorgan's faculty of advanced technology has named Owain Llywelyn as a course leader as part of the institution's plans to expand surveying courses for undergraduates and postgraduates. Mr Llywelyn is chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors National Association of Wales. He also runs an independent chartered surveying practice.

Nick Boutle has retired as dean of the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Northampton after 20 years at the institution. Dr Boutle witnessed huge changes since he joined it in 1988, in its incarnation as Nene College, as a principal lecturer in the division of mechanical engineering. He saw Nene become University College Northampton before it gained full university status and research degree-awarding powers. He has handed over his duties to John Sinclair, associate dean (operations).

Mark Stein, senior lecturer at the Tanaka Business School at Imperial College London, has been named the first recipient of the Richard Normann Prize. The prize is awarded for research into business innovation and change, in memory of the late leading business thinker Richard Normann. The prize was awarded for Dr Stein's paper "Toxicity: troubled times at the employee-customer interface", which examined the influence that "obnoxious customers" had on the behaviour of employees such as those working in call centres.

Baroness Cohen of Pimlico has been named president of BPP Professional Education, the training institution that last year became the first for-profit institution to obtain degree-awarding powers. The Labour peer, who is a qualified solicitor, takes on the role as BPP Professional Education plans to launch a business school in September. She said of BPP: "Although it is a relatively young educational institution, it has already been able to build an enviable record of academic and professional excellence."

David Alexander, director of the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research at The Robert Gordon University, has been appointed to the Joint Medical Committee of Nato. The body is a combined military-civil committee run under the auspices of the Nato Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee. Professor Alexander will assist in the preparation of guidelines on how to respond to a major incident. He has also been invited to join the UK Scientific Advisory Group on Pandemic Influenza.

The University of Wales, Newport has appointed Carolyn Murphy as director of marketing and external affairs. "This is a very exciting time to join the university, as there are major developments planned, including the new city-centre campus," she said. She is particularly enthusiastic about the boost to the city's profile offered by the forthcoming Ryder Cup. "Newport is already the focus of significant regeneration investment," she said. Ms Murphy was previously marketing director for Premier Biscuits, "responsible for the Cadbury and Maryland Cookies". She moved into the education sector in 2004 when she joined Blackburn College.

A film maker and animator has been appointed professor of electronic and digital art at the University of Central Lancashire. Chris Meigh-Andrews joined what was then Preston Polytechnic as an associate lecturer in 1986 and became a reader in 2001. Since completing a PhD at the Royal College of Art, also in 2001, he has researched and written on the history and context of artists' videos.

UM Association Limited - the dedicated higher education insurance organisation - has appointed Paulina Lubacz, treasurer of Durham University, as its new chairwoman. Phil Gough, director of finance at Swansea University, has been made deputy chairman.

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