November 6, 2008

Jo Carby-Hall, a professor in the politics department at the University of Hull, has been awarded a Polish state honour for his report, "The Treatment of Polish and Other A8 Economic Migrants in the European Union Member States". He was appointed Commander of the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by President Lech Kaczynski in Warsaw.

A University of Wolverhampton academic has become a visiting professor at the University of the West Indies. Laura Serrant-Green will visit the School of Advanced Nursing Education at the Trinidad and Tobago-based campus on three occasions over the academic year to conduct lectures on research, professional nursing and writing for publication. She will also advise staff on the implementation of the masters of science in nursing degree programme.

The Academy of Social Sciences has conferred the award of Academician on the following 36 social scientists: Ronald Barnett, pro-director, Institute of Education; Richard Bellamy, professor of political science, University College London; Baroness Blackstone, vice-chancellor, University of Greenwich; Huw Bowen, professor of modern history, University of Swansea; Ken Brown, pro vice-chancellor, Queen's University Belfast; David Cope, director, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology; Colin Crouch, professor of governance and public management, University of Warwick; Graham Crow, professor of sociology, University of Southampton; Stephen Daniels, professor of cultural geography, University of Nottingham; Gavin Drewry, professor of public administration, Royal Holloway, University of London; Paul Edwards, professor of industrial relations, University of Warwick; Maria Evandrou, director, Centre for Research in Ageing, University of Southampton; Ivor Gaber, professor of media and politics, University of Bedfordshire; Tony Gallagher, head of the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast; David Greasley, professor of economic history, University of Edinburgh; Joan Higgins, emerita professor of health policy, University of Manchester; Richard Higgott, pro vice-chancellor, University of Warwick; Simon Holdaway, professor of criminology and sociology, University of Sheffield; Michael Hughes, honorary professor of public policy and management, University of Birmingham; Kelvyn Jones, professor of quantitative human geography, University of Bristol; Tim Jackson, professor of sustainable development, University of Surrey; Anne Laurence, professor of history, The Open University; Diana Liverman, professor of environmental science, University of Oxford; Greg Lloyd, professor of urban planning, University of Ulster; Louise Morley, director, Centre for Higher Education Research, University of Sussex; Terry Marsden, professor of environmental policy and planning, University of Cardiff; Philip McCann, professor of economics, University of Waikato; Ann Millar, assistant director, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council; Barry O'Toole, professor of government, University of Glasgow; Jonathan Parker, professor of social work, University of Bournemouth; Jan Pahl, emeritus professor of social policy, University of Kent; Andrew Pike, senior lecturer for urban and regional development, Newcastle University; Alison Richard, vice-chancellor, University of Cambridge; Liz Spencer, partner, New Perspectives Research Agency; Peter Squires, professor of criminology and public policy, University of Brighton; and Neil Ward, dean of the faculty of social sciences, University of East Anglia.

An occupational therapy lecturer from Canterbury Christ Church University has been awarded a national teaching award. Rayya Ghul received the National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy for developing a thinking tool, called "Contexts of Participation", which was commended for its contribution to the theory base of occupational science. Keith Gwilym, Canterbury Christ Church's pro vice-chancellor (learning and quality), said: "Rayya Ghul's outstanding achievement reflects the university's commitment to the student learning experience. The award ... is a fitting reward for Rayya's dedication and enthusiasm in the field of occupational therapy."

Pat Monaghan, professor of animal ecology at the University of Glasgow, has been elected president of the International Society for Behavioural Ecology (ISBE). The ISBE combines evolutionary, population, behavioural and mechanistic studies, as well as promoting its research into the behaviour of animals. It also produces the bimonthly journal Behavioural Ecology.

A Loughborough University professor has been presented with an award in recognition of his contribution to saving lives and reducing injuries in the chemical industry. Trevor Kletz received the Distinguished Service Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Professor Kletz is well known in the field of chemical engineering safety for his development of the concept of "inherent safety".

Neil Garrod, former deputy vice-chancellor of Thames Valley University, has been appointed director of enterprise and civic engagement at Glyndwr University, the former North East Wales Institute of Higher Education. Professor Garrod returns to Wales having previously been a lecturer in business finance at Aberystwyth University and professor of accounting and finance at Bangor University. He has also held posts as dean of the faculty of law and financial studies at the University of Glasgow and executive dean at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Queen Margaret University's principal, Anthony Cohen, has announced plans to retire at the end of this academic year. Professor Cohen, Queen Margaret's founding principal, was instrumental in helping it attain university status. He helped steer the institution towards becoming the UK's greenest university campus, as well as the first British university to open a campus in Singapore. He was awarded a CBE earlier this year.

Imogen Jamison, who has worked at Queen's University Belfast for almost eight years, has become Northern Ireland's Cleaner of the Year, an award from the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc). Gary Jebb, Queen's University's director of estates, said the award acknowledged the professionalism of the university's cleaning staff, all of whom are qualified to BICSc standard. "It is welcome recognition of their dedication in making sure that we have clean and pleasant buildings in which our students and staff can work and study," he said.

Broadcaster James Naughtie has been installed as chancellor of the University of Stirling, succeeding Dame Diana Rigg, who has just completed her ten-year term of office. The BBC anchorman received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2001.

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