Neil Gregor from the University of Southampton has been awarded the Fraenkel Prize for contemporary history. Dr Gregor, who is reader in modern German history, was presented with the award by the Wiener Library for his book Haunted City: Nuremberg and the Nazi Past after 1945. The prize is sponsored by Ernst Fraenkel, joint president of the Wiener Library, and is awarded for outstanding work on 20th-century history in one of the library’s fields of interest. Dr Gregor said: “I am honoured to receive this award, and especially to gain recognition for my work from an institution that has survivors and refugees from the Holocaust at the core of what it does.”
The University of Wolverhampton has appointed Roger Seifert professor of human resource management. Professor Seifert has joined the university’s Business School from Keele University, where he was professor of industrial relations and human resource management for 15 years. He has acted as an adviser and consultant to large private and public-sector companies, trade unions and government departments. He was president of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association between 2000 and 2004, acted as an academic adviser to the Association of Commonwealth Universities and remains a visiting professor in Zimbabwe, Malawi and China.
Gonzalo Villalta Puig has been appointed senior lecturer in the University of Hull’s Law School. Formerly a senior lecturer in the Law School at La Trobe University (Melbourne), he is a barrister and solicitor of the High Courts of Australia and New Zealand and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Dr Villalta Puig’s teaching interests are European Union and international trade law.
Paul Cartledge has become the first A.?G. Leventis professor of Greek culture at the University of Cambridge. He will focus on the study of Greek cultural achievements, looking at the effect they have had on society today. The chair is named after Anastasios Leventis of the Leventis Foundation, which supports educational, cultural, artistic and philanthropic causes, with an emphasis on Greek and Cypriot
cultural heritage. Professor Cart-ledge is a specialist on the history of Greek political thought and practice, and on the societies and economies of Classical Greece. He has played an active role in popularising the study of Ancient Greece through books, television and radio appearances. He has received two Greek honours: he was awarded the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour and has been made an honorary citizen of (modern) Sparta. He holds a visiting global distinguished professorship at New York University.
An academic from Edge Hill University has been invited to join a gathering of high achievers at the Women of the Year Lunch. Jane Morgan was asked to attend the lunch in recognition of her achievement in her role as head of midwifery at the university, her international work in Rwanda and her contribution to domestic violence studies. The Women of
the Year Lunch – which was established in 1955 by campaigner and feminist Lady Tony Lothian – brings together women from a variety of backgrounds in acknowledgement of their individual achievements in their chosen field. Its president, singer Joan Armatrading, said: “Each and every woman who attends the Women of the Year Lunch is here because of her considerable achievements. It is my honour and pleasure to ensure that they are recognised and celebrated through this event for their enviable contribution to society.”
Mike Mannion has been appointed pro vice-chancellor (international) of Glasgow Caledonian University. Professor Mannion joined the university in 2000 as head of computing and became dean of the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in 2002. In 2006 he led a merger with the School of Engineering, Science and Design to form the School of Engineering and Computing. Also at Glasgow Caledonian, the Business School has appointed a new head of the division of accounting, finance and risk. Zeljko Sevic, who has worked for the European Union, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Council of Europe on accounting, finance and public policy issues, will join Glasgow Caledonian from the University of Greenwich.
Richard Davison, professor of exercise physiology at Napier University, has been appointed associate dean for research and knowledge transfer in the faculty of health, life and social sciences. Professor Davison, formerly chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, joined Napier’s School of Life Sciences in 2007 as the first chair in sport and exercise science, recently becoming its acting head.
Well known for her work with violent offenders and victims of sex abuse, Julia Davidson has joined Kingston University as professor of criminology and sociology. Having spent the past 20 years conducting research on criminal justice, Professor Davidson will continue to work on research projects on violent and sexual crime. She will also be co-director on the newly created Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies, which has been set up to spearhead research, practice and training on trauma and abuse.
Other academics joining the faculty of arts and social sciences at Kingston include Craig Phelan, a specialist in US and comparative labour history, who moves from Swansea University to become professor in history. Simon Morgan Wortham joins as a professor in the English department. Professor Morgan Wortham has researched the future of the humanities in the contemporary university and has published extensively on Jacques Derrida, the philosopher associated with deconstruction.
A Salford University professor has joined Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and England footballer Rio Ferdinand on the Powerlist 2008 as one of Britain’s 100 most influential black people. Cynthia Pine, dean of health and social care, is the first woman to be appointed dean of a UK dental school. She was personally congratulated by the Prime Minister at a reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for her outstanding achievement as a black role model. Professor Pine is a consultant in dental public health at Salford Primary Care Trust and also works with the World Health Organisation to address inequalities in children’s oral health. In 2006, she was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to dentistry. In his speech, Gordon Brown described the Powerlist as “a celebration of the achievements of 100 remarkable people – a testament of what can happen when talent meets opportunity in our country today”.