August 20, 2009

The University of Salford has appointed Keith Barnes, former regional director of the Government Office for the North West, pro vice-chancellor for strategic partnerships and development.

Tony Weetman, pro vice-chancellor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Sheffield, is the new chair of the Medical Schools Council. Professor Weetman was previously the council's deputy chair, and succeeds Sir John Tooke in the post.

A former vice-chancellor at Swansea University has been appointed to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. Robin Williams' career has also included spells as head of the physics and astronomy department and vice-principal of Cardiff University.

Peter Williams, an emeritus professor at Bangor University, has received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the field of ocean sciences. He was awarded the Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.

A senior lecturer at Swansea Metropolitan University has had her work selected as "best in show" at a global exhibition. Vanessa Cutler, who teaches at the university's Welsh School of Architectural Glass, has six items on display at the US exhibition, "BIGG: Breakthrough Ideas in Global Glass".

A prominent Jewish scholar has been appointed to the new post of Abrahamic religions chair at the University of Oxford. Guy Stroumsa, Martin Buber professor of comparative religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will join Oxford in October.

One of the world's top rowing clubs has honoured an oarsman at the University of Bristol. Gordon Trevett, sports performance manager at Bristol's Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, was awarded membership of the Leander Club of Henley-on-Thames.

Elizabeth Marr has been appointed director of the Centre for Widening Participation at The Open University. Dr Marr was previously head of widening participation at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Gregor McLennan has been named director of the University of Bristol's Institute for Advanced Studies. He succeeds Martin White in the role.

A Canterbury Christ Church University expert in teacher training has been named Governor of the Year for the London region in the 2009 Teaching Awards. Spyros Elia, a tutor on the Teach First initial teacher education programme, won the award for his work as chair of governors of Brindishe and Hither Green primary schools.

Anglia Ruskin University's new Vision and Eye Research Unit has a director. Shahina Pardhan will head up the centre, which is based at the university's Postgraduate Medical Institute.

St George's, University of London has awarded honorary degrees to two US medics for their contributions to the clinical sciences. Gary and Elizabeth Nabel, who are husband and wife, are senior clinical leaders within the National Institutes of Health.

The UK president of Alstom, the engineering firm, has been recruited to the board of governors at Staffordshire University. Steve Burgin will contribute to the university's development plans, including its £287 million University Quarter project, which aims to boost the region's skills base and economy.

Two scholars have been appointed as co-chairs of the Association of Philosophy Journal Editors. They are Thom Brooks, reader in political and legal philosophy at Newcastle University, and Carol Gould, professor of philosophy and political science at Temple University, Philadelphia.

Muhammad Azam Roomi has been promoted to the post of principal lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire Business School. Mr Roomi is also director of research at the university's Centre for Women's Enterprise.

A specialist in modern French literature from the University of Oxford has been presented with an award from the French Government. Patrick McGuinness, fellow and tutor at St Anne's College, Oxford, has been named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques for services to French culture.

Alma Harris, director of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, has been awarded the President's Medal by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

At Durham University, Andrew Deeks has been appointed pro vice-chancellor of science and head of the faculty of science. He joins from the University of Western Australia. The director of library services at the University of St Andrews, Jon Purcell, will join Durham as university librarian.

Rebecca Lingwood, director of continuing professional development at the University of Oxford's department for continuing education, has been appointed director of the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education. Dr Lingwood, an alumnus of Cambridge, will return to the university to succeed Dick Taylor in October.

A new professor of architecture has been appointed by the University of Brighton. Susannah Hagan was previously reader in architecture and founder and programme leader of the architecture: sustainability and design MA course at the University of East London.

Shahram Tabibi has been made a professor by the University of Central Lancashire's Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education, where he is director.

The City Law School, City University London, has appointed a director of academic programmes. Susan Nash will also be acting dean of the school until 31 December.

Richard Evans, Regius professor of modern history at the University of Cambridge, has been named the new professor of rhetoric at Gresham College. In the role, he will provide free public lectures on 19th- and 20th-century European history.

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