October 1, 2009

The deputy vice-chancellor of Kingston University has been appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Lincoln. Mary Stuart, who takes up the post in November, was previously pro vice-chancellor and director of the Institute of Education at the University of Sussex. Professor Stuart also serves on a number of national and international committees, including the Higher Education Funding Council for England's Teaching, Quality and Student Experience Committee, and is a higher education adviser to the World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education.

Paul Olomolaiye has been named the new pro vice-chancellor and executive dean of the faculty of environment and technology at the University of the West of England. In his previous role as dean of the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Olomolaiye was involved in a regional drive to promote knowledge exchange between academia and industry.

Heriot-Watt University has recruited Shirley Campbell to the new post of director of people and organisational development. Ms Campbell moves to the post, in which she will develop the university's human resources strategy, from the financial services sector. She has previously held posts as UK human resources director for insurer Royal & Sun Alliance and organisational development director for the financial services firm Aviva.

Sheffield Hallam University has appointed Cliff Allan deputy vice-chancellor. He is currently deputy vice-chancellor (development) of Teesside University, responsible for developing the university's academic portfolio and interdisciplinary academic groups, as well as for the expanding local and regional partnerships. Before joining Teesside, he was deputy chief executive of the Higher Education Academy, having previously been its director of programmes. He has also worked for several Third World development agencies and charities.

An academic from Edinburgh Napier University has been appointed to the newly established Library and Information Science Research Coalition. Hazel Hall, who is currently reader in social informatics at the institution, has been seconded to the coalition, which aims to deliver a co-ordinated approach to library and information science research across the UK.

An expert in foreign-language usage in UK business has been appointed deputy vice-chancellor (academic) of the University of Wales, Newport. Stephen Hagen joins from the University of the West of England where he was director of research, business and innovation. He is an honorary fellow of the Institute of Linguists and member of the Institute of Directors, and is a frequent media commentator on the language needs of UK business.

A former principal consultant at the educational fundraising advisers ASK Associates has been appointed to Aberystwyth University. Julian Smyth is the new director of development and alumni relations and joins Aberystwyth with nearly 20 years' experience in the fundraising sector. He has previously worked at the LandAid Charitable Trust, the Sherborne School Foundation in Dorset and the Royal Association for Deaf People.

The pro vice-chancellor (academic) of the University of Salford has been named the new deputy vice-chancellor for academic development at the University of Surrey. Gillian Nicholls, a professor of education, has already spent several years at Surrey, having previously joined it in 1997. Her research areas are professional development and teaching and learning environments.

At Anglia Ruskin University, Ajay Burlingham-Bohr, director of information systems and media services, has been shortlisted for a UK IT Leader of the Year award. Ms Burlingham-Bohr is the sole representative of the higher education sector on the shortlist for the 2009 award, organised by the British Computer Society. She has been nominated after overseeing the replacement of an ageing IT infrastructure, the creation and implementation of a new support service and an overhaul of the previous IT function at Anglia Ruskin. Also at Anglia Ruskin, lecturer Shirley Pickford has been shortlisted for the Remote Worker Award, organised by Remote Employment and BT Business. Ms Pickford teaches students online on the BA (Hons) Learning through Technology degree.

John Halocha, reader in geography education and academic co-ordinator for geography at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, has taken up the post of president of the Geographical Association. In his new role, he will work with staff and volunteers to develop further national activities at the association, which represents geography teachers across England.

The University of Sussex has appointed Sally Jane Norman the first director of the new Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. The centre, which was formerly known as the Gardner Arts Centre, is due to reopen for the university's 50th-anniversary celebrations in 2011. Ms Norman, who is founding director of Newcastle University's Culture Lab, will be responsible for managing the centre's facilities for research projects, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She will take on her new role at Sussex in January 2010.

Martin Caraher has been appointed professor in food and health policy at City University London. Since joining the institution in 2000, Professor Caraher's research has focused on food poverty and the role of markets and co-ops in promoting health. Other areas of interest include food deserts and food access, retail concentration and globalisation. Professor Caraher currently sits on the London 2012 Food Advisory Group for the Olympics and has acted as an adviser to the Irish Government.

Karen Harrison has joined the University of Hull's Law School from the University of the West of England. The lecturer will teach criminal law and criminal justice issues in legal systems. Her research focuses on sex offenders, and she has recently finished editing a book on the subject. She is currently writing a study on dangerous offenders and sits on the editorial boards of both the Prison Service Journal and the Journal of Sexual Aggression.

Martin Henson has been named first dean of international development at the University of Essex. Formerly head of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, in his new role Professor Henson will lead the development and implementation of the revised international strategy at Essex.

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