An executive at a global design company has been appointed dean of the School of Design at Northumbria University. Steven Kyffin, senior director of design research and innovation at Royal Philips Electronics in the Netherlands, will take up the post in January 2010. Professor Kyffin, an alumnus of Northumbria, previously held academic and management positions at the Royal College of Art.
An academic at the University of Bristol has been made a member of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture. Malcolm Evans, professor of public international law, joins the body charged with inspecting regions where torture occurs. Professor Evans is a specialist in the field, with a track record on the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture.
Glasgow Caledonian University has appointed Hamish Dingwall director of research, innovation and enterprise. Mr Dingwall previously held posts at the University of Aberdeen and The Robert Gordon University, and most recently worked as a freelance sustainable and enterprise-development adviser.
Phillip Dixon has been promoted to the post of human resources director at Sheffield Hallam University. Mr Dixon, who has worked at the institution since 2002, was appointed deputy HR director in 2004 and has been acting HR director since 2008.
Andrei Seryi has been named as the next director of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science (JAI), a joint venture between the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London. JAI's work focuses on developing accelerator technologies for particle physics and is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Professor Seryi is currently leading work on the Facilities for Accelerator Science and Experimental Test Beams at Stanford University's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. He will take up his new role in August 2010.
The Academy of Social Sciences has conferred the title of academician on 64 scholars and others from across the social science spectrum. Those honoured are: John Allen, professor of economic geography, The Open University; Michael Anyadike-Danes, head of research, Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland; Vernon Bogdanor, professor of government, University of Oxford; Martyn Bond, visiting professor of European politics and policy, Royal Holloway, University of London; Sophie Bowlby, senior lecturer in geography, University of Reading; Thom Brooks, reader in political and legal philosophy, Newcastle University; Jacquelin Burgess, professor of environmental risk, University of East Anglia; Tim Butler, professor of geography, King's College London; Timothy Clark, professor of organisational behaviour, Durham University; Alistair Cole, professor of European politics, Cardiff University; Diana Coole, professor of political and social theory, Birkbeck, University of London; Douglas Davies, professor in the study of religion, Durham University; Lorraine Dearden, professor of economics and social statistics, Institute of Education; John Dunn, emeritus professor of political theory, University of Cambridge; Lewis Elton, emeritus professor of higher education, University of Surrey; Anthony Forster, pro vice-chancellor for learning and teaching, Durham University; Keith Glaister, dean of the Management School, University of Sheffield; Keith Grint, professor of public leadership and management, University of Warwick; Alexander Haslam, professor of psychology, University of Exeter; Colin Hay, professor of political analysis, University of Sheffield; Robert Hetherington, chief economist, Devon County Council; Celia Hoyles, professor of mathematics education, Institute of Education; Janet Hunter, professor of economic history, London School of Economics; Chris Huxham, professor of management, University of Strathclyde; Ron Iphofen, retired director of postgraduate studies, Bangor University; Michael Keating, professor of politics, University of Aberdeen; Emil Kirchner, professor of European studies, University of Essex; Saville Kushner, professor of public evaluation, University of the West of England; John Leach, professor of science education and dean of education, University of Leeds; Kevin Lee, professor of economics and graduate dean, University of Leicester; Robert Leonardi, director-general of the Sicilian Regional Government's Brussels office; Peter Malpass, professor of housing and urban studies, University of the West of England; John Mingers, professor of operational research and information systems, University of Kent; Michael Moran, professor of government, University of Manchester; Elizabeth Murphy, professor of sociology and pro vice-chancellor, University of Leicester; Emma Murphy, professor of political economy, Durham University; David Nelken, distinguished research professor of law, Cardiff University; Frank Peck, professor of regional economic development, University of Cumbria; John Peterson, professor of international politics, University of Edinburgh; Judith Phillips, professor of gerontology, Swansea University; Bob Picciotto, visiting professor in the department of war studies, King's College London; Laurence Ray, professor of sociology, University of Kent; John Richardson, professor of student learning and assessment, The Open University; Anne Rogers, professor of the sociology of healthcare, University of Manchester; James Rollo, professor of European economic integration, University of Sussex; Thomas Scharf, professor of social gerontology, Keele University; Andrew Scott, professor of European Union studies, University of Edinburgh; Michael Shackleton, extraordinary professor of European institutions, Maastricht University; David Shanks, professor of psychology, University College London; Michael Sheppard, professor of social work, University of Plymouth; David Simon, professor in development geography, Royal Holloway, University of London; Iram Siraj-Blatchford, professor of early-childhood education, Institute of Education; Maria Slowey, vice-president for learning innovation, Dublin City University; Guy Standing, professor of social and economic security, University of Bath; John Stewart, professor of health history, Glasgow Caledonian University; Gerry Stoker, professor of politics and governance, University of Southampton; Michael Swan, freelance writer; Howard Thomas, dean and professor of strategic management, Warwick Business School; Claire Wallace, professor of sociology, University of Aberdeen; Paul Whiteley, professor of government, University of Essex; Allan Williams, emeritus professor in occupational psychology, City University London; David Wilson, deputy dean and professor of strategy at Warwick Business School; Fiona Wishlade, reader in the European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde; Cecilia Wong, professor of spatial planning, University of Manchester.