October 22, 2009

A pioneer of research into the treatment of diabetes has been made deputy vice-chancellor of Kingston University. David Mackintosh, who joined the institution 21 years ago, began his career at Guy's Hospital, where he worked on the first clinical trials into the use of human insulin. Dr Mackintosh, who is currently dean of the faculty of science at Kingston, will take on the role on 1 November, when the incumbent deputy vice-chancellor, Mary Stuart, moves to the University of Lincoln as vice-chancellor.

The former director of technology at the Science and Technology Facilities Council has been appointed to a senior post at Nottingham Trent University. Roger Eccleston is the new dean of the School of Science and Technology. He was previously director of Sheffield Hallam University's Materials and Engineering Research Institute and the Materials Analysis and Research Services Centre for Industrial Collaboration.

The University of Chester has appointed three staff to its faculty of health and social care. Tim Mann joins as the university's head of social work from Cheshire County Council, where he was assistant director of community services. Maureen Deacon, a former mental-health nurse, joins as professor of professional development. And Mandy Drake, former clinical lead in mental health at NHS Manchester, joins as senior lecturer in mental health.

Anne Curry has been made head of the School of Humanities at the University of Southampton. Professor Curry joined the institution in 2004 and has published widely in the field of Anglo-French relations in the later Middle Ages. She is co-editor of the medieval volume of the Cambridge History of War, president of the Historical Association and vice-president of the Royal Historical Society.

A professor of computer science at the University of Southampton has been honoured for her work. Dame Wendy Hall was presented with the 2009 Duncan Davies Medal by the Research and Development Society for her advocacy of equal opportunities for women in science and engineering. The award citation also praised her for maintaining academic links with business.

An emeritus professor at the University of Leicester has been recognised by the Chemical Heritage Foundation for his study of the Victorian chemist William Crookes. William H. Brock, emeritus professor of history of science, won the 2009 Roy G. Neville Prize for his book, William Crookes (1832-1919) and the Commercialisation of Science. The award is presented to the author of a monograph or biography in the field of the chemical and molecular sciences, and aims to promote public understanding of science.

The University of Strathclyde has named Scott MacGregor dean of engineering. Professor MacGregor, an expert in power engineering, is founder and co-director of the Robertson Trust Laboratory for Electronic Sterilisation Technologies, which conducts research into the prevention and control of infection. He is also head of Strathclyde's High Voltage Technologies Group, and his research and knowledge-transfer work has generated more than £6 million in funding. Professor MacGregor will succeed Colin Grant in the post in January.

Several musicians and producers have been made visiting professors at the Leeds College of Music. They are: Dennis Rollins, visiting professor in trombone; Rachel Lebon, visiting professor in voice; Alan Hacker, visiting professor in clarinet; Wen Zhou Li, visiting professor in violin; Paul Archibald, visiting professor in trumpet; Joanna MacGregor, visiting professor in piano; Ian Capel, visiting professor in music production; and Mick Glossop, visiting professor in music production and recording.

Michael Wells, professor of gynaecological pathology at the University of Sheffield, has been elected the new president of the European Society of Pathology. Professor Wells, who is the society's second president, has also led the British Gynaecological Cancer Society and the International Society of Gynaecological Pathologists. In 2004, he was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Graphic artist and designer Lawrence Zeegen has taken on a new role as head of the School of Communication Design at Kingston University. Mr Zeegen is a regular guest speaker at conferences in his field, and has given talks in India, Japan, Singapore and the US. His career has included spells at Camberwell College of Arts and the University of Brighton.

A senior lecturer at the University of Bath has been appointed a guest professor at a Chinese institution. Toby Jenkins, who is based in Bath's department of chemistry, will join Shanghai Jiao Tong University to help strengthen collaborations between the two institutions. Dr Jenkins and the biophysical chemistry group at Bath will work with colleagues at the Shanghai university to create the next generation of "smart" surfaces that respond to changes in their environment. It is hoped that the work could lead the way to the development of wound dressings that indicate when infections occur.

Alistair Ross, professor of education at London Metropolitan University, has been awarded the title of Jean Monnet ad personam professor in citizenship education in Europe by the European Commission. The teaching and research post will see Professor Ross specialise in European integration studies, and he will carry out a study on young Europeans' construction of identity and citizenship. Professor Ross was previously director of the Institute for Policy Studies in Education at London Met, and co-ordinator of the European Community's Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe network.

Fiona Larg has been appointed secretary of the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands. She was formerly deputy secretary at the UHI Millennium Institute, and takes over the role from James Fraser, who has taken up the position of principal. Ms Larg has also been made secretary to UHI's board of governors.

Duncan McCargo, professor of Southeast Asian politics at the University of Leeds, has been awarded the first annual Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award. Professor McCargo won the prize for Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (2008), a examination of the violent separatist insurgency in the country that is based on his own fieldwork. Winners receive a $20,000 (£12,500) cheque.

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