For many business scholars, their expertise derives from years of hard graft in the academy, but Carl Fey took a different route. The American academic, who has been appointed dean of the Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) China, made a reputation for himself at an early age after setting up his own business buying Russian sports equipment and selling it throughout the world. "At that time, by virtue of being a foreigner, people in Russia thought you knew about business," he said. Some consultancy work followed and, finding he enjoyed it, Professor Fey decided to go back to college and study for an MBA. "I got a bit sidetracked," he admitted. "I ended up doing a PhD." After studying for his doctorate at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Professor Fey won a postdoctoral position at the Stockholm School of Economics. He stayed with the institution and was instrumental in establishing a campus for executive-development work in St Petersburg, Russia. Although a scholar of Russian business, he became interested in China after a six-month fellowship in Shanghai. "I'm interested in how one needs to adapt management practice in different cultures," he explained. He lamented the lack of cohesion between teaching and research in business schools, something he was hoping to change in his new role. "Academics have their teaching lives and their research lives: I want to bring them together," he said.
University of Toronto
Christian Campbell, assistant professor of English at the University of Toronto, has won the 2010 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for his poetry collection, Running the Dusk. He said he was "honoured to be a part of a moment of great energy and transformation in contemporary poetry in the UK". Professor Campbell considers himself a Caribbean poet, and said that this made his achievement even more special. "It's very difficult for any young poet, and for any Caribbean poet, to get this level of recognition," he said. He studied for his undergraduate degree at Macalester College, Minnesota, before going on to an MPhil at the University of Oxford and then an MA and a PhD at Duke University. In addition to his poetry, his teaching and research interests include Caribbean literature; black diaspora literature and culture; cultural studies and popular culture; poetry; post-colonial theory; and creative writing. His prize comes with a cash award of £3,000, an invitation to read his work at next year's Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, plus a week on the Suffolk coast to write. He said of the win: "Let's just say that I'm 'feeling good' in the Nina Simone way!"
St George's, University of London
An administrator who enjoys the "complexity" of higher education has become secretary and academic registrar at St George's, University of London. Sophie Bowen previously worked at the University of Birmingham, where she was based for nearly 15 years, most recently as director of academic and student administration. After graduating from the University of Oxford with a BA and an MPhil, Ms Bowen worked for the Yorkshire charity Carers' Resource for a year before enrolling on Birmingham's graduate-trainee scheme - a shortlived experiment: "I think I was its first and its last graduate trainee." She went on to an administrative- assistant role in the faculties of science and engineering. "It was very much a generalist administrator role," she recalled. "Everything you could think of was thrown into it." She set up a new unit in programmes and curriculum development and was seconded to the Higher Education Funding Council for England's English Universities Benchmarking Club, where she developed a methodology for gauging non-quantitative processes. She rose through the ranks, becoming policy officer for quality mechanisms and academic audit and, in 2002, director of student services. "It was an interesting change," she said. "I went from managing a small team of five to managing a team of about 90." However, she remains modest about her achievements: "It's a fact: the longer you stay at universities, the longer your titles become," she said.
Aston Business School
Heiner Evanschitzky has been made professor of marketing at Aston Business School. Currently in a parallel post at the University of Strathclyde, he was one of the youngest scholars to hold a professorship in marketing when he was appointed in 2007. His career has also included spells as assistant and associate professor at Munster University's Marketing Centre. Professor Evanschitzky has about 100 journal articles to his name, and in 2007 his research was recognised by the James M. Comer Award for Best Contribution to Selling and Sales Management Theory/Methodology. His research focuses on services marketing and management, specifically the service profit chain concept. Outside work, he enjoys skiing, surfing, hiking and badminton, and is "an occasional drinker" of fine wines.
Durham University has made several appointments. Jim Haslam has been appointed chair in accounting, finance and governance at Durham Business School. He joins from the University of Dundee. Paul Bailey has taken up a chair in Chinese history. He joins from the University of Edinburgh. David Wall has been made a chair in criminology. He was previously based at the University of Leeds. Morten Lau returns to Durham to take up a chair in finance. He left the institution in 2008 to join Newcastle University Business School. Bart Taub has been appointed chair in finance. His most recent role was at the University of Illinois. Martin Clayton has joined Durham from The Open University to take up a chair in music. Frank Marlowe and Rebecca Sear have been appointed readers in evolutionary anthropology. Dr Marlowe joins from Florida State University while Dr Sear joins from the London School of Economics. Finally, Ian Hyla Jermyn has joined Durham as reader in statistics from the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control.
The Royal Veterinary College has appointed Stuart Reid as its principal. He was previously dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow.
Nigel Allinson has been appointed distinguished professor of image engineering at the University of Lincoln. He was previously professor of image engineering at the University of Sheffield.
Michael Bear has been appointed chancellor of City University London and Lord Mayor of the City of London. Alderman Bear will hold the position of chancellor throughout his tenure as Lord Mayor.