December 23, 2010

University of Huddersfield

Barbara Conway

A former community pharmacist, Barbara Conway, is to use her years of expertise to set up new courses for pharmacy students in Huddersfield.

She joins the University of Huddersfield as professor of pharmaceutics after nearly two decades at Aston University, where she forged her academic career after quitting a previous job as a dispenser. "I was interested in the science and the formulation of what makes medicines work," she said. Professor Conway made the shift from the practical to the academic when she undertook a PhD at Aston. "It was quite demanding and quite an unknown. I wasn't sure what I'd let myself in for," she recalled. After receiving her doctorate in 1995, she was employed as a lecturer and senior lecturer before becoming director of the MPharm programme at the university. She also worked as a Medici Fellow for a year, specialising in innovation within the university sector and pharmaceutical patenting. Her research, which she will continue in her new post, has covered new ways to deliver drugs including medicated chewing gum. Professor Conway said she was pleased to be joining what is a relatively new school of pharmacy at Huddersfield. "We're starting everything from scratch," she said. "It's a chance to do more innovative things."

Tufts University

Anthony P. Monaco

A distinguished neuroscientist who identified the first gene involved in human speech and language is to lead the governing body of Tufts University. Anthony P. Monaco, pro vice-chancellor for planning and resources at the University of Oxford, will become the 13th president of the US institution's board of trustees. Professor Monaco, who will take up the post next summer, said the appointment was "a great honour" and that he had "the same feeling of excitement about Tufts that I had when I was embarking on my first scientific discoveries". Before becoming pro vice-chancellor, Professor Monaco served as director of Oxford's Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the largest externally funded, university-based research centre in the UK, which focuses on the biological basis for human disease. He said his achievements had been "an enormous step" for his family. The son of a plumber, he was a first-generation college graduate and was encouraged at an early age by a family friend who taught at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, to aspire to study at Princeton University. "My parents instilled a love of learning in all their children, but I wouldn't have been able to make that leap without incredible mentors. I'm passionate about increasing access to higher education, and I know Tufts shares that passion," he said.

China Europe International Business School

John Quelch

In 2006, John Quelch was named by a national newspaper as one of the "Top 25 Britons who call the shots in America". Now he will be calling the shots in Asia, too, as he takes up the post of dean of the China Europe International Business School. Currently Lincoln Filene professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, Professor Quelch has a truly international career history. First appointed visiting instructor at the University of Hawaii, he was subsequently assistant professor in the School of Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario. By 1979 he had been appointed assistant professor at Harvard Business School, winning tenure within a decade, and then he moved again to become dean and vice-chancellor of London Business School. Back at Harvard in 2001, he remained an influential teacher, and also undertook a pro bono role, acting as Honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Morocco for the New England region of the US. Joining the China Europe International Business School, Professor Quelch brings with him five years' experience of international development, after acting as Harvard's senior associate dean on the issue.

Liverpool Hope University

Steven Broomhead

"I want to encourage wealth creation," said Steven Broomhead. "I want businesses in the private sector to see Liverpool Hope University as the kind of place where they can find the support they need." Professor Broomhead, former chief executive of the Northwest Regional Development Agency, is to join Liverpool Hope in one of the first posts of its kind. As professor of entrepreneurial education, he will use his experience in both the business development and education sectors to take responsibility for institutional development. "I want it to be an institution people look to, one whose work is recognised that has survived the worst ravages of the market changes being forced upon us," he said. He said he was looking forward to taking a new direction in his career, at a time when the university is growing rapidly. Previously chief executive of Warrington Borough Council and twice a college principal, Professor Broomhead said it was essential that the North West should "assert itself". He has been a governor of Liverpool John Moores University and is currently a governor of the University of Central Lancashire.


The University of Birmingham has appointed Mark Webber as head of the School of Government and Society and professor of international politics. He was previously at Loughborough University.

Architect and academic Lorraine Farrelly has been appointed professor of architecture and design at the University of Portsmouth. She is also a member of the RIBA visiting validation panel for schools of architecture.

City University London has recruited Jim Fairbairn, managing director of global compressor specialists Howden Compressors, as a visiting professor of engineering. His company endowed the chair of engineering design and compressor technology at the university in 2008.

A solicitor from the Student Loans Company has been honoured with a national award. Shareen Gault, head of legal and compliance, was named young in-house lawyer of the year at the British Legal Awards 2010 at a ceremony in London.

The University of Leicester has made several appointments: Sandra Nolte has been appointed as lecturer in accounting and finance within the School of Management. She was previously a postdoctoral researcher at Warwick Business School. Kirsten Malmkjur has joined as professor of translation studies and head of the new Research Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies, having previously taught at the universities of Birmingham, Cambridge and Middlesex. And Eirini-Chrysovalantou Zempi has joined Leicester's department of criminology as a tutor. She previously worked for Victim Support in the city.

David Finkelstein, research professor of media and print culture at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the National Library of Scotland.

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