Goldsmiths, University of London has appointed Liz Bromley its registrar and secretary. Ms Bromley joins from the University of Salford, where she was director of student life. "I've spent the past five years working at Salford to put the student experience at the heart of the university, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It takes a special place to make me consider moving; Goldsmiths is that place," she said. "Everything I know about the college - the staff, students, alumni and the local community - is hugely appealing, and I am looking forward to becoming a useful part of that community. I am anticipating a challenging, stimulating and exciting time working with the warden, the council, the academic community, the professional services staff, the students and alumni; I can't wait for it to begin." Ms Bromley read English at Worcester College, Oxford and has held senior positions at The Open University and the Association of University Administrators. She has also held the position of vice-chair of operations for AMOSSHE, the Student Services Organisation, where she sat on the executive and was responsible for its national office.
Coventry University College
The inaugural head of law at newly founded Coventry University College will be barrister George Ellison. Mr Ellison, who was previously lecturer in law at Liverpool John Moores University and worked as a police officer before training for the Bar, said his experience made him particularly suited to the role. "I've worked in universities lecturing since 2003, so I have a combination of academic and practical skills," he said. In his new role he will take charge of creating law courses at the university college, which opens in September and is located on Coventry University's campus. He said that he was excited to have the chance to design courses from scratch. "They gave me a blank sheet of paper," he said. "We'll be attracting students that may not have got into university the first time round, and teaching them intensively, four hours a day for six weeks. That gives us the chance to introduce a lot of variety into any one day's session." Mr Ellison gained his LLB at Liverpool John Moores in 2003 before gaining an LLM in medical negligence at the University of Liverpool. He was later awarded a postgraduate certificate in education in higher education, also by Liverpool John Moores. In addition, he is a lecturer at The Open University.
As chair of American studies at Northumbria University, Brian Ward will be heading a newly created department flush with specialists in the field. "The university has put a lot of human and material resources into American studies," said Professor Ward. "I'm excited because we can design our new courses from scratch and build on best practice from programmes across the US and the UK, avoiding mistakes made in the past." Professor Ward comes to Northumbria from the University of Manchester, where he took up a chair in American studies in 2006. He gained his undergraduate degree from the University of East Anglia before completing a PhD in history at the University of Cambridge. He taught at the universities of Durham and Newcastle before spending six years in the department of history at the University of Florida. In his role at Northumbria, Professor Ward hopes to add an American perspective to other core subjects at the university, including English, history and politics, as well as boosting students' employability by fostering transferable skills. "There is an employability agenda now that wasn't apparent when the subject was first studied in the 1960s and 1970s," he said. "Students of American studies are exposed to a wide range of subjects such as politics, literature, popular culture and history. That gives them a nimbleness of mind that's increasingly valued among employers."
Imperial College London has named David Taube director of its Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC). Professor Taube is medical director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and professor of transplant medicine at Imperial, the only position of its type in the UK. AHSC was opened in 2007 to speed up the transfer of new techniques and research to clinical practice, with its director reporting jointly to Imperial's principal of medicine and the chief executive of the NHS trust. Professor Taube called the appointment "a fantastic opportunity" to make the most of his vast experience in research, education and clinical practice. "Improving the care of patients has always driven everything I do," he said. "I am hugely excited by the prospect of achieving this through the AHSC on a much bigger and broader scale." A leading nephrologist with over 25 years of experience, Professor Taube was educated at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and is widely regarded as a pioneer in renal medicine and transplantation. He played a key role in the establishment of the West London Renal and Transplant Centre.
A senior NHS figure has been appointed to a visiting professorship at Bucks New University. Allan Jolly, associate director of education and training commissioning at the NHS in the South of England, has more than three decades of experience in the health service. He joins the university's Faculty of Society and Health.
Gresham College, London's oldest higher education institution, has made five appointments. Sir Geoffrey Nice, a leading barrister, has been made professor of law; Lord Plant of Highfield, professor of jurisprudence and political philosophy at King's College London, is now professor of divinity; Raymond Flood, fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, has been made professor of geometry; Douglas McWilliams, chief executive of the Centre for Economics and Business Research, is professor of commerce; and Tony Mann, principal lecturer in mathematics at the University of Greenwich, has become visiting professor of computing mathematics.
The School of Management at the University of Bradford has appointed a number of international business leaders to its board. They are: Malvika Rai, owner and chairperson of the IILM Institute of Higher Education in Delhi; Pól O Móráin, member of the Export Trade Council in the Republic of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Margaret Sentamu, diversity and recruitment management consultant and non-executive director of Traidcraft; Delroy Beverley, director of Propertysolutions, the construction arm of the Incommunities housing association; Peter Foy, chairman of live video streaming specialist Streaming Tank; and Martin Hindle, chairman of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
Wayne Campbell has joined the University of Kent as director of student services. Dr Campbell, who took up the role at the beginning of August, was previously academic registrar at the University of Essex.