University of Wales, Cardiff
Sioned Davies is to be the first female professor of Welsh.She will also be head of thedepartment of Welsh, succeeding Glyn Jones.
Promotional chairs have been awarded to: Karel Williams,accounting and political economy; Andrew Causey, art history; Jamie Peck, geography; John Hook, low temperature physics; Anthony Howell, medical oncology.
University of Teesside
Gervase Phinn, educationist and children's author, has been appointed visiting professor.
University of Oxford
Hermione Lee, professor of English literature at the University of York, has been appointed to the Goldsmiths' chair of Englishliterature succeeding Emrys Jones in October 1998. She will also be a fellow of New College.