Jenny Hobbs, director of the University of Durham's international office, will be acting principal of St Mary's College, Durham from April 1. She replaces Joan Kenworthy.
Denys Turner, head of the department of theology at the University of Birmingham, has been elected Norris-Hulse professor of divinity at the University of Cambridge from October.
Don Detmer, professor of health policy and surgery at the University of Virginia, United States, will be the first Dennis Gillings professor of health management at the University of Cambridge from April 1.
Mary Bolton, senior lecturer in sociologies applied to medicine at Imperial College, London, is joining Oxford Brookes University as professor of sociology and social policy in August.
At Middlesex University, Jill Macleod Clark, director of midwifery at King's College London, will join in May as professor and head of the school of nursing. Heidi Mirza - reader in sociology, director of South Bank University's postgraduate programme in social sciences and associate director of the race and ethnicity research unit -has been appointed chair of racial equality studies at Middlesex. Marie Jackson, head of corporate communication at the British Library, has joined Middlesex as director of communication.
Charles Pollock, reader in the school of engineering at the University of Warwick, becomes professor of electrical energy conservation at the University of Leicester from April 1.
Andrew Stuart, associate director of the programme in scientific computing and computational mathematics at Stanford University, becomes professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick on July 1.
Ian Walker, professor of economics at Keele University, and Myrna Wooders, professor of economics at the University of Toronto, also join Warwick in July as professors of economics.
The Royal Academy of Engineering has appointed John Parnaby, director of companies including Scottish Power plc and a leading player in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's plans for the engineering doctorate scheme, visiting professor at the University of Cambridge.