Nick Reilly, chairman and managing director of Vauxhall Motors and vice-president of General Motors, is to be chair of the Adult Learning Inspectorate.
Bob Boucher, vice-chancellor of UMIST, is to be vice-chancellor of Sheffield University.
Robert Taylor, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, has retired because of ill-health. Robert Pearce will be acting vice-chancellor.
Edward de Bono, pioneer of lateral thinking, is to be president of the Association of Business Executives.
Vic Barnett, professor of environmental statistics at Nottingham University, has been appointed professor of statistics at Nottingham Trent University. Elleke Boehmer is moving to Nottingham Trent from the school of English at the Univers-ity of Leeds to be professor of colonial and postcolonial studies.
Three new governors of the Wellcome Trust are: Adrian Bird, Buchanan professor of genetics at the University of Edinburgh; Jean Thomas, professor of macromolecular biochemistry at the University of Cambridge; and Mark Walport, professor of medicine at Imperial College.
Adrian Graves, former general manager for new business development at the University of Adelaide, has been appointed secretary of Robert Gordon University.
Robert Gordon University has made Charlie Weir and Elizabeth Gammie professors, and Keith McGuire, Linda Lawton and Julian Malins readers.
Gabrielle Hawksworth, professor of molecular toxicology at the University of Aberdeen, has been appointed to the Medicines Commission.
Duncan E. Shepherd, of the department of biomedical physics and bioengineering at the University of Aberdeen, has been presented with a special research fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust.
8 peopleThe Times HigherJjuly 7 2000 'Sufiah's parents and tutors have not blamed academic pressures for her disappearance and have suggested she has opted to "stretch her wings" after the academic year' People is edited by Harriet Swain and researched by Lynne Williams.
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