University of Wales Institute, Cardiff , has appointed: Pam Ackroyd , registrar at Goldsmiths College, University of London, director of planning and human resources; and Kate Ashcroft , dean of the faculty of education at the University of the West of England, academic vice-principal. Alan Birchenough has been promoted to secretary and registrary.
Richard Fortey , merit researcher in the palaeontology department, Natural History Museum, has been appointed to the Collier chair in the public understanding of science and technology at Bristol University .
Tony Hazell , assistant principal for schools support at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, has been appointed chair of the Velindre NHS Trust and a member of the new Shadow Health Professions' Council .
The Royal Northern College of Music has appointed Melina Maxwell , oboe professor at the Royal Academy of Music, director of woodwind studies, and Linda Merrick , head of music at the London College of Music and Media, director of performance studies and senior tutor in clarinet.