* Oxford University has appointed: Nicholas Rawlins , professor of behavioural science at the university, to the Watts chair of psychology; Jonathan Zittrain , former Jack N. Berkman and Lillian R. Berkman assistant professor for entrepreneurial legal studies at Harvard University, professor of internet governance and regulation; David Logan , former professor of chemistry and a fellow of Balliol College, Coulson professor of chemistry, Philip Maini , director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the Mathematical Institute, professor of mathematical biology; Ian Loader , former professor of criminology at Keele University, professor of criminology and a fellow of All Souls College; Christopher Minkowski , former professor of Asian studies and classics at Cornell University, Boden professor of Sanskrit; and Jeremy Harris , former senior staff correspondent for the BBC, director of communications and public affairs.
* David Wallace , former vice-chancellor of Loughborough University, will succeed John Boyd as master of Church College, Cambridge University. He will take up the role in summer 2006. Austin Smith , professor and director of Edinburgh University's Centre for Stem cell biology, has been appointed to head the new Institute for Stem Cell Biology at Cambridge and will share his time between Cambridge and Edinburgh until moving to Cambridge full time in August 2006.
* Jeff Errington , professor of microbiology at Oxford University and fellow of the Royal Society, has been appointed to the chair of molecular bioscience and made director of the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biosciences at Newcastle University.