Nazi "euthanasia" programmes and the Third Reich's medical experiments are among the specialist interests of Suzanne Ost, who has joined Lancaster University as senior law lecturer.
Dr Ost was previously a law lecturer at Manchester University and before that at the University of Central Lancashire. Her research expertise fits with her teaching at Lancaster on healthcare law and medical ethics and human rights.
She also has an interest in the legal and social discourses surrounding indecent images of children and the sexual grooming of children.
She said it was "the strong socio-legal focus of the department" that had attracted her back to Lancaster, where she did her PhD.
Three staff have joined the department of mathematics and statistics: Alexander Belton, lecturer in pure maths, joins from University College, Cork; Idris Eckley, a statistician, moves from Shell Global Solutions; and Gareth Ridall, lecturer in medical statistics, joins from Queensland University of Technology. Gillian Lancaster moves from Liverpool University to be senior lecturer in medical statistics and director of the postgraduate statistics centre.
The maths and stats department has also recently appointed Anne Whitehead as a professorial research fellow and John Whitehead, who takes up a chair in statistics. Both join from Reading University.
Thomas Dixon leaves for Queen Mary College, University of London, to be a lecturer in history. Faculty administrator in arts and social sciences Heather Moyes leaves to take up a senior administrative role in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Cardiff University. Ian Stuart, subject librarian for physics, mathematics, engineering, computing and communication systems, retires after more than 40 years. Head of student support services Kathleen Bird is taking early retirement.