Steve Olivier - the new head of the School of Social and Health Sciences and professor of sport and exercise science - sees potential for imaginative research into the health of the local population.
"Abertay is small enough for me to be able to make a difference, but, more importantly, it's willing to be innovative in a market that tends to follow trends."
Professor Olivier was previously head of sport sciences at Northumbria University. In his native South Africa he held posts at Cape Town and Zululand universities. He played top-level rugby in South Africa, and coached there and in the UK. As a lifelong surfer, he is keen to explore Scotland's coastal waters.
David Bremner has been promoted from senior lecturer in the School of Contemporary Sciences to the new chair of applied environmental science.
Lachlan MacKinnon has moved from a readership in computer science at Heriot-Watt University to head the School of Computing and Creative Activities.
Caz McIntee , former lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at Dundee University, has been appointed cultural development officer.
Peter Martin, deputy principal for academic development, is retiring.
Kevan Gartland , director of the Centre for the Environment, has been appointed dean of life sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University.