Sarah Brown claims interests ranging from science fiction to Greek tragedy, which makes her ideal for her new role as chair of Anglia Ruskin University's department of English, communication, film and media studies.
The department, graded 5 in the 2001 research assessment exercise, has also been been ranked third for English and tenth for media studies in one newspaper league table. "What attracted me was the degree to which different approaches to English can be blended," said Professor Brown, who has taught at a number of universities. "I look forward to working in such a dynamic department."
Michael Thorne , currently vice-chancellor of the University of East London, starts as Anglia Ruskin's new vice-chancellor and chief executive in January.
Alan Coday , previously a freelance technical consultant, joins the university as a senior lecturer in building surveying and building conservation.
Christine Campbell has left Southampton Solent University to join Anglia Ruskin as a senior lecturer in psychology.
Lata Gautam has left the National Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Nepal to join as a postdoctoral research assistant in the Environmental Sciences Research Centre.
David Tidmarsh , the current vice-chancellor, leaves Anglia Ruskin in December to become vice-chancellor of the University of Central England.
Pam Donnelly , associate dean in the Institute of Health and Social Care, leaves to become executive director of Colchester Borough Council.