It is not often that business people move into academe, but Teesside University's Jim TerKeurst is something of an exception. He ran his own media production company in the US for 12 years before being appointed the university's director of the new Teesside Institute of Digital Innovation.
Dr TerKeurst was an early pioneers of using computer graphics in advertising and company makeovers. He then developed his expertise as programme tutor of games production management at Abertay Dundee University, where he was research and business development manager for IC CAVE.
His move to Teesside coincides with new developments on the campus: the £12 million institute will house commercial and research activities and a £10 million Centre for Creative Technologies will unite animation, computer games, design and media undergraduates.
Cliff Hardcastle , deputy vice-chancellor (research and enterprise), joins from Glasgow Caledonian University, where he was dean of the School of the Built and Natural Environment
Cliff Allan , deputy vice-chancellor (development), joins from the Higher Education Academy in York, where he was deputy chief executive
Jack Dees , director of the new Institute of Criminal and Forensic Investigation, joins from the Greater Manchester Police, where he was a detective superintendent.
Mike Smith , deputy vice-chancellor (research and enterprise), moves to Sheffield Hallam University as pro vice-chancellor for research
John Wilson , dean of Teesside Business School, becomes head of Salford Business School Julie Mennell , assistant dean in the School of Science and Technology, moves to Northumbria University as dean of applied science.