When staff in the vice-chancellor's office at Oxford Brookes University learnt of Janet Beer's appointment, they all read Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth , a title Professor Beer had recently edited for Broadview.
It was one way to get on their new boss's good side. Professor Beer empathises with the 19th-century novelist. "She saw no incompatibility in being intellectually active and being a house-keeperish person... but I probably like people more than she did."
Professor Beer joins from Manchester Metropolitan University, where she was pro vice-chancellor with responsibility for learning and teaching.
She said: "I want to emphasise Brookes's green agenda and extend partnerships with the voluntary sector." She added that student volunteering was well developed at Brookes, and that social inclusion would be a priority.
Magnus Ryner , former senior lecturer in the department of political science, Birmingham University, joined as professor of international relations in the School of Social Sciences and Law in May.
Scott McDonald , former reader in economics at Sheffield University, joined in August as professor of economics in the business school.
Angus Gellatly , formerly professor of cognitive psychology at the Open University, has been appointed professor of psychology in the School of Social Sciences and Law from October.
Katie Williams , former research fellow in the School of the Built Environment, left in July to become head of the Centre for Environmental Planning in the faculty of the built environment at the University of the West of England.
Stephen Marshall , academic registrar, has been appointed as registrar and director of admissions at University of the Arts, London, from October.