Movers and Shakers — October 2017

Bath Spa University appoints Professor Susan Rigby as the new Vice-Chancellor. Palaeontologist Professor Rigby will join from the University of Lincoln where she is Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for student development.

Plymouth College of Art has appointed Christy Johnson as its second Vice Principal. Most recently, Christy was Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she led the development of an integrated educational experience across the visual arts areas of Art, Design, Film and Media.

Manchester Metropolitan University were pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions. Karen Varty took up her position in early October. Karen has worked in Higher Education for 18 years, and is currently the Head of Academic Services for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked in the world top three for performing arts education, has appointed Dr Lois Fitch as Assistant Principal. Dr Fitch will join Scotland’s national conservatoire in January 2018.

The University of Oxford have announced the appointment of Professor Gavin Screaton as Head of the Medical Sciences Division, effective October 1st. Professor Screaton is currently Chair of Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London where he previously served as Vice-Dean (Academic Development).

Professor Sarah Barrow has been appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Arts and Humanities at The University of East Anglia (UEA). Professor Barrow was previously Deputy Head of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln, staff member of the Board of Governors and, prior to that, Head of School for Film and Media.

Jude Browne, a very experienced marketer and currently Marketing Director for Sage UKI, has been appointed as Newcastle University’s new Director of Marketing and will join from early January 2018.

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Sarah Walker

Higher Education


With Spring well and truly sprung (can someone please tell the weather forecast!), we take stock of the current landscape of Senior Recruitment within HE and certainly it has not been without its challenges of late.

Join us as we take a snapshot of the big topics affecting HE Leadership and Talent Acquisition.

Higher Education


The winners of the AUDE Awards for 2024 were announced at the association’s annual conference at Northumbria University on 17 April 2024. As ever the standard of the nominations was so strong, and to find one winner amongst such high quality submissions was extremely tough for our judges. Nevertheless a winner there must be, and in eight categories! Every single participant should be very proud, for the work done as well as the initiative and energy and drive shown, and we hope they will feel boosted for the whole of the coming year by the acknowledgement from their peers of the great work involved. Gold, silver and bronzes prizes were awarded as shown below