Movers and Shakers — December 2017

Merry Christmas from all at Dixon Walter!!

Professor Julie Sanders has been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Newcastle University. Professor Sanders joined Newcastle University in 2015 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She takes up the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) Elect post with immediate effect and Dixon Walter are delighted to be assisting the university with the appointment of her successor.

The University of Exeter has appointed Craig Nowell as Director of Campus Infrastructure and Operational Support Services.  He will join the University in March 2018. Craig joins Exeter from Swansea University, where he is currently the Director of Estates and Facilities Management and the Director of Corporate Responsibility.

The University of Sussex has appointed Professor Rorden Wilkinson as its first Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Innovation. Starting his position in January next year, Rorden will be responsible for developing the Teaching Innovation enabling strategy as part of the new strategic framework that will be launched early in 2018.

Cranfield University have announced the appointment of Alison Whaley as its new Director of Student Experience. Alison joined Cranfield in 2006. She is currently a member of the Research and Innovation Office, where she has focused on driving forward developments to enhance the research student experience.

The Open University has appointed a new director for The Open University in Wales. Louise Casella, a former member of the Welsh Assembly Government Review of Higher Education, will take up the post in the New Year.

The University of Birmingham Dubai has appointed its first Provost – the University’s most senior academic leader. Professor Glyn Watson, currently holds the position of Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham’s UK campus. This appointment is an important milestone for the University of Birmingham Dubai, which will be the first top 100 global university to open a campus in Dubai. Professor Watson will take up his new role from April 1st 2018

Professor Gill Valentine has been confirmed to the role of Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield. Professor Valentine has been successfully carrying out the role of interim Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor since September 2017, she was previously Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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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

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The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) has appointed Mike Baxter as executive director of finance.
Mike will work with UHI’s senior executive team and with colleagues across the partnership to provide strategic financial direction, harnessing financial resources and performance data to deliver UHI’s financial sustainability ambitions as articulated in the 2030 strategic plan.

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Sponsored by Dixon Walter, Episode 6 of Job Shadowing HE, ‘The Art and Science of HE Planning’ is now available from Susannah Marsden in which she is joined by Josh Gulrajani FAHEP MCMI, Director of Planning, Performance and Student Statutory Returns at Aston University. For the first time in the series, Susannah is also joined by a co-host, HE planning consultant, David Marks