Movers and Shakers June 2018

Dixon Walter are delighted to have recently supported the University of the West of Scotland with three key appointments. Professor Dominic Elliott has been announced as the new Dean of the University’s School of Media, Culture and Society. Professor Elliott, who takes up the post on 1 July 2018, brings with him extensive senior leadership experience, most recently as Dean (Interim) at the University of Liverpool’s School of the Arts. Professor Monika Foster has been appointed Dean of the School of Business and Enterprise. Professor Foster takes up the post on 3rd September 2018 from Queen Margaret University (QMU) where she is Head of its School of Business, Enterprise and Management, providing strategic leadership to the School. Donna Vallance has been named as the University’s new Director of Estates. Donna, who takes up the post on Monday 1st October 2018, joins UWS from Ayrshire College, where she has held the position of Vice Principal Infrastructure & Skills since 2015. We wish them continued success in their new roles!

Professor Jon Friedland, has been appointed to be the next Deputy Principal (Research and Enterprise) at St George’s, University of London. Professor Friedland joins St George’s from Imperial College London, where he has held research, teaching and leadership positions for more than two decades. He will take up his role in September 2018.

Professor Stephanie Marshall has been appointed as the new Interim Vice-Principal (Student Experience, Teaching and Learning) at Queen Mary University of London. Professor Marshall was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and will take up the post at Queen Mary on 19 June 2018.

The university set up by former Manchester United stars has appointed its first Principal. Professor Craig Gaskell will take up the role of Principal and chief executive at University Academy 92 (UA92) in September. Professor Gaskell is joining from Coventry University where he was Professor of Higher Education Enterprise and founding Provost of CU Scarborough.

The University of Bristol has appointed Professor Jens Marklof as its new Dean for the Faculty of Science. Professor Marklof is currently Head of the University’s School of Mathematics and will step up to the new role on August 1.

Professor Rachel O’Reilly has been appointed as Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. She will take up her new position on 1 August 2018.

The Capital City College Group (CCCG) has announced the appointment of Roy O’Shaughnessy as its new Chief Executive. Roy, currently the Chief Executive Officer of Shaw Trust, will start his new role early in the autumn term.

The University of Derby has appointed Professor Kamil Omoteso as its new pro-vice-chancellor dean for the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences. Professor Omoteso joins Derby from Coventry University, where he was head of school for economics, finance and accounting.

Jonathan Nicholls has been named the Open University’s acting university secretary. Dr. Nicholls, who has previously served as the principal administrative officer at the universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Warwick, will start in min-July.

Professor of Anthropology and International Development, Elizabeth ‘Buzz’ Harrison, has been appointed as the new Head of School for Global Studies at the University of Sussex. Professor Harrison currently acts as Director of Admissions and Recruitment for the School and will take up her new role on 1 August 2018.

Michelle Elliott has been named Vice Principal of University Centre Quayside (UCQ). Michelle brings more than 20 years’ experience in the further education sector having previously held key management positions at Sunderland College and Stockton Riverside College.

Barra Mac Ruairi has been appointed as Director of Estates and Bursar at the University of Bristol and will take up his position later this month.

Stephen Meek has been appointed as the Director of the University of Nottingham’s new Institute for Policy and Engagement. Stephen will be joining the University from the Cabinet Office where he is currently a Director responsible for improving how government policymakers collaborate with universities.

City, University of London has appointed Professor Zoe Radnor as its new Vice-President (Strategy & Planning). Professor Radnor is currently Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Service Operations Management at the University of Leicester and will join City later this summer.

Stephen Meek has been appointed as the Director of the University of Nottingham’s new Institute for Policy and Engagement. He will take up his new role in September moving from the Cabinet Office.

Patrick Hackett has been appointed as Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Manchester. He is currently the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and will formally take up his new role on 1 October 2018.

The University of Sheffield has announced the appointment of Professor Koen Lamberts as its next President and Vice-Chancellor. Professor Lamberts is currently Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of York and will join the University on 1 November 2018.

Professor Andrew Morris has been appointed as the new Head of Pharmacy for Swansea University Medical School. Professor Morris joins from the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus – where he was Dean of the Faculty of Science.

Dr Fazal Dad has been announced as the next Principal and Chief Executive of Blackburn College, set to take up the role in January 2019. Fazal joins Blackburn College after six years as Deputy Principal at Walsall College.

The University of Southampton has appointed Winnie Eley as its new Vice-President (International). She will take up the post on 1 October 2018. Winnie arrives in Southampton after five years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement) at The University of Newcastle in Australia.

Carol Wagstaff has been appointed the Acting Head of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy at the University of Reading. She will start in this role on 1 August 2018. Carol has held a number of leadership positions since joining the University in 2007 and is currently a Professor of Crop Quality for Health in the department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.


That’s all for now. We’ll see you next month for another round of Movers & Shakers. In the meantime, if you are looking for a new role, cast your eye over our current opportunities page.

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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