Movers and Shakers November 2019

Lancaster University has appointed Professor Andy Schofield as its new Vice-Chancellor. He is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. He will join Lancaster on 1 May 2020.

Professor Nic Beech has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University. Professor Beech will join Middlesex from the University of Dundee where he is Vice-Principal. He takes over from Interim Vice-Chancellor, James Kennedy and will take up his post in February 2020.

Professor Osama Khan has been appointed as Surrey’s Vice-Provost Education. Osama began his academic career as a Lecturer (and then Senior Teaching Fellow) at Surrey in 2004.  He moved to Solent University in 2012, where he held a variety of roles including Director of Learning and Teaching at Solent Learning and Teaching Institute, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching.  He returned to Surrey in 2019 as Associate Dean Education in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Dr. Marc Griffiths has been appointed the pro-vice-chancellor and executive dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England, Bristol. The appointment comes after a 24-year career in radiography, which he is ‘proud to promote across the faculty, university and beyond.’ 

The University of Edinburgh has appointed Iain Logan as Head of Construction. Iain joins the estates department from property and construction consultants Thomson Bethune, where he held the position of associate director.

The University of Salford has appointed Dr. Georgina Harris as Director of Engineering. Dr Harris joins the university after working at Manchester Metropolitan University for over five years where she held the post of Head of School of Engineering and Associate Dean.

Dr. Jacob Saranga has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Health, Education and Society at the University of Northampton. Dr Saranga – currently the Faculty’s Deputy Dean – will officially start in his new role on 2 December, replacing Dr Steve O’Brien who retires on 30 November.

Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Food Industry Centre has appointed Martin Sutherland to the newly created role of Head of Business and Marketing Consultancy. Martin has significant food industry experience in both the supermarket and manufacturing sectors. He has previously been a Director at Somerfield, Bon Bon Buddies and Levercliff Associates.

In January 2020, Dr. Neil Hotchin will become Head of the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham. Neil is currently Director of Postgraduate Research at the University.

Stephen McAuliffe has been appointed as the new Deputy Registrar at the University of Nottingham. Stephen is currently Academic Registrar at the University of Birmingham and has worked in the higher education sector for almost 20 years. He will take up the role of Deputy Registrar from February 2020.


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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