Magazine article Times Higher Education


Magazine article Times Higher Education


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University of Bath

David Miller

A newly appointed professor of sociology at the University of Bath aims to analyse the impact of terrorism studies as part of his new role. David Miller, previously professor of sociology at the University of Strathclyde, said that research on terrorism was of great interest to him, especially the extent to which terrorism experts' knowledge affected policy and the criminal justice system. "A better understanding of terrorism expertise might help to foster evidence-based decision-making," he said. "One result might be in avoiding miscarriages of justice based on questionable expertise." Professor Miller completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow, where he studied biological science. He then undertook his doctoral research with the Glasgow Media Group, after which he was a lecturer and then reader in film and media studies at the University of Stirling. He said of his shift into sociology: "Sociology is important because it looks at society as a whole, enabling a holistic understanding of how social structures and natural processes impinge on society. It provides context rather than just a look at processes, which for me is key to understanding how society works." He added: "I hope to play a key role in building research strategies and culture, and in particular, building interdisciplinary links within and beyond the department."

University of St Andrews

Peter Bruce

A scientist at the University of St Andrews has been honoured for chemical research that could improve the travelling range of electric vehicles and make renewable energy more viable. Peter Bruce, Wardlaw professor of chemistry at St Andrews, was awarded the inaugural UK Science Award by the global coatings company AkzoNobel. He was chosen by an independent panel convened by the Royal Society of Chemistry, which recognised his research in the fields of solid-state chemistry and electrochemistry, and in particular his work on making lithium batteries last longer and deliver more power. Professor Bruce said that his research could help electric vehicles travel greater distances before needing to be recharged. He added that his research "could also help to balance the intermittent supply of electricity from renewable sources - such as wind and wave power - with consumer demand, a key challenge in making renewable energy viable". Professor Bruce graduated from the University of Aberdeen, where he also carried out postgraduate research, receiving his PhD in 1981. After a period as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford and then lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, he moved to St Andrews as a professor of chemistry in 1990 and was appointed to his current role in 2007.

University of Auckland

Mike Rann

The former premier of South Australia is returning to his alma mater after a 35-year absence to take up the role of visiting senior research fellow. Mike Rann first became involved in politics when completing his undergraduate and master's degrees in political science at the University of Auckland. After a brief stint as a journalist, Mr Rann moved to Australia, where he served as press secretary, speech-writer and adviser to Don Dunstan, then premier of South Australia. He went on to work for Mr Dunstan's two successors before being elected to parliament himself in 1985. He served in a number of roles within South Australia's Labor government and was elected deputy leader of the South Australian branch of the Labor Party after its defeat in the elections of 1993, going on to become leader in 1994. …

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