Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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University of Oxford

Gordon Clark

The University of Oxford has appointed Gordon Clark, Halford Mackinder professor of geography, director of its Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Professor Clark studied for his bachelor's degree in economics at Monash University in Australia, where he also completed a master's. He went on to win a doctorate at McMaster University in Canada. Professor Clark has a particular interest in global financial integration and environmental sustainability, and is leading research into the responsibilities and behaviour of institutional investors in corporate engagement and environmental management. "The Smith School has become a globally recognised research centre (and) our aim is to build new educational and research programmes that will educate tomorrow's leaders," he said. Professor Clark has previously held positions at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University and Monash. He will become the second director of the Smith School when he succeeds its founding director, Sir David King, next January.

University of Sheffield

Gill Valentine

The newly appointed pro vice-chancellor for social sciences at the University of Sheffield has expressed a desire to use her experience in international higher education to strengthen the faculty's global reputation and social science strategy. Gill Valentine, currently head of the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, added that she was excited by the prospect of joining Sheffield's senior management team. Professor Valentine's career is steeped in international collaboration: she has held visiting fellowships at the University of Sydney and the University of Otago, and has given keynote addresses for international conferences at numerous overseas universities. "I am thrilled to be offered the opportunity to take up the role," she said of her appointment. "Social sciences in Sheffield are held in high regard ... and its diverse departments allow real scope for creating synergies between disciplines." Educated at Durham University and the University of Reading, Professor Valentine was co-founder and co-editor of the journal Social and Cultural Geography and was co-editor of Gender, Place and Culture. She hopes to develop Sheffield's international strategy further. "I am also looking forward to supporting its genuine commitment to the application of ideas for the good of people both locally and around the world," she added. Professor Valentine will take up the post in September.


Daniel Huttenlocher

The head of the science and engineering institution being set up in New York via a joint venture between Cornell University and the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology has been announced by the city's mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Daniel Huttenlocher, dean of Computing and Information Science (CIS) at Cornell, has been installed as the founding dean of the multimillion-dollar applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island. Professor Huttenlocher was instrumental in formulating and promoting the winning proposal with Technion during the selection process for the state-of-the- art graduate campus. He will oversee the creation of an environmentally sustainable site and innovative academic "hubs", which will feature a curriculum and research organised across multiple disciplines and directed towards particular sectors of New York's economy. …

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