Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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University of Bath

Conrad Earnest

A professor of health and exercise has swapped the bayou for Bath. Conrad Earnest, who joined the University of Bath in April from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will continue researching the effects of exercise as an augmentation strategy for treatment and prevention within various populations with or at risk of disease. "In my last role I worked within a research group that examined a variety of intervention outcomes ranging from genomics to clinical applications in order to prevent and reduce obesity, diabetes and other clinically relevant markers related to disease processes," he said. "At Bath, I am going to be researching the metabolic syndrome that is an early warning of Type 2 diabetes. This is an important area of research because intervening at an early stage is better than trying to reverse the onset of diabetes." Professor Earnest studied for bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Akron in Ohio, specialising in exercise science, followed by a PhD at Texas Woman's University. "Coming to Bath has given me a unique opportunity. The UK agenda has a lot of similarities to that of the US, so I can bring my expertise and experience."


Kerstin Mey

The new director of GuildHE's Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (Crest) says she feels "privileged" to take on the role. Kerstin Mey, who is director of research and enterprise and professor of fine art at the University for the Creative Arts, will become Crest's second director following the decision of Graeme Wilkinson, pro vice- chancellor of academic affairs at Glyndwr University, to stand down to become vice-chancellor of Sunway University in Malaysia. "This is a thriving platform for small and specialist higher education institutions, enabling them to share their research strengths and research training expertise and continue to build capacity and capabilities in these areas," she said. Professor Mey holds an MA in art and German language and literature, and a PhD in art theory/aesthetics, from Humboldt University of Berlin. Given the growing importance of research impact, she noted, "there are opportunities for Crest members to harness and join up their specialist knowledge and focused connections to places, communities and businesses, to shape innovative partnerships and to pioneer approaches to subject-specific and cross-disciplinary research and research training."

London Metropolitan University

Stephen Perkins

The new dean of the business school at London Metropolitan University has pledged to turn the "sleeping giant" into students' first choice. "My main mission is to ensure that we produce London's most business-ready graduates. I want to capitalise on our location in the heart of the international city of London and the many links we have with business," said Stephen Perkins. He joins from the University of Bedfordshire, where he was associate dean for research and quality. The move marks a homecoming, as Professor Perkins began his academic career in 2000 at the University of North London (one of the institutions that merged in the creation of London Met), following senior posts in industry during internationalisation and privatisation initiatives. He has also held positions at the University of Oxford and City University London. "We are a sleeping giant, and in five years I expect us to be the first choice of business school in London," he added. …

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