Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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Bucks New University

Theo Gavrielides

Bucks New University has appointed Theo Gavrielides visiting professor in youth policy at its School of Social Sciences, Primary Care and Education and made him a member of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society. Dr Gavrielides, an expert in criminal justice and human rights policy, will build the school's research and establish a team of advisers to support its work and the university's research strategy. "I hope that I can help the university to develop a long-term research strategy, strengthen its networks internationally and develop programmes that bring together academia, research, policy and practice for the benefit of our communities," he said. Dr Gavrielides has a law degree from the National University of Athens, a master's from the University of Nottingham and a doctorate from the London School of Economics. He is the founder and director of Independent Academic Research Studies, a UK-based think-tank, and holds visiting positions at the Panteion University of Social and Political Science in Greece, The Open University and Canada's Mount Royal University.

University of Dundee

Stephen Decent

The University of Dundee's newly appointed vice-principal and head of its College of Art, Science and Engineering has said he is looking forward to joining a "high-quality team". Stephen Decent, currently director of research and knowledge transfer at the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, will join Dundee in September. "The university has a strong reputation and clear aspirations of further developing its world-leading research and high-quality student experience," Professor Decent said. "(We) need to continue to build stronger links with international partners, business, industry and alumni. The college's strong international reputation must continue to be enhanced, promoting greater international student mobility and exposure of the university's research." Professor Decent graduated from Brunel University with a maths degree before completing an applied doctorate at the University of St Andrews. He said of his new role that the college had to grasp "all of its interdisciplinary and external opportunities. These include developing further strong links with world-leading research in life sciences and medicine at Dundee ... and enhancing opportunities ... in the science and engineering of sustainable development."

Grenoble Business School

Loick Roche

Loick Roche has been appointed dean of Grenoble Business School. Professor Roche, who has been at the school since 1995, succeeds Thierry Grange, who has been made president of Grenoble's strategic board as part of a restructuring of the institution's governance. Professor Roche said that the restructure was necessary "to maintain our efficiency and secure our future". He added: "Our environment is undergoing major transformations. International competition - and we must be thrilled about it - grows relentlessly every year. In France, new trends are changing the environment of schools and universities ... Businesses, new generations and executive education participants no longer accept the faculty member as sole guardian of knowledge and the classroom as the only place to learn." Among his many qualifications, Professor Roche obtained the French equivalent of a master's degree from the University of Paris Descartes (Paris V) plus PhDs in psychology and philosophy from Paris V and Pierre Mendes-France University respectively. …

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