Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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University of Southampton

Jenny Fleming

An academic who has spent more than 15 years working with police agencies worldwide on a number of interdisciplinary topics has become co-director of a relaunched research unit at the University of Southampton. Jenny Fleming, professor of criminology, who joined from the University of Tasmania in January, brings to the role extensive experience in the field. As co-director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research, she will aim to "forge some really exciting interdisciplinary opportunities". Professor Fleming graduated with a BA and a PhD from Griffith University in Australia, and has held positions at Griffith, the Australian National University and Tasmania. She said that academics can work with the police to improve the way the latter conduct themselves. "Many of the problems we are seeing now are problems of poor policymaking, not necessarily police venality or ineptitude," she said. "That said, once we get these problems in perspective, what we then have to do is not only find ways to improve police effectiveness ... but also convince citizens that the police are doing a good job."

Monash University

Edwina Cornish

One of Monash University's most eminent academics is to take up a new senior management position at the institution. Edwina Cornish, senior deputy vice-chancellor and deputy vice-chancellor of research, will become provost next month. As provost, Professor Cornish will take responsibility for the management of faculty operations and academic portfolios, allowing Ed Byrne, Monash's president and vice-chancellor, to concentrate on strategic initiatives. She said she felt privileged to have been offered the role. "I'm honoured ... and enthusiastic about the new opportunities it will inevitably bring about for the university," she said. "I'm particularly looking forward to working even more closely with my colleagues throughout the faculties, so many of whom are doing exceptional work." Professor Cornish gained a BSc in biochemistry and a PhD in microbiology from the University of Melbourne. She was previously deputy vice-chancellor (research) and professor of biotechnology at the University of Adelaide, and played a key role in building one of Australia's first biotechnology companies, Florigene.

University of Birmingham

John Colbourne

The University of Birmingham has appointed a world-leading environmental genomics scientist to its School of Biosciences. John Colbourne, professor of genomics, joins from Indiana University Bloomington, where he was genomics director of the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics. Professor Colbourne will lead a Pounds 2 million initiative - funded by Birmingham - into environmental genomics research. "I am excited by this opportunity to help assemble a unique research group that studies genomics to improve the environment," he said. "The investment will help catalyse international cooperation and provide a training ground for early-career scientists in the field." Professor Colbourne obtained a BSc in zoology from the University of Toronto before completing a PhD in evolution at the University of Guelph. He has held a number of positions in North America including posts at the universities of Toronto, Oregon and Dalhousie. He joined Indiana as a postdoctoral fellow before becoming project group leader on its Daphnia genome project. Professor Colbourne said his move to the UK would allow him to further his research interests. …

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