Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design

Kate Cheal

The new senior lecturer in e-learning at the soon-to-be-opened Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design said she hoped to create a technological environment that would allow staff and students to thrive. "To be offered the chance to develop and establish a digital learning environment from scratch is unique," said Kate Cheal, who will be responsible for, among other things, developing a new system for delivering online courses. She said she believed that "tangible, face-to-face education is vital if we are to truly value the learner as an individual and appreciate the need for personalised education", adding that her preference was for a blended approach. But she continued: "Higher education seems to have been slow to adopt the extraordinary potential of technologies for widening the scope of debates, for global collaboration and for maximising teaching impact." Ms Cheal gained a BMus from Royal Holloway, University of London and a postgraduate certificate in education in secondary music from Kingston University. She has been head of department in a secondary school for the past 13 years.

Leeds Metropolitan University

Jenny Share

Jenny Share has been appointed secretary and registrar of Leeds Metropolitan University. For Ms Share, who joins from Leeds Trinity University College, it is a return to an institution where she was a postgraduate student, albeit in its former guise as a polytechnic. She has considerable knowledge of local institutions, having also worked at the University of Leeds. "I was thrilled to be offered the role at an institution that is so clearly committed to its students and its wider community," she said. "I am passionate about Leeds and the Yorkshire region, having spent my student life here, so it is great to be able to take up such an exciting post and give something back to the Leeds student community." After gaining a BSc in mathematics and music from the University of Leeds, she attended Leeds Polytechnic for a postgraduate diploma in information administration. Ms Share has spent 10 years in university administration, having been senior assistant registrar at the University of Leeds and academic registrar, assistant principal and vice- principal (registrar) at Leeds Trinity. She has also been a director of the Equality Challenge Unit and of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. "I look forward to being a significant part of the infrastructure that will enable Leeds Metropolitan to achieve its goals," she added.

University of Bath

Richie Gill

The University of Bath has appointed Richie Gill professor of healthcare engineering. Professor Gill joins from the University of Oxford, where he was lecturer in orthopaedic engineering and group head (engineering) of the Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre. He brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked for 12 years at the latter institution and having been a lecturer in the Nuffield department of orthopaedics, rheumatology and musculoskeletal sciences. "I am hoping that my previous experience in a clinical environment and the amount of multidisciplinary research I have done will allow me to work with those carrying out research with medical applications at Bath to identify new opportunities or potential collaborations," he said. Professor Gill took a BEng in aerospace engineering at the University of Bristol and then made the move to healthcare when he started his DPhil in engineering science at Oxford. That was followed by a two-year appointment as an assistant professor in the department of mechanical and manufacturing engineering at the University of Calgary. …

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