Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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Manchester Metropolitan University

Jason Powell

Manchester Metropolitan University's newly appointed professor of community practice and social justice said he felt "genuine excitement and delight" when he was offered the job. "The opportunity to work with an outstanding team with strong interests on social care was very compelling," Jason Powell said. "My department and faculty also have a strong reputation and record on community research ... health professions (and) the student experience, which were further attractive reasons to accept the post." Professor Powell, who has also been made a visiting research professor and visiting research scholar at the University of Oxford and Harvard University, respectively, wants to reinforce Manchester Met's burgeoning international reputation. "(It) has a great track record in working collaboratively with international partners. I wish to add ... more international collaboration," he said. "Going for international bids in collaboration with researchers from different countries provides great opportunity ... for understanding the possibilities and challenges of social care policy, theory and practice." Professor Powell gained a BA in criminal justice and sociology from Liverpool John Moores University and took an MA at the University of Liverpool before returning to John Moores to complete a PhD in social gerontology. He has previously worked at the universities of Central Lancashire and Liverpool.

Birmingham City University

Mark Reed

Birmingham City University has appointed a leading environmental scientist to its School of the Built Environment. Mark Reed joins from the University of Aberdeen, where he was acting director of its Centre for Environmental Sustainability. As reader in interdisciplinary environmental research, Dr Reed will work closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and other government partners to develop business opportunities in the natural environment. His work seeks to understand how knowledge exchange and stakeholder participation works. Dr Reed also investigates how people value nature and how society can pay for the benefits it provides, thus incentivising those who manage the countryside to do so sustainably. Dr Reed graduated from Aberdeen with a BSc and an MSc in tropical environmental science and agroforestry, respectively. He obtained a postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher education before completing a PhD at the University of Leeds, where he held a senior lectureship.

University of Nottingham

Christine Ennew

The pro vice-chancellor for internationalisation at the University of Nottingham is to be the next provost and pro vice-chancellor of the institution's Malaysia campus. Christine Ennew, who will take up the position in spring 2013, will replace Ian Pashby, who is joining the University of Hull after five years in the post. "Malaysia is now a regional hub for international universities in Asia and competition is growing all the time," Professor Ennew said. "There are challenges ahead, but over the past decade Nottingham has built a strong and hugely attractive campus-based institution in Malaysia and we are continuing to invest heavily in teaching, research and the student experience. Over the next decade we need to ensure we get that balance right." Professor Ennew studied economics at the University of Cambridge and then began her long affiliation with Nottingham by completing a PhD in agricultural economics there in 1984. …

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