Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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University of Wolverhampton

John Darling

The new dean of research at the University of Wolverhampton has expressed his delight at being part of "ambitious plans for investing in research at the university". John Darling, who was previously director of the Research Institute in Healthcare Science and professor of neuro-oncology at Wolverhampton, added: "The plan to match our (quality-related research) funding pound for pound for the next three years will have an enormous effect on sustaining our research for the next decade." Professor Darling said that Wolverhampton plans to invest in areas of research where it has "demonstrable strengths" and to develop new strands that will meet the needs of employers and allow the university to contribute to the region. "We also plan to significantly increase the proportion of staff engaged in research," he added. Professor Darling graduated with a BSc from the University of Kent before gaining an MSc and PhD from the universities of Reading and London, respectively. Before joining Wolverhampton in 2001, he was a senior lecturer in neuro-oncology at University College London. He said he hoped to expand research in all disciplines. "Our mission is to produce graduates across a wide range of subjects that can contribute to the regeneration of the Black Country," he said.

Leeds Trinity University College

Margaret House

Currently deputy vice-chancellor at Middlesex University, Margaret House will replace Freda Bridge as principal and chief executive of Leeds Trinity University College in January, and said she is looking forward to the move. "I have been a regular visitor to the North East, mainly associated with student fieldwork," she said. "Leeds is an amazing city and the surrounding countryside is beautiful." Professor House said she wanted to build on the successes already achieved at Leeds Trinity but acknowledged that it was a sizeable task. "It is true that smaller institutions have more limited scope to mitigate against some of the changes and challenges that are facing the higher education sector at present, but Leeds Trinity has a number of new opportunities as yet unexplored or exploited with which to counter the impact of these changes," she said. Professor House, who has been dean of both large and small schools, expected her transition from Middlesex to Leeds Trinity to be a smooth one. "My preference is for more intimate settings and the ability to deal with colleagues as individuals whenever possible," she said. After an undergraduate degree at Plymouth Polytechnic, she pursued doctoral studies at Middlesex Polytechnic (now Plymouth University and Middlesex University, respectively).

City University London

Amanda Goodall

A senior research associate at the IZA Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn will take up a senior lecturer post in the faculty of management at Cass Business School, City University London, in November. Amanda Goodall said she was excited to be joining a business school "that's really going for it", saying: "There's a very optimistic air around the place. When I was a visiting fellow there, I would walk into the building and it was just so lively and the atmosphere was fantastic, so immediately that attracted me." She hopes to combine her teaching with research and is keen to exploit Cass' proximity to the UK's financial centre. "I'm definitely hoping to do more research, hopefully with the creative industries, and also possibly looking at banking," she said. …

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