Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments

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Monash/University of Warwick

Andrew Coats

The new academic alliance between Monash University and the University of Warwick has appointed Andrew Coats to the inaugural positions of academic vice-president and director of the Monash-Warwick Alliance strategy. "I have known and respected Monash and Warwick for a long time, so I was very excited," Professor Coats said. "There is a great match here; both are young and dynamic and enormously ambitious in a good way. The alliance has the potential to be a game-changer in how universities do business glo- bally and to be at the heart of that change is a dream job for me." Most recently chief executive officer of Norwich Research Park and professor- at-large at the University of East Anglia, Professor Coats has said that the desire of both universities is to "work together to promote the highest-quality global research links", to attract the "best research stars in the areas the alliance is strongest, and to address global challenges by bringing together the best of Northern and Southern hemisphere thinking". Professor Coats studied at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Imperial College London and London Business School and has held positions at the University of Sydney, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Humboldt University in Berlin, as well as Imperial and Oxford.

University Campus Suffolk

Stuart Bannerman

The director of the International Academy at the University of Essex, Stuart Bannerman, has been seconded to University Campus Suffolk (UCS) to take up the position of director of international. In his role, Mr Bannerman will take responsibility for the advancement of the international agenda at the institution, working with other directors and the heads of school to deliver its aims with regard to internationalisation of the curriculum, distance learning and student recruitment. "UCS has developed rapidly over the past five years and is looking closely at how it can internationalise and move into new markets, and I am pleased to be playing a leading role in this." He added that the strategy "has to be moving towards (making the college) the University of Suffolk". "The question is: 'how fast do we want to get there?'" he added. "I have seen Queen Margaret (University) in Edinburgh go through that journey to a very successful university and I'm sure excellent foundations have already been laid in UCS." Mr Bannerman studied at the University of Edinburgh, but maintains that one of his most important educational experiences came from an international marketing course where he learned to ask "some very hard questions about why an institution would be attractive to overseas students".

University of Bath

Mark Weller

The University of Bath has appointed Mark Weller as professor in energy materials in the department of chemistry. Professor Weller, who was previously at the University of Southampton, said he was pleased to be joining a university and department "whose objectives fitted with those of my research so well". "(This is) a great opportunity to develop new collaborations and areas of research but also a chance to develop my education role through textbook writing within a thriving university environment," he said. Along with his research and teaching responsibilities, Professor Weller will be completing the forthcoming sixth edition of the Oxford University Press textbook Inorganic Chemistry, on which he is the coordinating author. "Research-wise, I hope to make that breakthrough that makes a real difference to energy production or storage," he said of his aims at Bath. …

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