Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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Queen Mary, University of London

Tim Bale

A newly appointed professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London said it was a difficult decision to leave his post at the University of Sussex but added that his new institution's location in the capital - "where the political action is" - was a big draw. Tim Bale said he was keen to do more work with practitioners: not only politicians, but also people in "para-political" fields at "thinktanks, opinion research, public affairs and pressure groups". Before joining Sussex, Professor Bale taught European politics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He graduated with a BA from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, gained an MA from Northwestern University in the US, and then undertook doctoral study in politics at the University of Sheffield. He said that after the party conference season, the UK was at a "critical juncture" politically. "David Cameron certainly looks and sounds like a prime minister, and we know from polling that not so many people think the same about (Labour Party leader Ed) Miliband". However, Professor Bale added, "the quirks of our electoral system currently give (Labour) an unfair advantage, so it would be silly to write off Ed's chances".

St Mary's University College, Twickenham

Chris Keith

St Mary's University College, Twickenham, has appointed Chris Keith to a professorship of New Testament and early Christianity. At 32, he will become one of the youngest chairs in his field. He said he had experienced a whirlwind of a career so far, having completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh only in 2008. He added that he was "ecstatic" at joining the institution, which is aiming to be the first Catholic university in the UK. Professor Keith said he saw it as an ideal place to pursue his academic interests. "Catholic universities offer latitude in a lot of directions in a way that other schools don't ... It's a powder keg of potential; it has a lot to offer." Professor Keith has also been made director of the Centre for Social-Scientific Study of the Bible, which he said would be a "formal mechanism to raise the profile of biblical studies" at St Mary's. He hoped the centre would become "a hub for top- notch biblical studies work" hosting international research scholars. Professor Keith took a BSc, an MA and an MDiv at Cincinnati Christian University before relocating to Edinburgh for his doctoral studies. He previously held the position of assistant professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois.

University College London

David Lomas

The new dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at University College London said he wanted to work with stakeholders to improve an "already great" institution. David Lomas, who joins from the University of Cambridge, where he was professor of respiratory biology, added that UCL could be made better by "allowing people to build bridges" between departments, facilitating more collaboration and greater success in obtaining research funding. "The first item on the agenda is clearly an item of growth," he said. "We can achieve it that by bringing different parties together in collaboration ... For me, growth means better science, better output, funding and strategic position. Strategic collaborations are the ideal ways for achieving this. The second most important thing for me is training. Training works at all levels, from the medical students through to the really senior fellows." After completing a medical degree at the University of Nottingham, Professor Lomas undertook a PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge. …

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