Magazine article Times Higher Education


Magazine article Times Higher Education


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King's College London

Evelyn Welch

An award-winning historian has been appointed vice-principal (arts and sciences) at King's College London. Evelyn Welch joins the college from Queen Mary, University of London, where she has been vice-principal for research and international affairs since 2010. She joined Queen Mary as professor of Renaissance studies in 2004 and became dean of the Faculty of Arts in 2006, focusing on student and staff experience. In 2005, her book Shopping in the Renaissance: Consumer Cultures in Italy 1350-1600 was awarded the Wolfson History Prize, a literary award for popular history titles. That book was dedicated to her children - one of whom is Florence Welch, the singer with rock band Florence and the Machine. The art historian will also be professor of Renaissance studies at King's, allowing her to continue her research interests in medicine and perfume in 16th- and 17th-century Italy. Professor Welch said that she was keen to work with staff at King's to "deliver an outstanding student experience and first-rate research that contributes to society's global needs". An undergraduate at Harvard University, Professor Welch gained her PhD at the Warburg Institute, University of London, in 1987. She was later pro vice- chancellor for teaching and learning at the University of Sussex, where she led reform of its science curriculum.

Plymouth University

Maureen Powers

An academic who has dedicated her career to transforming the student experience is swapping the warm climes of Stanford University for the windswept landscape of the Devon coast to take over as the dean of students at Plymouth University. Maureen H. Powers, former dean of students at Stanford and previously vice-president for student affairs at the City College of New York, will oversee "the end-to-end student experience" and work closely with the students' union. "The responsibility to shepherd, through true partnership, a robust relationship between students and the university, where the voice of the student body is both listened to and influential, is an exciting prospect - it takes an enterprising academic community to embrace such a forward-thinking approach," she said. Dr Powers described Plymouth as a "world-class university with an excellent international reputation, which is both impressive in its scope and progressive in its nature". She added: "I am very much looking forward to being a part of such an inspiring and energising place." Born in Massachusetts, Dr Powers earned her bachelor's degree in government at Georgetown University, her master's in urban affairs at St Louis University, Missouri, and her PhD in higher education policy at Indiana University.

University of Reading Malaysia

Tony Downes

The deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Reading has been appointed to a challenging new role as provost and chief executive officer of the institution's campus in Malaysia. An academic expert in commercial law, Tony Downes worked at Durham University and as a visiting professor at the University of Iowa before joining Reading as a reader in European Community law in 1990. He has been deputy vice-chancellor since 2000, although for two periods he served as acting vice-chancellor. Professor Downes said he also has experience of mentoring new vice-chancellors. "They have an enormously important public-facing role, so it is often up to the deputy to keep the show on the road," he said. "Getting a new operation up and running should be a similar task. …

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