Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments

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Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Simon Jones

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has appointed Simon Jones acting head of strings. The promotion of Dr Jones, currently head of the college's historical performance department, represents part of the institution's plan to enhance its string training. He will lead the department's strategy for broadening the training on offer to students, mirroring professional practice. "We already have a very fine training provision in stylistic and contemporary string performance, and we number many of the UK's finest chamber musicians and orchestral leaders among our staff," he said. "We have one of Europe's finest concert halls at the heart of our college, which will now also become a focal point for significantly enhanced chamber music training, development of the visiting artist programme and the appointment of internationally renowned concert artists as visiting chairs in string performance." Dr Jones completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Bristol and attended the University of Oxford before obtaining his PhD in string performance practice from the University of York.

King's College London

Ann McNeill

The newly appointed professor of addictions in the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London is looking forward to helping people stub out smoking. In the role, Ann McNeill, formerly chair in the University of Nottingham's Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, will build up the focus on tobacco at King's National Addiction Centre and work with health partners to translate research to the local community. She said that the centre "is one of the most productive in Europe, so to be able to nest smoking within other addictions there would be unique". She also looked forward to developing new collaborations within the institute: "The relationship between smoking and mental health is another interest of mine: smoking rates remain very high across those who have mental health problems." Professor McNeill added that King's will become part of the UK Centre of Tobacco Control Studies - a consortium of 10 universities focusing on reducing the harms caused by smoking. "People often forget that smoking is the largest single cause of death and disease, as well as causing untold misery in families through the suffering and premature death of loved ones," she said. After studying at Nottingham and the University of London, Professor McNeill worked at King's Institute of Psychiatry before holding various academic and public sector posts focusing largely on tobacco control and research.

University of South Australia

Anthony Elliott

The new director of the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia said that the role he took up last month is a "challenging opportunity" in the context of Australian social science. Anthony Elliott is one of 10 social scientists recently appointed by the institute - a "big investment" in the field. "What really excited me was the public political brief of the institute," he said. "It is Australia's largest centre of social science research and over the years has made a vital contribution to informing public debate." He added that the social sciences "shouldn't be closed in on themselves" and that practitioners have a responsibility to engage with the public, something to which the institute is committed. Despite not wanting to be seen as "jumping on the bandwagon" of Australian higher education's expansion into the Asian market, Professor Elliott added that it was crucial geopolitically for the Hawke Institute to become more closely connected with social science and humanities researchers in Asia. …

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