Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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University of Sheffield

Sarah Wigglesworth

An award-winning architect and professor of architecture at the University of Sheffield, Sarah Wigglesworth has become the first woman to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in architecture. The accolade, given to practising designers by the Royal Society of Art, honours individuals whose work has displayed sustained design excellence in aesthetics and in benefit to society. Professor Wigglesworth's appointment recognises her approach to community collaboration and the use of sustainable materials. "I hope to use the role as a platform to communicate the value of design, emphasising that good design helps improve our well-being, productivity, health and educational attainment, makes systems work smoothly and supports our identity as a civic society," she said. Professor Wigglesworth, who studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, is, along with her husband Jeremy Till, one of only two architects to be awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. She was made professor of architecture at Sheffield in 1998, and two years later she established the school's PhD by Design qualification. She is also director of the London-based company Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. As one of the few female practice principals in architecture, she wants to champion women in the profession.

Yale University

Peter Salovey

Yale University has announced that Peter Salovey, currently the university's provost and Chris Argyris professor of psychology, will be its 23rd president. Professor Salovey will take up his new post in June next year, succeeding Richard Levin, who has been in the role since 1993. Professor Salovey's appointment comes after more than 30 years at Yale, which he joined in 1981 as a graduate student. Commenting on his selection, he praised Yale as a "model" of higher learning: "To the faculty, students, staff, alumni and all of the Yale community: I look forward to years of listening to you, being inspired by you, serving you, and collaborating with you to continue to ensure that Yale is a model of higher learning and scholarship, and an inspiration to the world." His long association with the university ensures that he will be its first president to have served as chair of an academic department, as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, as dean of Yale College and as provost. In all his posts, he has been instrumental in academic innovation and reform. "Peter brings a profound understanding of Yale and great ambitions for advancing the university in the years ahead," said Edward Bass, senior fellow of the Yale corporation, the university's governing board. Professor Salovey gained a BA and an MA in psychology and sociology from Stanford University before completing two master's degrees and a PhD in psychology at Yale.

University of Leeds

Stephen Alford

The new professor of early modern history at the University of Leeds said he felt "shock, disbelief, relief and excitement... all within about 30 seconds" when he was offered the post. Stephen Alford, who joins Leeds from the University of Cambridge, said he was looking forward to adding his interests in Tudor history to the "fantastic" teaching of early modern history already at the institution. Professor Alford's main research interests include politics, political thought and monarchy in Britain in the 16th and early 17th centuries. He said the politics of today was much "gentler" in comparison: "I'm not sure that even our most formidable politicians would last for very long in the service of Henry VIII or Elizabeth I. …

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