Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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University of Wollongong

Eeva Leinonen

Eeva Leinonen, who took over as deputy vice-chancellor (education) at the University of Wollongong at the beginning of the month, said the institution's "human approach" was one of the attractions of the position. "I very much like the idea of a university being a 'hub' of a community and that's what Wollongong is," she said. She added that the institution's social inclusion agenda, an idea close to her heart, was another significant motivating factor. Professor Leinonen was previously vice- principal (education) and professor of clinical linguistics at King's College London, where she advanced the student experience, widening participation and technology-enhanced learning agendas. At Wollongong - now led by Paul Wellings, Lancaster University's former vice-chancellor - she will aim to help senior management to achieve its strategic plan, which includes improving the university's standing in global higher education. After graduating with a degree in psychology and linguistics from Aston University, Professor Leinonen completed an MPhil at the University of Exeter and a PhD in clinical phonology from what is now De Montfort University. Before joining King's she spent 19 years at the University of Hertfordshire, including a spell as deputy vice- chancellor.

University of Lincoln

Rajiv Machado

An expert on cardiovascular disease has been appointed senior lecturer at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln. Rajiv Machado, former British Heart Foundation independent research fellow in the Division of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at King's College London, joins Lincoln to continue his research into pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). During his doctoral research at the University of Leicester, Dr Machado identified the genes that cause PAH, a disease linked to lung and heart failure. "It is fairly uncommon but extremely important in terms of understanding the way the lung works," he said. "Research in this area informs a huge number of more common diseases. In terms of diagnosis and treatment, the research I am doing opens up a number of pathways." Dr Machado's work has featured in many journals, including prestigious titles such as The New England Journal of Medicine. In its pages, he and his colleagues reported the identification of a second gene predisposing people to forms of pulmonary hypertension. Before completing his doctorate, Dr Machado obtained a BSc in genetics from University College London. He said he was attracted to Lincoln because of its "ambition", exemplified by its plans to build a "world-class" research park in the city.

London School of Business and Finance

Maurits Van Rooijen

Maurits Van Rooijen, newly appointed chief executive and rector of the private London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), said he was "excited" by the prospect of being able to implement ideas quicker than in the state-funded sector where he has worked for most of his career. "It's the kind of position that allows you to start working outside the box," he said. "My previous university was a bit like a gentle car, and I now feel like I'm in a Ferrari." The professor, whose career as an international educator has spanned more than 25 years, has joined LSBF to bolster its educational innovation, academic development, global ranking and e- learning provision. "The opportunities e-learning brings to higher education are comparable to the invention of book printing (in the 15th century). I want to look at how young people embrace modern technology, especially when it comes to the acquisition of knowledge. …

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