Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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University of Greenwich

Darrick Jolliffe

A specialist in the psychology of crime and the development of criminal behaviour who has joined the University of Greenwich said he liked the idea of being associated with an institution committed to investing in new posts to increase its research profile. Darrick Jolliffe, who has been appointed professor of criminology in Greenwich's department of law and criminology, joins from the University of Leicester. Professor Jolliffe is a chartered scientist and an expert on evaluating whether "interventions" can help reduce reoffending. His work has assessed the impact of community justice initiatives, high-intensity training for young offenders, and methods of policing violence by organised gangs. "I am looking forward to being part of the dynamic and enthusiastic team at Greenwich," he said. "I have already started to collaborate with colleagues on very innovative projects that have the chance to make a difference to how the police deal with serious sexual violence." Professor Jolliffe gained a BSc in psychology from McMaster University in Canada and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has also worked at London Metropolitan University.

Aston University

Asif Ahmed

Aston University has named Asif Ahmed pro vice-chancellor for health. Professor Ahmed will be responsible for the development and implementation of a major healthcare strategy for the university as well as new teaching developments, working to facilitate cross-cutting initiatives in biomedicine, business and engineering. Professor Ahmed will also take up a chair in vascular biology. "I was delighted and felt privileged to be asked to build Aston University's health and biomedical science agenda," he said. "This is an opportunity to put into action my vision that I had formulated over many years as an academic." He joins from the University of Edinburgh, where he was assistant principal for international postdoctoral training and the Gustav Born professor of vascular biology. Professor Ahmed graduated from King's College London with a BSc in pharmacology and stayed in the capital for his doctoral studies, obtaining his PhD in surgery from University College London. His research interests are focused on pregnancy disorders and cardiovascular disease: he has identified protective enzymes and growth factors that could be key to efforts to prevent pre-eclampsia, a hypertensive disorder that kills 70,000 pregnant women worldwide each year. Previously he was professor of reproductive physiology at the University of Birmingham and visiting professor at Stanford University.

University of Cambridge

Simon Tavare

The University of Cambridge, in association with Cancer Research UK, has appointed Simon Tavare to the post of director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. Professor Tavare has been a professor in the department of applied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge since 2003 and is also a professor of cancer research in the oncology department. He will take up his new post in February, succeeding Sir Bruce Ponder. "I'm thrilled to be taking on this exciting new role," he said. "Our understanding of cancer is at a turning point. We are uncovering more of cancer's secrets - and these secrets are taking us down new avenues of research that can lead to better treatments. Cancer research is indeed in an unprecedented age of discovery." Professor Tavare is a world-leading expert on probability, statistics and the biological and medical sciences. …

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