Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments: People

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments: People

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University of Warwick

Robert Harrison

The newly appointed professor of innovative manufacturing at WMG, the University of Warwick's manufacturing group, said his first priority since taking up the post three weeks ago has been to get his team set up. "I've brought a group of eight researchers with me from Loughborough University and they only arrived yesterday, so we've just been finding our feet," Robert Harrison said. The move represented a "good opportunity", he noted, in terms of the range of companies with which he would be able to collaborate and the impact his group could have on the automotive sector in particular. "The move allows me to develop research and reach a range of companies in the supply chain I'm working with and enable them to exploit what we're doing," he added. "We've worked with Ford, ThyssenKrupp system engineering, Jaguar-Land Rover and other automotive sector companies. But we're particularly keen to bring in small companies, too." During an apprenticeship with British Aerospace, Professor Harrison was sponsored to do a BTech at Loughborough, where he later took his PhD and went on to hold a chair in automation systems. He has also held sabbatical positions at the National University of Singapore and at Schneider Electric.

University of Wolverhampton

Denis Gleeson

Promoting "the often unrecognised achievements of teachers, students, colleges and employers" is one of the main aims of the new professorial chair of the University of Wolverhampton's Centre for Research and Development in Lifelong Education. Denis Gleeson noted that the recent row between education secretary Michael Gove, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw and academics and teaching unions shows how fractious the UK education system is. "It's quite an achievement for the secretary of state for education to unite three warring teacher unions in opposition to his ill-thought-out proposals," he said. Professor Gleeson also said that Wolverhampton served to contradict Sir Michael's claim that academics live in "ivory towers". "Behind this hoary old chestnut rests a deeper breach of trust between government, Ofsted and universities, at a time when 'both Michaels' want to deregulate mandatory teacher education from its close partnership arrangements with higher education," he said. He added that Ofsted and the government should also be challenged "to develop a better understanding of the significant bridging role (further education) plays between employers, communities and individuals, in the process of social and economic renewal".

University of Leeds

Chris Carr

The new chair of textile technology and the recently appointed head of the School of Design at the University of Leeds said it was "luck, fate" that he entered the world of textiles. "I had a number of PhD choices but studying the surface area of wool sounded far more interesting than any of the others," Chris Carr said. Professor Carr joined Leeds from the University of Manchester in January thanks to a Pounds 1.75 million grant from the Clothworkers' Foundation that funded both his appointment and new equipment. He took up his position as head of school only a few weeks ago. Professor Carr joins the team in the Clothworkers' Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare to undertake research into non-woven textiles on behalf of the healthcare sector. He will be helping to address pressing demands such as the development of new filters to remove impurities from blood to enable safer transfusions. …

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