Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments: People

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments: People

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Bishop Grosseteste University

Olivia Sagan

A psychologist whose research focuses on the role played by arts activity in mental well-being is to lead a new degree course in the discipline at Bishop Grosseteste University. Olivia Sagan, a chartered psychologist most recently at University College London, has taken up the position of academic coordinator for psychology and, from September, will oversee a course that combines the field with another subject such as drama, history or sport. "We are really focusing on the arts and therapies and on social, developmental and community psychology," Dr Sagan said. "That makes it quite distinctive. This focus, with its eye on community applicability, reflects my research and background in art and engagement with disadvantaged groups in the community." She added that interest in the course has been encouraging. Dr Sagan worked as a psychodynamic counsellor before moving into higher education, holding posts at the University of Bedfordshire, the Institute of Education, University of London (where she gained her PhD) and the University of the Arts London. She called her new appointment "an exciting opportunity" to "bring together my passion for psychology with my experience in pedagogy, the arts and community applications, and provide a stimulating and critical psychology degree course".

University of Essex

Lorna McGregor

The new director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex said it was an honour to step into the role, following in the footsteps of "leading figureheads of the human rights movement". Lorna McGregor is currently director of the university's master's course in international human rights law and a professional lawyer with extensive international experience of human rights issues, particularly torture, access to justice and human trafficking. She takes over from Geoff Gilbert, interim director since January. "At Essex, we believe that the theory and practice of human rights are inextricably linked, and this is what made this position and working here so attractive," Ms McGregor said. "It's such an honour to step into this role, especially when you consider previous directors such as the late Kevin Boyle, who was one of the figureheads of the human rights movement both at the domestic and international level." Ms McGregor has served as an international adviser at Redress, a non-profit human rights organisation that helps torture survivors to obtain justice and reparation. This was one of the reasons why she was a "very attractive choice" to take over the directorship of the centre, according to its chair Sir Nigel Rodley. Ms McGregor gained a first-class law degree from the University of Edinburgh before obtaining her master's from Harvard Law School.

The Open University

Andrea Zisman

A new professor of computing at The Open University said she had no hesitation in accepting the post because she "knew that joining the OU at this stage of my career would be a good thing to do". Andrea Zisman, who joins from City University London, said she intended to investigate new challenges in her research area, to contribute to society and to "transfer my knowledge and skills to people embarking on an IT education programme or those continuing in this area of work". She was one of the first researchers to investigate context-based service discovery and adaptation, and has a strong international research reputation in software, service and system engineering. It was while working in the computing industry that she decided to concentrate on academic research, she said. …

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