Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments: People

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments: People

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Queen's University, Canada

Susan Mumm

The new dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario said she was "excited by the prospect of working at one of Canada's premier universities" but "appalled by the idea of having to buy a snow shovel". Susan Mumm said Queen's was an interesting example of a traditionally elite institution responding to shifts in societal and student expectations about universities. "Most universities don't take change seriously until they are in trouble and are forced to do so; Queen's is changing voluntarily, and from a position of strength," she said. Professor Mumm, who takes up post in August, moves to Canada from Massey University in New Zealand, where she was pro vice-chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for the past four years. "I love New Zealand, but Canada is one of the few countries that hasn't surrendered the value of curiosity-driven research to the demands of a narrowly utilitarian audit culture," she said. After taking an undergraduate degree and a doctorate at the universities of Saskatchewan and Sussex, respectively, she worked at York University in Toronto, The Open University and Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia.

University of Lincoln

Rebecca Margetts

A new lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Lincoln has said that getting involved with a growing university could be a "really interesting experience" offering an opportunity to work with newer technologies and ideas. Rebecca Margetts, who is taking up her first post in academia, said she admired the close industry links that the university's Engineering Hub had built up and the focus on preparing students for careers in the field. "I'm very conscious of the gap that sometimes exists between academia and industry," she said. "I aim to bring some of my experiences and industry links to the students I will be teaching, and hopefully inspire them. As a (relatively) local girl, I hope I can be a role model of sorts, too!" Dr Margetts spent her teenage years in north Lincolnshire and cited those "happy memories", and the "friendly and lively" city of Lincoln, among the reasons for her enthusiasm about the new post. She became interested in test engineering while working for Ford as an undergraduate at Cardiff University. She took her PhD at the University of Bath and has previously worked at Ricardo, an engineering consultancy.

University of Surrey

Chris Proudman

The head of the new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey said he was excited to be part of a "real opportunity to develop something that's innovative and distinctive in veterinary research and education". Chris Proudman, who joins from the University of Liverpool, pointed out that the field is very different from the days of pioneering veterinary surgeon James Herriot. "It's a very high-tech, global and multidisciplinary world now," he said. "I don't think it's the case any more that veterinary science has a defined career pathway at the end. Time was when the majority of graduates went out into practice; however, there is now a whole raft of different career opportunities." Professor Proudman said food safety issues raised in the recent horsemeat scandal suggest some career paths other than clinical practice. But he added that recent focuses of public concern such as food safety, the badger cull and dangerous dogs have both helped and hindered his field. "Interpretation of the science by the general public is often not very critical - science doesn't often enter their thinking on deciding how desirable they consider a badger cull to be," he said. …

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