Magazine article Times Higher Education

Appointments: People

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Appointments: People

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University of Westminster

Roland Dannreuther

Roland Dannreuther, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Westminster, said he felt an equal mixture of "excitement and trepidation" when offered the senior role. Along with the immense pride and pleasure he gained from getting the job, he also asked himself: "What am I letting myself in for?" Professor Dannreuther said that having led departments at Westminster and other universities, he felt he had come to a "crossroads" in his career and that a strategic role was the next step for him. He explained that as dean he was keen to promote interdisciplinary research, which he said was one of the strengths of the faculty and the university. "There are quite distinctive areas of research excellence, perhaps in areas that are cutting-edge and unconventional that don't always get captured by traditional universities," he said. "One of the things I've noticed from some of the people who have joined (myself included, to some degree) is that they felt quite liberated from the more traditional universities. There's a bit more freedom to direct your research in new areas." Professor Dannreuther studied at the University of Oxford and said that when he graduated, he promised himself he would "never go into academia". "But, after three years of being a management consultant, I realised I was missing the world of the mind," he admitted.

University of Sheffield

Kirill Horoshenkov

The new professor of acoustics in the Pennine Water Group at the University of Sheffield joked that if he were not an academic, he would probably be "building cool speakers and amplifiers for music geeks". Kirill Horoshenkov, who joins from the University of Bradford, will work with novel acoustic instruments that are used by the water industry to gain better knowledge about the conditions of urban water equipment and its environment. His love for physics and engineering was established at an early age, he recalled. "I once came across a popular book written by a very prominent academic at the time, (Leonid) Brekhovskikh," he said. "This book was about the ocean and its treasures, and it explained that we knew much more about the surface of the Moon than about our oceans, which are full of useful resources for the planet. The author made it clear in this book that the only way to learn more about the oceans is to use sound waves, which go where no one has gone before." He added: "This made me study the science of sound as my major because I was very keen to learn more about these treasures hidden from us under the sea."

Sheffield Hallam University

Liz Barnes

Liz Barnes, who has been appointed deputy vice-chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said she had always followed the development and success of the institution and so was pleased to join. "I have collaborated with it in the past when I was at Teesside University and visited to look at what I could learn from it," she said. Professor Barnes started her career as a physical education and maths teacher, and did not dream of entering academia at that point. "When I went into school teaching, I probably envisaged the pinnacle as a headteacher in a large secondary school," she said. "After making the transition into higher education, I don't think that in my wildest dreams I would have anticipated reaching this level." She added that "my love of teaching and my passionate belief in the value of education and the transformational effect that it has on individuals' lives" had inspired her to move into the academy. …

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