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William Robertson Chair of History, The University of Edinburgh

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Diana Paton to the William Robertson Chair of History.

Diana Paton has taught at Newcastle University since 2000, where she has been a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and, since 2008, Reader in Caribbean History.  She is a historian of the Caribbean and has published extensively on slavery and emancipation and Caribbean cultural history.

On accepting the appointment, Dr Paton said: 'I am excited to join Edinburgh's History department, particularly because of its emphasis on global history.  As a historian of the Caribbean it will be great to work with colleagues with such a wide range of geographic and chronological interests.  I am looking forward particularly to collaborating with colleagues and students in the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies.'

The William Robertson Chair was established in 1966, and named in commemoration of the renowned Scottish Historian and former Principal of the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Thomas Ahnert, Head of History, commented: 'We are delighted to welcome Diana Paton as the new holder of the William Robertson Chair. Her expertise in global and transnational history will be a major addition to our existing strengths in these areas.  We are very much looking forward to working with her in furher enhancing our teaching and research.'

Professor Paton will take up her post in July 2016.


Director of Newcastle University London

Newcastle University has appointed Professor Amanda Broderick to head its new London campus.  Professor Broderick will take up her post as CEO and Director of Newcastle University London in September 2015 when the campus opens to students.

An eminent social scientist, Professor Broderick also has an outstanding leadership track record.

Professor Broderick joins Newcastle from the University of Salford where she is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Executive Dean of the College of Business & Law.  Before moving to Salford, she was Principal of St. Cuthbert's Society - a Durham University College - and Deputy Dean of Durham Business School and has been a Professor of Marketing at multiple institutions in the UK and a Visiting Professor at universities internationally.

At Salford she was responsible for sector-leading increases in student numbers, international research quality and student satisfaction; innovation in graduate employability; and enhancing the University's profile through new industrial and governmental partnerships - achievements that led to winning the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year in 2014.  She also led University international developments worldwide and successfully launched the University of Salford UAE.

Professor Broderick also holds a number of national and international advisory roles including with the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Professor Broderick said: "I am delighted to be joining Newcastle University at the start of such an exciting new venture. The opportunities of Newcastle in the Capital are significant and offer a fantastic model for wider global capital city partnerships."

Professor Tony Stevenson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle University explains: "Amanda's particular focus and experience in developing graduates with global leadership skills will be a great advantage to students studying with us and her track-record in building international collaborations will support our ambitions to create a research hub in the Capital."

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Director of the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Loughborough University in London

Professor Wilfred Dolfsma has been been appointed Director of the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Loughborough University in London.

Wilfred is joining the University from the University of Groningen, where he is Professor of Strategy and Innovation. 

Trained as an economist and a philosopher, Wilfred focuses on how individuals, themselves and jointly in firms, cooperate to be more entrepreneurial and innovative.  The perspectives preferably adopted for this are social exchange theory and particularly social network theory.  Having authored some 100 international academic articles, and authored or edited over 20 books, he has been editor-in-chief of the Review of Social Economy for over a decade.  Wilfred has consulted for firms small and large, including DSM, Equens, FrieslandCampina Fod, Ford Credit, and Siemens.  He has lived and worked in The Netherlands, Germany, and India and likes scuba and skin diving.