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Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities and Social Sciences), Newcastle University

The Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University, Professor Chris Brink, has confirmed the appointment of Professor Julie Sanders to the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Professor Sanders is currently Vice Provost (Teaching and Learning), University of Nottingham Ningbo China.  Her career has included periods at Warwick, Keele, and Nottingham Universities, most recently as Chair in Literature and Drama and Head of the School of English at Nottingham.  Professor Sanders will join Newcastle University from 1 September 2015.

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Brink said: "Professor Sanders will be an excellent appointment for the Faculty, exactly what we need to help us build on our recent REF results and to work together to address our 'Raising the Bar' initiative.  Her experience in China and in another strong Russell Group University will be of great benefit to the Faculty."

Professor Sanders said: "I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with staff and students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Building on past achievements, HaSS will now be looking to the next stage of its development to face global issues and challenges and play a full role in Newcastle's establishment as a world class civic university.

"It will be an honour to be the Pro-Vice-Chancellor with oversight of those goals in such a discipline-rich Faculty."


Head of the School of Biology, Newcastle University

Professor Hans-Peter Klenk has been appointed as Head of the School of Biology at Newcastle University.  He is deemed a scientific pioneer in recognition of his outstanding contributions to bacterial taxonomy and was honoured this year with the prestigious US-based Bergey Award, which he accepted during this year's meeting of Bergey's International Society for Microbial Systematics in Edinburgh.

He is relishing the challenge of the final major move of a career that has seen him hold various positions in the public and private sectors and author more than 400 publications that have been cited around 15,000 times.

The prospect of working with another eminent microbiologist Emeritus Professor Michael Goodfellow, who established an international reputation leading microbial systematics and biotechnology research at Newcastle University, was a powerful lure for Professor Klenk.

"It's a very interesting position for me," he said.  "Newcastle University is a good environment for microbiology - the tradition is very good and very attractive.

"I'd heard about Professor Goodfellow, who has been here for 40 years.  I can continue a lot of things that I've done over the last couple of years, which fit very well with work here.

"My speciality is microbial genomics and my aim is to combine this with Professor Goodfellow's work on systematics to bring the research to a higher level."

Bayern Munich supporter Professor Klenk left his position as Head of the Department of Microorganisms at the renowned Leibniz Institute DSMZ in Germany to come to Newcastle University.

THe DSMZ is one of the largest biological resource centres in the world. Its collections comprise more than 50,000 items, including about 25,000 different bacterial, 5,000 fungal strains, and 700 human and animal cell lines.  It is also home to 47,000 different types of bacterial genomic DNA.

Professor Klenk's career stretches back nearly 30 years, following his graduation in 1986, from Eberhard Karls University in Tubingen, Germany, with a major in biochemistry.


Chief Executive, The Association of Business Schools

Anne Kiem has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Association of Business Schools.  Anne joins the Association from her position as the Chief Executive of the Institute of Financial Services, where she has led on strategic development, implementation, and the establishment of the Institute's relationships with government and business.

Anne also brings to the ABS her experience of working in a large multi-national, financial services company, and a background in developing education programmes and teaching.  She starts in post in the week commencing 3 November.

Commenting on her appointment, Anne Kiem said: "I am delighted to be joining the Association of Business Schools at what is an exciting time, especially with the prospect of the Royal Charter ahead. Business schools are pivotal in producing the business managers of the future, not just in large organisations but also in the hugely important small and medium-sized businesses.

I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues, the Executive Committe, and members to build on the firm foundations, develop new and innovative ways to deliver the aims of the ABS, and deliver value for the membership."

Professor Angus Laing, Chairman of the Association of Business Schools, said: "Anne brings extensive experience of business, educational and non-profit sectors.  Under her leadership we aim to maintain our excellent recent track record of advocacy and lobbying government, and build additional value to our members through engagement with business and the provision of services and insights, which are responsive to the needs of UK business schools.  We are delighted to welcome her to the ABS."