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Chairs in Accounting, The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is delighted to announce the appointment of two Chairs in Accounting at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

Professor David Cooper joined the Business School as a Chair on 2 October and will be working on a part-time basis while continuing to serve as Professor in Accounting at the University of Alberta.  David's research is primarily in critical management studies, management accounting and control, and the regulation of accounting and accountants.  It is interdisciplinary, critically-oriented, and problem-centred, drawing on sociology, organisational and managerial rationality, and performance measurement management.

Professor Christine Cooper will join the Business School as Chair in Accounting on 1 February, 2018.  She is currently Professor of Accounting at the University of Strathclyde. Christine is co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Her research is broadly concerned with the impact of accounting in our everyday lives.  This has produced publications in diverse social arenas, including social and environmental accounting, gender, privatization, de-skilling of accountants and book-keepers, insolvency and accountability.


Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Management, University of Bristol

Professor Paul Cousins has been appointed Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Management at the University of Bristol.  He will be taking up post in early November.

Paul joins Bristol from the University of Manchester, where he is Professor of Operations Management at Manchester Business School.  He began his career in industry working for Westland Helicopters, before reading for a degree at Sheffield in Informatics (Applied Statistics, Operations Research and Sytems Design).  He then spent a secondment at Sikorsky Aircraft in the USA, working as a Contracts Negotiator.  After the secondment, he went back to university and read for his MBA (Bath) and subsequently PhD (Bath).  After working in academia for a few years, he moved into management consulting and worked for A T Kearney in the European Procurement Practice Group.  During this time, Paul worked for a wide variety of firms and sectors helping to implement best purchasing practice and designing new methodologies.  Subsequently, Paul returned to academia to pursue a research career. He moved back to the University of Bath, and from there to a Senior Lectureship at the University of Melbourne and then a Professorship at Queen's University Belfast.  In 2005, he moved to Manchester Business School as Professor of Operations Management and has since held the positions of Deputy Director of the School and Director of Research and Engagement.

Paul has held EPSRC Research grants totalling £1million and also several industry-infunded grants worth approximately £500k.  Paul has published widely, being the author of four books and over forty published journal papers and a further thirty or so conference papers.


Professor of Fine Art, Newcastle University

Leading contemporary artists Jane and Louise Wilson have been appointed to Newcastle University's pioneering Fine Art Department.

Twins Jane and Louise have a national and international reputation, forged over the past two decades as artists working with photography and the moving image, installation in an expanded form of cinema, and lens-based media.

Their work, which often looks at abandoned buildings and inaccessible places, has put them at the forefront of the contemporary art scene.  They were nominated for the Turner prize in 1999 for their multi-screen installation, Gamma. 

Louise said: "I feel honoured to begin this new and exciting role with the School of Arts and Cultures in the Fine Art Department at Newcastle University.

"Our joint appointment represents a welcome return to the region for both of us, not only because we were born in Newcastle, but because it was where we were first given the opportunity to study and develop our practice as contemporary artists.

"It was through the creative freedom of an art education that so many more possibilities were opened up, ones which still inspire and inform our practice as artists and lecturers today."

Jane said: "I'm very excited to take up the position of joint Fine Art Professorship at Newcastle University.  It is a wonderful acknowledgement of our significant experience as artist practitioners, who have been recognised in the field of research and critical thinking.

"Whilst encouraging a key awareness of the wider context, we aim to enable a self-motivated and self-reflective experimentation."

Richard Talbot, Head of Fine Art at Newcastle University, said: "These appointments are very exciting and expand the creative possibilities, the ambition and the thinking that the students are exposed to.

"Jane and Louise are adding to the long list of very distinguished artists who have been associated with the Department, either as students or staff."  

 Jane and Louise take up their new posts at Newcastle University in August.