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Head of School of Education, University of Glasgow

Professor Trevor Gale has been appointed the Head of the School of Education at the University of Glasgow for four years from August 2015.  Trevor will be joining the University from Deakin University, where he is Chair in Education Policy and Social Justice.


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.