Professor Vincent Janik has been appointed Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute. He will take over from Professor Ian Johnston as of 1 January 2016 for an initial period of three years.
Vincent works in the field of animal communication, specializing in marine mammals. His main research interest is the evolution of complexity in communication systems and how this complexity can affect social interaction. This work takes two different approaches. He investigates environmental constraints that influence the design of vocal communication systems and the underlying cognitive skills required to overcome or circumvent such constraints. Much of this work concentrates on vocal communication in the bottle nose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). This species combines the ability of vocal learning with complex cognitive skills that exceed those of most other animals. Comparative work focuses on grey and harbour seals as well as other dolphin species.
Vincent is a member of the University's Sea Mammal Research Unit and of the Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution.Share
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.Share
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."Share