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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.

Subject Group Head and Chair, Work, Organisation and Management, University of Liverpool

Dr Yves Guillaume has been appointed Subject Group Head and Chair, Work, Organisation and Management at the University of Liverpool.  Yves is joining the University on 1 September from Aston Business School, where he has held the position of Reader in the Work and Organisational Psychology Group.

Yves' research revolves around the study of diversity, leadership, innovation, effectiveness and well-being in teams and organisations, which has been published in leading academic outlets including Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Human Relations and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and industry.  He is an associate editor of Journal of Applied Social Psychology and an editorial board member of British Journal of Management, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and Organizational Psychology Review.  Yves is a Chartered Psychologis and received his PhD in Management from Aston University.  In the past, he has worked as a lecturer in the Economic and Organisational Psychology group at Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich.

Chair in Biostatistics, Newcastle University

Dr James Wason has been appointed Chair in Biostatistics at Newcastle University, in a joint position with the MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge.  James was appointed a programme leader-track at the Unit in 2015.  His research group focuses on statistical design and analysis methods for improving the efficiency and ethical properties of clinical trials.  Three major areas of work are adaptive designs, improved analysis of composite endpoints, and designs for biomarker-guided trials.  As well as working on methodology, James places a large emphasis on being involved in real studies where novel methodology is required.