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Head of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University

Dr Caroline Walker-Gleaves has been appointed Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University.  She joins Newcastle from Durham University where she taught and researched education.  Caroline received her doctorate from Leicester University School of Education in the field of pedagogic practice with special reference to the enactment and understanding of care theory within a higher education context.

A former physicist working in the field of engineering at the National Transport Research Laboratory, Caroline is also a trained secondary school teacher with specialisms in physics and music, and has worked in schools and colleges in the UK and overseas.  She has received a number of awards for teaching excellence and pedagogic scholarship, including a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2001 and The International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology, awarded jointly by the US Association of Colleges of Education and the Australian Society for Educational Technology in 2005. 

Iraq Chair in Arabic and Islamic Studies, The University of Edinburgh

Professor Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila has been appointed the new Iraq Chair in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.  Formerly a professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki, Professor Hämeen-Anttila has published extensively on the languages, history and culture of the Middle East.  His recent publications include Case Studies in Transmission (Münster, 2015) and he is currently working on the trasmission of the Middle Persian Khwadaynamag into medieval Arabic.

He earned his PhD from the University of Helsinki in 1994.  Before coming to Edinburgh, he worked as a Senior Researcher of the Finnish Academy 1997-2000 and Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki 2000-2016.

Chief Operating Officer, Edinburgh Genomics

Edinburgh Genomics is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Fearnley as its Chief Operating Officer.  Joel brings a wealth of industry experience in senior technical and commercial roles across the electronics and life science industries.  He co-founded and successfully led microfluids start-up Lab901, which was susequently acquired by Agilent Technologies.  Most recently, Joel was General Manager of Agilent's global Microfluidics Business. 

Commenting on his appointment, Joel said "Having worked with Edinburgh Genomics in the past, I know how much quality and potential there is here and I am delighted to be joining the team at such an exciting time.  The combination of outstanding people and state-of-the-art facilities makes us strongly placed to break new ground in advanced genome sequencing and I believe that demand for our high quality services will continue to grow rapidly."