Reporter 439, 27 September 1999


New chairs


Philip Ashworth has been appointed to a Chair of Fluvial Geomorphology in the School of Geography as from March 1.

Professor Ashworth was previously a senior lecturer in the school. His research interests include river dynamics, flow structure and sediment transport in multiple channel rivers, physical scale modelling of fluvial systems and floodplain management.


Reverend Nigel Biggar has been appointed to a Chair of Theology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies with effect from September 1.

Professor Biggar was previously a lecturer in theology at the University of Oxford. His major research interests include building a post-modern theory of natural law, just war theory and burying the past after civil conflict.


Noel Buckley has been appointed to a Chair of Neuroscience jointly within the Schools of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and of Biomedical Sciences with effect from August 1. Professor Buckley was previously a senior research fellow at University College London. His major research interests include the control and manipulation of gene expression within the nervous system.


Stephen Burkinshaw has been appointed to a Chair of Textile Chemistry in the School of Textile Industries with effect from September 1. Professor Burkinshaw was previously a senior lecturer in the colour chemistry department.

His major research interests include textile chemistry, dyeing and finishing and surfactant chemistry.


Delia Davin has been appointed to a Chair of Chinese Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies with effect from September 1. Professor Davin was previously a reader in the department and maintains her position as its head.

Her major research interests include social impact of economic development in contemporary China, particularly population policy and attempts to reduce fertility, internal migration and gender issues.


Frank Finlay has been appointed to a Chair of German in the Department of German with effect from September 1. Professor Finlay - who also takes over as head of the German department - was previously a senior lecturer and chair of the German section at the University of Bradford.

His major research interests include contemporary German and Austrian literature and he is a member of the international team preparing a new 27-volume edition of the works of Heinrich Böll.


Alan Handyside has been appointed to a Chair of Developmental Biology in the Faculty of Biological Sciences with effect from June 1. Professor Handyside was previously a reader in the obstetrics and gynaecology department of Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospital, Kings College, University of London.

His major research interests include pre-implantation mammalian development and single cell genetics for the diagnosis of inherited diseases.


Gerard Hodgkinson has been appointed to a Chair of Organisational Behaviour and Strategic Management in the Leeds University Business School with effect from September 1. Professor Hodgkinson was previously Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Strategic Management at the University of Exeter.

His major research interests focus on cognitive processes and the evaluation of assessment and selection practices within organisations.


Diana Holmes has been appointed to a Chair of French in the Department of French with effect from September 1. Professor Holmes was previously head of the French department at Keele University.

Her major research interests include French women writers of the 19th and 20th centuries and French film.


Christopher Page has been appointed to a Chair of Civil Engineering Materials in the School of Civil Engineering with effect from September 1. Professor Page was previously Professor of Structural Materials at Aston University.

His major research interests include the corrosion and degradation processes that influence the stability of materials, and developing technology to enhance the durability of existing constructions.


David Wedlock was recently appointed as Visiting Professor to the Centre of Particle and Colloid Engineering within the School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering. Professor Wedlock is technology manager for Shell Lubricants and has particular interest in polymer and colloid chemistry.

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