Reporter 440, 11 October 1999


New chairs


Martyn Chamberlain has been appointed to a Chair of Engineering Physics in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering with effect from September 1. Professor Chamberlain was previously a reader in experimental physics at the University of Nottingham.
His major research interests include the development of terahertz technology, which could replace X-rays for medical imaging and has many applications in the field of communications.


Brian Ferguson has been appointed to a Chair of Health Economics in the Nuffield Institute for Health with effect from June 1. Professor Ferguson was previously a senior research fellow at the University of York and is also assistant director in clinical governance at North Yorkshire Health Authority.
His major research interests include cost effectiveness and clinical governance, the implementation of evidence-based health care and health service reconfiguration.


Phillip Hodkinson has been appointed to a Chair of Lifelong Learning and Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute with effect from September 1. Professor Hodkinson previously held a chair of post-compulsory education and training, and was director of research in the Crewe School of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.
His research interests include education and employment transitions and vocational education and training.


Alex Longhurst has been appointed to a Chair of Spanish and head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with effect from September 1. Professor Longhurst was at Leeds for fifteen years before taking up a chair in Spanish at the University of Exeter in 1987.
His major research interests include the emergence of modern narrative and its transition from the nineteenth to twentieth century and the economic and social transformation of Spain between the 1960s and the end of the 1980s.


Jeremy Rayner has been appointed to the Alexander Chair of Zoology in the School of Biology as from July 1. Professor Rayner was previously Professor of Zoology at the University of Bristol.
His major research interests include the biomechanics, ecology and evolution of animal flight, particularly the aerodynamics of flapping wings in birds.

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