Professor Bren Neale has been elected an Academician to the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Neale is the Principal Investigator on the ESRC Timescapes Research project – a £5.2m initiative with projects spread over Leeds – the lead institution – and four other universities (see Reporter 546 for more details). A pioneer in Qualitative Longitudinal Research Methods, Bren’s work hashelped the School of Sociology and Social Policy to attain its current high RAE research ranking.
Professor Jeremy Higham (School of Education) has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law. He takes over from Professor John Leach.
Dr Anna Fenemore (School of Performance and Cultural Industries) has completed two months as the Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence at the University of California. She worked with students to make a performance titled The Matter of Taste, which addressed the subjective and highly individual experience of ‘taste’ and the social redefining of what might be considered ‘good’ and ‘bad’ taste. http://theatredance.ucdavis.edu/proartists/granada_current.aspx
Dr Susan Hamer (School of Healthcare) has been seconded to the Informatics Directorate
of the Department of Health (DoH) as National Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions. Previously the University’s Director of Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise for Medicine and Health, she said of her new role: “My aim is to make the world of technology a little more permeable to the world of health. Every day practitioners take millions of decisions based on the information available to them. Year on year the complexity and amount of this information increases and it can be extremely hard not to feel overwhelmed. Informatics can help practitioners to manage this data and support them in their clinical decision-making. In turn, this enables them to target resources more effectively and improve the quality of services without long delays as, increasingly, information becomes more linked to real time and day-to-day decisions.”
Dr Gareth Hagger-Johnson of the Academic Unit of Public Health has been awarded the 2010 H J Eysenck Memorial Fund Award. The award will be used to recontact a sample of participants enrolled in the UK Women’s Cohort Study and administer measures of personality, cognitive ability and health literacy. The study is one of the largest cohort studies investigating associations between diet and health in the UK www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/ceb/NutEp/ukwcs/index.htm W
Professor David Hesmondhalgh has been appointed Head of the Institute of Communications Studies. He will commence post in June 2010.
Helen Muir (Institute for Transport Studies) has been awarded a European Union funded Science and Technology Programme Fellowship to conduct research in China for two years. She will be based at the Institute of Transportation Engineering at Tsinghua University doing research into national road safety targets and strategies in China.
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