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Diane P. Koenker has been ap­pointed the next di­rec­tor of Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don’s School of Slavonic and East Euro­pean Stud­ies. Pro­fes­sor Koenker, cur­rently pro­fes­sor of his­tory at the Univer­sity of Illi­nois at Ur­bana-Cham­paign, will also be­come pro­fes­sor of Rus­sian and Soviet his­tory at SSEES. She has pub­lished widely as an ex­pert on 20th-cen­tury Rus­sian and Soviet so­cial his­tory. “My re­search has ben­e­fited from the re­mark­able SSEES li­brary and in­ter­ac­tions with its staff for many years, and I am hon­oured and de­lighted to be cho­sen to serve as di­rec­tor of this out­stand­ing UCL in­sti­tu­tion as it looks ahead to its sec­ond cen­tury,” said Pro­fes­sor Koenker, who will take up her new post in Jan­uary.

Gavin Scre­aton will be the next head of the Divi­sion of Med­i­cal Sciences at the Univer­sity of Ox­ford. He is cur­rently chair of medicine and dean of the Fac­ulty of Medicine at Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don. An Ox­ford grad­u­ate who held a range of clin­i­cal ap­point­ments at Ox­ford and at the John Rad­cliffe Hos­pi­tal, his re­search fo­cuses on the im­munol­ogy of in­fec­tious dis­eases. Pro­fes­sor Scre­aton said that it was a “great priv­i­lege” to take on the post. “Med­i­cal sciences at Ox­ford is world-lead­ing,” he said. “I will be proud to play a part in its fu­ture de­vel­op­ment and in the de­liv­ery and trans­la­tion of ex­cel­lent re­search that can trans­form the lives of our pa­tients and the wider pub­lic.”

Susie Brubaker-Cole has been named Stan­ford Univer­sity’s next vice-provost for stu­dent af­fairs. Cur­rently the vice-provost for stu­dent af­fairs at Ore­gon State Univer­sity, she will take up the post in Oc­to­ber.

Nick Fos­kett has been ap­pointed in­terim vice-chan­cel­lor of Bath Spa Univer­sity, fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Christina Slade. Pro­fes­sor Fos­kett was pre­vi­ously vice-chan­cel­lor of Keele Univer­sity.

Brian Arm­strong has been named WBS/Telkom chair in dig­i­tal busi­ness at Wits Busi­ness School, Univer­sity of the Wit­wa­ter­srand, after a long ca­reer in tele­coms in South Africa.

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