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Neil Simco has been ap­pointed vice-prin­ci­pal for re­search and im­pact at the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands. He joined UHI in 2009 and has served as dean of busi­ness and leisure, dean of arts, hu­man­i­ties and busi­ness, and as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal for cur­ricu­lum growth. Prior to that, he was an in­terim pro vice-chan­cel­lor at the Univer­sity of Cum­bria. Pro­fes­sor Simco said that UHI “al­ready [had] a sig­nif­i­cant amount of world-lead­ing and ex­cel­lent re­search in fields such as ma­rine, en­ergy, en­vi­ron­men­tal science, ar­chae­ol­ogy, health, Nordic stud­ies and his­tory”. He added: “There is much to do to build on what has al­ready been achieved.” Felic­ity Mitchell and Ben El­ger have been ap­pointed to lead the Of­fice of the In­de­pen­dent Ad­ju­di­ca­tor for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (OIA), the ad­ju­di­ca­tor ser­vice for Eng­lish and Welsh higher ed­u­ca­tion. Ms Mitchell – who will be in­de­pen­dent ad­ju­di­ca­tor, lead­ing the OIA’s case-han­dling work and ef­forts to pro­mote good prac­tice – joined in 2004 and be­came a deputy ad­ju­di­ca­tor in 2009. Mr El­ger – who as chief ex­ec­u­tive will over­see the OIA’s work with gov­ern­ments and sec­tor bod­ies, and on or­gan­i­sa­tional de­vel­op­ment – joined in 2008 as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and com­pany sec­re­tary.

Lily Kong has been ap­pointed pres­i­dent of Sin­ga­pore Man­age­ment Univer­sity (SMU). Pro­fes­sor Kong, cur­rently provost and Lee Kong Chian chair pro­fes­sor of so­cial sciences, is set to suc­ceed Arnoud De Meyer in Jan­uary 2019.

Ian O’Con­nor, vice-chan­cel­lor and pres­i­dent of Grif­fith Univer­sity, has been ap­pointed the new chair of the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment ad­vi­sory body, the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Stan­dards Panel. He takes over from Peter Sher­gold, chan­cel­lor of Western Syd­ney Univer­sity.

Al Rank­ins, pres­i­dent of Al­corn State Univer­sity, has been ap­pointed com­mis­sioner of higher ed­u­ca­tion for Mis­sis­sippi. He has been pres­i­dent of Al­corn since March 2014.

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