Iain Martin, currently vice-chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, will return to Australia to lead Deakin University. Professor Martin will replace Jane den Hollander as head of the Victoria institution in May. The surgeon, who began his academic career at the University of Leeds before moving to the University of Auckland and then the University of New South Wales, described Deakin as an “outstanding exemplar of a university that has delivered regional relevance, global linkages, research excellence and…a very strong educational portfolio that blends the best of campus and digital delivery into a highly supportive educational ecosystem”.
A new UK medical school, a partnership between the universities of Nottingham and Lincoln, has appointed its first associate dean. Daniel McLaughlin, currently academic director of undergraduate medicine at Newcastle University, will lead the University of Nottingham Lincoln Medical School as it prepares to welcome its first undergraduates in September 2019. Professor McLaughlin said that he was “honoured to have the opportunity to lead the development of…a project that will have a major positive impact on the health and well-being of the people of Lincolnshire”.
Sharon Ellis has been appointed the new director of research services at Queen Mary University of London. Dr Ellis will join the east London institution next month from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where she is director of international science and innovation.
Dennis McDermott has been named pro vice-chancellor (indigenous) at La Trobe University. He is currently director of the Poche Centres for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing at Flinders University.
Geoff Day has been appointed director of marketing and external relations at Edinburgh Napier University. He has previously run his own PR agency in New York, where he was also director of communications at Mercedes-Benz USA.