George Boyne has been named the new principal of the University of Aberdeen. Professor Boyne, who is currently pro vice-chancellor of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Cardiff University, will replace
Sir Ian Diamond when he retires in August. Commenting on his new role, Professor Boyne, a double graduate of Aberdeen and an expert on public sector organisations, said that he was looking forward to “leading the university in its ambitions to be inclusive, interdisciplinary and international in reach and quality across the full range of its teaching and research”. Martin Gilbert, chair of the university’s court, said that Professor Boyne would “drive forward our ambitious agenda for growth, excellence and internationalisation”.
Catriona Jackson is to be the new chief executive of Universities Australia. She will succeed Belinda Robinson after two years as the organisation’s deputy chief executive. The former journalist and ministerial adviser has also been chief executive of Science and Technology Australia and director of communications at the Australian National University. Margaret Gardner, vice-chancellor of Monash University and chair of Universities Australia, said that Ms Jackson was an “outstanding communicator who is held in strong regard in higher education, politics and the media” and had “proven herself a skilled and principled advocate”.
Pakistan’s oldest public university has appointed its first female vicechancellor. Nasira Jabeen has become provisional vice-chancellor of Punjab University, which was founded in 1882, having served as dean of its Institute of Administrative Services.
Andy Long is to become provost and deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Nottingham. He will lead operational planning and academic resources across the university, as well as manage the five faculty pro vice-chancellors. Professor Long is currently pro vice-chancellor of the University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering.