Oliver Urquhart Irvine has been appointed director of library services and librarian at Soas, University of London. Mr Urquhart Irvine, currently librarian and deputy keeper of the Queen’s Archives in the Royal Household, will join Soas in January. Previously he spent nine years at the British Library, including a spell as head of the Asian, Middle Eastern and African department. “The opportunity to lead a world-class library in a research- and teaching-intensive organisation with a truly global reach is hugely exciting,” Mr Urquhart Irvine said. “The library is a nerve centre for Soas in its pursuit of excellence.”
Olufemi Ogundele will join the University of California, Berkeley as assistant vicechancellor and director of undergraduate admissions at the start of 2019. Currently assistant dean for diversity outreach at Stanford University, he has led initiatives to attract disadvantaged, undocumented and LGBTQ+ students. “Femi joins with significant experience in domestic and international… admissions, and a track record of applying best practices in outreach and recruitment strategies, developing inclusive office environments, and advocating for under-represented students,” said Stephen Sutton, vicechancellor of student affairs.
Sue Black has joined Durham University as a professor in computer science and technology evangelist. She was previously a senior research associate at UCL, and she advises the UK’s Government Digital Service.
Paul Johnson has been named executive dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Chester. The professor of theatre and performance was previously associate dean (quality and partnerships) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton.
The new director of Cardiff University’s Cardiff Catalysis Institute will be Duncan Wass, currently professor of catalysis at the University of Bristol. Professor Wass will oversee the relocation of the CCI to Cardiff’s new Translational Research Facility.