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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.

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