Jean-Noël Ezingeard has been named the next vice-chancellor of the University of Roehampton. Professor Ezingeard, currently deputy vice-chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, will succeed Paul O’Prey at the London institution in May. A French engineering science graduate, Professor Ezingeard has previously held leadership positions at Brunel University London, Kingston University and Henley Business School. Sir David Bell, chair of Roehampton’s council, said that Professor Ezingeard’s “commitment to inclusion and widening participation, his passion regarding the value…of academic research, and his vision for developing further our partnerships with industry, all make him the ideal candidate to take the university forward into the next chapter of our story”.
The new chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council will be
Karen Watt, currently director of external affairs in the Scottish government. John Kemp, the council’s director of access, skills and outcome agreements, had been interim chief executive since the retirement of Laurence Howell in August 2016. Ms Watt, who will join the council in January, was the first chief executive of the Scottish Housing Regulator and has also served as principal private secretary to Scotland’s first minister. She said that she was “delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the mission and ambition to shape the future of learning, skills, research and innovation in Scotland”.
Irene McAra-McWilliam has been named director of the Glasgow School of Art on a one-year contract. She had been serving as interim director alongside fellow deputy director Ken Neil since Tom Inns resigned last month. A full candidate search will be conducted for the permanent appointment.
John Fisher has been appointed the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s first artistic director of the David Seligman Opera School.
Nia White has become a professor of innovation in research at Abertay University.