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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.

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