Another new dean at UCE is John Rouse, of the faculty of law and social sciences, who was appointed to his new job from the ranks of ordinary lecturers. As if that wasn't unusual enough, Professor Rouse survived a bout of leukemia and was off work for 11 months in the academic year 1993-94. "I stared death in the face," says Rouse. "I had a bone marrow transplant and have recovered. I am deeply grateful to the university for putting their faith in me."
The University of Brighton has appointed seven new professors including John McKean, of the school of architecture and interior design, whose brother is a professor of architecture at the University of Dundee. Another new professor is Howard Rush, head of research development at the centre for research in innovation management, who specialises in complex product systems.
At Goldsmiths', University of London, Bill McCormack has been made professor of literary history and head of the English department. Author of books on Irish literature (From Burke to Beckett and a biography of Sheridan Le Fanu) Professor McCormack is also a poet, though he pens his poetry under the name Hugh Maxton. "I suppose it's a desire for privacy and so I'm not asked questions all the time," he says. "It's an open secret." Tomorrow Goldsmiths' English department is launching a new poetry magazine called Metre, an international venture with editors in London, Prague and Dublin. If you want a fix of Irish culture, attend the conference called "Elizabeth Bowen: London, Ireland, modernism" which the department is hosting on SaturdaynReuse content