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Universities face the challenge of balancing local and global needs

Professor Liz Barnes CBE, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University, reflects on how universities can focus on responding to local needs while striving also to be a force for good nationally and globally.

Many issues await the attention of the new universities minister

In a week when the government reshuffled its cabinet, HE issues that made headlines gave the newly-appointed universities minister a taste of things to come, says Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Institute of Student Employers .

Buckingham University names new Chancellor

The University of Buckingham has appointed Dame Mary Archer as its new Chancellor. Dame Mary will be joining the University from 24 February, succeeding Lady Tessa Keswick, who has been in the role since 2014.

Dame Mary started her career as a physical chemist and taught chemistry at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, where her research interests centred on sustainable energy production and solar energy conversion. She has written and contributed to various volumes of work concerning solar energy. She is a Companion of the Energy Institute and was awarded the Institute's Melchett Medal in 2002 and the Eva Philbin Award of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in 2007.

Chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for ten years from 2002 to 2012, Dame Mary was also appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to the National Health Service.

Commenting on the appointment, Buckingham University Vice-Chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, said: "The University has been blessed by a very distinguished series of Chancellors, including Lady Thatcher and most recently Lady Keswick.  Dame Mary's work will prove particularly inspiring to our medical students, whom we always encourage to innovate in their field and adopt cutting edge approaches."

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