People news: congratulations, welcomes and farewells


Congratulations to Michelle Croston, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, who has been named National HIV Nurses Association nurse of the year.

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Well done to Professor Hans Degens (pictured left) who has been granted an honorary doctorate from the Lithuanian Sports University (LSU).

Professor Degens has been cooperating with LSU for many years. He has supervised a doctoral thesis, published a number of articles in co-authorship with LSU scientists, managed PhD students’ internships at Manchester Metropolitan University and fostered shared scientific ideas with LSU researchers.

Dr Timothy Jung, Director of Creative Augmented and Virtual Reality Hub, has been promoted to Reader.



Andrew Hunt will be joining Manchester School of Art as Professor of Fine Art and Curating in early October.

Andrew is a curator and writer based in London. He is currently Co-Director of Reading International and a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Kingston University.

From 2008 to 2014 he was Director of Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea, where he was responsible for developing the organisation’s acclaimed exhibitions programme and publishing activities. Andrew oversaw FPG’s move into its new building (arch. Manalo and White, 2013) and in 2012 he was a member of the Turner Prize jury.

Professor Ares Kalandides this week joined the Institute of Place Management, within the Business School.



Dominique Lauterburg is leaving the School of Law to take up a new post.

Professor Chris Pyke is moving on from being Head of AFE to UCLan to become Dean of the School of Business and Enterprise.

Yvonne Rennison is also moving to UCLan to take up the  role of Academic lead – Innovation and Enterprise in the School of Business and Enterprise at UCLan.

Nicola Clarke (pictured below), Academic Standards and Quality Assurance Manager in the Centre for Nicola clarkeAcademic Standards and Quality Enhancement, will be leaving the University in August 2017 after 29 years of service.

Nicola commenced work at Manchester Polytechnic in July 1988 and has since worked in various academic areas including Community Studies; and Humanities, Law and Social Science.  More recently, Nicola has spent more than 10 years in CASQE and its precursor, the Academic Standards Unit.

Nicola would be delighted to see friends and colleagues on Friday 4th August from 1.00pm in Room 4.03, Faculty of Business & Law to celebrate her time at the University.

If you are able to attend Nicola’s farewell, please confirm via so that we can arrange refreshments.