The University of the Highlands and Islands has appointed a new leader for its School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences. Professor Brian Williams will be joining the university as of head of health, social care and life sciences in November.

Originally from Lancaster, Professor Williams is currently head of health and social care sciences at Edinburgh Napier University. During his 30-year career, he has built up experience in education, research and management across seven UK higher education institutions.

Professor Williams has worked in both medical and nursing schools, and has supported education in medicine, nursing and the allied health professions. He also has a significant track record in research and is a former director of Scotland's national research unit for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. His research interests include health behaviour change and complex service evaluations. He is passionate about developing research expertise at individual, group and organisational levels.

Professor Williams will take up his post on Monday 1 November. He replaces Professor Crichton Lang who retired last year and Professor Sandra MacRury who led the school on an interim basis. Professor Williams will be based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness.

Speaking about his appointment, Professor Todd Walker, principal and vice-chancellor of the university, said: "Professor Brian Williams will be an excellent addition to our university partnership.As a flourishing university for the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire we aim to retain, attract and nurture talent in our region, helping to reverse population decline and build innovation and socio-economic prosperity. Our School of Health Social Care and Life Sciences plays a vital part in this agenda. It has seen much growth and development over the last decade and we have huge ambitions for its future."

Professor Williams said: "It is a huge privilege to be taking up the role of head of school. There have been major achievements over the past decade and I am excited to be working with staff and our partners across the Highlands and Islands to build on these, ensuring education and research work together to make a meaningful difference to society, students and staff across the region and beyond."

Professor Neil Simco, vice-principal (research and impact), added: "I am delighted that Professor Brian Williams will be joining the university later this year as our new head of health, social care and life sciences. As head of health and social care at Edinburgh Napier University, Brian is a highly experienced academic across education, research and leadership. He is very well placed to build on the existing achievements of our School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences to secure its further growth and development and I very much look forward to welcoming him to his new role."

The University of the Highlands and Islands has appointed a new leader for its department of nursing and midwifery. Dr Nicola Carey will be joining the university as of Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery in the Autumn.

Originally from Stockton on-Tees, Dr Carey is currently Reader and lead for the long-term conditions and ageing cluster within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey. Before this, she worked in a variety of posts in primary care as a practice nurse, a nurse practitioner and as a nurse educator in the university sector, with a particular interest in community nursing. She also spent two years in the United States while undertaking her Master's in public health in community health education. Her areas of research include national and international studies on workforce development, non-medical prescribing and quality improvement.

Dr Carey will take up her post on Monday 25 October and replaces Professor Annetta Smith who retires at the end of July. She will be based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness.

Speaking about her appointment, Professor Todd Walker, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the university, said: "We are delighted that Dr Carey is joining our Department of Nursing and Midwifery. She brings a wealth of experience within research, education and leadership within nursing, reflecting her substantial work within the university sector and as a professional nurse. We look forward to welcoming her in the Autumn and wish Professor Annetta Smith all the best for a long and happy retirement."

Dr Carey said: "I am delighted to be joining the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Highland and Islands at such an exciting time. I look forward to working with new colleagues to further develop education and research capacity and support students and nursing colleagues in the important work that they do. Working at the University of Highlands and Islands presents fantastic opportunities to develop the next generation of nurses and researchers in the field - it's a flourishing organisation and I am excited by my new appointment."

Professor Neil Simco, Vice-Principal (Research and Impact), added: "I look forward to welcoming Nicola to her new role in the autumn. As a nurse and nurse educator, she brings significant experience of research, education and leadership gained over many years both in practice and in the university sector. Nicola is very well placed to build on the substantial achievements of the department to date and I wish her well in this exciting role."

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