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Professor Gareth Roberts, vice-chancellor at Sheffield University, will succeed Dr Kenneth Edwards as chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals on August 1.

Andrew Motion, the poet and biographer, is the University of East Anglia's new professor of creative writing. He takes over from Professor Malcolm Bradbury in September.

Suffolk has made the following appointments: Garry Deeks, head of Cockfield Primary School, will become head of Wilby Primary on September 1. Terry McGeever is currently acting head. Michael Iliffe, head of Somerton Middle School, Cowes, Isle of Wight, is to be head of Foxborough Middle School, Lowestoft from April 24.

Stephen Coleman, deputy head of St John's Primary School, Buckinghamshire will become head of the school on April 24.

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