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Frances Wittering, head of faculty of business and professional studies, Doncaster College, will become principal and chief executive of Newcastle under Lyme College, Staffordshire, upon the retirement of Mike McConville at the end of March.

The University of Central England, Birmingham, has conferred a professorship upon Clare Benson, director of the school of mathematics, science and technology, faculty of education, and has awarded honorary doctorates to David Cragg, chief executive, Birmingham Training and Enterprise Council, and Patricia Marsh, chair, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust.

Violinist Laura Swadkin and trombonist Ahmad Dayes from Goldsmith's Youth Orchestra have been presented with special awards by Lewisham Arts Council, with financial support from Royal Mail.

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