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The College of Preceptors has conferred honorary fellowships upon: David Bisbrown, former principal of Hillcrest School and Community, Dudley, former chair of the College's Midlands region and long-serving member of its council and academic board; Sir John Daniel, vice-chancellor, Open University; Dr Beve Hornsby, principal, Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre; Ludwig Lowenstein, educational psychologist and College of Preceptors examiner for more than 30 years; Ken Ridley, former dean of teaching, professional and management studies, College of Ripon and York, St John; and Geoff Stanton, former head of the Further Education Unit.

Sir Robin Chichester-Clark has replaced Professor Brian Cox as chairman of the Arvon Foundation, which runs residential writing courses. He joined the foundation in 1995 as chairman of its newly-established development committee.

Ruth Maxwell has retired, having taught at Stepney's St Mary and St Michael Primary School, Tower Hamlets, for 49 years.

Recruit plc Education Services has opened a new education centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It will be run by Marcia Haigh, who formerly worked for West Yorkshire, and Anne King, an experienced administrator.

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