John Rawlinson has been appointed director of education at Leeds. He is currently a senior assistant director at the council and replaces Jackie Strong who leaves at the end of December to become chief education officer for Leicestershire.
Suffolk has made the following appointments: Barry Darch, deputy head of Harris Middle School, Lowestoft will become head of Pakefield Middle School on January 1; Matthew Horwood, deputy head of St Margaret's Primary School, will become head of Ringsfield Primary School on April 24 and Chris Plummer will be acting head during the spring term.
Timothy Haynes, surmaster of St Paul's School, Barnes, Middlesex has been appointed head of Monmouth School, Gwent from September. He will replace Rupert Lane, who is to be head of Ridley College, Ontario, Canada.
Alasdair Aston, retired staff inspector for English (Inner London Education Authority), has been awarded the Seatonian Prize by Cambridge University for the eighth time.
Alan Ayckbourn, the playwright and theatre director, has been awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Bradford University.
Joyanne Pietre-Cambacedes, head of business studies at Robert Napier Grant-Maintained School, Gillingham, Kent has been awarded the John Hugh Pitman prize by the Joint Examining Board for exceptional achievement in information technology teaching.
Thames Valley University has conferred honorary professorships on: Sir David Frost, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Isaacs, chief executive of the Royal Opera House; Michael Grade, chief executive of Channel 4 Television; Jenny Abramsky, controller, Radio 5 Live; and Russell Bowden, former deputy chief executive of the Library Association and governor of TVU.