12th April 1996 at 01:00
Professor John Archer, deputy rector of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London University, will become principal and vice-chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, early in 1997 when Professor Alistair MacFarlane retires after seven years in the post.

Simon James, head of learning development, Kent Training and Enterprise Council, is to be head of programme area: learning at work, Further Education Development Agency, from May.

Mary Kingsley has been appointed head of Dorton House School, which is run by the Royal London Society for the Blind, replacing Dr Jean Chadha who has retired. She has been deputy head since September and previously taught in a mainstream comprehensive and a special school and worked as an education adviser for Barnet.

Adrian Aylward, a housemaster and headmaster's deputy at Downside School, Somerset, will become head of Stonyhurst College, the Jesuit school in Lancashire, in September. He replaces Dr Giles Mercer, who is to be head of Prior Park College, Bath.

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