Paul Betts, Professor of Modern European History, has taken over as chair of the German History Society for a three-year term. Professor Betts has been on the editorial board of the journal German History since 2010 and his most recent book, about private life in the German Democratic Republic, received the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History from the Wiener Library in 2010.
Professor Alasdair Smith, economist and former Vice-Chancellor at Sussex, has been appointed one of three new Deputy Chairmen to the Competition Commission, which conducts inquiries into mergers, markets and the regulation of the major regulated industries. Its Chairman, Roger Witcomb, said the appointment underlined “that one of the key strengths of the CC is its ability to attract eminent people with a broad range of experience and expertise in competition issues”. Professor Smith’s academic work focuses on the effects of international trade on competition, growth and the distribution of income; he has written extensively on the effects of the single European market and EU enlargement on competition. Professor Smith’s new part-time role will be for three years, starting in January 2012.