Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Neal Juster joined the University of Glasgow as the Vice-Principal (Strategy and Resources) in August 2007 and was appointed to the position of Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor in July 2013. In addition to deputizing for the Principal in his absence, Neal’s primary responsibilities are: to lead the development and implementation of the University’s strategic plan; to lead the annual planning cycle; and to prioritize the rolling 10 year £300m capital plan such that it aligns with academic strategy. He is currently leading a project to introduce new processes and procedures for academic career development and is also the University’s Gender Equality Champion.
Immediately prior to appointment to the University of Glasgow Neal was Pro Vice-Principal at the University of Strathclyde (2006-7). In this role he had strategic oversight of the academic requirements of the University Estate, the University’s Cultural Activity and the Office of Marketing and Communication (responsible for student recruitment, international activity, alumni relationships, external events, fund raising and development, advertising, web development and press releases).
Other academic appointments include Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2002-6) and Head of Department in the Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (1997-2002), University of Strathclyde and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (1988-97).
Neal received his BSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He is a member, and past Chair, of the IMechE Academic Standards Committee, the committee responsible for accrediting relevant undergraduate degree programmes.
He is a Trustee of the University of Glasgow Trust, the University of Glasgow Pension Fund and the Yamaa Trust. He is also a Director of Glasgow University Holdings Limited.
Vice-Principal for Learning & Teaching
Frank Coton is currently Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching) and Professor of Low Speed Aerodynamics at the University of Glasgow where, until December 2009, he was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He is a past Chair of both the Scottish Deans of Science and Engineering and the Applied Aerodynamics Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also currently a member of the West Regional Advisory Board of Scottish Enterprise.
He is a member of the University of Glasgow Senior Management Group and has responsibility for the development of educational policy and strategy and all teaching quality processes. He has direct line-management responsibility for the Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre which supports academic development, technology enhanced learning and teaching and student learning. He is also a member of the SFC Access and Inclusion Committee and is Chair of the West of Scotland Schools for Higher Education Programme Management Committee which coordinates widening participation activities in the West of Scotland.
Vice-Principal for Research & Enterprise
Professor Miles Padgett ensures the delivery of the University's Research strategy and policies. His office also covers operational matters including negotiations and relationships with research sponsors.
Miles Padgett also holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy. He heads a 15-person team covering blue-sky research and applied commercial development. In 2001 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; and in 2014 as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
In 2008 Miles was awarded the UK Institute of Physics, Optics and Photonics Division Prize for a "distinguished record of achievement in research that spans fundamental aspects of optical angular momentum and applied optical sensors". In 2009 he was awarded the Institute of Physics, Young Medal "for pioneering work on optical angular momentum". In 2014 he was awarded the Kelvin Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his contributions to optics and his promotion of a global community of researchers.
Miles is recognised for his studies in the field of optics and in particular of optical angular momentum. His group has published over 300 papers that have received over 10,000 citations in the world's leading scientific journals.
Vice-Principal for Knowledge Exchange
Professor Jon Cooper has overall responsibility for the University’s Knowledge Exchange strategy and policies and for the University’s relationships with its strategic partners including industry, NHS, Government and Charities. He is also responsible for the University’s enterprise activities, including the promotion of spinout companies.
In 2001 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; and in 2004 as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was appointed to the Wolfson Chair in Biomedical Engineering in 2009.
Jon holds an ERC advanced investigator award, a Royal Society Merit award and is an EPSRC Fellow. He has 240 publications in internationally renowned peer reviewed publications. He has also been involved as an academic founder of three spin-out companies, Modedx; SAWdx and Clyde Biosciences, in the fields of medical diagnostics, drug delivery and new medicines discovery.
Previously, he was Head of the Division of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering and a Dean in the College of Science and Engineering. He also held positions as International Dean for East Asia and lead the University’s strategy in Transnational Education.
James Conroy was appointed Vice Principal, Internationalisation at the University of Glasgow in January 2014.
Professor Conroy has previously held the posts Dean of the Faculty of Education, Head of Graduate School and Head of Department of Religious Education at the University.
Before joining the University of Glasgow he was Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Care at St Andrew's College and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Education at St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill; and has taught in schools and adult education in England. He has published extensively in the areas of religious education, religion, education and liberal democracy and education and the literary and aesthetic imagination.
Clerk of Senate & Vice Principal
John Briggs became Clerk of Senate and Vice Principal of the University on 1 August 2012. He is also Professor of Geography and Chair of the interdisciplinary Glasgow Centre for International Development (GCID) which co-ordinates and promotes the University of Glasgow's research activities in the area of international development, mainly with partners in African countries. In addition, he is the University of Glasgow's International Dean (Africa), with responsibility for overseeing the University's partnerships with African universities. His research interests are in poverty reduction in the poorer parts of the world, mainly Africa, and his most recent work is on understanding how local environmental knowledges are constructed and then used by small-scale farmers, primarily in rural Africa, to inform their livelihood strategies. He is a government advisor on international development and is a member of the UK’s Department for International Development's Research Advisory Group.
Vice-Principal and Head of College of Arts
Murray Pittock is Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts and Bradley Professor of English Literature. He has worked at the universities of Manchester (where he was the first professor of Scottish literature at an English university), Edinburgh, Oxford, Aberdeen and Strathclyde, and has held visiting appointments at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Charles University, Prague, Trinity College, Dublin, Auburn and Yale. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the English Association, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland among other bodies. Murray's books are set on courses in English, History, Irish Studies, theology and politics in around twenty-five countries, and he has been awarded or shortlisted/nominated for a number of literary and historical prizes and prize lectureships: he is one of the few UK academics to be a prize lecturer of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the British Academy.
Murray has appeared in the UK and overseas media on over 350 occasions and regularly acts as a consultant.
Head of College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
Professor Anna Dominiczak is Regius Professor of Medicine, Vice Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, the largest of four Colleges at the University of Glasgow. She is also an honorary consultant physician and non-executive member of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.
A graduate of the Medical School in Gdansk, Poland, she is one of the world’s leading cardiovascular scientists and clinical academics. She held a British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Glasgow between 1997 and 2010, as well as the directorship of the Cardiovascular Research Centre between 2000 and 2010. Her major research interests are in hypertension, cardiovascular genomics and systems medicine and her total research income in the last three years totals more than £30 million.
Prof Dominiczak is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology as well as a member of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland, the European Society of Hypertension, the International Society of Hypertension, Society of Endocrinology, British Hypertension Society and British Cardiovascular Society. In 2012 she was invited to join the Council of the Academy of Medical Sciences and elected Vice President, Life Sciences of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
She is currently Vice President of the European Society of Hypertension, and a member of the Leadership Committee of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association. In addition to membership of several editorial boards, Professor Dominiczak has held several senior editorial positions and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Hypertension.
With more than 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and numerous scientific awards, her services to medicine were recognised by the Queen who awarded her with an OBE in 2005.
Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science & Engineering
Muffy Calder is Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering. She is also Professor of Formal Methods and her research is in modelling and reasoning about the behaviour of complex software and biochemical systems using computer science, mathematics and automated reasoning techniques. She currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research merit award and was a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow. In the distant past has been a research fellow at BT Laboratories and at DEC Research Labs in California; she has collaborated with a number of companies, most recently with NATS (air traffic services).
Previously, for three years she was on secondment to Scottish Government as Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland. Before that she was Dean for Research in the College of Science and Engineering and she has held various positions including Head of Department, chair of UKCRC (UK Computing Research Committee), Senate Assessor on University of Glasgow Court, member of EPSRC TOP (Technical Opportunities Panel) and co-chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Council. She is past external examiner for the MSc. at University of Manchester for undergraduate degrees at the universities of Warwick, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and NUI Cork. She has a PhD in Computational Science from the University of St. Andrews and a BSc in Computing Science from the University of Stirling. Over the years she has supervised 13 PhD students and 9 postdoctoral research assistants. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the British Computer Society and was awarded the OBE in 2011.
Vice-Principal and Head of College of Social Sciences
Professor Anderson graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA and then PhD in psychology. She began her academic career in 1979 as a Research Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. She was appointed Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Glasgow in 1986 and Professor in 1997, while simultaneously holding the role of Economic and Social Research Council Research Programme Director from 1995 to 2006. In 2000, Professor Anderson was appointed Director of the Graduate School and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Glasgow. Five years later she was promoted to Chair in the School of Business and Management and Deputy Dean Research in the Faculty of Law, Business and Social Sciences. In 2006 she joined the University of Dundee to take up an appointment as Professor of Human Computer Interaction and Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Art & Design, Architecture, Engineering and Physical Sciences. She was appointed to the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council in 2008. She returned to Glasgow in 2010 as Vice-Principal and Head of the newly formed College of Social Sciences. The college which has over 500 staff and over 8000 students consists of the Adam Smith Business School, the School of Education, the School of Law, the School of Social and Political Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies based at our Dumfries Campus.
In 2002 Professor Anderson was awarded an OBE for services to social science.