Who's who

Principal

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Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli FRSE AcSS

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow since 2009. An economist, his research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. Prior to 2007 he held various roles at the University of Glasgow including Vice-Principal - Strategy, Budgeting and Advancement (2004-07); Daniel Jack Professor of Political Economy (1994-2007); and Professor and Lecturer, Department of Economics (1984-94).

Sir Anton was Chair (2016-21) of the First Minister’s Standing Council on Europe, a non-political group providing expert advice to Scottish ministers on Scotland’s relationship with the EU. He was a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers 2015-21, and subsequently advised them on the National Strategy for Economic Transformation. He is a member of the advisory group for Sir Paul Nurse’s Review of the UK’s Research, Development and Innovation Organisational Landscape. From 2017-20 he was Chair of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities. He has been a special adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee on fiscal and monetary policy, and he has advised the European Commission and the World Bank. He holds an honorary degree from McGill University in Canada.

Vice Principals & Deputy Vice Chancellors

Frank Coton

Frank Coton

Senior Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)

Frank Coton is also Professor of Low Speed Aerodynamics.  He leads on University-level resource planning and, together with the Executive Director of Human Resources, leads the introduction of processes and policies associated with academic career development and the academic aspects of organisational development.  He also has responsibility for oversight and leadership of the development, implementation and governance of the University strategy in relation to IT and digital technologies. 

Between 2010 and early 2019, Frank had responsibility for the development of educational policy and strategy and all teaching quality processes across the University.  Prior to this, until December 2009, he was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.  During his time at Glasgow he has led a number of major infrastructure projects including installation of the Combined Heat and Power system, the Telephony system and the development of the James McCune-Smith Learning Hub. 

A former Chair of the UK Russell Group Committee of Pro-Vice Chancellors for Learning and Teaching, Frank’s academic background is in Aerospace Engineering and, in particular, aerodynamics. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a former Chair of the AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Committee.  He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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David Duncan

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Operations) and University’s Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary

Prior to this, David was Registrar and Secretary at the University of York, a post he held for 8 years. Before then he was Secretary of the University of Dundee from 2001-8.

David is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and holds a Masters degree and a PhD in history from Queen’s University, Canada.

Chris PearceChris Pearce

Vice Principal (Research and Knowledge Exchange)

Professor Chris Pearce is responsible for research strategy and policy development, working in collaboration with our four academic colleges. He is supported in this role by key professional services including Research & Innovation Services, Library, Planning, Insights & Analytics, and HR.

Chris is also Professor of Computational Mechanics in the James Watt School of Engineering and holds the Royal Academy of Engineering / EDF Energy Research chair. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. He is co-Director of the Glasgow Computational Engineering Centre, on the Board of the Scotland 5G Centre and the Board of the Scottish Research Partnership of Engineering.

Since 2016, Chris has been Dean of Research and Deputy Head of the College of Science & Engineering. He leads the University’s Smart Campus project, with a vision to create a campus that is open, connected, adaptable and sustainable.

Rachel SandisonRachel Sandison

Vice Principal (External Relations) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Engagement)

Rachel Sandison has responsibility for leading the University’s strategy for external engagement and an integrated Directorate covering Marketing; Student Recruitment; Admissions; Internationalisation; Widening Access and Development & Alumni Relations. Rachel has responsibility for international partnership development and is the University's Universitas 21 network Senior Leader and the institutional lead for our European network, The Guild, thereby supporting the activity of a global group of research-intensive universities.

Rachel is a Chartered Marketer and is currently the Chair of the CASE Europe Marketing Institute whilst also contributing to several sector advisory boards both at home and overseas.

Jo  GillJo Gill

Vice Principal and Head of College of Arts

Jo Gill is Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts, and Professor of Twentieth-Century and American Literature. She joined the University of Glasgow in August 2022 from the University of Exeter where she served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities. She previously held the roles of Associate Dean for Education (2018-19) and Associate Dean for International and Development (2016-18).

Jo was educated at a comprehensive school in the north-west of England and took her BA at Leicester and her MA at York. She then worked in newspapers, publishing and the charity sector prior to returning to academia and taking her PhD at the University of Gloucestershire (2001).

Jo’s research and teaching interests include modern American poetry and the literature and culture of cities and suburbs. She is the author of numerous books and articles including Anne Sexton’s Confessional Poetics (2007), The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath (2008) and The Poetics of the American Suburbs (2013). Her latest book, which was completed with the support of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, is Modern American Poetry and the Architectural Imagination: The Harmony of Forms (OUP, forthcoming).

Jo served for six years as Governor, and then Chair of Governors, at Richard Huish Sixth Form College, Somerset. She is former secretary to the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) and was the inaugural co-chair of the BAAS/US Embassy Grants Programme. She has previously served as a trustee of the Exeter Northcott Theatre and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the “93% Club.”

 Iain McInnes

Iain McInnes

Vice Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences 

Professor Iain McInnes is a global leader in the field of arthritis research. He has just been appointed as Vice Principal and Head of College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences in the University of Glasgow.

Over two decades, he has led numerous clinical trials and pathogenesis investigation programmes in inflammatory arthritis at the international level. His work has focused upon the biology of inflammatory cytokines in arthritis and extended to other inflammatory diseases. More recently he has worked on the mechanisms of co-morbidities in chronic diseases. He has in addition pioneered the area of precision medicine in inflammatory arthritis.

For the last 5 years, he has served as the Director of the ARUK Centre of Excellence for Rheumatoid Arthritis, now renewed as the UK Centre for Inflammatory Arthritis through to 2024. He is Chief Investigator of the IMID-Bio-UK meta-consortium leading the UK effort to discover precision medicine tractable biomarkers for application in immune diseases. He is immediate past chairman of the Foreum (Foundation for European Rheumatology Research) Scientific Committee, leads the European Roadmap programme that is defining the research agenda for European rheumatology for the next decade and in 2019 became President of EULAR, the leading transnational society for rheumatology across Europe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has been recipient of a number of prizes recognizing his work including e.g. the Sir James Black Medal, 2017, The Heberden Medal from BSR in 2018 and most recently the Carol Nachmann Prize in 2019. He was made CBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2019.

Professor Muffy Calder

Muffy Calder

Vice Principal and Head of College of Science & Engineering

Professor Dame 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.

Sara Carter

Sara Carter

Vice Principal and Head of College of Social Sciences

Professor Carter also holds several external appointments. She is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the First Minister of Scotland; the Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board; the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women in Enterprise Action Group; and Non-Executive Director of Women’s Enterprise Scotland. Previously, she was a member of the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Advisory Committee and also served on the UK Government’s Women’s Enterprise Task Force. She was awarded an OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008.

Professor Carter was Editor and Senior Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice from 2006-2012. She currently serves on the editorial board of leading academic journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing.

Her research examines the effects of business ownership on the individual, the economic wellbeing of entrepreneurial households, and the consequences of structural inequalities on resource access, particularly finance, on the SME sector.

Moira Fischbacher-Smith

Vice Principal (Learning & Teaching)

Professor Moira Fischbacher-Smith is responsible for strategy and policy development for learning and teaching, oversees quality enhancement, admissions policy and widening participation, and leads on collaborations with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), Further Education Colleges and Glasgow International College.  She is a member of the Project Board that is developing a new Learning and Teaching Hub on the University's main campus and oversees refurbishment of central teaching spaces on campus.

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Uzma Khan

Vice Principal (Economic Development & Innovation)

Experienced professional economist & former senior civil servant. Skilled in developing strategy, planning & policy, data analytics, economic insights, governance and stakeholder management. Public speaker on leadership.

 

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Martin Hendry

Clerk of Senate and Vice Principal (Academic Services)

From 2012-2020 Martin was Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy. His  principal research interests lie in gravitational wave astronomy, applications of gravitational lensing & advanced statistical methods for the analysis of astrophysical and cosmological data sets.

 

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Carl Goodyear

Assistant Vice Principal (Strategy & Resources) 

Professor Carl Goodyear actively supports the Senior Vice Principal in the overall strategic and operational leadership and direction of the University.  He contributes to the leadership of the development, implementation and progress monitoring of the University’s Strategic Plan and to institutional resource planning.

Carl is also a Professor of Translational Immunology & Director of Innovation, Engagement & Enterprise within the School of Infection & Immunity. His research is currently focused on understanding immunopathogenesis of disease (i.e., Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis & Multiple Myeloma) and translating this knowledge into viable therapeutic agents for patients. His is also of the Director of the GLAZgo Discovery Centre, Head of the Glasgow-Lilly alliance and leads a Translational Immunology programme, which provides the critical interface between clinical and basic science.

Wendy Anderson

Assistant Vice Principal (Learning & Teaching)

Wendy Anderson is Dean of Learning & Teaching in the College of Arts, University of Glasgow. She is Professor of Linguistics in the English Language & Linguistics subject area and her research specialism is in semantics, metaphor and corpus linguistics.

Chancellor

 Dame Katherine Grainger

Dame Katherine Grainger DBE

The Chancellor is the titular head of the University and is elected to the post for life by the General Council (all graduates and established academic staff). The Chancellor confers degrees upon those who are presented to her by the Senate. She appoints a Vice-Chancellor to do this in her absence: this is currently the Principal. 

Dame Katherine Grainger DBE

 

Chancellor's Assessor

Ronnie Mercer

The Chancellor's Assessor is appointed by the Chancellor to represent her on Court. The current Chancellor is Dame Katherine Grainger DBE. Her appointed Assessor is Ronnie Mercer.

Clerk of Senate

Martin Hendry

From 2012-2020 Martin was Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy. His  principal research interests lie in gravitational wave astronomy, applications of gravitational lensing & advanced statistical methods for the analysis of astrophysical and cosmological data sets.

Director of Finance

Gregor Caldow

  Gregor Caldow

Gregor Caldow is the Executive Director of Finance at The University of Glasgow. He joined the University in March 2016 as the Group Financial Controller and was appointed as Executive Director of Finance in August 2020. As the Executive Director of Finance, Gregor is responsible for the overall financial health and prosperity of the University.

Gregor’s previous experience includes nine years with Royal Dutch Shell, laterally as the Head of Finance for Risk and Insurance after senior roles in financial controls and cost sharing. Prior to this he spent eight years with Motorola and Freescale Semiconductors in a range of roles including Factory Controller, EMEA internal audit manager and EMEA Shared Services Manager.

Gregor is a Chartered Accountant and has a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Economics.

 

Director of People & Organisational Development

Christine Barr

Christine BarrChristine Barr is the Executive Director of People and Organisational Development at the University of Glasgow. Christine is a solution focused leader with a track record of delivery at corporate and strategic levels both within the public and private sectors. She has successfully led significant performance related reward, people development and organisational change programmes that facilitate the achievement of business goals. 

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development with an MSc in Human Resources Management, Christine spent her early career in a series of HR professional roles in the retail, manufacturing and water industries. 

Following a period in the further education sector, Christine originally joined the University of Glasgow as an HR business partner following which she led a number of major strategic HR leadership projects becoming Deputy Director of the service in 2010, prior to taking up her current role in December 2013. 

Christine has led the development and implementation of the University’s People Strategy in the achievement of major HR strategic initiatives aligned with the ambitious strategic plans of the institution. She is an active participant in the UHR, Russell Group and Universitas 21 networks.

Equality Champions

The University’s overall Equality Champion is the Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli.

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Six other Equality Champions, all drawn from senior management, have specific responsibilities for the following protected characteristics.  

In 2013 the University also created the role of Refugee Champion and in 2017 created the role of Mental Health Champion.

All Champions promote and raise awareness around equality issues and provide feedback to the Equality and Diversity Strategy Committee.

Their role includes:

  • Assisting with the progression of equality objectives as outlined in the Equality and Diversity Strategy.
  • Advocating on equality and diversity matters.
  • Working with relevant staff and student equality networks. 

Heads of Colleges

 Jo  Gill

Jo Gill

Vice-Principal and Head of College of Arts

Jo Gill is Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts, and Professor of Twentieth-Century and American Literature. She joined the University of Glasgow in August 2022 from the University of Exeter where she served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities. She previously held the roles of Associate Dean for Education (2018-19) and Associate Dean for International and Development (2016-18).

Jo was educated at a comprehensive school in the north-west of England and took her BA at Leicester and her MA at York. She then worked in newspapers, publishing and the charity sector prior to returning to academia and taking her PhD at the University of Gloucestershire (2001).

Jo’s research and teaching interests include modern American poetry and the literature and culture of cities and suburbs. She is the author of numerous books and articles including Anne Sexton’s Confessional Poetics (2007), The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath (2008) and The Poetics of the American Suburbs (2013). Her latest book, which was completed with the support of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, is Modern American Poetry and the Architectural Imagination: The Harmony of Forms (OUP, forthcoming).

Jo served for six years as Governor, and then Chair of Governors, at Richard Huish Sixth Form College, Somerset. She is former secretary to the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) and was the inaugural co-chair of the BAAS/US Embassy Grants Programme. She has previously served as a trustee of the Exeter Northcott Theatre and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the “93% Club.”

Iain McInnes

Iain McInnes

Vice-Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences

Professor Iain McInnes is a global leader in the field of arthritis research. He has just been appointed as Vice Principal and Head of College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences in the University of Glasgow.

Over two decades, he has led numerous clinical trials and pathogenesis investigation programmes in inflammatory arthritis at the international level. His work has focused upon the biology of inflammatory cytokines in arthritis and extended to other inflammatory diseases. More recently he has worked on the mechanisms of co-morbidities in chronic diseases. He has in addition pioneered the area of precision medicine in inflammatory arthritis.

For the last 5 years, he has served as the Director of the ARUK Centre of Excellence for Rheumatoid Arthritis, now renewed as the UK Centre for Inflammatory Arthritis through to 2024. He is Chief Investigator of the IMID-Bio-UK meta-consortium leading the UK effort to discover precision medicine tractable biomarkers for application in immune diseases. He is immediate past chairman of the Foreum (Foundation for European Rheumatology Research) Scientific Committee, leads the European Roadmap programme that is defining the research agenda for European rheumatology for the next decade and in 2019 became President of EULAR, the leading transnational society for rheumatology across Europe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has been recipient of a number of prizes recognizing his work including e.g. the Sir James Black Medal, 2017, The Heberden Medal from BSR in 2018 and most recently the Carol Nachmann Prize in 2019. He was made CBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2019.

Professor Muffy Calder

Muffy Calder

Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science & Engineering

Professor Dame 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.

Sara Carter

Sara Carter

Vice-Principal and Head of College of Social Sciences

Professor Carter also holds several external appointments. She is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the First Minister of Scotland; the Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board; the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women in Enterprise Action Group; and Non-Executive Director of Women’s Enterprise Scotland. Previously, she was a member of the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Advisory Committee and also served on the UK Government’s Women’s Enterprise Task Force. She was awarded an OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008.

Professor Carter was Editor and Senior Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice from 2006-2012. She currently serves on the editorial board of leading academic journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing.

Her research examines the effects of business ownership on the individual, the economic wellbeing of entrepreneurial households, and the consequences of structural inequalities on resource access, particularly finance, on the SME sector.

Rector

The Rector

The Rector is elected by the students of the University to represent their interests. He or she is also, ex-officio, the Chairperson of the University Court, the body which administers the resources of the University.

The Rector is not active in University strategy or policy-making. The role is principally as spokesperson and representative for student issues. The Rector's participation in events is entirely voluntary and depends on their own availability and choice.

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The Hon Lady Rita Rae

Our current Rector elected in April 2021

Elected Academic Staff Member on Court

senate assessor aug 17Dr Simon Kennedy

Schhol of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health

I was elected as an Academic Staff Member to Court in 2017. I have been a member of Senate since 2011 and on Council of Senate since 2014. I also served a term on the Senate Business Committee. From 2014 I was a Senate Assessor for Student conduct and since January 2016 I have been the Senior Senate Assessor for Student Conduct.

I am a member of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences and since 2017 I have been based within the School of Life Sciences where I coordinate several course and act as Level 4 coordinator for the Pharmacology Degree. I act as external examiner for Queen's University, Belfast. I originally trained as a pharmacist and completed my PhD in 1998 at Strathclyde University. After research posts in Paris and Strathclyde University, I was appointed to my current post at Glasgow in 2006.

My research interests lie in cardiovascular pharmacology with a focus on vascular pathophysiology. I have published around 60 peer-reviewed publications in this area. I am a member of the British Pharmacological Society and a member of their Meetings Committee. I have editorial appointments on several high profile journal in my research area.

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Mathematics

Nick Hill is a graduate of Imperial College and was appointed to the Simson Chair of Mathematics at the University of Glasgow in 2001, having previously been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds. His principal research interests are in Modelling of Fluid Dynamics and Soft Tissue Mechanics in Biology and Physiology, and he collaborates with clinicians in the NHS and the Medical School. He works with colleagues worldwide including China, France, India and the USA.

He was elected to a Fellowship of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications in 2007, and he is a Deputy Director of SofTMech, the £2M EPSRC Centre for Multiscale Soft Tissue Mechanics, which was founded in April 2016. Nick served as the Head of the Department of Mathematics from 2003 to 2007, and as Head of the new combined School of Mathematics and Statistics from 2010 to 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the Scottish mountains. 

Professor Kirsteen McCue‌‌Professor Kirsteen McCue

Scottish Literature

Kirsteen was elected as an Academic Staff Member on Court in the summer of 2017 and has been a member of Senate since 2011. She is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford gaining her M.A. from Glasgow in 1989 (winning the University's Herkless Prize for top woman arts graduate) and her D.Phil from Oxford in 1993 (where she held the prestigious Snell Exhibition at Balliol College).

She worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Scottish and Celtic Studies at the University of Stirling, before taking up the role of General Manager of the Scottish Music Information Centre (now the Scottish Music Centre) in 1994. From 1997 she worked as a freelance writer/programme commissioner and broadcaster for the BBC and Edinburgh International Festival. Since 2002 she has been on the staff at the University of Glasgow teaching and researching in the area of Scottish Literature. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, and has served in a variety of roles in the School of Critical Studies and College of Arts.

Her own research is focussed on Scottish song culture and she is currently working on the new Oxford edition of the Works of Robert Burns as part of the team for the AHRC 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st century' project (http://burnsc21.glasgow.ac.uk/). She is a keen singer, often illustrating her work. She is currently on the Board of the award winning Dunedin Consort, and has, in the past, served on the boards of Enterprise Music Scotland and the Keynote Trust in Ayrshire.

Dr Bethan WoodDr Bethan Wood

Interdisciplinary Studies

I was elected as an Academic Staff Member on Court in 2017. I have been a member of Senate since 2012 and a member of the Council of Senate since 2014. I am on the University’s Working Group Recognising Excellence in Teaching, and was on the Self-Assessment Team when the University was applying for its institutional Bronze Award through Athena Swan.

I joined the University at its Dumfries Campus in 2003 and am now a Senior Lecturer (Learning, Teaching and Scholarship) and Chief Adviser of Studies at the School (which is part of the College of Social Sciences). I created the BSc Environmental Science and Sustainability degree for the School which I led from 2010-2016 and from 2013-2017 I was External Examiner for the environmental degrees at the University of Newcastle. My undergraduate degree is in Zoology (Cardiff), and I have a MSc in Ecology (Cardiff) and a PhD in Agriculture (Glasgow). Before joining the University, I was a secondary science teacher in a local all-through school. I am a Chartered Biologist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Senior Management Group

The Senior Management Group advises the Principal as chief executive officer of the University on matters of policy. It also advises Court and Senate on matters of strategic policy (academic and resource), and acts on a day-to-day basis to implement the policies of Court and Senate.

The Senior Management Group comprises:

  • Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli: Principal and Vice Chancellor
  • Professor Frank Coton: Senior Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
  • Rachel Sandison: Vice Principal (External Relations) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Engagement)
  • Dr David Duncan: Chief Operating Officer/University Secretary and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Operations)
  • Professor Chris Pearce: Vice Principal (Research & Knowledge Exchange)
  • Uzma Khan: Vice Principal (Economic Development & Innovation)
  • Professor Moira Fischbacher-Smith: Vice Principal (Learning & Teaching)
  • Jo Gill: Vice Principal and Head of College of Arts
  • Professor Iain McInnes: Vice Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
  • Professor Sara Carter: Vice Principal & Head of College of Social Sciences
  • Professor Dame Muffy Calder: Vice Principal and Head of College of Science & Engineering
  • Christine Barr: Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Gregor Caldow: Executive Director of Finance
  • Martin Hendry: Clerk of Senate and Vice Principal (Academic Services)

Shadow Board

The Shadow Board is supported by Christine Barr as the SMG Sponsor and James Hamilton as advisor for the Shadow Board.

 

Blair Archibald

Blair Archibald

I am a Lecturer within the School of Computing Science where I use Formal Methods to model and analyse the behaviour of complex systems such as large-scale wireless sensor networks. I am a strong advocate for recognising the importance of research software to modern research and hold a Fellowship with the Software Sustainability Institute.

I am a long-term member of the University of Glasgow community, studying both an Undergraduate degree in Electronic and Software Engineering and a PhD in Computing Science, as well as undertaking staff roles in research, teaching/demonstrating, and student support.

 

Kezia Falconer

Kezia Falconer holds up CASE award

I am a UofG Arts Graduate, thanks to a UofG Talent Scholarship. I’m currently seconded to the Assistant Director of Registry role, where I've enjoyed chairing the Cost of Living Action Group and supporting Exams/ Student Records/ Graduation/ Immigration Compliance / Financial Aid and Upskilling Teams. Prior to this, I worked in the Development + Alumni, Careers Service and Social Media teams at UofG. I was awarded Outstanding Newcomer (AGCAS) and Emerging Engagement Professional Europe titles (CASE) in 2019.

I bring experience from employability, international mobility and engagement projects in Asia, USA and Europe.

I am committed to ensuring the Shadow Board is impactful and meaningful, leaving a legacy for UofG to be proud of. I recently completed my first marathon and raised £2,000 for Cruse Bereavement Care.

 

David Fletcher

David Fletcher

The University of Glasgow is the only community I have felt a part of. In my long service, I have gone from seeing it as just a job to caring deeply about the institution and its people. Working as a Facilities Assistant in some of our busiest buildings, I meet many of our visitors,students and staff and want to make their experience of the University the very best possible one.

As a member of the Shadow Board I have helped to establish it and have gained great experience working together with colleagues across the University. I strongly believe in my pupose here , but am also inspired  that our 'world changing University' encourages us to look beyond our village, especially in turbulent times.

 

Helen Martin

Helen Martin

I am a Lecturer in the School of Education: Community Development Programme. I have spent my working life, both at the University and in underserved communities across Scotland, building strong connections and harnessing a sense of belonging for those who feel marginalised and disenfranchised.

As a mature student I began my academic journey at the University of Glasgow to study Community Development; it changed my life and opened new opportunities. I now have the great privilege of teaching and jointly leading on the BA (Hons) in Community Development programme, as well as co-ordinating the Activate programme, our Community-based introduction to Community Development practice for local community activists, volunteers, and practitioners across the country.

I will use my place on the Shadow Board to encourage us to be true to the values that shape our actions and strive for a University where people are welcomed and celebrated regardless of their postcode, local or globally

 

Helen McLaughlin

Helen McLaughlin

I have over a decade of experience in HE administration and joined the University of Glasgow in 2013. I am currently a Senior Learning & Teaching Administrator in the School of Critical Studies, College of Arts and was the recipient of the inaugural “Outstanding Contribution to the University” award in 2014. I am a member of the Association of University Administrators and hold a BA(Hons) in International Marketing.

My focus at Glasgow in my Learning and Teaching Administration centres around working with different systems and areas of the university to find integrated solutions to academic and administrative requirements. I value working with my exceptional colleagues and teammates and enjoy being a part of the excellent student experience, from admissions to graduation. I am passionate about widening participation. I am also a keen musician in my spare time.

 

Paul Harvey

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Paul Harvey is a lecturer in Autonomous Systems at the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow.

Additionally, he is a working group co-chair in the UN’s ITU-T Focus Group on Autonomous Networks and a visiting researcher at the University of Strathclyde. Paul also possess extensive experience in industrial research, where he was co-founder and research lead of the Rakuten Mobile Innovation Studio, and is a strong believer in open and collaborative research.

www.paul-harvey.org

 

Hessam Mehr

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I am a research fellow working at the interface of chemistry, robotics, and computing science. A new addition to the shadowboard, I joined in 2022.

I have lived, worked, and studied in Iran and Canada prior to coming to Scotland, including a period of working for the Canadian Ministry of Health just before starting my post-doc in the Cronin group at Glasgow in March 2018. As an early-career researcher, I am glad to be able to represent the University's younger academics in the shadowboard, in addition to the concerns of the student body with whom researchers are invariably connected.

I have been a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship since May 2022 working on next generation chemical discovery engines.

 

Linsay Gilchrist

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I am a CIPD qualified Human Resources professional with 16 years of experience currently specialising in Employee Engagement and Communications. Since joining the University in August 2013 I have performed multiple HR roles including HR Adviser and Business Partner within University Services, partnering, supporting and providing expert professional advice to senior leaders across several of our Professional Services directorates.

Prior to UofG I worked as an HR Adviser with the University of Edinburgh, and held HR and operational roles within the Hospitality and Retail sectors. Outside of work I am a mum to two boys and spend much of my time supporting them at the side of football pitches.

Joining the Shadow Board in August 2022, I will use my skills and experience to provide a different perspective to positively influence the University's direction on strategically important matters.

 

Chris Buckland

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I am a graduate of the University of Glasgow and am currently seconded to the role of Head of Student Engagement and Student Life within Student & Academic Services. I have worked in Higher Education since 2006 and within that time I have been responsible for a wide range of student-facing and operational activities, including Examinations, Financial Aid, Immigration Compliance and International Student Support and at the University of Glasgow, as well as tuition fee forecasting and Student Services at other institutions.

I hope to be able to use my skills and experience to act as a critical friend to the Senior Management Group and make a positive difference for both staff and students.

 

Callum Williamson

I am a Business Development Manager for Commercial Services, having joined the University in 2018, and the joined the Shadow Board in September 2022.

In Commercial Services I write strategies, business cases and investment papers for SMG to review, challenge and approve. I manage projects and conduct market research, negotiate contracts and support supplier onboarding. I also manage the University Print Unit and have responsibility for the day-to-day customer experience across Commercial Services.

Previously, I worked as a senior leader within the retail sector, managing teams ranging in size from 5-130. I have lived in 6 cities around the UK and lived in Dubai.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping active. I enjoy golfing and have achieved a handicap of 4, and I raised +£700 for Cancer Research UK by cycling 300 miles in April 22.

 

Andrew Mason

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I am a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in major companies including EY, Bank of Scotland, Scottish Power, RBS and Standard Life. Over the last 25 years I have worked across a range of finance, strategy, risk and project roles, including stints in North America and continental Europe. My current role mainly involves capital investment reporting, reviewing business cases, and project benefits tracking around the University.

I originally joined the University on an Entrance Bursary and my first degree was in maths and history. I am a great believer in lifelong learning and have taken two career breaks to do masters degrees in economics and war studies, writing my dissertations on the 2008 financial crisis and the use of financial sanctions by the United States against Iran and North Korea.

I joined the Shadow Board in August 2022. In my spare time I like hiking and cycling.

University Court

‌‌‌Members of the University Court 2022/23 

PositionNameRegister of interests
Rector

 Lady Rita Rae

 April 2021 - March 2024 

 

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Principal and Vice Chancellor

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli

(Estates Committee, Finance Committee, People & Organisational Development Committee, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee)

(October 2009 - September 2025)

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Chancellor's Assessor

Mr Ronnie Mercer (Estates Committee, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee) 

(January 2018 - October 2023) 

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Assessor of the City of Glasgow Council

Cllr Susan Aitken

 (June 2017 - May 2027)

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Two General Council Assessors

The General Council is a statutory body comprising all the graduates of the University of Glasgow.
 

Dr Christine Middlemiss  

(July 2022 - July 2026)

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Stuart Hoggan

(July 2022 - July 2026)

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Five Elected Academic Staff Members (Senate Assessors)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Elected Professional Services (Support) Staff Member

   

Professor Dan Haydon   

(1 November 2022 - 31 October 2026)

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Professor Nicholas Hill (Finance Committee)

(January 2016 - July 2023)

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Professor Simon Kennedy (Audit & Risk Committee, Finance Committee)

(August 2017 - July 2025)

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Professor Kirsteen McCue (Estates Committee, People & Organisational Development Committee)

(August 2017 - July 2025)

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Dr Bethan Wood (Estates Committee, Student Experience Committee)

(September 2017 - July 2025)

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Mr Christopher Kennedy  

(August 2019 - July 2023) 

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Two Trade Union Nominees

Professor Craig Daly (Remuneration Committee)

(August 2019 - July 2023)

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Paula McKerrow 

(August 2021 - July 2024)

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President of Students’ Representative Council

Ms Rinna Vare (Estates Committee, Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee)

(July 2021 - June 2023)

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Assessor of Students’ Representative Council

‌Mr Theo Frater  

(October 2022 - October 2023)

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Nine Co-opted members

Nicola Dandridge

(July 2022 - July 2026)

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Mr David Finlayson (Student Experience Committee) 

(October 2017 - October 2025) 

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Laic Khalique (Information Policy & Strategy Committee) 

(April 2021 - April 2025) 

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Jonathan Loukes (Finance Committee) 

(December 2021 - December 2025)  

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Dr June Milligan (People & Organisational Development Committee, Remuneration Committee)

(October 2015 - October 2023)

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Ms Elspeth Orcharton (Finance Committee)‌

(October 2016 - September 2024) 

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Ms Elizabeth Passey (Convener of Court) (Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee) 

(August 2016 - July 2024)

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Shan Saba 

(April 2022 - April 2026)

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Mr Gavin Stewart (Finance Committee, Information Policy & Strategy Committee)

(April 2017 - March 2025)

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Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary Dr David Duncan  Register

The role of the Court

The Court is the governing body of the University, and is sometimes compared to the Board of Directors of a company. Its powers have been defined over a number of years, commencing in 1858 when the Court was first established, and are set out in a series of Acts of Parliament, the Universities (Scotland) Acts 1858-1966, and subsidiary regulations and ordinances.

The Court has ultimate responsibility for the deployment of resources in the University and for the strategic plans of the institution. It also has a monitoring role in relation to the overall performance of the University, and it holds the Principal accountable for the effective and efficient management of the University. It is responsible for the well-being of staff. With the Senate, it is responsible for the well-being of students and for the reputation of the University. The Court has 25 members and meets in full session five times a year.