Senior appointments announced for CoSS and CoSE

Published: 23 June 2019

Prof Sara Carter has been appointed VP and Head of College of Social Sciences and Prof Muffy Calder reappointed VP and Head of College of Science & Engineering

The University of Glasgow is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Sara Carter OBE as Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Social Sciences.

She will move from the University of Strathclyde, where she is Associate Principal (Learning & Teaching) and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School.Sara Carter 650

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.

The Principal, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, said: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Professor Carter to Glasgow where I am certain she will bring strong leadership to the College of Social Sciences. She has already established herself as a thought-leader in learning and teaching as well as in entrepreneurship, her chosen area of research. I know that her experience and service in external organisations will also enhance our University’s relationships in the private and public sectors.”

Professor Carter will take up her appointment at the University of Glasgow with effect from 1 October 2019, following the retirement of Professor Anne Anderson on 31 July 2019. Professor Jude Robinson, Deputy Head of College, will operate in acting capacity as VP/Head of College in the intervening period.


Professor Muffy Calder is to serve another term as Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering, it has also been announced.Muffy Calder 650

She told members of staff in the College: “Over the last five years across the College we have experienced significant growth in student numbers and in research. This success is because of your hard work, and I thank you. The future is looking very bright for the College.

“There are some challenges ahead, some of which are a consequence of our success, e.g. finding the right spaces to accommodate our growth and adapting to changes in research and student funding. I look forward to working with you over the next five years.“

Professor Calder is also to take on the role of Age Equality Champion for the University – a role previously held by Professor James Conroy.

She said: “I am delighted to be championing age equality across the University. This role is about representing the interests of people of all ages across the University – I plan to focus particularly on our younger Early Career Researchers to ensure they get the best possible foot on the ladder of their careers.”

First published: 23 June 2019