Appointment of two new Vice-Principals announced

Published: 28 February 2014

The University has announced the appointment of Professors Jonathan Cooper and Miles Padgett to new Vice-Principal positions.

The University of Glasgow has announced the appointment of two new Vice-Principals.

The newly-created posts, will be held by two of the University’s leading academics. Professor Miles Padgett, of the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, will take up the post of Vice-Principal (Research). Professor Jonathan Cooper will be appointed Vice-Principal (Innovation and Knowledge Exchange). Both will continue with their research and knowledge exchange activities
alongside their new vice-principal roles.

Jon CooperProfessor Miles Padgett, University of GlasgowThey will hold the posts for five years from 1 August 2014, succeeding Professor Steve Beaumont as Vice-Principal (Research and Enterprise). During his tenure Professor Beaumont has developed and driven forward the University’s Research strategy and a number of industrial engagement initiatives for the University, including a successful bid for CENSIS, the Sensors Systems Innovation Centre. He also led the submissions for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “I’d like to congratulate Miles and Jon on their new roles, which were won after open, internal and external, competition.

“The two VPs will work closely together towards a unified research, innovation and knowledge exchange strategy in the University, and will continue to be supported by the Research Strategy & Innovation Office. “

Professor Padgett said: “I’m pleased and proud to be taking up the post of Vice-Principal (Research) after serving as Dean of Research at the College of Science and Engineering and 15 years at the University. I’m excited to be playing a key role in helping the University build upon on its world-leading reputation for research excellence.”

Professor Cooper said: “Innovation and effective knowledge exchange is vital for all Universities wanting to deliver impact from their research. Although the University already has an excellent track record in this, I’m looking forward to further developing new strategies by working with staff in all disciplines within the four Colleges."

For more information contact Ross Barker in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 3535 or email

First published: 28 February 2014

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