The University of Glasgow announces the new Head of the College of Arts

The University of Glasgow has appointed Professor Jo Gill as Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts.

Professor Gill will join UofG from the University of Exeter and succeeds Professor Roibeard (Robby) Ó Maolalaigh, who will step down from the post in July.

She is joining the University’s College of Arts at an exciting time for Glasgow’s cultural and creative industries. The city has gained an international reputation as a creative innovation leader and cultural powerhouse.

Professor Gill is the University of Exeter’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities, having previously served as the University’s Associate Dean for Education and, prior to that, as Associate Dean for International & Development.

She is also a Professor of Twentieth-Century and American Literature in the Department of English, teaching and researching in modern and contemporary English and American literature with a particular interest in poetry, confessional and life-writing and in the literature and culture of cities and suburbs.

A portrait of Professor Jo Gill, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow said: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Professor Gill to Glasgow where I am certain she will bring strong leadership to the College of Arts. Professor Gill will bring her considerable expertise to this role as both a highly-regarded academic and a leader.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Robby for all his tireless work and achievements as Head of College these past seven years. Robby and his team have cemented the College’s global reputation and I am delighted he will continue his work at the University, promoting Gaelic languages, linguistics and culture.”

Professor Gill said: "I'm delighted to be joining the University of Glasgow as Vice–Principal and Head of the College of Arts. The Arts at Glasgow have a rich history, fantastic strengths across a wide range of subjects, and an enviable reputation for innovation and external engagement.

“I very much look forward to working with students and colleagues within the College and University, and with cultural and community partners, to ensure that the Arts at Glasgow will continue to flourish."

Professor Jo Gill 

Professor Jo Gill’s full biography and list of research and publications can be found at: Professor Jo Gill | English | University of Exeter

Professor Gill succeeds Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Arts from 2015 until the summer 2022.

Professor Gill will take up her appointment at the University of Glasgow with effect from 1 August 2022.


The College of Arts

The College of Arts is one of the four Colleges – the others being the College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences, College of Science & Engineering and the College of Social Sciences - that make up the University of Glasgow

The College of Arts at the University of Glasgow has been at the forefront of delivering world-leading teaching, learning and research in the arts and humanities since 1451. The College is in the world’s top 70 universities for Arts and Humanities (QS World Rankings 2021).

The College of Arts is home to four innovative Schools renowned for their world-leading research and wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree opportunities:

The University of Glasgow is situated in the heart of the West End of Glasgow, a vibrant hub for the creative arts industry. The College of Arts in 2020/21 academic year had just over 5400 students - 4037 undergraduate students and 1406 post graduate students.


First published: 18 March 2022