Dr Carol Clugston

College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer and Director of Professional Services, Dr Carol Clugston is involved in strategic planning, budgeting and the implementation of complex multi-partner strategic projects.  

Most recently, Carol has played a major role in the planning, funding and directing of the academic capital infrastructure projects at the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, now the largest hospital in Western Europe. These projects, totalling over £70 million since 2012, include a Clinical Innovation Zone for industry; a Teaching & Learning Centre; Clinical Research Facilities; and an Imaging Centre of Excellence (‘ICE’, incorporating Scotland’s first 7 Tesla MRI scanner). The ICE facility is part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, the second largest City Deal in the UK, which will stimulate economic growth in the life science sector through the establishment of world class R&D and commercialisation facilities. Carol has been closely involved in Glasgow’s leadership of Precision Medicine, including the development of the £20M Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre, of which she is a Board member.

As Director of Professional Services, Carol also has responsibility for all professional services and operational functions within the College, including academic and research support services, human resources, IT, and Facilities. This includes managerial responsibility for all the professional, administrative and support staff in the College's three Schools and seven Research Institutes.

Carols is a Lay Advisor of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, providing a high-level non-medical perspective on all aspects of College policy across the UK and internationally.

Carol has recently been awarded a prestigious Lord Provost's Award from the City of Glasgow in the category of health, in recognition of the major role she has had at the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH).  

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