Changes and challenges

I’ve written a new post for staff and students at the University on our restructuring and the move to a school-based model. I wanted to thank all of you for your contributions and patience in this, and also… Read More

A year for change

Last year’s resolution was all about the need for transformational rather than incremental change and to combine excellence in all that we do with financial sustainability. Some see this as a managerial approach, but I argued it was… Read More

After the Games

Several months ago, along with thousands of others, I applied for tickets to several events at the Commonwealth Games in the hope that one or two might be successful. As it happens we received tickets for five of… Read More

Getting on my soapbox

It’s been quite a while since my last blog and part of the reason for that is what I now want to write about. It has of course been a tough few months with the introduction of a… Read More

Three good things about the European Community (and one bad)

The combined results of the Scottish Referendum in September and next year’s UK general election could deliver any one of four outcomes with respect to Scottish membership of the European Community: in or out as part of the… Read More

Conference season

It is the start of the party political conference season in Scotland and, in my role as convener of Universities Scotland, I was at the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Edinburgh on Saturday. Next Saturday I’ll be with… Read More

Passionate Explorers

This morning I have spent an interesting and energising couple of hours with staff and students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design engaged with the MSc Design Ethnography and Masters in Design for Services courses…. Read More

The path to leadership

This time last year I made a New Year’s resolution to ‘illuminate the path to leadership’. Of course this refers to the University Vision which states our goal to become Scotland’s leading university within 25 years (from 2012)…. Read More

Let’s work together

A little over a year after the launch of the University’s new vision I have been holding a series of meetings with staff from Colleges and SASS Directorates to review progress and build momentum towards our ambitious goal… Read More

On the bullet train south

As I write this blog I am on the bullet train from Seoul to Daegu which will take me from the north of Korea into the south east part of the country. I’ll be back in Seoul by… Read More