Abertay University principal to step down in 2022

“It’s the best job I have ever had, or ever will have,” says Professor Nigel Seaton, who is one of Scotland’s longest serving principals

The principal and vice-chancellor of Abertay University is to step down in 2022.

Professor Nigel Seaton joined Abertay in 2012 and is one of Scotland’s longest serving principals.

He began his academic career as a lecturer in chemical engineering and has held teaching, research and management roles at several UK and US institutions including the University of Cambridge, Cornell University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Surrey. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and earlier this year was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in recognition of his work in the higher education sector.

During his tenure, Abertay’s achievements include becoming the first – and, so far, only – university in Scotland to achieve the Race Equality Charter Mark, and ranking in the UK top ten universities for student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey.

It’s the best job I have ever had, or ever will have – Professor Nigel Seaton, Abertay University

Professor Seaton said: “It is a privilege to be principal of this great university. It’s the best job I have ever had, or ever will have. I feel very fortunate to have worked with such outstanding colleagues and with our wonderful students over the last nine years and I am proud of what we have accomplished together.

“We are doing great things for our students, for Dundee and for society more widely, but I am most proud of the way we are working together as a university – with confidence and determination, and with a strong sense of community. This was the foundation of our success in facing the challenges of the Covid pandemic over the last year or so. I know I will always feel part of the Abertay community, and I look forward to hearing of the continued success of the university.”


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