Liz Bacon steps up to lead Abertay University

The computer science specialist succeeds Nigel Seaton as the Dundee institution’s next principal and vice-chancellor

Professor Liz Bacon is to become the next principal and vice-chancellor of Abertay University in Dundee.

She currently serves as its deputy principal and deputy vice-chancellor, having joined the institution in September 2018.

Prof Bacon will take up the role on 1 May, succeeding current principal Professor Nigel Seaton, who is leaving after ten years in what he called “the best job I have ever had, or ever will have” and is one of Scotland’s longest serving principals.

She is an international researcher in computer science, and a National Teaching Fellow, principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy, chartered engineer, chartered scientist and a chartered IT professional.

She is also the current president of The European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education; a former President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; a past chair of both the BCS Academy of Computing and the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing national committee; and a trustee of Bletchley Park Trust.

Liz has had a transformative impact on Abertay during her time here – Murray Shaw, Abertay University Court

“It gives me great pleasure to announce Professor Bacon as the incoming principal and vice-chancellor,” said chair of Abertay University Court, Murray Shaw.

“Liz has had a transformative impact on Abertay during her time here and the selection panel felt her prior experience, leadership qualities and expertise across the sector made her an excellent choice to lead the university through the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

“My sincere thanks goes to all of the students, academics and professional services staff who took the time to contribute to the recruitment process, and, of course, a special note of thanks to Professor Seaton for his vision and leadership throughout his 10-year tenure at Abertay.”

Prof Bacon said: “Abertay is a university with a very clear social mission, a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and innovation, and core values which closely reflect those of its local community.

“It’s been a hugely satisfying experience to work alongside our students, staff and stakeholders in my time at the university so far, and I’m delighted to now have the opportunity to further develop our shared vision for success, both in the UK and overseas, in the years that lie ahead.”

Abertay was the first university in the world to offer degrees in both video games and ethical hacking and last year became the first UK university to launch undergraduate business degrees in Romania.

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