Former Scottish education chief takes up new role at UWS

Professor Ken Muir, the recently retired chief executive and registrar of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, joins UWS as an honorary professor

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has appointed one of the country’s most experienced educators to its senior team as an honorary professor.

A former teacher and HM Chief Inspector of Education, Professor Ken Muir has worked in the sector for more than four decades. He recently retired as chief executive and registrar of the General Teaching Council (GTC) for Scotland, the independent professional body regulating the country’s teaching profession.

Prof Muir joins the UWS’ School of Education and Social Sciences, where he is expected to play a ‘significant role’ in strengthening teaching programmes and supporting staff development and research. He will also take a strategic role in helping to grow the university’s global reach.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured to accept an honorary professorship at such a dynamic and innovative institution,” said Prof Muir of his new role. “As a strong advocate for equality and diversity, and someone who was born and brought up in the west of Scotland, I have a good understanding of, and strong affinity with, the communities served by the University of the West of Scotland.

“I am committed to doing all I can to support its staff and students to achieve success, and to maintain and enhance the university’s position as the highest-ranked modern university in Scotland.”

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Dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences at UWS, Professor Donald Gillies, said: “Ken is a key figure in the Scottish education sector and his appointment at UWS is an important milestone for the School of Education and Social Sciences. We look forward to welcoming him to the university and we are certain that his impressive depth of knowledge and experience in the sector will play a significant role in supporting our students and staff, while continuing to shape the provision of high-quality teacher education at UWS.”

When Muir stepped down as GTC Scotland chief executive last month, it prompted the SNP’s education spokesperson, Carol Monaghan MP, to table an early day motion in the House of Commons ‘commending him for his life-long commitment to teaching excellence in Scotland’.

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