Heriot-Watt University appoints Mark Biggs as vice-principal and provost

The chemical engineering professor joins from Nottingham Trent University

Heriot-Watt University has announced Professor Mark Biggs will take up the position of vice-Principal and provost in Edinburgh this summer.

The chemical engineering academic is currently pro-vice-chancellor and head of college in the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University. He has also served in senior positions at Loughborough University and Adelaide University.

Prof Biggs joins Heriot-Watt university as it prepares to celebrate its founding bi-centenary next year.

“Throughout his distinguished academic career, Professor Biggs has delivered enhanced performance across research and student experience and worked extensively in partnership with the wider community and internationally,” said vice-chancellor and principal, Professor Richard Williams. “He will be a great addition to the Heriot-Watt team.”

I am delighted to be joining an institution with such a distinctive international presence

Professor Biggs said: “I am honoured and thrilled to be joining Heriot-Watt in a role that is focused on supporting the hugely talented students, staff and other stakeholder communities of Heriot-Watt to realise their aspirations.

“I am particularly attracted by Heriot-Watt as a values-led institution and look forward to bringing those values to life in what I do.

“I am also delighted to be joining an institution with such a distinctive international presence and I am confident my extensive experience in Asia will be of real asset as Heriot-Watt further develops its campuses in Dubai and Malaysia.”

The university currently has around 28,000 students studying at campuses in UK, Malaysia and Dubai – where its 4,000 students will move to a state-of-the-art new campus next year – as well as an extensive online education programme through the Edinburgh Business School.


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