The vice-chancellor and principal of the University of St Andrews, Prof Sally Mapstone, has been elected as the next convener of Universities Scotland, the principal representative of Scottish university leaders.
Prof Mapstone has served as the organisation’s vice-convener since 2020 – and will assume the new two-year role from 1 August 2022. Sir Paul Grice, the vice-chancellor of Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, was elected vice-convener by fellow vice-chancellors.
Universities Scotland represents all 19 of Scotland’s higher education institutions. Among many roles, Prof Mapstone is a board member of Universities UK, a trustee of Ucas and chair of the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) board.
“Without question, the next two years will be pivotal for Scotland,” said Prof Mapstone. “The diversity of our higher education sector is a major asset for Scotland. I fundamentally believe that Scotland needs world-class universities that each have a distinctive contribution to make to an outward-looking, internationally-connected nation where everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential.”
Sir Paul is a former chief executive and clerk of the Scottish Parliament. “Scotland is one of the best higher education sectors in the world, and our aim as a group of university leaders is to ensure we can be number one in the world,” he said.
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