UWS appoints next vice-chancellor

Dr James Miller will leave Glasgow Caledonian University after seven years as deputy vice-chancellor

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has appointed Prof James Miller as vice-chancellor, poaching the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) deputy vice-chancellor.

Prof Miller will start the job on 1 November 2022. Prof Craig Mahoney, the UWS vice-chancellor of eight years, announced in November 2021 that he was leaving the university to lead the University of Law.

Miller has held the deputy role at GCU since 2015 and served as chief executive of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

His career began with ten years as a clinical nurse before becoming a quality facilitator and deputy director of nursing for West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust in 1992. Miller was later promoted to divisional general manager in South Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust from 2001 to 2005.

UWS appoints next vice-chancellor
Prof James Miller started his career as a nurse in and around Glasgow.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the next principal and vice-chancellor at the University of the West of Scotland,” said Miller. “It is a great privilege to join the team at such an important time for the university and higher education more widely.

“The university’s enviable record on widening participation has seen it transform the lives of thousands of students as well as the economic and social wellbeing of the communities it serves in Scotland, the UK and globally. Our focus will be to build on the achievements of staff and students in taking the university into the next exciting phase of its history.”

The university has a target to be ranked in top world’s top 200 universities by 2050.

Read more: ‘Culture and continuous support are key for widening access’, says Dr Lucy Meredith from the University of the West of Scotland

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