Professor Gerry McCormac became Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Stirling in May 2010. He has a science background and has conducted research in both Space Physics and Carbon Dating.
While at the University of Michigan he worked on the NASA Dynamics Explorer satellite programme and subsequently became Director of the Carbon Dating facility at Queen’s University Belfast, where he undertook research into global carbon cycling and the dating of historic monuments.
He was Pro-Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast from 2001 to 2010, where he had responsibility for Academic and Financial Planning, Economic Development and External Affairs. He served on the Northern Ireland (NI) Committee of the Institute of Directors, the NI Economic Development Forum, the NI Science and Industry Panel (MATRIX) and the boards of both the NI Science Park and Business in the Community. He was a Director and Chair of the Management Board of Queen’s University’s commercialisation company, QUBIS.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacturers (FRSA). Previous board memberships include; vice-chairman of Invest Northern Ireland, NI Committee of the Institute of Directors, NI Science Park and Business in the Community. He is currently the vice-convenor of Universities Scotland, a board member of UCEA and chairs the UCEA Scottish Committee.
The Principal and Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Academic and Administrative Officer of the University. The Principal presides over the Academic Council and, as Vice-Chancellor, deputises for the Chancellor and confers degrees in his or her absence.
As Chief Executive of the University, the Principal is responsible by Statute for the effective working and good order of the University. With overall responsibility for the executive management and day-to-day activities of the University, the Principal is accountable to the Court for the discharge of his or her responsibilities.
The responsibilities of the Principal may broadly be defined as: