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Professor Malcolm MacLeod BSc, PhD, FRSA, FBPsS

Senior Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs)

Professor Malcolm MacLeod BSc, PhD, FRSA, FBPsS

Professor Malcolm MacLeod is Senior Deputy Principal. He joined the University of Stirling in January 2015. Prior to this, he held a number of senior positions at the University of St Andrews including Dean of the Faculty of Science, Provost of St Leonard’s College, and Vice Principal for Internationalisation and External Relations.

Professor MacLeod is a Chartered Psychologist, an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His research focuses on the relationship between remembering and forgetting, and holds a Chair in Experimental Psychology in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

He is the academic lead for the University on the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Regional Deal projects which include a new Institute for Aquaculture and Global Food Security, and Scotland’s International Centre for the Environment. Professor MacLeod also leads on all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion across the University, and is the institutional lead on corporate sustainability. He has built up strong connections within the higher education sector, Research Councils, Scottish and UK Governments, business and industry.

Professor MacLeod is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Commerce, and the British Psychological Society. He is also Chairman of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MAST-S), and a board member and trustee of various other companies, organisations and trusts. Professor MacLeod was a member of the Scottish Government’s influential review on taught postgraduate funding, and is currently a member of the Scottish Land Commission’s Leadership Taskforce on Derelict and Unused Land. He is also a core member of the Clackmannanshire Commission that is tasked to stimulate employment and improve the quality of life for those who live in the region.


Professor MacLeod’s remit as Senior Deputy Principal includes:

  • deputising for the Principal as required
  • ensuring appropriate academic engagement and representation in relation to service delivery priorities
  • academic lead in operational planning and operational resource management process
  • academic lead regarding institutional strategy on public engagement, internal and external communications and public affairs
  • academic lead on academic staffing policy, operational staffing issues, and equality and diversity
  • academic lead on institutional strategy on corporate sustainability, well-being and resilience
  • enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • management of the Deans of Faculty


Mrs Janet McCurdie

PA to Senior Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs)
+44 (0) 1786 467013

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