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 currently assists UK Trade & Investment with the promotion of the UK internationally and is a member of Scottish Enterprise East Regional Advisory Board. In 2011, he chaired an independent review of teacher employment in Scotland for the Scottish Government. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacturers.
The Principal and Vice-Chancellor is the ‘Chief Academic and Administrative Officer’ of the University. He presides over the Academic Council and as Vice-Chancellor deputises for the Chancellor and, in his/her absence, confers Degrees and chairs the Conference.
The Principal is also responsible by Statute for ‘the effective working and good order of the University. In effect the Principal is the Chief Executive of the University. The Principal has overall responsibility for the executive management of the University, and, as the Court has general responsibility for the conduct of the affairs of the University, is accountable to the Court for the discharge of his responsibilities.
Professor Gerry McCormac
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
PA to the Principal & Vice-Chancellor
Mrs Seona Donald
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Eileen Schofield was appointed to the post of University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer with effect from 1 March 2014. Mrs Schofield has fulfilled the role as Deputy Secretary at Stirling since her first appointment here in August 2009, including two periods as acting University Secretary/COO. Previously she was Director of Planning and Deputy Director of Policy, Planning and Governance at the University of Aberdeen. Following graduation she qualified as an accountant and worked in several finance roles, culminating in the role of Senior Faculty Accountant for the Faculty of Medicine & Medical Sciences prior to moving into Planning.
University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
PA to University Secretary and Office Manager
Mrs Wendy MacDougall
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Professor Malcolm MacLeod (PhD FBPsS FRSA) is an experimental psychologist whose main research interests are concerned with how we retrieve information from memory, the extent to which we can exercise executive control over memory and how memory relates to identity and the world around us.
His research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Scottish Office, Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the British Academy. He has also been the recipient of an RSE Research Fellowship and a British Academy Research Readership.
Before taking up his current appointment, Professor MacLeod spent much of his academic career at the University of St Andrews, where he served in a number of senior academic roles including Vice-Principal (Enterprise and Engagement), Provost of St Leonard’s College and Dean of Graduate Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Head of the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.
Professor MacLeod is currently Honorary Secretary for the Executive Committee of UK Deans of Science, a member of the Selection Committee for the Carnegie Trust (Art, Humanities and Social Sciences), a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and a Trustee of a number of charitable trusts including the St Andrews Voices Festival. He is a Chartered Psychologist, an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Professor Malcolm MacLeod
Senior Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs)
PA to Senior Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs)
Mrs Carol Anne Greenan
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Judith Phillips is Deputy Principal (Research) at the University of Stirling and Professor of Gerontology. Her research interests are in the social, behavioural and environmental aspects of ageing. Before joining the University Judith Phillips was Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University which sought to strengthen social sciences across the University and embed a social science perspective in Engineering and Medicine. She was also Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research for Wales and the School for Social Care Research in Wales.
Following a geography degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, she went to study at Stockholm University, Jesus College, Oxford and UEA, Norwich, where she worked as a researcher and a lecturer before joining the Centre for Social Gerontology at the University of Keele in 1993. Judith returned to Wales in 2004 to set up the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University.
She has received recognition for her scholarship through numerous Fellowships: the Gerontological Society of America; the British Society of Gerontology; the London School of Economics, New College, Oxford and the Swedish Universities of Umeå and Lund. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Older People.
Professor Phillips has been highly active in shaping the UK’s gerontological research landscape and her applied research has impacted on government policy. Professor Phillips has an impressive track record of research grant capture across many disciplines. Her many publications on social work and older people are extensively used by students, with translations made into several languages. She has extensive links with both the Welsh and UK governments, social services departments and Welsh business. Between 2008 and 2010 Professor Phillips was President of the British Society of Gerontology. She was part of the Futureage group developing the roadmap for ageing research under EU Horizon 2020. In addition, Professor Phillips is an executive member of the Global Social Initiative on Ageing - part of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. In 2016 Professor Phillips chaired the Welsh Government Expert group on Housing an Ageing Population.
Professor Judith Phillips
Deputy Principal (Research)
PA to Deputy Principal (Research)
Mrs Carol Anne Greenan
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Leigh Sparks is Deputy Principal with specific responsibility for internationalisation and graduate studies. He is also Professor of Retail Studies.
Leigh was a geography undergraduate at the University of Cambridge and completed his PhD on retail employment at the University of Wales.
He has been Professor of Retail Studies at Stirling since 1992. Leigh was a Visiting Professor at Florida State University from July 2000 to July 2001 and Visiting Professor at the University of Tennessee from June to December 2006.
Leigh is well-known for his research into aspects of retailing. This is undertaken on behalf of public and private clients, for the research councils and for other funding bodies.
He has authored and edited a number of books, has published over 125 refereed journal articles as well as many practitioner, trade and newspaper pieces and runs a Scottish retailing blog www.stirlingretail.com.
He is Editor of the leading European retail journal, The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, and on the editorial boards of a number of major marketing and management journals.
Leigh is the Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the “go-to” body for Scottish Government on matters to do with Scotland’s towns. He is Chair of IDS Scotland Ltd., the company appointed by Scottish Government to oversee the development of Business Improvement Districts in Scotland.
Leigh was a member of the External Advisory Group for the Scottish Government’s National Town Centres Review and a member of the Expert Advisory Group investigating the lessons of the horsemeat scandal for the Scottish Government.
As Deputy Principal Leigh provides academic and strategic leadership in his areas of specific responsibility, internationalisation and graduate studies. Previously as the inaugural Head of the Stirling Graduate School he provided leadership and co-ordination of postgraduate provision across the University. The new strategic plan places internationalisation at the heart of all we do and Leigh's responsibilities involve building on the strength of Stirling's international and postgraduate activities to deliver an enhanced, expanded, integrated and consistent approach across the University and enabling us to meet our ambitious strategic goals in these areas.
Professor Leigh Sparks
Deputy Principal (Internationalisation and Graduate Studies)
PA to Deputy Principal (Internationalisation and Graduate Studies)
Mrs Donna Caldwell
T: +44 (0)1786 467014
Joanna Morrow was appointed as Deputy Secretary in June 2014. She had been the University’s Academic Registrar since 2007.
She joined the University of Stirling in 2004 from the University of Warwick, where she was Academic Services Manager for the Warwick Business School. Prior to this, Joanna held a number of roles in academic and commercial services at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, she has more than 20 years' experience in the higher education sector. She has served on a number of committees in the sector, including the QAA Enhancement-led Institutional Review Steering Group, the Academic Registrars' Council and is a member of the Association of University Administrators. She is the University’s representative on the governing body of Morrison’s Academy.
Student, Academic and Corporate Services (SACS) provide integrated and proactive professional services that plan, focus and support the University’s
The Deputy Secretary is supported by a senior management team comprising the Academic Registrar, the Head of Policy and Planning, Director of
Director of Student, Academic & Corporate Services
Liam McCabe joined the University as Director of Finance in 2009.
He has over 20 years’ experience working in and around higher education across the UK. Immediately prior to joining the University, Liam was a Senior Director for five years at Queen Margaret University as in Edinburgh. Before that he had 10 years with Scottish Funding Councils and its predecessor bodies latterly as Director of Governance and Management: Appraisal and Policy (GMAP). A graduate of the University in Accounting and Business Law in 1981, Liam qualified as an accountant (CPFA) in 1986 and has almost 30 years post qualified experience.
As the University’s Finance Director, Liam’s role at Stirling is to advise the Principal and his senior team and through that the University Court on the University’s strategic financial direction. Liam has a lead role in the development of the University’s financial strategy as well as overseeing its implementation. One particular aspect of this has been securing the funds required to undertake the redevelopment of the University’s residential estate entailing borrowing of c. £40 million. On a day to day basis, Liam is responsible for the operation management and strategic direction of the Finance Office including Procurement Services. View the structures and activities of the Finance Office.
Liam is a non-executive director of Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges (APUC) Ltd a body set up to lead and developments strategic and collaborative developments in procurement practice in the Scottish further and higher education sectors. He is also a Board member of Forth Valley College and Chair of the College’s Finance Committee.
Outside of the education sphere, Liam is a Lay Member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland and is Convenor of the Society’s Audit Committee. Liam a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Director of Finance
Mrs Lorna Mitchell
T: 01786 467124
Jennifer Harrison was appointed as Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement in January 2017, having previously held the posts of Head of Communications, and Acting Deputy Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement at the University of Stirling.
She joined Stirling after 10 years at Queen’s University Belfast where she was Head of Public Affairs. Prior to this Jennifer worked for the House of Commons, both in Westminster and in their outpost in the European Parliament in Brussels, reporting on EU affairs.
A personal and professional highlight was working for two months at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where she supported the Chairman, Lord Coe, as part of his Executive Office team during the Games.
Jennifer is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, and also holds a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Grenoble, a Masters degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe Bruges, Belgium, and a Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
The Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement Directorate is focussed on enhancing and protecting the University’s reputation for excellence in the student experience, teaching and learning, and high-quality research with global impact, across a wide range of communications channels. Areas of responsibility include: media relations; corporate communications; internal communications; social media; marketing; and digital content.
Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement
PA to Director and Directorate Office Manager
T: +44 (0)1786 466653
Originally trained as a journalist, Martin later graduated in psychology from the University of St Andrews, and spent three years at Edinburgh University carrying out postgraduate research prior to commencing his career in Human Resource Management.
He now has over 20 years’ operational and strategic HR experience in the motor industry (Ford), electronics and semiconductor industries (Oki, ICL, Hyundai & Mitel), and in the HE sector (University of the South Pacific and Heriot Watt University). His international experience includes the UK, Sweden, France, Canada, Singapore, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.
The Director of HR & Organisation Development is responsible for the operation, management and strategic HR Services. The structures and activities of the Directorate are detailed in the relevant webpages linked below:
Director of HR & Organisation Development
Director of HR & Organisation Development
Mr Martin McCrindle
T: +44 (0)1786 467137