Professor Maggie Cusack, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Stead to her new position at the University of Stirling, as Head of the Institute of Aquaculture. Professor Stead is a highly respected marine biologist, who has held a number of distinguished roles throughout her career, including her current position as the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor for the Marine Management Organisation.
“As we approach this important milestone for the Institute of Aquaculture, I look forward to working with Professor Stead to build upon the Institute’s world-leading reputation and ensure it continues to prosper over the next 40 years.”
Under the £90.2 million City Region Deal, funded by the UK and Scottish Governments, the University will receive £17 million for a new aquaculture facility, with a further £22 million to be invested in the University-led International Environment Centre.
The new aquaculture innovation hub will operate four aquatic research facilities. Unique in the UK, the hub will provide the full range of marine environmental conditions, and create research and development opportunities to grow the export of Scottish aquaculture skills and products.
The International Environment Centre, involving a number of partners including Forth Valley College, will draw together academic expertise from across Scotland, the UK and the world. It will connect environmental research with business opportunities and training and will take full advantage of the natural environment and heritage of the region.