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Professor Petra Wend

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Sir Paul Grice

Former Principal Professor Petra Wend has retired form QMU after a decade of service. Sir Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament, will be appointed as the University’s new Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

Sir Paul was knighted in the New Year Honours List 2016 for services to the Scottish Parliament and voluntary services to higher education and the community. He has held the position of Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament since its inception in 1999, leading the delivery of all services to the Parliament while acting as its principal adviser on procedural and constitutional matters. Having worked in governmental organisations both in London and Scotland, he has built a reputation as an outstanding leader.

Sir Paul also has a deep understanding of the higher education sector and its challenges. He served as a member of the University Court of Stirling from 2006-2013 and as a member of the Economic and Social Research Council from 2009-2015. A fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he champions both the importance of research in universities and of the student experience.

Outgoing Principal, Professor Petra Wend, said, “I know that I will really miss the University but I also think that QMU, like any organisation, will benefit from a fresh perspective and new leadership after a period of 10 year.” Reflecting on her period of office, she said, “The decade that I have spent leading QMU has truly been the most fulfilling time in my career. I am proud that QMU is now firmly on the map of Scotland and beyond.”

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