Professor David Maguire appointed Interim Principal and Vice-Chancellor


30th January 2020

Professor David Maguire has been appointed Interim Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee. Professor Maguire will take up the role on February 1, for a period of seven months.

Professor Maguire is Chair of Jisc, the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions, and will continue in that part-time role while at Dundee. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich until December 2019.

Professor Maguire said, “I am really pleased to be joining the University of Dundee, an excellent university with a wonderful community of staff and students. I am committed to helping Dundee maintain momentum and press forward with its aspirational strategic plan.”

Ronnie Bowie, Chair of the University Court, said, “David brings to us a wealth of experience of leadership in higher education and the private sector, both in the UK and the USA. He recognises the values which have made Dundee such an outstanding University and can help us realise our ambitions, building on our achievements as the University of the Year 2020 for Student Experience.”

Professor Maguire was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich from 2011 to 2019, and before that Pro Vice-Chancellor (research and enterprise) at Birmingham City University.

He holds a doctorate from the University of Bristol and a BSc from the University of Exeter. He is an acknowledged expert in computer mapping and geographic information systems and has published seven books and over 100 scientific and technical publications.

Professor Maguire will receive a salary of £235,000 (pro-rata).

The University is continuing the recruitment process for the substantive position of Principal and Vice-Chancellor and will be advertising the post soon.

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Nobel Prize winning poet and honorary graduate Seamus Heaney has described the University of Dundee as ‘having its head in the clouds and its feet firmly on the ground.’ The ability to be both aspirational and down-to earth and to blend ground-breaking intellectual achievement with practical applications, has given the University its distinctive character.

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