A prominent academic and higher education leader has been appointed as the new Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
UWS is delighted to announce that Professor James Miller will lead the University from 1 November 2022.
Professor Miller has a substantial leadership track record, having been Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University since August 2015, previously holding a range of other senior roles including Director of the Open University in Scotland and Chief Executive of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a member of the Institute of Directors, and was a founder member of the British Council’s Digital Advisory Board.
Professor Miller’s extensive experience and values are very much aligned with the values and vision of UWS and his appointment reflects our core purpose to work in partnership with our students to deliver world-ready graduates with globally relevant knowledge, skills and confidence.
Beginning his career as a clinical nurse in Edinburgh, Professor Miller held a series of roles in healthcare before embarking on a career in higher education and is believed to be the first nurse to be appointed as a University Principal and Vice-Chancellor in Scotland – a personification of UWS’s commitment to provide our graduates with the transferable skills and knowledge for the dynamic 21st Century workplace.
Following almost ten years as a clinical nurse, Professor Miller went on to become Quality Facilitator and Deputy Director of Nursing for West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust in 1992. He subsequently held the role of Divisional General Manager in South Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust from 2001 to 2005, later being appointed as Chief Executive of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He entered higher education management as Director of the Open University in Scotland in August 2010 before taking up his current role at Glasgow Caledonian University. Professor Miller has an MBA from Edinburgh Napier University, a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Institute of Education Management.