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A leading UK academic is to take up a key new role in University of the West of Scotland’s (UWS) senior management team.

Following an extensive global recruitment process, UWS has announced Dr Lucy Meredith as its new Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Dr Meredith will take up her post on 17 August when outgoing Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Olivier departs for his new role of Vice-Chancellor at Robert Gordon University.

Dr Meredith has been a part of the UWS community since February of this year, when she was appointed as Interim Vice-Principal (Learning, Teaching and Students). Having worked in environmental health before moving into higher education, she brings more than 28 years of academic experience leadership to UWS.

Speaking of her new appointment, Dr Meredith said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UWS. I have found the institution to be ambitious, inspiring and forward-thinking, and I am delighted to have the chance to be a part of that and drive the strategic direction of this University.

“UWS is an institution with community at its core and ambitions to make a real impact, and I very much look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisations across the board are experiencing truly unprecedented times, but I am confident that UWS and its people can emerge from this stronger than before and I cannot wait to get started in my new role."

Having started her academic career as a Senior Lecturer at University of the West of England, Dr Meredith has worked in a range of roles in institutions including Bath Spa University, University of South Wales and the Royal Agricultural University (RAU).

Throughout her career, Dr Meredith has gained significant leadership experience inside and outside of higher education – she has led partnership working with a wide range of organisations, including governments and large multi-national companies, as well as leading successful overseas partnership activity across Europe, the USA, China and Africa. At the RAU, she oversaw work on student engagement which contributed to the institution placing seventh in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

UWS Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Craig Mahoney said: “I am delighted to announce Lucy’s appointment to this pivotal role during a key point in UWS’s history.

“Having joined the UWS community just weeks before lockdown began, Lucy has already made a tremendous impact across the institution.

“As we continue to proactively respond to the present circumstances and deliver a high-quality teaching and learning experience for all of our students, I look forward to working alongside Lucy to ensure our University emerges even stronger from the current global crisis."