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Professor Craig Mahoney

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Barbour Building, High Street, Paisley

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Career Overview

Professor Craig Mahoney joined UWS in August 2013 as the 10th Principal of the institution, following more than 30 years working in higher education across three nations of the UK.  Professor Mahoney is a chartered psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is an internationally recognised performance psychologist. Prior to joining UWS, he was Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy and has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Northumbria University and Dean of the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure at the University of Wolverhampton.

A graduate of Chemistry and Maths from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education (now the University of Tasmania), Professor Mahoney holds a Master’s degree from the University of Birmingham and a Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) from Queen’s University Belfast. 

A dynamic public advocate of higher education, Professor Mahoney is a research-active academic with a strong interest in differentiated student-centred pedagogy, research-informed teaching, e-learning, technology to support teaching, widespread use of open educational resources, teaching excellence and global engagement. He is a passionate supporter of equality, diversity and inclusion and has developed and supported many programmes, initiatives and change plans to eradicate discrimination to enable fairness in higher education.

As a chartered psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Professor Mahoney has been an internationally recognised performance psychologist for more than 30 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

External to the university, Professor Mahoney is Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport, a Board member on the UK Quality Assurance Agency, a Board member for Glasgow City of Sciences, a Trustee on the Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland, Convener of Universities Scotland Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee, a Board member for SportScotland and a Board member of Converge Challenge.  He is also an industry adviser to VerfiyEd.

As an international athlete, Professor Mahoney displayed real drive and determination which he has brought to UWS to ensure the power of education can be harnessed to transform lives.  Since his arrival at UWS, he has been working with colleagues to build UWS into one of the country’s top-performing universities, firmly focussing UWS on student experience, academic quality, global engagement, research excellence and innovation.  Professor Mahoney has led the development of two ambitious and compelling Corporate Strategies, that have enabled UWS to reap the benefits of change he has made to the University and which continues to strive towards securing UWS’s place as a first-choice university for students from the UK and overseas.

Executive Assistant – Alicia Harris, 0141 848 3208,

Executive Intern – Rebekka Hayes, 0141 848 3234,

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Vice-Chancellor’s Salary

Professor Craig Mahoney assumed the role of Vice-Chancellor at University of the West of Scotland in August 2013.

The Vice-Chancellor’s salary is reported annually in the University’s financial statements.

In the interests of transparency, the Vice-Chancellor has made the details of his salary available and estimated employer’s pension contribution for the year covering August 2019 – July 2020.


Salary: £235,503

Employer’s contribution to pension: £37,727.99

Total: £273,230.99

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