As the University’s Depute Principal and Depute Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Martin CBE has responsibility for deputising for the University’s Vice Chancellor, and leading the delivery of academic programmes across the University’s six Schools (Health Nursing and Midwifery, Media Culture and Society, Business and Enterprise, Science and Sport, Engineering and Computing and Education). He also has Executive responsibility for Strategic Planning and Development including liaison with the Scottish Funding Council in securing agreement for the University’s Outcome Agreement.
Paul joined the University in March 2009 as Executive Dean for Education Heath and Social Sciences. He took the additional responsibilities of Vice Principal International in 2011 becoming Interim Depute Principal in May 2012 and substantively appointed in May 2013.
From 2004 - 2009 Paul was Chief Nursing Officer( Scotland’s most senior nurse) and Director for Health Workforce for Scotland, advising the Cabinet Secretary and Ministers on all matters relating to nursing, midwifery, health visiting and the allied health professions. This saw Paul leading policy advice on workforce planning, pay and reward, staff governance and education and development. Paul also led on professional regulation including advising on legislative requirements. During this period Paul led the development of Scotland first integrated health workforce plan, the career framework for NHS Scotland, models of consultant and advance practice and co-chaired Modernising Medical Careers for Scotland. Paul was also the sponsoring Director for NHS Education Scotland responsible for its performance management. Across these roles Paul managed a budget of circa £650 million.
Prior to this Paul was Chief Executive in NHS Highland and in NHS Orkney.
In 2010-12 Paul led the development of the EU-funded and World Health Organisation-supported Family Health Nursing project. This project attracted significant global interest from developed and developing countries seeking cost effective ways to improve healthcare provision. Paul is a registered nurse and health visitor (public health nurse) and was previously a registered midwife. He holds a Diploma in Management Studies and a Masters in Business Administration. In the 2017 New Years Honours List, Paul was awarded the Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to healthcare and education.
In 2007 Paul was awarded an Honorary Doctor of the University of the West of Scotland for services to nursing, healthcare and the wellbeing of the people of Scotland.
Paul was appointed to the Expert Roster for WHO on International Health Regulations by the Director General in 2013, with the appointment further extended in 2017 to 2021.
In April 2017 Paul became Chair of the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland Commission on Widening Access to Nursing and Midwifery education. The Commission is due to report by the end of 2017.
Paul is also a non-executive Trustee of Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock.
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