Professor Steve Olivier is Deputy Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, leading on strategic and operational planning, and academic portfolio development (including management of the Deans of School). He supports the Principal and Vice-Chancellor in leadership and the day-to-day operational management of the University, and deputises for him across all executive functions, both internal and external.
Steve regularly speaks and writes on leadership and change management in higher education, and as an active researcher he has published widely in the area of philosophy and sport. His current research work includes publications on research ethics, the ethics of whistleblowing in health care settings, land access rights, and ethics and adventure sports. He has contributed several invited publications and talks on leadership, change management, and HE matters to Times Higher Education and the Leadership Foundation.
Steve joined UWS in May 2018 from Abertay University, where as Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice–Chancellor (Academic) he led all academic activities, including teaching and learning; research and knowledge exchange; and quality enhancement and assurance. While at Abertay he led successful REF, TEF, and QAA ELIR audits. Externally, he sits on several senior committees of Universities Scotland. He still serves on several UK national bodies including the GPA Implementation Group, the UK Quality Code for Higher Education Steering Group, The Royal Society of Edinburgh Interdisciplinary Action Group, and he is a governor on the board of Fife College.
Following a long career in rugby, he now spends time outdoors, surfing, kayaking and, until recently, was a long-serving crewman in the RNLI. He is currently trying, with limited success, to learn Spanish.