A new depute principal has been appointed to assist with the academic development of Inverness College UHI.
Professor Ken Russell joins the Inverness institution from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where he served as associate dean, head of the chartered management institute centre and a professor of strategy and leadership. He joins the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) facility as the lead for strategy and curriculum development.
Professor Russell said: “I’m looking forward to building on the relationships Inverness College UHI has already developed with public organisations, professional bodies and industry so we can explore areas of mutual interest and build on our offer.
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“A key focus will be on our higher education and research offer, to ensure it remains relevant and competitive, but also responds to the needs of the region and ultimately encourages people to live and work here and for the economy to grow.”
The new depute principal brings a strong background of curriculum development, leadership and management to the role with his experience spanning teaching, research, management and mentoring of staff.
As part of his new role, professor Russell will be working closely with Professor Chris O’Neil, Inverness College UHI principal, and fellow depute principal Roddy Henry to design, develop and achieve professional recognition of courses, with a particular emphasis on degrees, masters programmes and graduate apprenticeships.
Principal Chris O’Neill said: “As we look to develop forward-thinking courses which respond to the needs of the region, expand our world-leading research capacity and grow our international profile, he will be invaluable.”
Professor Russell is set to begin his new role on Monday, January 28.