Deputy Principal and Chief Academic Officer

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John was born and brought up in Wick in the North of Scotland before moving to Aberdeen where he studied for both an honours degree and a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen. He entered higher education as a lecturer in Chemistry at the former Robert Gordon Institute of Technology and subsequently progressed to senior-lectureship and then Head of School of Applied Sciences. In this role, John was involved in a range of national activities, including teaching quality assessment, external examining and course development and approval. This contributed to his attaining the award of Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

John was promoted to the role of Assistant Principal/Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care before progressing to the role of Vice Principal and subsequently Deputy Principal and Vice-Chancellor with specific responsibility for Academic Quality and Development.

John is a member of a number of national committees associated with institutional quality assurance, quality enhancement and widening participation. 


  • Academic Development
  • Academic Quality Assurance
  • Academic Quality Enhancement, including Teaching and Learning
  • Academic Administration
  • Widening Participation
  • Student Support Services
  • International College of RGU (ICRGU)

Line Management

  • Student Services
  • Department for Enhancement of Learning, Teaching & Access (DELTA)
  • Department of Academic Administration
  • Department for Governance and Academic Quality
  • Six Heads of School


  • Academic Council
  • Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee
  • Academic Development Committee

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