Title: Dr
First Name: Duncan
Surname: Cockburn
Position: Director of Planning & Policy
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262194

Duncan has been the Director of Planning and Policy at the university since 2013. Prior to this he was the Principal’s Policy Advisor. Before joining RGU, Duncan was Head of sparqs (Student Participation in Quality Scotland) and President of the University of Aberdeen Students’ Association.

As the Director of Planning and Policy, Duncan has overall responsibility for the operations of the department. This includes the development and monitoring of RGU’s annual business plan and Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Funding Council, as well as the co-ordination of the planning and target setting processes across the university. The department is also responsible for the provision of business intelligence and market insight and the deployment of Tableau, the university’s Business Intelligence system. It also leads the university’s policy framework, with specific focus on RGU’s approach to information governance.

Outwith work Duncan is heavily involved with the cultural sector. He is a Board member of Creative Scotland and at a regional level he is a Board member of both Aberdeen Performing Arts and Sound (responsible for organising Scotland’s Festival of new Music annually in the North-east of Scotland), and Chair of Culture Aberdeen, the city’s cultural network which is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the region’s cultural strategy. He was formally Chair of the Look Again visual arts and design festival run annually across Aberdeen and led by the university and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Duncan holds a PhD in History from the University of Aberdeen. He is civilly partnered to Neil and together they live in Inverness with their dog, Flora. In his spare time he enjoys reading history, attempting to run, listening to a wide range of music, as well as cooking and fine dining.