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

Duncan has been the Director of Planning and Policy Development 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 Development, 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 new Business Intelligence system. It also leads the university’s policy framework, with specific focus on RGU’s approach to equality and diversity and information governance.

Duncan is a member of the leadership team within University Advancement. He also chairs the university’s Major Projects Group which allocates funding to and monitors the university’s capital and major revenue projects. He is the Chair of the university’s Equality and Diversity Advisory Group and is RGU’s equality champion for sexual orientation. In addition he is the Chair of the Look Again visual arts and design festival run annually across Aberdeen and led by the university.

Outwith work Duncan is heavily involved with the cultural sector in Aberdeen. 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). He has recently chaired a group on behalf of Aberdeen City Council, which has developed a new cultural strategy for the city, and has recently become Chair of Culture Aberdeen, the city’s cultural network which is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the region’s cultural strategy.

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.