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Dundee university role for ex-Labour leader

Wendy AlexanderFormer Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander has been appointed to a top job at Dundee University.

The sister of Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas and wife of Fraser of Allander Institute academic Brian Ashcroft, will take up the newly-created role of vice principal (international) to push the university’s overseas activities.

Ms Alexander left Scottish politics in 2011 to become associate dean for degree programmes and careers at the London Business School. She was latterly associate dean for global business.

She was a member of the Scottish Parliament for 12 years, serving in the first three Scottish cabinets, including a spell as minister for enterprise, lifelong learning and transport.

Before entering politics she worked for the international strategy consultancy Booz & Co, now known as Strategy& and part of PwC.

She currently sits on an advisory board at Scottish Equity Partners and is a trustee of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Professor Pete Downes, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor, said: “Wendy will bring great energy, expertise and strategic leadership to the University.The international outlook is more important than ever for universities.”

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