Business school builds for future
New Dean to bolster industry links
A former regional BT director has taken charge of Edinburgh Napier University’s Business School with the aim of strengthening links with industry.
Gail Boag comes to the university’s Craiglockhart-based facility with a wealth of experience, having worked with a wide range of organisations from small start-ups to global corporations.
“It’s unusual for someone with my business background to take up a role as Dean,” said the 48-year-old mother-of-two. “I like the idea of helping young people achieve their potential and, after many years building my skills and experience, higher education is a sector which interests me and where I know I can make a difference.
“I aim to provide a strategy which will enable us to work with industry to help create the workforce of the future in a business school renowned for high-quality programmes and research which drives improvements in business practice.
“We want to be first choice for students, and the partner of choice for commercial activities. Our learning and teaching has to prepare students for the modern workplace, developing the skills demanded in not only today’s roles but those that will exist in five or ten years’ time.”
The new Dean’s own business experience spans commercial management, sales, large-scale contract management and business development in large global organisations, as well as setting up, running and then selling her own health education publishing venture.
Mrs Boag takes on the role following seven years with BT which saw her become a regional director and member of the BT Scotland Board.
The programmes delivered to the business school’s 8000 students include accountancy, finance, law, international business, marketing, sales, entrepreneurship, tourism and languages.