University switch

New Glasgow role for Fraser of Allander director

Graeme Roy

Graeme Roy: switching universities (pic: Terry Murden)

Fraser of Allander Institute director Professor Graeme Roy has been appointed Dean of External Engagement in the Glasgow University’s College of Social Sciences.

Regarded as one of Scotland’s top economists, he will move from the University of Strathclyde on 1 March.

He is the second high profile economist who has been appointed to Glasgow University in recent weeks. David “Danny” Blanchflower, a former Bank of England monetary policy committee member, is taking up a new role at the Adam Smith Business School.

Speaking of Prof Roy’s appointment, Professor Sara Carter, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Social Sciences, said: “Professor Roy brings considerable expertise in the field of policy and the economy to his new role.

“Alongside continuing his analysis of the economy and economic policy in Scotland, he will play a major leadership role in working to enhance the visibility and impact of the University and its research in social sciences.


“Professor Roy will be working with our partners in Glasgow and beyond to support the city’s ambitions to be a leading and vibrant centre of enterprise and productivity.”

Professor Roy said: “Social scientists have a crucial role to play in helping us find solutions to the key challenges and opportunities that our economy and society face in the years ahead – whether that be the recovery from COVID-19, climate change or how best to tackle inequality and improve wellbeing. 

“I am looking forward to working with colleagues across the University to take forward an exciting new agenda for external engagement within the College.

Professor Roy is a Glasgow graduate and a former senior civil servant in the Scottish Government (where he was head of the First Minister’s Policy Unit).

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