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New Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the University

06 February 2009 @TeesUniNews


Professor Caroline MacDonald has joined the University’s senior management team as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Student Experience).

Before joining Teesside Professor MacDonald was Pro Vice-Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

The University is full of energy Caroline said: ‘I’m looking forward to working somewhere that makes a difference. The University is full of energy and ambition and this is obvious from all the activity and new buildings on campus. My impression is the University is very much an institution where people work together in a collegiate manner. I’m also keen to work in a University with good local links but that also has international activity and aspirations.’

Caroline, 57, is originally from Edinburgh and achieved her first degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Glasgow. She followed this with a PhD, again from Glasgow, which explored vitamin B12 deficiency in adults. Caroline then began her academic career as a Post-doctoral Bioscience Research Fellow at Glasgow, in a project funded by the Cancer Research Campaign.

After periods as a lecturer at both the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, Caroline spent 12 years as a Professor, Head of Department and Assistant Principal at Paisley University, before taking up her previous position as Pro Vice-Chancellor at GCU in 2004.

During her time at GCU she had strategic responsibility for a range of areas of relevance to her role at Teesside, including developing a new Learning, Teaching & Assessment strategy; Student Services and Students’ Union Liaison; Quality Enhancement; Progression, Retention and Completion; Widening Participation; Further Education links and Community Links.

Caroline added: ‘My father’s family are from Yorkshire so I have some knowledge of the area. Although I’m very much a city person and want to live near the University.’

Away from work mother-of-two Caroline enjoys gardening, travel and is a keen football fan as a Hearts supporter.

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The Journal (Newcastle Upon Tyne), 18/03/2009, p.48
Professor Caroline MacDonald has joined the University of Teesside's senior management team as deputy vice-chancellor (learning and student experience). Professor MacDonald was previously at Glasgow C