UWS appoints Scottish Education Chief to senior post

Ken Muir

UWS has appointed former Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), Ken Muir, to its senior team as an Honorary Professor. 

Professor Muir, who has recently retired from his role at the GTCS, will join the University’s School of Education and Social Sciences in March where he will play a significant role in contributing to UWS’s teacher education courses. 

Ken Muir’s extensive experience following a career spanning more than 40 years in education will see him strengthen UWS’s high-quality teaching programmes and further support staff development and research. Ken, who was previously HM Chief Inspector of Education, will also play a strategic role in continuing to grow UWS’s global reach.

The appointment comes after UWS was recognised in two separate league tables as the UK’s number one provider of teacher education in 2020.

Professor Donald Gillies, Dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences at UWS, said: “Ken is a key figure in the Scottish education sector and his appointment at UWS is an important milestone for the School of Education and Social Sciences. We look forward to welcoming him to the University and we are certain that his impressive depth of knowledge and experience in the sector will play a significant role in supporting our students and staff, while continuing to shape the provision of high-quality teacher education at UWS.”

Commenting on his appointment at UWS, Ken said: “I am deeply humbled and honoured to accept an Honorary Professorship at such a dynamic and innovative institution. As a strong advocate for equality and diversity and someone who was born and brought up in the west of Scotland, I have a good understanding of, and strong affinity with, the communities served by the University of the West of Scotland. I am committed to doing all I can to support its staff and students to achieve success and to maintain and enhance the University’s position as the highest-ranked modern university in Scotland.”

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