Biography of Sir Muir Russell
Sir Muir Russell
Sir (Alastair) Muir Russell (1949- ) is a graduate of the University who was Principal from 2003 to 2009.
Russell was educated at the High School of Glasgow and graduated from the University in 1970, BSc with first class honours in Natural Philosophy. He joined the Scottish Office and during his thirty-three years as a civil servant he was Secretary of the Scottish Development Agency on its establishment in 1975; Principal Private Secretary to The Secretary of State for Scotland from 1981 to 1983; Permanent Under Secretary of State, 1998 to 1999, and Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive from 1999 until 2003.
During his time as Principal, and under the strategy Building on Excellence, Sir Muir guided the University to improvements in the quality of teaching and learning, and research. Progress was based on re-establishing a sound financial platform, and the opportunities this gave to make investments in the University's resources and key activities. The results of this were apparent in the improved quality of the student experience, reflected in the consistently excellent and improving National Student Survey results, in the increasing numbers of applicants at undergraduate and post graduate levels, both home and international and in the University's high reputation for the quality of its teaching. Research too made progress with many areas leading Scotland, some amongst the top in the UK. He left the University, its reputation enhanced, and with a stronger sense of ambition for the future.