Principal & Vice-Chancellor
Professor Pamela Gillies BSc PGCE MEd MMedSci PHD FRSA FFPH AcSS Hon FRCPS(Glasg)
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University since 2006. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Council; a member of the Institute of Directors and CBI; Convenor of the Health Committee for Universities Scotland; and an elected member of the Council of the All Party Parliamentary Group of UK Universities at Westminster. She is also a Board member of INTO GCU, the Foundation College for the University and officiates at the graduation of our 2000 engineering students from our partnership University college, the Caledonian College of Engineering which has been running successfully for 16 years in Muscat, Oman. Pamela is a Board member of the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Dhaka, Bangladesh and a Founding Trustee of the Grameen Scotland Foundation which has brought the Grameen model of microfinance to the UK in partnership with Tesco Bank. As Vice Chancellor of the first Scottish University to have a flourishing postgraduate campus in London, Pamela is also a member of the London Higher Group of Universities. The University is set to launch the first UK capsule campus in New York City in September 2013.
Pamela was awarded the honour of CBE for services to education and public health in December 2012. She was elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2002; as an Academician of the Academy for Social Sciences in 2005 and became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow in 2007. Previously a Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Nottingham, Pamela has worked in Geneva as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Programme on AIDS (1989-90); at Harvard University as a Professor in Health and Human Rights (1992-3); as a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York; and in London on a seconded post as the first Executive Director of Research at the Health Education Authority for England (1996-99). She has researched and written widely on HIV/AIDS, health development, and inequalities in health focussing on the potential of social action for health.