Professor Craig Mahoney has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West of Scotland since 2013. Previously he was CEO at the Higher Education Academy, a UK national agency overseeing the enhancement of learning and teaching in universities.
A dynamic public advocate of higher education, Craig is a research active academic with a strong interest in differentiated student-centred pedagogy, research informed teaching, e-learning; technology to support teaching, widespread use of open educational resources, teaching excellence and global engagement. He is a passionate supporter of equality, diversity and inclusion and has developed and supported many programmes, initiatives and change plans to eradicate discrimination and enable fairness for all.
As a chartered psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Professor Mahoney has been an internationally recognised performance psychologist for more than 30 years. Craig is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
External to the university, Professor Mahoney is a Board member on the UK Quality Assurance Agency, a Board member for Glasgow City of Sciences, a Trustee on the Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland, Convener of Universities Scotland Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee, a Board member for SportScotland, Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport and a Board member of Converge Challenge.