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Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University

Professor Andrea Nolan became the new Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University in July 2013.

Andrea graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and after a short time in veterinary practice, embarked on an academic career which took her to the University of Cambridge, the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Munich.

During the 1990s, Andrea established herself as a research leader in the recognition and management of animal pain. She was appointed Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow in 1998.

Andrea also undertook advanced clinical training, becoming a Diploma holder of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and gaining Diplomate status of the European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, and the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia.
She has published extensively, and has received awards for her work including the Pfizer Academic Award for Animal Health Research, the Amoroso Award from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and, along with her collaborators, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Companion Animal Award for contributions to animal welfare.

She has contributed to educational development in animal pain management and welfare over many years. Currently, she is a member of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's Global Pain Council and a trustee of two animal charities.
Andrea's institutional leadership career began with her appointment as Head of Division of Veterinary Pharmacology in the University of Glasgow, and in 1999 she took up the post of Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, with responsibility for academic leadership and resource management of the Faculty.

Five years later, she was appointed to the position of Vice Principal for Learning & Teaching in the University of Glasgow, leading the delivery of University strategy to improve the student experience. In 2009, she was appointed Senior Vice-Principal & Deputy Vice Chancellor, a role that embraced responsibility for leading the development and delivery of the University's internationalisation strategy, academic career development and deputising for the Principal.

Over her career, Andrea has worked on a range of committees, including the Scottish Funding Council Strategic Funds Advisory Group, the Scottish Science Advisory Committee, and the Board of Governors of Bell College, Hamilton.

She has been closely involved in the enhancement-led approach at sectoral level in Scotland through membership of the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee, which she now chairs, having previously chaired the Quality Enhancement Theme 'Research teaching Linkages: enhancing graduate attributes'.

She is a member of the QAA Scotland Committee and the UUK International and Europe Unit Board. Andrea is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and is an honorary life member of the Association for Veterinary Teachers & Research Workers.


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    Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University