Dr Frances pulls up a chair at university

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An educational leader and academic has been announced as Queen Margaret University’s new chair of court.

Dr Frances Dow will take up her appointment as chair of the university court in March 2016 and will serve for three years in the first instance.

She will replace Keir Bloomer, the outgoing chair of QMU’s court, who has served in the position since October 2010.

Dr Dow was a member of the QMU court between 2005 and 2012, and its vice-chair in 2011-12.

She has enjoyed a number of public appointments, including since 2014 ministerial appointment to the Scottish advisory committee on distinction awards for NHS consultants, and membership of the appointments committee of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

In 2013, Dr Dow chaired the independent review of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s inspection of the care of older people at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

Previously she chaired two Scottish Government health directorates steering groups on the regulation of healthcare support workers and on professionalism in the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.

From 2007 to 2011, she was chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, which oversees the award of Marshall Scholarships to highly-qualified US graduate students for study anywhere in the UK.

Dr Dow was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours list 2012 for services to UK/US relations.

She is currently vice-convener of the business committee of the General Council of Edinburgh University, a trustee of Scotland Inheritance Fund and a member of the Council for At-Risk Academics.

The latter assists overseas academics, often refugees, who are threatened with discrimination or persecution.

Professor Petra Wend, QMU principal and vice-chancellor, said: “I am delighted that Dr Dow has accepted the appointment.

“She has already made a significant contribution to higher education in Scotland and to public life.

“I believe that her incredible depth of experience of the sector, and her passion for what QMU stands for, will help us with our ambitious and enterprising plans to create a community without borders which helps to improve people’s lives locally, nationally and internationally.”

Dr Dow said: “It is a great honour to be appointed to chair the court of Queen Margaret University.

“QMU’s excellence in research, teaching and knowledge exchange, and its commitment to social justice, are well established and I look forward to working with fellow court members, staff and students, to enhance its renown as a leading centre of ideas and influence.”