Humanities expert appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor

Issue date: 15 July 2010


Alex Gilkison The University of the West of England has appointed Alex Gilkison to the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean in the newly created Faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities and Education (CAHE).

Alex is currently the Head of the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University. The School's Centre for Literature and Writing achieved a 4* in English in the last Research Assessment Exercise. He has also successfully attracted additional external funding in excess of three million pounds in the last two years.

Alex Gilkison will take up post at UWE in October 2010.

Alex Gilkison commented, “I'm very much looking forward to taking up post at UWE. The new Faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities and Education will create some interesting challenges and opportunities in the region and I'm excited at the prospect of working together with colleagues who have already established excellent reputations in these academic arenas.”

Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor said, “We are delighted to welcome Alex to UWE, he has all the qualities needed to help us launch this exciting new Faculty. We were especially impressed with his achievements at Edinburgh Napier University. I am confident that he will galvanise the teams in the three Schools in the Faculty of CAHE to continue to innovate and inspire and to provide top notch educational experience for UWE's students.”

After graduation from the University of Glasgow with a Master of Arts in English and History, Alex undertook a PGCE in English at the University of Strathclyde and Postgraduate Studies in Education and Psychology at the University of Glasgow.

Alex started his career as a teacher of English in Glasgow, and held lecturing and senior lecturing posts in Film and Media and Arts and Social Sciences at Aberdeen College and the University of Stirling. He undertook a broader senior lecturing role at the University of Paisley, where he later gained a promotion to Head of School, Media. A further career promotion was attained by Alex to the post of Dean of School, Media, Language and Music at the University of the West of Scotland. He has held his current post since 2008.

Alex also has interests in Quality which has led him to take on external roles at Robert Gordon's University, University of East London and London Metropolitan University. He is Chair of Screen Academy Scotland and a member of the Board of the Scottish Drama Training Network.

His research interests lie in psychoanalysis, autofiction and modernism in the fields of literature and cinema. He is also an occasional features journalist and a writer of short fiction.

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