Principal & Vice-Chancellor

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Professor Andrea Nolan OBE

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Professor Andrea Nolan became the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier 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 Universities of Cambridge, Bristol and the Technical University of Munich.

During the 1990s Andrea established herself as a research leader in the field of animal pain, its recognition and management, and was appointed Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology in 1998. She 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 recognition 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 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 and in 2009 she became Senior Vice-Principal & Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Over her career she has worked on a range of national committees including the Scottish Funding Council Strategic Funds Advisory group and the Scottish Science Advisory Committee.  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 chaired from 2009 - 2014, 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, and is a Board member of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, The Higher Education Statistics Agency, the Moredun Foundation, and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

Andrea is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies, an honorary life member of the Association for Veterinary Teachers & Research Workers, and was awarded an honorary OBE for services to Higher Education and Veterinary Science.

She is married and has four children.