Alistair Sambell is Vice Principal an Deputy Vice Chancellor, having joined Edinburgh Napier University in April 2012, joining Edinburgh Napier University from Sheffield Hallam where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences. He was subsequently appointed to Vice-Principal & Deputy Vice-Chancellor in August 2014.
He gained both his first degree and DPhil from York University in Electronic Engineering, and after a spell working in the electricity supply industry, joined Northumbria University to undertake research into solar energy, and where he was promoted through various roles to become Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences.
Alistair is passionate about the role of Higher Education in transforming lives and has been active in teaching and research throughout his career. His current research interests include the design of microwave antennas and he has also published on innovative assessment in engineering. He has been submitted to previous Research Assessment Exercises, including submission to the recent Research Excellence Framework 2014.
He has a national profile that has included serving on the QAA engineering benchmarking statement review group, the IET degree accreditation panel and the committee of the Engineering Professors' Council. He is currently a member of the QAA Scotland Committee as well as the Universities Scotland Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and Learning and Teaching Committee.
As Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Alistair has a wide-ranging remit, both internally and externally. He has responsibility for the academic activities of the University, in particular teaching and research. Line management responsibility includes the six Deans of School as well as the Deans for Research & Innovation and Learning & Teaching.
Alistair has responsibility for leading a range of initiatives and projects including REF; QAA institutional review; Athena Swan; Outcome Agreements with the Scottish Funding Council; and the implementation of the new academic appointment and promotions framework.
Alistair is responsible for academic strategy development and the implementation thereof, aligned to the University Strategy 2020.