Wendy Alexander

+44 (0)1382 38 31 71
Vice-Principal (International)
Contact: Michelle Hendry (Personal Assistant)


Wendy Alexander is Vice-Principal (International), and leads the University’s international strategy and engagement. She is a member of the University Executive.  Previously at London Business School, she managed all global degree programmes and was also a member of the Executive team.

Wendy also spent over a decade in government and politics. She served in the first three Scottish Cabinets, including as Minister with responsibility for Further and Higher Education, holding the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Transport and Communities portfolios and also served as Scottish Labour Leader in Holyrood.

Educated in Canada, US and France, Wendy is a graduate of Glasgow and Warwick Universities and holds an MBA from Insead, France. Prior to joining UK Government in 1997, as Special Adviser to Rt Hon Donald Dewar, she worked in international strategy consultancy with Booz & Co. in US, Europe and Asia.

She is a member of the Investment Advisory Board of Scottish Equity Partners LLP, a Trustee of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and a member of RSE’s Business Innovation Forum.  She has sat on the policy advisory boards of the Social Market Foundation and Reform Scotland and holds Honorary Doctorates from Strathclyde University and UWS.

She has published on devolution and public policy, including as a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde, where she led the Allander Series bringing Nobel Laureates to Scotland and co-editing New Wealth for Old Nations: Scotland’s Economic Prospects (Princeton University Press, 2005).