Professor Wendy Alexander

Vice-Principal (International)

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Wendy Alexander is Vice-Principal (International) and leads the University's international strategy and is a member of the University Executive. Her responsibilities include providing strategic leadership to the University’s global engagement including prestigious international collaborations, providing an outstanding experience for international students and new outward mobility opportunities for all students. She has been a champion of international alumni ambassadors, has led the creation of a Humanitarian Scholars programme, Chairs the board of International College Dundee and was instrumental in the establishment of the School of Business. She also represents the University, and the sector, at the highest levels of Government, industry, higher education and with alumni, both within the UK and internationally. She serves as Scottish Government International Trade & Investment Envoy for Higher Education. She is a member of the Department for Education’s Education Sector Advisory Group. She Chairs the Global Advisory Board for Times Higher Education Student and is a past Co-Chair of UUK Pro-Vice Chancellor’s International network.

Previously at London Business School (LBS), she was a member of their Executive with responsibility for managing degree programmes globally. Wendy also spent over a decade in government and public service. She served in the first three Scottish Cabinets, including as Minister responsible for Further and Higher Education, holding the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Transport and Communities portfolios and also served as Scottish Labour Leader in the Scottish Parliament.

Prior to that she worked in international strategy consultancy with Booz & Co. in US, Europe and Asia. She is a member of the Investment Advisor Board of Scottish Equity Partners LLP, a fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Patron of Social Investment Scotland.

Educated in Canada, US and France, Wendy is a graduate of Glasgow and Warwick Universities and holds an MBA from Insead, France. 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).