Professor Wendy Alexander

Vice-Principal (International)

Executive, University Executive Office

Wendy Alexander
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Wendy Alexander is Vice-Principal (International), a Professor of International Education and leads the University's international and global engagement strategy and is a member of the University Executive.  She leads the universities transnational education activity, pioneered a Humanitarian Scholars programme, Chairs the board of International College Dundee and was instrumental in the establishment of the School of Business.  She represents the University, and the sector, at the highest levels of Government, industry, higher education, in the UK and internationally.

Wendy also serves as the Scottish  International Trade & Investment Envoy for Higher Education, is a British Council Trustee. 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. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Patron of Social Investment Scotland and an Investment Advisory Board member at Scottish Equity Partners LLP.
Wendy also spent over a decade in government and elected office. She served in the first three Scottish Cabinets, including as Minister 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.

Educated in Canada, US and France, Wendy is a graduate of Glasgow and Warwick Universities and holds an MBA from INSEAD, France.  As a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University, 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).