Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE
President and Vice-Chancellor
Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, FRSE has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University since 2006. She is a Founding Member of the Global Advisory Council for the African Leadership University; a Trustee of the Grameen Scotland Foundation which has brought the Grameen model of microfinance to the UK in partnership with Tesco Bank; and the Caledonian College of Engineering which has been operating successfully for over 20 years in Muscat, Oman where 50% of our engineering graduates are women. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Council from 2008 to 2014, Pamela is also a founding Board member of the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Dhaka, Bangladesh where the University has operated in partnership with the Grameen Healthcare Trust since 2010 and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC).
Awarded the honour of CBE for services to education and public health in December 2012, Pamela was elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2002; a Fellow of the Academy for Social Sciences in 2005; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015 and became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow in 2007. Previously a Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Nottingham, Pamela has worked in Geneva as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Programme on AIDS (1989-90); at Harvard University as a Visiting Professor and Scholar in Health and Human Rights (1992-3); as a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York; and in London on a seconded post as the first Executive Director of Research at the Health Education Authority for England (1996-99). She is the founding patron of a school for children of sex workers in Domjur, Kolkata and has researched and written widely on HIV/AIDS, health development, and inequalities in health focusing on the potential of social action for health.