The University of Glasgow has announced that Dr Carol Hill has been appointed Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies on the Crichton campus in Dumfries.
Dr Hill, who took up the position with effect from 1 August, takes over from Professor David Clark, who is remaining at the Dumfries Campus where he will work on a Wellcome Trust funded research project: ‘Global Interventions at the End of Life’.
Dr Hill was born in Dumfries, though because of her father’s service in the Royal Navy, she lived in different parts of the world before returning to Dumfries and Galloway in 1984. She began her academic career as an economic historian gaining a PhD her thesis on the Maritime Economy of South-West Scotland 1707 - 1850, from the University of Strathclyde. In more recent years her overarching interests in the political economy and applied health and social policy have been reflected in an extensive research portfolio that includes, EU funded research into ‘the barriers to women in rural areas achieving their potential’ and ‘the engagement of older people in the development of social enterprises for elder care’. She is widely published.
Dr Hill took up her first post for the University of Glasgow in Dumfries shortly after the Crichton campus opened to students in 1999. From 2000-1 Dr Hill was appointed as Head of Health and Social Studies from 2001 to 2011 where she led the development and delivery of a number of University of Glasgow degree programmes including: MLitt Managing Health and Wellbeing; MA Health & Social Studies; MA Social Work; BA Community Development and Learning; and, Cert-He in Integrated Working with Children and families.
Commenting on her appointment, Dr Hill said: “I am hugely proud of the many, many student who have graduated over the years from the University of Glasgow’s campus in Dumfries and of their invaluable contributions to society both within and beyond the region. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead the School of Interdisciplinary Studies on Glasgow University’s Dumfries Campus and look forward to working with its immensely talented academic and support teams and with our students and many partners.”
Dr Hill is also Executive Director and Director of Research for the Crichton Institute (CI) which is a collaboration of the academic institutions on the Crichton campus and their wider strategic partners. CI’s objective is to exploit the synergies between research, business, policy and Knowledge Exchange to support the economic, social and cultural regeneration of the South of Scotland. It has received in excess of £1.5m from the Scottish Funding Council to take this agenda forward. Researchers from the Institute are currently working with Dumfries and Galloway Council to develop its 2014-2020 Regional Economic Strategy and exploring issues around; farm diversification and changing farm systems; assets-based approaches to service delivery, rural sustainability; and, workforce skills amongst other projects.