New Chair of Court appointed Date:

The University has appointed Frances Cairncross CBE, FRSE, as the new Chair of the University Court.

Frances Cairncross was a senior editor of The Economist from 1984 to2004, and comes to Heriot-Watt after ten years as Rector (ie, head) of Exeter College, University of Oxford. She takes up the new post on 1 January 2015, after the current Chair, Lord Penrose, completes his term of office.

Lord Penrose, said, “We are delighted that Frances Cairncross has agreed to take up the role of Chair of the University’s governing body. She brings with her a wealth of experience in higher education, the private sector and corporate boards and a huge enthusiasm for the future success of Heriot-Watt University.”

Frances Cairncross said, “I am thrilled to be involved with Heriot-Watt. The University’s international strategy is exciting, and it does very well on student satisfaction ratings. I look forward to working with this star of the Scottish university world.”