Heriot-Watt University has appointed its first Assistant Principal (Development) as part of our continuing programme to improve the student experience and enhance the research base and infrastructure at our Scottish and international campuses.
Nuala Boyle will join Heriot-Watt from the University of the Highlands and Islands where she is currently Director of Development. Ms Boyle has more than 20 years of experience working in development-related areas for public sector funded and academic establishments including Strathclyde University, Scottish Enterprise and the wider charity sector. Her expertise and experience covers the spectrum of development from trusts and foundations to companies, alumni and other key individuals.
Heriot-Watt Acting Principal Professor Julian Jones said, “Heriot-Watt’s development is used to enhance student support services, bursaries, scholarships, research and even new buildings. As our portfolio has expanded and our alumni network extends across the world we wanted to create a dedicated role that would help to build a community of interest and supporters globally. Sport, music, welfare services and student-led initiatives have all benefited from the generosity of our alumni and other supporters.
“Nuala has the breadth of experience that will ensure all our fundraising structures are used to help Heriot-Watt remain as a world leading destination for the student experience, and allow us to support careers beyond graduation.”
Ms Boyle said, “I am delighted, honoured and excited to be appointed to this role and looking forward to this wonderful new opportunity. Heriot-Watt is a dynamic, forward thinking and ambitious university with world leading research, high student satisfaction ratings and strong links with industry. Investing in academic and student talent as well as teaching, research and learning spaces and encouraging enterprising initiatives are just some of the areas we will be concentrating on and I look forward to engaging our alumni community, businesses and other organisations in our future agenda.”
The University’s development activities are managed by the Development and Alumni Office. Ms Boyle will take up her position in September this year.