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Heriot-Watt University is delighted to announce an appointment to the newly created position of Deputy Principal Enterprise and Business, a key role in Heriot-Watt's strategic development.

Enterprise and entrepreneurialism are at the heart of the University's strategy and operation.
Professor Richard A Williams

Dr Gillian Murray has been appointed to the position, which will combine enhancing and embedding enterprise culture both within the University and with key stakeholders across the Research, Knowledge Translation, Innovation and Partnership agendas. The new position is in support of the University's strategic vision of being a world-leading institution addressing problems based on global challenges in science, technology, engineering and business.

Dr Murray comes to the role from her previous position as Director of the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) at the University of Liverpool.

Professor Richard A Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, said, “We are delighted to welcome Dr Murray to the University as part of a management team designed to support our development as a specialist university calibrated to meet the needs of society. 

Enterprise and partnerships

“Enterprise and entrepreneurialism are at the heart of the University's strategy and operation. Dr Murray's experience in bringing together academics, industry and SME's to identify and address research challenges will enhance the University's determination to develop truly global strategic partnerships, as well as innovation and incubation programmes and the strategic development of our Research Park in alignment with the disciplinary interests and research activities of the University.”

Dr Gillian Murray said, “I am delighted to be joining Heriot-Watt and supporting the University's ambitions of leadership in addressing global social and economic challenges. Experience has shown me that partnerships and an entrepreneurial approach are fundamental to achieving ambitious strategic goals and I am looking forward to working with a team committed to developing real-world solutions through these key mechanisms.”

Dr Murray will be joining the University in October.