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Queen Margaret University Appoints New Chair of Court

Edinburgh, Friday 8 October 2010; Keir Bloomer, a former chief executive of Clackmannanshire Council, has been elected Chair of Queen Margaret University court following Professor Ian Percy’s retirement.  Judith Sischy and Professor Robert Cormack join recently appointed finance specialist Jim Bradshaw as new members of Court.

Mr Bloomer was previously Director of Education and Community Services at Clackmannanshire Council before becoming its CEO in 2000.  Now retired, he has been a member of the Court of Queen Margaret University since 2007, becoming Vice Chair in 2008. He is also Chair of the Tapestry Foundation, and Vice Chair of Children in Scotland. He brings with him in-depth understanding of the education sector, a true commitment to higher education, and a strong public profile.

Judith Sischy is also a highly respected figure in the education sector. She recently retired as Director of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools (SCIS), and is a fellow of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.  Educated at the universities of Bristol and Toronto, she taught modern languages in Canada and then Scotland before becoming the founding director of SCIS in 1990.

Professor Robert Cormack was until recently Principal of UHI Millennium Institute, leading UHI through a period of rapid development towards university title.  He began his academic career as a lecturer in sociology at Queen’s University of Belfast, later moving on to management positions culminating in his appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1995. 

Commenting on his appointment Mr Bloomer said;

“It is a great honour to become Chair of Court at QMU at this exciting stage in the university’s development. My predecessor has steered Court through the major achievements of recent years with integrity and wisdom achieving, among other things, full university title and delivering a world class green campus. We now have new challenges to face but we have a clear vision of our future as an institution that is relevant and collaborative. I will be ably supported at Court by the existing and new members who bring with them a depth of experience and unquestionable commitment and look forward to working with the Principal and her management team to create a truly sustainable university that is recognised around the world in its areas of expertise.”



For information contact Maggie Wright on 0131 226 3622 or 07801 710360

Editor’s notes

Keir Bloomer began his career as a teacher of history. In the 1970s, he became increasingly involved in the affairs of the Educational Institute of Scotland, becoming a member of its National Executive in 1975.  Later in his career, he became involved in educational management, firstly as an Education Officer in the Glasgow Division of Strathclyde. He went on to become Depute Director of Education in Strathclyde, before joining Clackmannanshire Council.  He was a member of the review group which wrote "A Curriculum for Excellence" and acted as one of the advisers to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament in connection with its Inquiry into the purposes of education.




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