Ex Officio, University Court

University Court

Queen Margaret University

Petra Wend, QMU Court Member and University Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Petra is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of QMU, having been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Oxford Brookes University. Educated at the University of Münster in Germany, she gained a PhD in Italian Language and Literature at Leeds University. She chaired the National Implementation Board for Teaching until 2015 and was a member of the Commission for Widening Access until it published its Report in March 2016.


Date appointed: 1 September 2009

Committee Memberships:

Audit Committee

Finance & Estates Committee;

Nominations Committee

Register of interests:

Company directorships:

 Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Board (2010-16)

Goodison Group Board


Carnegie Trust for Universities in Scotland

Royal Society of Edinburgh (Trustee and Ordinary Council Member)

RSE Education Committee

Membership of organisations, public bodies etc:

Universities Scotland, Member   (Vice Convener  2012-16)

Edinburgh Business Forum, Member

Universities UK, Main Committee, Member

British Council, Scotland Committee, Member

Goodison Group Forum, Member

Common Purpose Edinburgh Advisory Group, Chair

Commission on Widening Access, 2015-2016, Convenor

Scottish Government Delivery Group on Widening Access, Member

Other declarable interests - Nil