Bute MSP is new university professor

Argyll and Bute MSP, and part-time Glasgow University professor, Michael Russell.
Argyll and Bute MSP, and part-time Glasgow University professor, Michael Russell.

Bute’s constituency MSP Michael Russell has joined the University of Glasgow as a part-time professor.

Mr Russell, who was the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning until November, took up the post of Professor in Scottish Culture and Governance on Monday.

Mr Russell - who will continue in his Scottish Parliament roles as a constituency MSP and member of the rural affairs, climate change and environment committees - will be engaged in a range of activities, including teaching and research, and will also deliver an annual public lecture on aspects of Scottish culture and society.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Mr Russell has also held the Scottish Government ministerial briefs for the environment and for culture, external affairs and the constitution, and is the author of several books, many of which focus on Scottish culture and politics.

The Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Anton Muscatelli, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Michael is joining the University of Glasgow. As well as being a former Cabinet Secretary for Education Michael has a long background and interest in Scottish culture and society. His knowledge and insights will be of tremendous benefit to our students and staff and we are all very much looking forward to working with him.”

Mr Russell said: “I am delighted to be joining the University of Glasgow and am grateful for this new and exciting opportunity. Glasgow is one of the top one hundred universities in the world and under Anton’s leadership it is contributing greatly to the excellence of Scottish higher education and research.

“I am looking forward to working on issues that are close to my heart, to sharing some of my experience of government and Scottish culture with students and to collaborating with the many very fine scholars who are part of the community of the university.”