Des was instrumental to the establishment of Policy Scotland. He joined the University of Glasgow in 2012 to support knowledge exchange within the School of Social and Political Sciences, and was Deputy Director of Policy Scotland until October 2021. He was also Assistant Vice-Principal for Economic Development and Civic Engagement until October 2021 and Deputy Chair of the Glasgow Commission for Economic Growth.
Policy Scotland is based at the University of Glasgow, and builds on the University’s research excellence in specialist policy fields including crime, housing, disability, transport, public health, economic and employment policy, education and welfare reform. Through their research, public events, and brokering collaboration between researchers and policymakers we stimulate new thinking and good practice in Scotland and further afield.
In his earlier career, Des was a sociologist who interrupted his teaching and research career to become a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency from 1999 to 2011.
Professor Moyra Boland
Prior to joining University of Glasgow, Moyra Boland taught drama in both primary and secondary schools in Glasgow. She has worked for Scottish Opera with Opera for youth and has directed a large number of Youth plays. She has also worked in Community Theatre on large-scale projects involving members of the community from 5 years old to 85 years old. She has worked in TV and radio on Youth Programmes and been a regular contributor to Current Affair programmes on the Subject of Teacher Leadership and Teacher quality.
Moyra Boland is a former Deputy Head of the School of Education, responsible for the strategic leadership of the school, deputising for the Head of School, for all the undergraduate provision and the development of international renowned teacher education programmes, community education programmes, leadership and management programmes for teacher and early years programmes.
Her current role is Dean for Global Engagement in Central and South Asia, she is responsible for establish priorities and facilitate decisions that will enhance and support strategic internationalisation initiatives. Supporting and promoting academic business development including the delivery of education, collaborative research, knowledge transfer activities, student experience and recruitment.