Susan took up the post of Director of The Open University in Scotland in December 2015. Susan is a philosophy graduate of St Andrews University and Smith College, Massachusetts. Susan started her career in political journalism before moving into strategic communications and public affairs. She has held senior roles in higher education and government and was Scotland’s first diplomat to the United States, based in the British Embassy in DC from 2001-05. She is a passionate advocate of widening access to higher education and was chair of the Universities Scotland articulation working group, responding to the recommendations of the Commission on Widening Access. Susan is committed to ensuring that the Open University’s aim of promoting social justice through access to knowledge remains relevant today. Susan is currently Vice-Convenor of Universities Scotland Learning and Teaching Committee and is also a Fulbright Commissioner.
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