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Professor Glyn Watson

The University of Birmingham Dubai has appointed its first Provost – the University’s most senior academic leader.

Professor Glyn Watson, currently holds the position of Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham’s UK campus. He has also held previous leadership roles including as Dean of the University of Birmingham Business School and Director of Education. He led the University’s work to develop Major Open Online Courses (Moocs) and Distance Learning programmes.

This appointment is an important milestone for the University of Birmingham Dubai, which will be the first top 100 global university to open a campus in Dubai. With teaching set to start in September 2018, the University will be holding its first Open Days for prospective students on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December at its new building in Academic City.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Watson said “It is a great honour to be appointed as the first Dubai Provost and to join at such an exciting time for the University of Birmingham Dubai. I attended the recent open days in Dubai - familiarising myself with the region and the role we can play in supporting partners with their ambition to establish Dubai as a global education hub.”

Professor Watson will take up his new role from April 1st 2018.