IoA's new Executive Committee includes: top (l-r) James Dick and Owen Adams; bottom Herve Migaud, Malcolm MacLeod and Brett Glencross.

Institute’s top team unveiled

After a year of uncertainty Professor Malcolm MacLeod has formally been announced as the interim Director of Stirling University’s Institute of Aquaculture, where he will be backed by a dynamic new Executive Committee.

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Sources at the Institute see his appointment, and his backing by a dynamic executive team, as being very positive, following a rudderless year.

Indeed, while a number of high calibre international aquaculture academics were interviewed in early 2015, the post has been vacant since Professor Brian Austin retired in mid-2015.

Professor MacLeod is an experimental psychologist, but as the Deputy Principal for Operational Strategy and External Affairs at the University of Stirling, he will no doubt bring plenty of organisational and political nous to the role, which involves advising on all academic matters and organisational responsibilities including planning, budgeting and resource management.

Moreover, he is backed up by a strong Executive Committee, with Professor Herve Migaud moving from Director of Research to become the Institute’s Deputy Director, Owen Adams as Faculty Manager, James Dick as Director of Facilities, Dr Brett Glencross as Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange and Dr Darren Green as Director of Learning and Teaching.

On being appointed, Professor MacLeod, said: “This new team brings together an impressive mix of cutting-edge skills and valued experience in the sector which will help us advance our ambitious vision for the Institute.

“Tasked with developing a new strategy which continues to champion pioneering research and teaching in aquaculture, and takes an outward-looking, international approach to operations, we look forward to an exciting period of growth.”

The dynamic team will now oversee development of new state-of-the-art fish and laboratory facilities to support the world-leading research carried out on campus.

A world leader in academic aquaculture research with a global impact on food security and sustainable fish farming since its formation in 1971, the Institute continues to support the development of the sector.

Professor MacLeod, added: “We will continue to forge and maintain strong relationships with industry and develop strategic partnerships with research institutes across the globe in order to build on our existing success.”

The Institute management team will attend the European Aquaculture Society Conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) on 20-23 September at Stands 15 and 16.