As Director of The Europe Office at Glasgow Caledonian University my overall remit is to heighten the University’s research and innovation activities on the international stage, enhance international cooperation and increase student and staff mobility through EU programmes. As well as supporting the University’s academics in the development of proposals and management of projects, I am currently coordinating several EU funded projects Including a Capacity Building project to embed Social Innovation Support Units in Universities, the Latin American Social Innovation Network, and a Strategic Partnership training students to have a direct impact in their local communities, Strategy for Change.
I have organised several events promoting social innovation and was part of the organisational team launching a special research conference – Social Frontiers: The Next Edge of Social Innovation Research at GCU’s London Campus in November. As well as board member of the Melting Pot, I am a member of the Social Innovation Exchange Global Council – and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. I also play a number of advisory roles outside the University, such as the Scottish Government’s Innovation Workstream to define a core set of principles to underpin the types of intervention (in particular social innovation) that could be supported by EU funds, as well as University UK’s International Unit Latin American and European Communities of Practice. Previously I lived and worked in Spain for over fifteen years, working as a translator, university lecturer, newspaper columnist, theatre director and head of EU programmes at the University of Salamanca. As a result, I am a fluent Spanish speaker. In my “second life” I am also an avid writer. I have written and directed over twenty plays and completed two as yet unpublished - and one unpublishable – novels. I have just completed a Masters in TV Scriptwriting with a distinction.