Hamish Macandrew has spent the last 11 years leading the Research Support Office at the University of Edinburgh, one of the UK’s top 5 universities, which has steadily seen its research awards increase over the years to regularly now exceed £300m per annum. Edinburgh has a unique research culture and a sense of ambition which has enabled it to achieve this meteoric growth. Over the past 19 years that Hamish has been in research management and development, support for research has dramatically evolved, with some significant changes under his leadership at Edinburgh.
Hamish has been involved in research administration and management at the University of Edinburgh for most of his career. He has a particular interest in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences research funding, having laid the foundations for the research support, knowledge exchange and commercialisation support services in these subject areas at Edinburgh some 19 years ago. As well as directing the Research Support Office at Edinburgh, he has been involved in a number of working parties and consultation bodies for research funders and other universities.
In May, Hamish stepped down from his role at Edinburgh to pursue new avenues including freelance.
Since July 2017, Hamish has been Chief Operating Officer for ARMA UK, the Association of Research Managers and Administrators, a membership body which provides a range of services and development opportunities to those in the research administration and management profession. This is a part-time role on a .8FTE basis.
Hamish is also currently a Trustee of the Scottish Seabird Centre, a wildlife charity and 5-star visitor attraction dedicated to protecting and conserving the Scottish coastline and inland waters, and all the species that live there. He is a member of the Centre’s Audit and Risk Committee, which oversees good governance in the charity, monitors the finances and ensures that risks are identified and appropriately managed. Recently Hamish took on the Chair of the Centre’s Trading Company, which oversees the commercial operations (visitor centre, café and shop), while also acting as an informal finance committee.
For a number of years, Hamish was a member of the Council, Executive, and Audit and Investment Committees of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. He therefore has experience of, and a continued great interest in, some of the governance and operational challenges facing the charity, wildlife and tourism sectors.