Michael Russell, a former education cabinet secretary in the Scottish Parliament, has been appointed to a part-time position as professor in Scottish culture and governance at the University of Glasgow.
Russell, who is the MSP for Argyll and Bute, was chief executive of the Scottish National Party from 1994 to 1999. He served as environment minister and then minister for culture, external affairs and the constitution, before being appointed cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning in December 2009, a position he held until November 2014. He was involved in the “Academics for Yes” campaign in the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum.
Russell’s appointment began on 11 May. In a statement, Anton Muscatelli, the principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said that Russell’s “knowledge and insights will be of tremendous benefit to our students and staff and we are all very much looking forward to working with him”.