Alastair Sim

Alistair Sim
Universities Scotland
Director, Universities Scotland

​Alastair Sim has been Director of Universities Scotland since July 2009, joining from the Scottish Civil Service. The Director has chief executive responsibility for the management of the organisation.

Since 2009 he has navigated the Scottish HE sector through two Scottish elections, two general elections, a referendum on Scottish independence, several spending reviews and a funding gap.

As a senior civil servant, Alastair developed new Scottish legislation on protection of the natural environment and on constitutional reform and was most latterly Director of Policy and Strategy at the Scottish Courts before joining Universities Scotland.

He holds degrees from Oxford, Delaware and Glasgow universities. Alastair has had two thrillers published: Rosslyn Blood (2004) and The Unbelievers (2009).

Blog

International higher education in facts and figures

25 May 2017
Universities UK and UUKi publish International Higher Education in Facts and Figures 2017, a handy booklet with key stats on international students and higher education.

Election 2017: what the manifestos say on higher education

19 May 2017
Mark Condren, Political Affairs Officer at Universities UK, outlines the most significant higher education commitments made by the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.