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

Demonstrating value for money

21 April 2017
Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London, highlights the need to explain the decisions that underpin the value of higher education.

Why universities have a crucial role to play in the industrial strategy

18 April 2017
Julie Tam, Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK, argues that universities in the UK have much to contribute to the industrial strategy, and to their local areas and regions.