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

"Sorry everyone, but we need to talk about Brexit."

12 February 2019
Universities UK International Director Vivienne Stern on the conversations the sector is having as we head towards the Brexit denouement.

Women studying

University disciplinary processes under the microscope

8 February 2019
Ian Hynes, CEO of Intersol Global, discusses steps universities can take to improve their disciplinary processes.