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

How universities can help solve the UK’s shortage of nurses

14 December 2018
The Royal College of Nursing's Lara Carmona explains how, with the right investment, universities can help to solve the UK's nursing shortage.

Auschwitz

Tackling hate crime in higher education: lessons from Auschwitz

11 December 2018
Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London, on how her participation in the first ever 'Lessons from Auschwitz' programme has intensified her commitment to tackle hate crime in all its forms.