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Secretary & Registrar


Through our people, our education and our research, we empower change and create impact that is both transformative and collaborative.

The GSA Values:

  • Rooted in studio, making and collaboration.
  • Deep specialism alongside interdisciplinary practice.
  • A rich partnership approach to education, research and innovation.
  • A culture that enables and empowers us in everything we do.
  • A responsible and caring culture that values our people and our environments.
  • A sustainable and equitable approach to our work.
  • Always looking forward, while celebrating our past.

Founded in 1845 as one of the UK’s first Government Schools of Design, the GSA can trace its lineage to the 1750s and the establishment, during the Scottish Enlightenment, of the Foulis Academy, the UK’s first School of Art. Nearly 270 years later, we are one of the UK’s last remaining independent Schools of Art, ranked as one of the top art and design schools in the world and at a pivotal and exciting point in our history.

The appointment of a new Secretary and Registrar is an important role which will, as part of the GSA’s senior leadership, help to create and sustain the professional support and corporate governance which will allow the GSA to thrive and deliver its ambitions.

Our Strategic Plan 2022-2027 articulates the collective ambition for the future direction of The Glasgow School of Art. It has been created through extensive and structured conversations with people who care passionately about the School alongside a considered evaluation of the current economic context in which we will deliver our creative education, research and innovation.

This is a really exciting, transformative time for the GSA, and as Secretary and Registrar you will have a critical role in supporting the delivery and implementation of the Strategic Plan and in helping to build the solid foundations that will sustain us beyond 2027.

If this sounds like an opportunity for you, it would be great to hear from you.

Prof Penny Macbeth discusses GSA Strategic Plan 2022-2027