Patrick McGhee

Patrick McGhee

Senior Executive



About Me

Professor Patrick McGhee is a Chartered Health Psychologist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a UK National Teaching Fellow and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Glasgow and a PhD from Oxford University. He has completed CPD programmes in Executive Leadership at Ashridge and at Harvard Business School. He also has a Certificate in International Auditing from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Following an initial period working in the NHS as a Research Fellow in Psychiatry and Psychology, he has been Dean, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor at some of the largest and most socially diverse universities in the UK. He is a well-known advocate for inclusive and progressive higher education, an occasional newspaper columnist for The Guardian and a regular social media commentator. Amongst a range of non-executive and Trustee roles, he has been Chair of Westlakes Research Ltd, President and Chair of the Board of Million+, the Higher Education Think Tank, a Member of Universities UK Main Board and International Committee; a Member of the HE Advisory Panel to the Sector Skills Council for Lifelong Learning and a Member of the Further Education and Skills Ministerial Advisory Panel. He was a Member of Teaching Quality Student Experience Board of the HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and Chair of the HEFCE Teaching Funding Advisory Committee. He has given evidence to HE Commissions and to the Lords EU Select Committee on Social Policy and Consumer Protection. He has been involved in developing international partnerships over the last 20 years in Brazil, India, Russia, China, Malaysia, Japan, Brussels/EU, USA, Mexico and Morocco amongst others. He is the author of many academic articles, chapters books and edited collections, including The Academic Quality Handbook. London: Kogan Page and Thinking Psychologically. London: Macmillan Press/Palgrave. He has been a reviewer for the British Journal of Psychology, The British Journal of Social Psychology, JSPR, the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour and several others. Professor McGhee has been listed in Who's Who since 2011 and his interests include chess (ex-Scottish U21 international), country walks, classical music and football. His blog can be found at

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Professor Patrick McGhee is a vocal advocate of fair access to universities.

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