The University of the West of Scotland has announced the appointment of Karen Wilson as dean of its school of health, nursing and midwifery.
Ms Wilson, who takes up the post on 1 March 2015, joins the university from the Scottish Ambulance Service, where she is director of health professions and nursing.
In her current role she leads on education and training, healthcare associated infection, person-centred care and patient safety.
A trained midwife and district nurse, her background lies in stroke care research, which saw her become the first stroke are co-ordinator in Scotland.
Ms Wilson subsequently moved into management at Greater Glasgow Primary Care Trust and then became a senior nurse/lecturer with West Lothian NHS Trust and Napier University.
She has also previously worked for the Scottish Government, first as nursing officer for education and regulation, and then as deputy chief nursing officer for Scotland.
As dean, Ms Wilson will be responsible for providing strategic, operational and academic leadership to the school and contributing to the leadership and direction of the whole university.
She said: “I’m looking forward to building on the strong foundation and legacy already established, seeking out new opportunities for the school.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, principal and vice-chancellor of the university, said: “Her experience across the health sector will be of major benefit to the university.
“As an experienced leader she will help lead a major push on research development at the university to ensure UWS is at the forefront of research led teaching and delivering a modern and technology enabled outstanding student learning experience,” he added.
The university has campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley.