Dr Carol Clugston took up the post of Chief Operating Officer of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences in August 2010. MVLS is the largest of four Colleges in the University of Glasgow, with over 2,200 staff and an annual turnover exceeding £230M. As Chief Operating Officer, she works in partnership with the Head of College in strategic planning, budgeting and implementation of complex multi-partner strategic projects, and has responsibility for 750 professional services staff supporting the College's three Schools and seven Research Institutes. She also leads the College's Research Impact Strategy, which resulted in the University of Glasgow being awarded “Top University” in the BBSRC’s three-year Excellence with Impact competition.
Most recently, Dr Clugston played a major role in the planning, funding and development of the academic capital infrastructure projects at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), now the largest hospital in Western Europe. With the Head of College, she has driven the “triple helix” partnership with industry and the NHS to add value to healthcare through innovation. This has included developing over £100M infrastructure with a focus on precision medicine, including the 22,000 sq ft Clinical Innovation Zone for industry, Clinical Research Facilities for clinical trials, and Imaging Centre of Excellence (“ICE”) incorporating Scotland’s first 7 Tesla MRI scanner. The ICE facility is partly funded by Glasgow City Region City Deal, and is stimulating economic growth through the development of a life sciences cluster at QEUH. Dr Clugston also played a key role in the development of the £20M Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre, now located within the Clinical Innovation Zone, and is a Board member. Carol also led the Delivery Board of the BEIS Science and Innovation Audit: Accelerating Productivity Growth for Scotland and the UK, published in March 2019. Other externally facing roles include Lay Advisor of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Trustee of Glasgow Science Centre.
Dr Clugston was awarded the prestigious Lord Provost's Award from the City of Glasgow in 2017 in the category of health, in recognition of the major role she played at the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. She was also the 2018 recipient of the 30% Club Scholarship to the London Business School’s Senior Executive Programme.