University Secretary

Gregor joined Cranfield in February 2016. As University Secretary, Gregor supports and advises Council, the University’s governing body, on its responsibilities for assurance and approving strategies under the University’s Laws. He reports to the Vice-Chancellor on the conduct of the University Executive’s business, and co-ordinates a number of compliance matters including Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Internal Audit. 



Gregor Douglas
Gregor Douglas

Gregor’s outward facing role includes liaison with various bodies such as the Office for Students, UKVI and QAA, leading on the PREVENT agenda, developing effective networks with the rest of the higher education sector in the UK and beyond to ensure the University makes the most of best practice elsewhere, and ensuring that the University’s voice is heard in national and international fora.

A graduate of University of Aberdeen (BD, first class) and the Open University (MBA), Gregor was a resident tutor at University of Nottingham before starting his career in academic administration at the University of Oxford. As Assistant Registrar there, he dealt with educational policy, internal programme development and review, university regulations and acting as the institutional contact with the QAA for the Subject Review process.

He became the first Academic Registrar of the College of Law (now University of Law) establishing the Registry function across the College’s multiple locations. He led the College’s successful application for taught Degree Awarding Powers, and the subsequent creation of the College’s first degree schemes. He has acted as a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency. Gregor held a senior role at a leading private global group of colleges, with responsibility for partner university academic relationship management, international development (including co-ordination of trans-national academic delivery, new start-ups and local licencing and accreditation requirements), UKVI compliance and maintaining QAA Educational Oversight.