Nigel Seaton

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After working briefly in the oil industry as a Chemical Engineer, Professor Seaton became a lecturer, progressing to Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University until 2022.

Nigel Seaton graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Honours) in Chemical Engineering and went on to do an MSE and a PhD, also in Chemical Engineering, at the University of Pennsylvania.

After working briefly in the oil industry, Professor Seaton moved in 1989 to the University of Cambridge, where he was a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and a Fellow of Clare College.   He was a visiting professor at Cornell University in 1996-97.  In 1997, he returned to the University of Edinburgh as Professor of Interfacial Engineering.  Between 1998 and 2007, he held a succession of leadership posts leading to appointment as Vice-Principal (Academic).  In 2008 he moved to the University of Surrey, firstly as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) and then as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Seaton was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University from 2012 to 2022.

Professor Seaton has been a Director of Design Dundee Ltd., Jisc, the Equality Challenge Unit, Advance HE, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, and GuildHE. 

Professor Seaton is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

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  • Chair, Royal Tay Yacht Club

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