Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli

Anton Muscatelli has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow since 1 October 2009. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. An economist, his research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics.

Prior to 2007, Sir Anton held various roles at the University of Glasgow including Vice Principal for Strategy, Budgeting and Advancement (2004-07); Daniel Jack Professor of Political Economy (1994-2007); and Professor and Lecturer, Department of Economics (1984-94). 

He has been Chair of the Russell Group since September 2017, the same year he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to economics and higher education. He chairs the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe, a non-political group which provides expert advice to Scottish ministers on protecting Scotland’s relationship with the EU, and he is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Sir Anton is a member of the Board of the Scottish Funding Council which provides funding and oversight of Scotland’s Colleges and Universities. He is a Director of USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme), Chair of the Board of Trustees of CASE Europe, a member of the Board of Glasgow Life, and Chair of the Commission on Economic Growth for the Glasgow City Region. He was a member of the steering group of the Lord Stern Review into university research funding, commissioned by Jo Johnson MP, the then Universities minister. From 2008-10 he was Convenor of Universities Scotland and Vice-President of Universities UK.

He has been (2007-10) a special adviser on monetary policy to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee. Sir Anton previously acted as consultant to the European Commission and the World Bank.