Media Release: Leading health services researcher takes chair at university

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THE University of the Highlands and Islands has awarded the title of professor to a leading researcher in health services research.

Professor Gill Hubbard, who lives in Inverness, has been awarded a personal chair (professorship) in recognition of her expertise in leading research nationally and internationally in this field.

Based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, Professor Hubbard is currently head of research for the department of nursing at the University of the Highlands and Islands.  Her career in health research began as a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh in 1998, before she took up leadership roles as reader and associate professor at the University of Stirling in 2011, and membership in 2006 of the Cancer Care Research Centre at the university, leading to her appointment as director in 2015. In 2012 Professor Hubbard was the founding chair of the lifestyle and behaviour change research group within the National Cancer Research Institute and worked with the Teenage Cancer Trust. She is also a leader within the international health research community.

Before embarking on a health research career, Professor Hubbard worked as a secondary school teacher from 1988 and then as a lecturer at Newcastle College, before gaining her PhD in education at the University of Sunderland in 1997.

The university’s principal and vice-chancellor, Professor Clive Mulholland, said: “The title of professor is the highest level of academic achievement which can be awarded. It is reserved for individuals who are recognised as leaders in their field and have demonstrated excellence in their work. Professor Hubbard has made an immense contribution to scholarship and research nationally and internationally in health services research. Gill’s leadership of health research will be integral to the university’s mission to extend our research and specialist curriculum while serving our region and community.”

Professor Hubbard said: “’I am delighted to have been awarded a personal chair since overseeing the smooth transition of research activities from the University of Stirling to our university when we undertook the provision of nursing education in the Highlands and Islands in 2017. I have enjoyed the privilege of working with such a great bunch of people and much of my success is down to their hard work and support over the years.”

Professor Hubbard will be presenting her inaugural professorial lecture with her colleague, Professor Annetta Smith, head of the department of nursing at the University of the Highlands and Islands, on Tuesday 26 June at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness. More information can be found at


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