Professor Margaret Smith OBE

Dean of the School


11 Airlie Place, Dundee

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Margaret qualified as a nurse and midwife and then specialised in critical care nursing.  She was successful in being appointed to the first graduate accelerated management development programme in 1992 when the NHS was developing the first cohort of Trust Directors.

Margaret was then appointed as an Executive Director in 1993 and subsequently held four Director level posts, all with a different range of responsibilities.  In addition to the professional accountability for nursing, it included the development of Ambulatory Care in Glasgow and supporting the transition of four Trusts into the organisation.

Margaret always worked closely with Higher Education to achieve excellence in education, practice and research. She developed a strong network of alliances and external relationships within clinical, management and nursing education circles in Scotland and the UK.

She was recently awarded on OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2013 for services to Healthcare.

Wider professional activities

She serves on many public bodies and committees, including chairing the working group charged with developing a strategy for Cancer Nursing in Scotland in 2004; acting as Vice Chair of the UK University Trusts Executive Directors Forum; Chair of Modernising Nursing Careers Group (Scotland) and Vice-Chair of Nursing/Midwifery Advisory Forum Scotland. 

Margaret was more recently appointed to be a Panel Member on the RCN Education Commission on Nursing which is being Chaired by Lord Willis of Knaresborough.  She is also a Non-Executive Director with NHS Tayside.

Margaret was appointed as the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Dundee six years ago.  Since that time she has led the School through a period of transformation to where there is now clear vision and direction for the way forward.  Additionally, she contributes significantly to both the College and the University in leading strategic planning, research governance and, more recently, in 2012, she was appointed as Deputy Principal for Internationalisation.