Professor Dame Joan Stringer is the Principal & Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University.  Joan Stringer took up her post in January 2003 having previously served as Principal and Vice Patron of Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh.

She began her career in education in 1980 and was later appointed Head of the School of Public Administration and Law at Robert Gordon University where she was promoted to Assistant Principal (1991).

Professor Stringer has contributed to a number of policy initiatives through external organisations, committees and working groups, which included membership of the Scottish Committee of Dearing.

Professor Stringer is an Honorary Citizen of Shandong – an honour which was conferred in recognition of her achievements in developing international links between the province and Scotland – and was formerly a member of the British Council Scottish Committee. In September 2008, Professor Stringer was awarded the Yellow River Friendship Award which is the highest level award given to foreign experts in Henan province. 

She also served as a Board member of the Interactive University (which formed a bridge between Scotland’s universities and students worldwide who wished to study for internationally recognised qualifications from their home countries) and is a former Council member of the World Association of Co-operative Education (which promotes work-integrated learning worldwide and builds links between education, industry and government).

In 2001 Professor Stringer was awarded a CBE for Services to Higher Education and was awarded Hon D Litt from the University of Keele for her contribution to higher education and public service.

In 2009 Professor Stringer was awarded a DBE for services to Local and National Higher Education.

In 2011 Dame Joan received an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University.

Professor Stringer’s past appointments include Commissioner with the Equal Opportunities Commission for Great Britain (with special responsibility as Commissioner for Scotland, 1995-2001); Member of the Secretary of State’s Consultative Steering Group on the Scottish Parliament; Auditor with the Higher Education Quality Council 1992-1997; and member of the Universities UK (formerly CVCP) Equality Challenge Steering Group.