Sport in Scotland: report

The purpose of the report is to offer observations and recommendations on the current Scottish sporting landscape with a view to facilitating a more streamlined and coherent voice for Scottish sport.

Appendix 5: University of Edinburgh – Academy of Sport

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Grant Jarvie is Chair of Sport, and founding Director of the Academy of Sport at the University of Edinburgh- He manages one of Edinburgh’s six Global Academies which draws together expertise from across the University. He is also currently associated with the University of Toronto as a visiting research Professor.

Grant has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience in different Universities, having held 3 established Chairs, led 3 departments and research centres and served as University Vice-Principal and Acting President with responsibility for budgets in excess of £120 million. He completed the Top Management Programme for future leaders taken by University Senior Management and Civil Servants.

Outside of the University sector Grant has served the Sports Industry and the Scottish sector in various roles including Director and Chair (sportscotland Trust Company) with the Board of the sportscotland; East Renfrewshire Culture, Leisure and Sport Trust Board and Advisor to the Scottish Football Association.

Born in Bellshill and from an international sporting family a sustained and core commitment has always been to strive to open up opportunities through education and sport. A commitment that has involved directly leading or being part of the leadership team that brought into being: The National Para Sports Centre at Inverclyde; The Scottish Para Football Association; Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence; The Winning Student’s Scheme and one of the first anti-racism in sport policies adopted by a sports council.

In the development of Football More than a Game Grant led the development of the world’s first football MOOC and the subsequent opportunities which have helped the University of Edinburgh open up access to education in marginalized communities by delivering credit bearing football courses in local football stadiums.

In: 2019 Grant helped to secure the University partnership with FC Barcelona; 2018 involvement with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade led to advising, developing and delivering a programme of education designed to upskill Ministers of Sport across 53 countries; 2015 involved organising the World Sports Value Summit in Cape Town supported by the Handa Foundation while 2013 involved leading a series of workshops on sport, peace and conflict resolution for senior government officials from 70 different countries.



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