Richard ARMOUR

Higher Education Consultant
Richard ARMOUR

Dr Richard Armour has over 36 years' experience in higher education, having served in faculty, administrative and leadership positions in various universities around the world. Originally an MA graduate in Philosophy and History from the University of Glasgow, for his graduate study he undertook an MSc degree in Advanced Research Methods, followed by a PhD from the University of London. His research and recent publications have concentrated principally on higher education policy, planning and management, performance indicators and the student experience.

Dr Armour began his higher education career in universities first in Glasgow and then in Edinburgh, Scotland from 1979 until 1992. He then moved to Hong Kong to take up an appointment as Director of Academic Planning at the City University of Hong Kong where he served for a number of years. During that period he secured and led as Principal Investigator, a major UGC research grant project valued at over HKD10m (USD1.3m). There followed a period of eight years as Registrar of the newly established Open University of Hong Kong. In 2006, Dr Armour joined Griffith University in Australia as Academic Registrar. He returned to Hong Kong in January 2009 at the invitation of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to take up the post of Senior Advisor to the President. Most recently he was appointed to the role of Secretary-General of the University Grants Committee (UGC) in January 2012, in which capacity he served until 31 December 2017. The UGC is the funding, planning, policy formulation and research grants body for Hong Kong's highly ranked university sector. In this role Dr Armour oversaw the largest single budget in the Hong Kong Government.

In November 2012 he was greatly honoured by being appointed to the designation Global Scot by the First Minister for Scotland.

He continues to serve Hong Kong higher education as a member of a number of UGC Committees and Task Forces.

On 1st April 2018 he was appointed to membership of the Council of Research England, a newly established national research funding body in the UK.