Educated at Harris Academy, Dundee and Aberdeen University, Grant joined Dundee College as a communications lecturer in 1985.
Prior to becoming Principal, Grant was responsible for the growth of creative industries in the College including the development of the Space Dance Centre, home to the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, and the £50m redevelopment of the Gardyne Campus in Dundee.
His board positions include the STV 2 City Board, the Scottish Enterprise Regional Board, Gardyne Theatre Ltd, and the Dundee Employability Oversight Board. He is past Chair of the Prince’s Trust in Tayside and the Bharatiya Ashram multi cultural centre. He was a Fairness Commissioner in Dundee and chairs the Angus Community Planning Partnership. He chairs two important national projects, the Energy Skills Project, and the Creative Media Network, leading the College sector in industry engagement across a range of diverse economic sectors.
Grant is passionate about great learning and teaching and the potential of College’s to work with partners and change people’s lives. He is currently lobbying very hard for qualifications and colleges to grasp how digital technologies are changing the world of work.
Grant left school at 17 after failing his Highers. After working for a few years he went to College to repeat his exams. Few would have bet on that struggling student becoming the Principal of the very college that gave him his second chance.