Sir Anton is Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow, since 1 October 2009. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. An economist, his research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics. Prior to 2007 he held various roles at the University of Glasgow including Vice-Principal – Strategy, Budgeting and Advancement (2004-07); Daniel Jack Professor of Political Economy (1994-2007); and Professor and Lecturer, Department of Economics (1984-94).
Sir Anton chairs the First Minister of Scotland’s Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe, a non-political group which provides expert advice to Scottish ministers on protecting Scotland’s relationship with the EU. He is also a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers. From September 2017 he has assumed the role of Chair of the Russell Group of Universities. Previously he has been a special adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee on monetary policy, and an adviser to the European Commission and the World Bank. He has held visiting appointments in numerous Universities around the world, and has an honorary doctorate from McGill University (Canada).
He is a member of the Board of the Scottish Funding Council which provides funding and oversight of Scotland’s Colleges and Universities. He is a Board Director of USS Ltd, Chair of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe, a member of the Board of Glasgow Life, of the Board of the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, and Chair of the Commission on Economic Growth for the Glasgow City Region.