Professor Kevan MA Gartland is currently Special Advisor and Professor of Biological Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, President of the Heads of University Centres of BioMedical Sciences and Honorary Professor in the Department of Health Technology and Informatics, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After degrees in Genetics (BSc, Leeds) and PhD in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Nottingham) he was British Technology Group Research Fellow (Nottingham University), before taking up a Lectureship in Biotechnology & Molecular Biology at De Montfort University. Senior Lectureship, Head of Division and Associate Head of School posts followed, as did a Personal Research Chair in Biological Sciences at the University of Abertay Dundee, where he established a thriving research group in applications of the biosciences to the environment. This culminated in his being Founding Director of the Abertay Centre for the Environment (ACE), receiving £2.4M EU funds and taking an entrepreneurial approach to the uses of the biosciences to meet the needs of businesses, whilst also working with the United Nations Environment Programme. He moved to Glasgow Caledonian University in 2005, serving as Dean of the School of Life Sciences until 2011. He has previously been a University of Abertay Court member, Heads of University Biological Sciences Executive Committee member, Education Committee Chair and a Director of the Biochemical Society, a Director of the Institute of Forest Biotechnology, based in North Carolina, USA, Chair of the Higher Education Academy Biosciences Subject Centre, and Director or Trustee of several companies and charities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and of the Institute of BioMedical Science. He has contributed to a Hong Kong Poly University MOOC studied by 48,000 students from 177 countries. He is frequently in demand as a reviewer, editor and adviser on applications of the molecular biosciences, quality assurance, learning & teaching and new programme developments. He has recently been appointed as an Academic Assessor for the UK Teaching Excellence Framework, looking at the quality of teaching, learning resources and student outcomes in UK higher education.