As Director of The Europe Office at Glasgow Caledonian University Mark’s overall remit is to heighten the University’s research and innovation activities on the international stage, enhance international cooperation and increase student and staff mobility through EU programmes. As well as supporting the University’s academics in the development of proposals and management of projects, he is currently coordinating several EU funded projects Including two Capacity Building projects to embed Social Innovation Support Units in Universities, the Latin American Social Innovation Network and the Southeast Asian Social Innovation Network, and a Strategic Partnership training students to have a direct impact in their local communities, Strategy for Change.
He has organised several events promoting social innovation and was part of the organisational team launching a special research conference – Social Frontiers: The Next Edge of Social Innovation Research at GCU’s London Campus in November 2013.
He is a member of the board of directors of the Melting Pot and also a member of the Social Innovation Exchange Global Council. He also plays a number of advisory roles on European funding outside the University, including chair of the Universities UK Europe Network and an Erasmus+ advisory panel member.
Previously he lived and worked in Spain for over fifteen years, working as a translator, university lecturer, newspaper columnist, theatre director and head of EU programmes at the University of Salamanca. As a result, he is a fluent Spanish speaker.
In his “second life” he is also an avid writer. He has written and directed over twenty plays and completed two as yet unpublished – and one unpublishable – novels. He has recently completed a Masters in TV Scriptwriting with a distinction.