THE University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute economic think-tank has appointed Mairi Spowage, a senior statistician at the Scottish Government, as deputy director.

Ms Spowage’s previous roles have included head of national economic statistics and deputy chief executive of the Scottish Fiscal Commission.

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Fraser of Allander noted the appointment coincided with the recruitment of additional researchers as it continued to expand its research into the Scottish, UK and global economies.

Professor Graeme Roy, director of Fraser of Allander, said: “Mairi will lead on our economic analysis and take forward a number of exciting new projects including our new Economic Futures initiative, which aims to support more young people to take an interest in applied economics and policy analysis."

He added: "Mairi joins the institute after an outstanding career in the Scottish civil service, where she led a number of important initiatives to improve the coverage of economic statistics in Scotland. Mairi will also bring a brilliant insight into the Scottish policy-making process and the use of evidence to inform decision-making."

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He declared the recruitment of Ms Spowage as "a major vote of confidence in the institute and its recent growth".

He added: "We have doubled in size over the last year to cope with the increased demand for our work."

Ms Spowage said “I’m delighted to be joining the Fraser of Allander Institute at such an exciting time. I look forward to working with Graeme and the institute’s brilliant team of researchers.”