Professor Eleanor Shaw


A values-led, inclusive entrepreneurial leader with more than 25 years’ experience of working with entrepreneurs, complimented by a portfolio of entrepreneurship research that has informed the design and delivery of entrepreneurial education, influenced entrepreneurial policy, and guided the development of successful growth interventions which have supported the scale up of numerous Scottish ventures. Eleanor is a senior leader within the Higher Education sector and is passionate about using her knowledge, expertise, and networks to unlock entrepreneurial potential across Scotland’s economy. She holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Glasgow and was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List 2022 for her services to Entrepreneurship and Education.

Eleanor holds a number of board and external appointments, addition to the Beatson she sits on the boards of Enable, the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the Small Business Charter. She also sits on the People, Talent & Leadership Committee of the ScaleUp Institute.

Research Funding, Outputs, and Impact

Her research on entrepreneurial growth, ecosystems and diversity has attracted funding of more than £300M from Research Councils, private sector, Enterprise Agencies, and international partners. She publishes in all leading peer-reviewed entrepreneurship journals and works with entrepreneurs and partner organisations to translate the implications of her research into viable entrepreneurial policies and practical growth solutions.