Master of the United College

Master of the United College - Professor Garry Taylor

The Master of the United College oversees the strategic planning of Schools in relation to academic appointments, space and resource allocation. Responsibilities of the Master include:

  • line management for all Heads of Schools
  • strategic planning
  • chairing promotions panels
  • overseeing academic appointments
  • academic career development
  • chairing the Space and Asset Management Group.

The United College refers to the Colleges of St Salvator and St Leonard, founded in 1450 and 1512 respectively, that were combined in 1747 under a single head. Find out more about the history of the University

Professor Garry Taylor

The current Master of the United College is Professor Garry Taylor. He has held this role since 2014.

Professor Taylor is a structural biologist who applies techniques of biophysics, molecular biology and cell biology to the development of novel therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of a range of respiratory diseases, particularly influenza. He graduated in physics and held positions in London, Oxford and Bath before joining St Andrews as Professor of Molecular Biophysics and the first Director of the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences in 1999, a position he held for 10 years. In 2011 he became Head of the School of Biology. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2005.