Master of the United College
Professor Garry Taylor
The Master is line manager to the 18 Heads of School and oversees the strategic planning of Schools in relation to academic appointments, space and resource allocation.
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.
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.