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Proctor's Office

Vice-Principal (Proctor)

Lorna Milne web photograph
Professor Lorna Milne, MA, PhD, Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques
Vice-Principal (Proctor)

Responsibilities of the Vice-Principal (Proctor) include:  

  • Oversight and Development of the University's Teaching and Learning Strategy
  • Development and Management of internal practices and policies related to Learning and Teaching
  • Student Services
  • Chaplaincy
  • Students' Association

After completing an MA (Honours) in French at the University of St Andrews, Lorna Milne joined HM Diplomatic Service, working in London and East Berlin before returning to academia and a PhD at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research and teaching focus on modern and contemporary French literature, with a particular interest in the French Antilles. Her publications include monographs on the contemporary writers Michel Tournier and Patrick Chamoiseau, and articles and edited volumes on both metropolitan and postcolonial culture and literature. In 2005 she was awarded the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques for her work in French Studies. Prof Milne has held various administrative roles at St Andrews, including Dean of Arts (2006 – 2009).

Tel: 01334 462588
Fax: 01334 462554

Mrs Vanessa Hughes
Personal Assistant to the Vice-Principal (Proctor)

Tel: 01334 462583
Fax: 01334 462554


Principal's Medal for Outstanding Endeavour and Achievement. 


Dean of Arts and Divinity - Professor Kristin De Troyer

Professor Paul Hibbert

Dean of Arts and Divinity

Paul Hibbert came to academia after a career in industry and management consulting. He began his academic career as a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, where he also completed an MBA and a PhD (entitled The Past in Play: Tradition and Collaboration). As a Lecturer and subsequently Reader, his teaching contribution was centred on strategy, leadership, management practice and collaboration. He came to St Andrews in 2011; he is a Professor of Management and has previously been Head of the School of Management.

His research is principally focussed on collaborative and relational processes of organizing and learning. This research programme includes recent projects concerned with collaborative leadership, and how management and leadership learning can be conceptualised as processes of formation by drawing on philosophical hermeneutics. His work is published in leading journals in the field such as Academy of Management Learning and EducationJournal of Management StudiesLeadership QuarterlyManagement LearningOrganizational Research Methods, and Organization Studies. He has also contributed to a range of scholarly edited collections, such as the Oxford Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations. His research has also received awards from the Academy of Management, the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, and the British Academy of Management.

He is actively involved in service to journals and learned societies. He an Associate Editor of both Management Learning and the new journal Management Teaching Review, which focuses on the links between research and teaching. He has recently been elected to the leadership team of the Academy of Management’s Management Education and Development Division, and has previously led the British Academy of Management’s Inter-Organizational Collaboration group. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has contributed to their research in the fields of undergraduate management education, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

Paul has also been active in translating research insights to practice; he has provided developmental support and executive education for a variety of agencies in the local government and healthcare sectors, to help them to develop their capacity in collaborative leadership and partnership working.

Tel:01334 462126
Fax:01334 467432

Dean of ScienceProfessor Al Dearle
Dean of Science

Alan Dearle, BSc, PhD is Dean of the Faculty of Science. He is an experimental Computer Scientist whose primary research interests are in the confluence of programming languages, databases, middleware, distributed systems and operating systems. He is a double graduate of St Andrews University completing a Bachelors degree in 1983 and a PhD on Persistent Programming Environments in 1988 under the supervision of Professor Ron Morrison. After graduating he became a lecturer in Computational Science at St Andrews University. In 1990 he moved to Senior Lecturer position at The University of Adelaide, becoming a reader in Computer Science in 1992. Whilst at Adelaide he continued to work with the St Andrews group on persistent systems in addition to working on persistent distributed shared memory address systems. The lessons learned from this work led to him to create the Grasshopper Persistent Operating System with Professor John Rosenberg of Sydney University in 1992. In 1994 he moved to The University of Stirling to take up a chair in Computing Science and worked on log structured storage and an exo-kernel operating system. In 1999, Prof. Dearle returned to St Andrews to take up a chair in Computer Science. At St Andrews he has worked on reflective middleware, global ubiquitous computing, computation in appropriate geographical locations, P2P systems and most recently languages for sensor nets. Throughout his career he has maintained close links with industry and has been a consultant to Iona Technology, Reuters Research and Standards Group, Enigmatec Corp. and is currently on the technical advisory board of Cloudsoft Corp.  As well as continuing to be an active researcher and committed teacher, he has served in various senior academic roles including Head of Computer Science at both Stirling and St Andrews.

Tel:01334 462127
Fax:01334 467432

Mrs Nicola Milton
Executive Officer to the Proctor


Responsibilities include:

  • Learning & Teaching Policies and Senate Regulations
  • Learning & Teaching Committee (& Business Committee)
  • Academic Monitoring Group
  • Academic Assurance Group
  • Enhancement-Led Institutional Review

Tel: 01334 462131
Fax: 01334 467432

October 2013Ms Lynn Balfour
Administrative Officer

Responsibilities include:

  • Good Academic Practice Policy
  • Academic Misconduct Register
  • Teaching Development Fund
  • Teaching Excellence Awards
  • Learning & Teaching Webpages
  • Proctor’s Office Administration

Tel: 01334 463230
Fax: 01334 467432


‌Mrs Stella Simpson
Personal Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Divinity and to the Dean of Science

Responsibilities include:

Tel: 01334 462159
Fax: 01334 467432



Proctor's Office

College Gate
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AJ
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: 01334 (46)2525
Fax:01334 (46)2543

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