Associate Dean, Students (Arts and Divinity)

The Associate Dean, Students, acts with full authority on behalf of the Assistant Vice-Principal (Dean of Learning and Teaching).


  • Oversee the undergraduate academic advising process.
  • Consider requests for:
    • late module changes
    • Faculty transfers
    • variations from programme requirements
    • waivers of specific academic policies or regulations.
  • Oversee:
    • academic intervention process, including probation and termination of studies
    • Honours entry process.
  • Provide Faculty contact for:
    • advice and policy or regulatory development on undergraduate academic matters
    • advice on academic misconduct, including penalty approval
    • serious student matters related to changes of circumstances including V-coding, leave of absence and student absence.
  • Facilitate development of admissions strategy on student intake numbers with respect to degree type, programme, and entrant demographics.
  • Oversee communication on academic issues with prospective students and offer holders.
  • Identify admissions-related issues in the curriculum design and approvals process.
  • Monitor patterns of student demand at module and programme level, and feed into curriculum design process.
  • Contribute to the work of the Qualifications Group within the Admissions unit.
  • Approve penalties for cases of student academic misconduct.
  • Provide academic advice and oversight for the evening degree programme.
  • Convene examination boards and consider student appeals for ID modules.

Professor Shiona Chillas

The current Associate Dean, Students (Arts and Divinity) is Professor Shiona Chillas.

Professor Shiona Chillas

Shiona Chillas is a Professor in the Department of Management. She is a sociologist of work and employment and her research interests lie primarily in the creative industries field. Grant funded projects include research on the video games sector, the Scottish indigenous textiles industry and entrepreneurship in creative ventures. Shiona has educated and advised undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in the School of Management since 2009 and has served as Director of Teaching and Deputy Head of School with responsibility for teaching.