Assistant Vice-Principal Dean of Arts and Divinity

The Assistant Vice-Principal (AVP) Dean of Arts and Divinity is a member of the Principal’s Senior Management Team. Reporting directly to the Master of United College, the Dean works closely with the Master, Heads of School, other AVPs, members of the Senior Management Team, senior academics and relevant professional Unit Directors.

The Dean advises the Heads of Schools in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity on aspects of University regulations and academic procedure as relevant to their remit, and offers informal counsel. They also support Schools’ implementation of their strategies, monitoring and approving developments such as staffing and budgetary changes and the creation and implementation of new policies and procedures.

The Dean supports the development, establishment and leadership of interdisciplinary and cross-Faculty academic initiatives in research, teaching and innovation.

Professor Catherine O’Leary

The current Assistant Vice-Principal Dean of Arts and Divinity is Catherine O’Leary.

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Catherine is a Professor of Spanish in the School of Modern Languages. Her research focuses on contemporary Spanish theatre, censorship, and exile and cultural memory. Catherine is the Director of the interdisciplinary Cultural Identity and Memory Studies Institute (CIMS), based in the School of Modern Languages, and is Co-Chairperson of the Scottish Arts and Humanities Alliance (SAHA), established in 2019 to give a public and collective voice to the Arts and Humanities in the context of Higher Education in Scotland."

Catherine studied International Marketing and Languages at Dublin City University before going on to complete a PhD in Spanish literature at University College Dublin. She lectured at Maynooth University from 2000 until 2013, when she moved to St Andrews as Reader in Spanish. She was appointed to Professor in 2018.

At the University of St Andrews, Catherine has previously served as Head of the Spanish Department and Associate Dean of Arts and Divinity. She also worked with the Mental Health Task Force and is currently a member of the Institutional Athena Swan self-assessment team.