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Assistant Vice-Principal Dean of Arts and Divinity

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 Paul Hibbert

The current AVP Dean of Arts and Divinity is Paul Hibbert. He took up this role in May 2021.

Paul Hibbert completed his MBA and PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is a Professor of Management at the University of St Andrews, Honorary Professor at University of Auckland and Co-Director of the InGAME (Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise) research partnership.

Paul’s research is principally concerned with collaborative and reflexive processes of organizing and learning. His research programme has been recognized with six best paper awards from learned societies and the British Academy of Management's Medal for Knowledge Development. He is Editor-in-Chief of Academy of Management Learning & Education, a former Associate Editor of Management Learning and the Journal of Management Education, and an editorial board member of Management Learning, Journal of Management Education and Organizational Research Methods. Paul is also a former member of the Council of the British Academy of Management and a former Chair of the Management Education and Development division of the Academy of Management.

Paul has worked with a wide range of organizations in consultancy, training and professional development roles. The organizations engaged with are numerous, and examples include: The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; the Scottish Government’s “Collaborating for Outcomes in the Public Sector” programme; the Scottish Government Change Division; regional and specialist organizations of the National Health Service; the Scottish Episcopal Church; and Fife Health & Social Care Partnership.