Pro Dean Advising - Science

Graham Kirby Pro Dean Advising Science‌The Pro Dean Advising for Science is responsible for the undergraduate advising process and other academic processes for the Faculty of Science; works with Admissions on development of admissions strategy and processes; facilitates interaction between the admissions and curriculum development processes.


  • 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.

Dr Graham Kirby

The current Pro Dean Advising for Science is Dr Graham Kirby. 

Graham Kirby is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science, where in recent years he has taught first-year programming and Honours-level software engineering and distributed systems. His research interests are in distributed systems in general, and distributed storage, peer-to-peer systems and middleware in particular. He is currently involved, with colleagues at Edinburgh and Cambridge, in a project to construct an automatically linked genealogy of Scottish historical records, with the aim of producing a data set of research interest to historians and social scientists.