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 corresponding Faculty; 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/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, 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 software engineering and distributed systems at Honours. 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.