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The Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal

Professor Sally Mapstone is the Principal and Vice-Chancellor. The Principal and Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the University of St Andrews.  Since the mid-1800s it has been customary that one person holds two titles, the post of Principal representing the executive function and the post of Vice-Chancellor the ceremonial function.

Responsibilities of the Principal include:

  • the overall running of the institution
  • presiding over Senate, the supreme academic body of the University
  • conferring degrees in the absence of the Chancellor.

Professor Sally Mapstone FRSE

Professor Sally Mapstone is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, the second woman in succession to hold this role there. She is a board member of Universities UK, a trustee of UCAS and of the Europaeum, and a member of the advisory board of the Higher Education Policy Institute. She leads on widening access work for Universities Scotland. She is chair of the international advisory board for the University of Helsinki. In 2017 she received the Foreign Policy Association of America medal for services to higher education. As an academic Sally is a medievalist, with expertise in the area of medieval and Renaissance Scottish literature. She is President of the Saltire Society, which champions Scottish culture, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.