Principal's Office

The Principal's Office is made up of the senior management of the University who hold responsibility for specific areas of the University, such as teaching, research or meeting business needs. The Principal's Office serves the Principal and other key officials of the University


Master of the United College and Deputy Principal

Professor Lorna Milne

The Master of the United College is line manager to the 19 Heads of School and oversees the strategic planning of Schools in relation to academic appointments, space and resource allocation.
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Lorna Milne

Quaestor and Factor

Derek A Watson FCCA

The Quaestor and Factor provides leadership in the development of the University’s non-academic services.
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Quaestor and Factor Derek Watson

Vice-Principal (International Strategy and External Relations) and Senior Vice-Principal

Professor Brad MacKay

The Vice-Principal for International Strategy and External Relations is responsible for developing and managing strategic relationships national and international.
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Brad MacKay, Vice-Principal (International Strategy and External Relations)

Vice-Principal Education (Proctor)

Professor Clare Peddie

The Proctor is responsible for all strategy and practices related to learning and teaching within the University.
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Professor Clare Peddie - Vice-Principal Education (Proctor)

Vice-Principal (Governance)

Alastair Merrill

The Vice-Principal for Governance provides strategic leadership and management and is responsible for ensuring that the University functions within simple, clear and effective governance arrangements.
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Vice-Principal (Governance and Planning) Alastair Merrill

Vice-Principal (Research, Collections and Innovation)

Professor Tom Brown

The Vice-Principal (Research, Collections and Innovation) holds responsibility for research within the University.
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Dean of Science - Tom Brown

Vice-Principal (Strategy, Policy and Planning)

Ester Ruskuc

The Vice-Principal (Strategy, Policy and Planning) leads the development of the University’s Strategy and shapes its implementation, coordinates organisational level planning, transformation and understanding of performance, and oversees the development of policies in key areas of the business.
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Vice-Principal (Digital Education, Research and Environment)

Professor Monique MacKenzie

The Vice-Principal (Digital Education, Research and Environment) is primarily responsible for defining and delivering Digital St Andrews.
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Vice-Principal (People and Diversity)

Dr Rebekah Widdowfield

The Vice-Principal (People and Diversity) is responsible for delivery of the University’s ambitions that equality, diversity and inclusion should be at the heart of the St Andrews experience and all that we do.
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Vice-Principal (Communications)

Niall Scott

The Vice-Principal for Communications provides strategic communications leadership to St Andrews’ resolve to be world-leading, diverse, entrepreneurial, digital, sustainable, and socially responsible.
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Assistant Vice-Principal (Dean of Learning and Teaching) and Provost

Professor Frank Lorenz Müller

The Assistant Vice-Principal (Dean of Learning and Teaching) supports the Principal’s Office in implementing strategic goals and managing academic business in the University and, as Provost, is responsible for the development of postgraduate education and research and for the postgraduate community.  
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Dean of Arts and Divinity - Frank Lorenz Muller

Assistant Vice-Principal (Dean of Arts and Divinity)

Professor Catherine O'Leary

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.
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Assistant Vice-Principal (Dean of Science)

Professor Ineke De Moortel

The AVP Dean of Science advises the Heads of Schools on aspects of University regulations and academic procedure as relevant to their remit, and offers informal counsel.
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Assistant Vice-Principal Dean of Science