Master of the United College and Deputy Principal

The Master of the United College and Deputy Principal oversees the strategic planning of Schools in relation to academic appointments, space and resource allocation. Responsibilities of the Master include:

  • line management for all Heads of Schools
  • strategic planning
  • chairing promotions panels
  • overseeing academic appointments
  • academic career development
  • chairing the Space and Asset Management Group
  • managerial responsibility for the Communications unit

The United College refers to the Colleges of St Salvator and St Leonard, founded in 1450 and 1512 respectively, that were combined in 1747 under a single head. Find out more about the history of the University

Professor Lorna Milne

The current Master of the United College and Deputy Principal is Lorna Milne.

Lorna Milne

Professor Milne graduated from St Andrews with an MA (Hons) in French and held posts with HM Diplomatic Service in London and East Berlin before combining further travels with a return to academia.

She completed a PhD on Michel Tournier in Auckland with the support of a New Zealand government scholarship, following which she took up a lecturing post at Aston University.

She returned to St Andrews as a lecturer in 1996. Between 2006 and 2009 she held the position of Dean of Arts, and she was Vice-Principal for Education (Proctor) from 2011 to 2018.

Professor Milne’s academic work focuses on modern and contemporary French prose, with a particular interest in the literature of the Antilles. In addition to numerous articles, she has published monographs on the novelists Michel Tournier and Patrick Chamoiseau as well as several edited volumes on French metropolitan and postcolonial writing and culture. She was previously General Editor of Forum for Modern Language Studies, and currently sits on the editorial boards of both French Studies and Littératures.

In 2005, she was awarded the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, a French government honour that recognises significant contributions to the dissemination of French culture.