Quaestor and Factor

‌The Quaestor and Factor is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the overall development of the University’s professional services. Direct responsibilities of the Quaestor and Factor include line management for a portfolio of University professional services, including the following service units:

  • Finance
  • IT Services
  • Eden Campus
  • Estates
  • Residential and Business Services
  • Business Transformation
  • Legal Services
  • Planning and Procurement
  • Environmental Strategy.

Derek A Watson FCCA

The current Quaestor and Factor is Derek A Watson FCCA. He has held this role since 2003.

Quaestor and Factor Derek Watson

Derek is also Chief Executive of St Andrews Applied Research Ltd (StAAR). StAAR, which is wholly owned by the University, provides focused oversight for all of the University’s entrepreneurial, spin-out and commercial activities. StAAR was established in this role in late 2018 to drive the delivery of the University’s strategic theme of 'Entrepreneurial St Andrews' and covers current and emerging activities within the UK and around the world. 

He is the lead employer nominated trustee of the St Andrews Superannuation and Life Assurance Scheme – the main pension scheme for the University’s non-academic staff.

Derek joined the University in December 2002 as Financial Controller coming from NHS Scotland where he was Deputy Director of Finance and Property Development Manager of an NHS Trust.