The Principal's role

Professor Dame Sally Mapstone FRSE is the Principal and Vice-Chancellor and, as such, 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 Dame Sally Mapstone FRSE and Menzie Campbell
The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Sally Mapstone FRSE, and the Chancellor, The Rt Hon Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, leave a winter graduation ceremony in December 2023.