Vice-Principal Education (Proctor)

Professor Clare Peddie - Vice-Principal Education (Proctor)‌The Proctor assumes responsibility for areas of the University related to learning and teaching. Responsibilities of the Proctor include:

  • oversight and development of the University's teaching and learning strategy
  • development and management of internal practices and policies related to learning and teaching
  • oversight of regulations, policy, student business, extra-curricular training and supervision of postgraduate research matters
  • managerial responsibility for Student Services
  • managerial responsibility for the Chaplaincy
  • managerial responsibility for the Students' Association
  • management of the Principal's Medal for Outstanding Endeavour and Achievement.

Professor Clare Peddie

The current Vice-Principal Education (Proctor) is Professor Clare Peddie.

Professor Clare Peddie is a graduate of the University of St Andrews. Her career has been focused on education in biology, and she is the first professor appointed under new promotions procedures that recognise contributions to teaching and service at the University.

Her undergraduate degree and PhD were both in marine biology at the University of St Andrews; her research career moved into medical research at other institutions before she returned to take an education-focused position at St Andrews.

In the School of Biology, she was appointed Director of Teaching, becoming responsible for academic standards, curriculum development and the successful delivery of a wide range of Biology degrees.

Since then she has been appointed Pro Dean for undergraduates in the Faculty of Science and has also held a University role as Pro Dean for taught postgraduates. As a Pro Dean, she developed new and revised University policies with the underlying aim of enhancing student experience, and she led an internal review of taught postgraduate provision followed by a review of the University postgraduate regulations associated policies.

She was promoted to professor and became Head of School before taking up the role of Vice Principal Education (Proctor) in 2019.

External to the University, she has a depth of experience as an external examiner, an institutional reviewer for the QAA in Scotland, and often conducts subject-based and degree-accreditation reviews of other institutions. She still teaches marine biology in the field at undergraduate and Masters level and has interests in the role of experiential learning in effective teaching.

The Proctor’s office can be found at:

College Gate
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AJ