The Planning unit ensures coherence and collaboration across the institution to inform and strengthen strategic decision making. Planning provide professional expertise for planning, external policy and data analysis, management information provision, timetabling and risk management. The unit delivers its services across three functional areas: Analytical services; Timetabling; and Risk, Resilience and Insurance.

The unit engages with all stakeholders to catalyse and inform the strategic delivery of institutional priorities, aims and objectives through a professional service underpinned by a collaborative and a co-ordinated approach. Service delivery is enabled by access to robust and accurate data sources, continuously updated expertise and knowledge and relevant internal collaboration.

Planning core values include:

  • delivering a professional and expert service in all activities and communications, conducting business to the highest standards, with neutrality and integrity and by working flexibly to ensure stakeholder needs are met
  • operating in an environment of respect and inclusion, fostering a culture of cross-team working and continuous learning and training
  • maximising institutional opportunities by engaging with external stakeholders to inform debates and influence developments, and encourage best practice across the sector.
  • encouraging all staff to identify and exploit opportunities for professional development

Planning is lead by Laura Knox, Director of Planning.

General enquiries


Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 7350

University of St Andrews
Walter Bower House
Eden Campus
St Andrews
KY16 0US