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CAPOD Staff Profiles

The following profiles are for all the staff that work within CAPOD, contact details for each member of staff has been given.  For general office enquiries, please contact the General Office: +44 (01334) 46 2141.

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Margaret Adamson

Head of Learning Technology & IT Skills Development

T: +44 (1334) 467174


Margaret’s role is to lead and support the strategic development of technology enhanced learning across the University by championing pedagogical engagement. This involves the design, development, and delivery of high quality programs of training, covering a range of learning technologies, including centrally supported systems. She also has oversight of the delivery of the IT Training strand of CAPOD’s activities.


  • Working with Schools/Units to develop the use of Moodle to support teaching, learning and assessment for both on- and off-campus learners
  • Designing and delivery learning technology events to encourage collaborative working across the institution
  • Investigating and evaluating new technologies and disseminating good practice across the institution
  • Managing and coordinating IT Skills Training provision


I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Scots Law, and Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 1992, and went on to take a Diploma in Management from the University of Dundee in 1996 whilst working in HR for a local firm in Dundee. My career in learning technology started at the University of Dundee, where I worked on the development of the University’s transferable skills website, Advance@Dundee. I then moved to the University of Aberdeen to a Learning Technologist post, and from there was tempted back to Dundee to the post of Senior Learning Technologist 18 months later. I was in post in Dundee for 13 years, with responsibility for the design, implementation, development and support of the institutional VLE (Blackboard) and associated learning technologies.  This was a varied role, involving systems administration, creative project work with academics and a large staff development component (including leading a module - Learning & Teaching Online - on the PGCertTHE programme). I look forward to the challenge of using this experience in a new environment, and to sharing my passion for technology enhanced learning with staff and students at St. Andrews.

Nikki Broughton

CAPOD Anual Monitoring & Enhancement Theme Administrator (part time)

T: +44 (1334) 467458


To support the administration of CAPOD’s activity in particularly in regard to the arrangement of Internal reviews, Annual Academic Monitoring, External Examining and ELIR preparation and follow-up.  Also to provide support for Enhancement Theme activity and contribute to other administration duties as part of the CAPOD Administration Team.

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Ros Campbell

Academic Policy Officer (Quality) (3.5 days pw)

T: +44 (1334) 463600


Ros' role focuses on the enhancement of learning and teaching via projects and implementation of the Quality Enhancement Framework.


  • Leading a team of senior staff and students as part of the sector-wide Enhancement Theme project on using evidence to improve the student experience
  • Designing and rolling out an initiative to improve student engagement and satisfaction with assessment feedback
  • Coordinating, participating in, and reporting on reviews of learning and teaching in schools, student-facing units and collaborative programmes
  • Managing the Annual Academic Monitoring process, where Schools reflect on learning and teaching activities
  • Designing and facilitating events in collaboration with colleagues.


Prior to joining the University, Ros worked as an HR Advisor for an Edinburgh-based firm in the private sector. She holds postgraduate diplomas in Human Resource Management and Information Technology, an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business Management, and a graduate certificate in Counselling Skills. 

Carina Evans

CAPOD Web & Evaluation Officer

E: cme2 OR
T: +44 (1334) 462340


Responsible for the preparation, creation, and maintenance of the University MEQs and CAPOD evaluation processes, including providing reports.  Web development and management of CAPOD web pages/ materials ensuring any links, information and additional content remains updated and consistent, in collaboration with page ‘content owners’.

Carina covers a wide range of duties within her role, some of which are mentioned in the following summary:

  • Responsibility for the CAPOD evaluation process (production of evaluations & collation of data) using specialist system (EvaSys), ensuring evaluation deadlines and targets are met;
  • Delegated responsibility for the specialist system (Evasys) used in the production of CAPOD evaluations, module evaluation questionnaires (MEQ) and any additional ad-hoc evaluations;
  • Joint delegated responsibility (as part of a team with MMS colleagues) for the support and running of the University MEQ process;
  • Produce PDF reports for CAPOD events (filtered, original, special requests), MEQs and any additional ad-hoc reports requested;
  • Produce regular data analysis reports (monthly and annually) to highlight current and comparative performance, highlights, lowlights, areas for improvement and accurate summary statistics on performance;
  • Delegated responsibility for maintaining and managing the unit webpages, ensuring any links, information and additional content remains updated, consistent – highlighting any problems/ issues to relevant colleagues who own the page and content;
  • Produce and develop new web pages and edit sections in-line with colleague requests;
  • Provide support, advice and guidance to colleagues with any web problems and queries, using web skills.


Carina previously worked within the University, as part of the GRADskills team, this involved developing and establishing new procedures as the unit was new; managing and organising large events such as conferences, symposia, field trips; assisting the Director whenever needed; daily administration duties for the unit; managing, organising & arranging workshops, training and special events; interaction with a wide range of groups such as students, staff, Principal's Office, Scottish Government, international speakers and so on; and other unexpected events that occurred.  In latter years as (acting) Coordinator, she also managed the GRADskills programme; wrote reports for the Research Councils and represented GRADskills, as well as still covering the majority of her previous duties as Administrator.


As a team of only 2 people, GRADskills organised and hosted a number of innovative conferences such as Knowledge Transfer and the Research Futures series (for which a THES award was won in 2007); along with 150+ workshops for research postgraduates & Postdoctoral researchers.  The Roberts money which funded GRADskills was discontinued and led to GRADskills merging with SALTIRE & Staff development in 2011.

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Sonny Evans

CAPOD IT Training Developer

T: +44 (1334) 462591


Sonny develops and delivers a programme of IT training workshops and options to build on your IT skills.  She utilises a number of different delivery mediums such as instructor-lead courses; online resources; 1:1 training, all of which are on a range of general IT and software specific topics.

Her responsibilities include:

  • Design, deliver and coordinate a comprehensive IT training programme covering the University’s supported desktop productivity software for all staff and research post-graduate students. This programme is designed to improve the effective use of technology and with that, productivity.

  • Offer a bespoke service for delivering customized IT training to cater to specific needs across the University.

  • Administer the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification programme, an industry-standard IT qualification to accredit desktop IT skills.

  • Maintain and administer the University’s subscription to the Microsoft IT Academy, an online resource for multimedia e-learning courses.

  • Collaborate with IT Services on training projects to address areas of need as identified by Helpdesk audits and the ever-evolving service strategy.


Sonny comes from a science background, taking a degree in Marine Biology and spending 10 years in bio-medical research. A PG Certificate in IT heralded a move into teaching and as a Teaching Fellow in the School of Computer Science, had been developing courses and lecturing on Information Technology and the social and ethical impact of computer technology for 11 years prior to joining CAPOD in Sept 2011. In addition to her degrees and post-graduate qualification, Sonny holds a Microsoft Office Specialist Master qualification.

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Jos Finer

Head of Organisational & Staff Development

T: +44 (1334) 462599


Jos is the Head of Organisational & Staff Development, and is responsible for coordinating organisational development initiatives across the University, including wellbeing, staff engagement, mentoring and coaching.

Jos also manages the CAPOD ‘developer’ team which has operational responsibility for coordinating and delivering professional and career development activities for support staff, research staff and academic staff.

In addition to these responsibilities Jos is also project lead for SUMAC, the web-based data management system for mentoring and coaching schemes which has been developed by CAPOD and is now in use with around 30 UK HEIs. In this role Jos manages the SUMAC developer team which includes one full time software developer and a number of casual developers.



Jos has been involved in people development for over 20 years, working in various roles in the private sector, local government, the NHS, industry and higher education.  These roles have included 10 years’ experience managing the training function in a national organisation, and extensive experience in management development, organisational development, employee involvement, staff opinion research, and managing accredited qualification programmes.  Jos has British Psychological Society level A and B (intermediate) certificates in Psychometric assessment and holds post-graduate qualifications in training and development and training management.

Katherine Gill

Organisational Development Coordinator



Katherine is CAPOD’s Organisational Development Coordinator, working alongside the Head of Organisational & Staff Development to support CAPOD’s work on staff engagement, wellbeing and induction, in addition to supporting institutional change more broadly.  Katherine’s role also coordinates the university’s wellbeing campaign, which has earned a Healthy Working Lives award, and supports the delivery of other initiatives which aim to improve organisational performance.


This includes contributing to established staff development programmes such as mentoring and the Passports to Excellence, and supporting the provision of the institutional staff survey.



Before joining CAPOD in 2017, Katherine spent 13 years’ in management consultancy and Learning & Development roles at companies such as Accenture and Thomson Reuters. Katherine’s most recent role was as Learning Partner for Europe, Middle East & Africa at Standard & Poor’s Ratings. Reporting to the Chief Learning Officer, this role focused on delivering global, regional, and tailored learning interventions that achieved organisational aims on a range of topics from leadership to professional and technical skills, in close collaboration with HR Business Partners and other stakeholders. Katherine holds an MA in Arabic & Medieval History from the University of St Andrews.

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Eilidh Harris

Student Developer

T: +44 (1334) 467175


Eilidh works alongside the Head of Student Development to deliver CAPOD’s development service for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, which includes academic, professional and IT Skills.  She is primarily responsible for elements of the academic skills strand of this provision.


  • Project managing the Academic Skills Project, a series of subject specific academic skills workshops delivered by PhD students.
  • Coordinating CAPOD’s pool of Maths/Stats and Academic Skills tutors.
  • Delivering 1:1 Academic Skills sessions.
  • Design and delivery of bespoke academic skills workshops to a variety of cohorts.
  • Assisting with the design and delivery of professional skills workshops.
  • Supporting Educational Development when required.


After studying to Masters level at the University of Edinburgh, I came to St Andrews to undertake a PhD in Mediaeval History, which I completed in 2014.  During my PhD I tutored in the School of History and helped co-establish a programme of academic skills workshops, which helped fuel my interest in teaching and skills development.  I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and, in other guises, I have worked for a well-being charity in Edinburgh focussed on supporting young people, and have worked with secondary school pupils both as a private tutor and through assisting with Silver and Gold level Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

Daryl Haynes

Lecture Capture Coordinator



Daryl's main role as the University's Lecture Capture Coordinator is to provide one-to-one and drop in support for users.  His areas of responsibility for Lecture Capture are Staff Development & Training; Systems Administration; Communication & Marketing, Promotion of Lecture Capture and he also plays a role in other TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) activities.

Lecture Capture Responsibilities

Staff Development & Training

Systems Administration

  • Provisioning modules and assigning rights
  • Monitoring recordings in progress
  • Monitoring and recovering unprocessed recordings from teaching PCs
  • Recovering recordings within Panopto
  • Documenting Sys Admin procedures
  • Supporting the School of Medicine with transition from Echo360
  • Creating and managing support tickets with Panopto

Communications & Marketing

  • Ensuring signage is present in teaching venues
  • Reporting on uptake (monthly)
  • Updating blog (including interviewing staff)
  • Liaising with Media Services

Other TEL Activities

  • Testing new systems/apps
  • Testing of Clickers
  • Creating additional User Stories (
  • Moodle conversions
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Undertaking an individual project



I graduated from the University of Dundee in 2009 with a BSc in Interactive media Design. During university there was a strong focus on taking a design from initial conception to finished product. Having gone through this process many times I have an understanding of common problems that can arise throughout the design process and how to mitigate or solve them. I have a strong focus on user centred design. I have experience working with companies to develop requirements and using these requirements to develop the best solution possible.

After Graduating I worked For Dundee United FC as a media tech and maintaining their website. From there I started my own web design and graphics company that I ran for about 2 years. After this I started as a Media technician at the University of St Andrews. Working at the University has allowed me to grow and expand my knowledge of AV equipment and gain good understanding of how it can be used to enhance both teaching and learning.

With the ever increasing rate at which technology is evolving I have found that it is beginning to drive and shape new teaching methods and learning strategies focusing heavily on AV technologies and Online learning resources. This experience is now being put to use in my role as the university’s lecture capture coordinator. Having had a big interest in technology enhanced learning due to being a dyslexic student at university, my current roll gives me the chance to push these technologies to give our students the best learning experience possible.

Sherrill Keefe

CAPOD Administrator

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T: +44 (1334) 462141


Sherrill is a full time employee for CAPOD coordinating the academic tutoring appointments, administrating the family of ‘Passports to Excellence’ programmes, while providing general reception and regular ad hoc administrative support for the 23 members of the CAPOD unit.  


  • Scheduling 1:1 academic appointments and day to day coordination with PGR tutors
  • Management of tutor rooms
  • Academic Skills Project administration
  • PDMS course attendance management
  • ILM liaison
  • Passports to Excellence administration (Research Futures, Health and Wellbeing, Cleaning, Management, Administrative, Saints Leaders and Professional Skills Curriculum)
  • GRADskills communications and marketing
  • In-house visual communication design work
  • Production of award certificates
  • Module board meeting minutes
  • Equipment inventory and hire logs
  • Study skills book inventory management
  • WordPress memos
  • CAPOD leaflet distribution
  • Unit representative for promotional events
  • Reception and other general administrative duties


After graduating with a BA in Classical and Sacred Music, Sherrill spent a decade volunteering and seeking creative opportunities on the side while working full time in the finance and NGO sectors. In 2014 Sherrill earned a BFA in 2D Studio Fine Art and is currently a part time master’s student in the School of Art History’s Museum and Gallery Studies degree programme.

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Erwin Lai

Academic Staff Developer

T: +44 (1334) 467179


Erwin supports the development and enhancement of academic practice, through the management and facilitation of the University’s Academic Staff Development Programme (ASDP), and bespoke development events for groups of staff.

Erwin designs and delivers skills workshops for the Management and Administrative Passports. He is the Coordinator for the ‘Passport to Environmental Excellence’ programme, which is run in collaboration Environment Team (Estates). Erwin is a fully trained and qualified coach, specialising in cognitive behavioural coaching, and is available for 1:1 coaching sessions with staff.

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Heather McKiggan-Fee

Educational & Postgraduate Researcher Developer

T: +44 (1334) 462334


Heather is responsible for facilitating effective teaching and academic practice across the University, developing and supporting research postgraduates who teach, and coordinating and developing the GRADskills development programme for research postgraduate students.

As an Educational Developer, I support effective teaching across the University in a variety of ways: I design and deliver workshops and modules for postgraduate tutors/demonstrators and academic staff, support staff who are preparing applications for HEA Fellowship, chair the McCall MacBain Teaching Excellence Award judging panel, and sit on the Enhancement Theme institutional team. 

As a Postgraduate Researcher Developer, I work with the research postgraduate community and academic staff (eg Provost's Office, Directors of Postgraduate Studies) to define transferable skills development needs and evaluate existing development opportunities, as well as working with the providers of courses and other development activities to ensure that they are as effective as possible.  I manage the GRADskills Programme and the GRADskills Innovation Grants.

Specific areas of work include:

  • Designing and delivering the bi-annual mandatory training workshops for all new postgraduate tutors and demonstrators.

  • Designing and delivering two 10-credit, taught postgraduate modules which are open to all staff (including postgraduate tutors and demonstrators) involved in teaching or supporting student learning.

  • Supporting staff preparing individual route applications for HEA Fellowship.

  • Chairing the McCall MacBain Teaching Excellence Award judging panel and managing the fund.

  • Providing briefings to staff and students on the Good Academic Practice policy.

  • Facilitating learning communities and networks across the University.

  • Managing the GRADskills Programme of transferable skills workshops and networking events.

  • Designing and facilitating the annual Postgraduate Researcher Induction events.

  • Providing research postgraduate networking events within and between Schools and across institutions.

  • Chairing the GRADskills Innovation Grant judging panel and managing the fund.

  • Working to implement and embed the Vitae Researcher Development Framework as a basis for researcher development within the University.

Additional Information

I represent CAPOD on the following internal committees/working groups:

  • Institutional team for "Evidence for Enhancement: Improving the Student Experience" enhancement theme

  • Postgraduate Research Committee
  • Research Integrity working group

  • HR Excellence in Research working group

I represent the University on the following external committees/organisations:

  • Institutional Management Group of Scottish Higher Educational Developers (SHED - practitioner network)

  • Heads of Educational Development Group

  • Universities Scotland Researcher Training sub-committee

  • Scottish Higher Education Researcher Developers (ScotHERD - practitioner network)


I hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. I came to St Andrews in 1991 to do my Doctorate in Psychology, which I completed in 1995. There followed a series of fixed-term contracts in the School of Psychology, as Demonstrator, Research Fellow on a project to assess safety awareness training in the nuclear industry, and Teaching Fellow.

Following my contracts in the School of Psychology (Oct 1996 - May 2000) I worked with Dr Colin Mason as Research Fellow in Learning & Teaching on a SHEFC-funded project (May 2000 - Jan 2002). The MAPPING project developed a set of resources to help staff developers and lecturers create reflective portfolios to demonstrate their skills in and approach to teaching/training, research, administration and management in a variety of contexts.  After that I worked six months half-time at the University of Paisley as a Lecturer in Psychology, and concurrently half-time at SALTIRE as Web Development Consultant. I started full-time as Web and Educational Development Consultant in SALTIRE in Sept 2002.

My role evolved over the years till my focus was entirely Educational Development.  After CAPOD was formed in 2011 by the merger of SALTIRE, GRADskills and Staff Development units, I took on the co-ordination of GRADskills and became Educational and Postgraduate Researcher Developer.


Publications/Conference Papers

  1. McKiggan-Fee, H., Walsh, L., Hacking, B., & Ballantyne, G. 2013 Sep 30. Postgraduates who teach: a forgotten tribe? Not here!. Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education [Online] 8:2. Available:

  2. Mason, C., McKiggan-Fee, H. & Moir, R. (2006). Piloting a new survey instrument to compare first and final-year students' course experiences. Universities Scotland Higher Educational Developers Conference, Stirling

  3. McKiggan-Fee, H., and Mason, C. (2001). Evaluation of prototype resources for the MAPPING project. Workshop given at the 6th annual SEDA Conference for Staff and Educational Developers (Nov. 20-21), Manchester.

  4. McKiggan-Fee, H. and Mason, C. (2001). From "Pride and Prejudice" to "Warts and All" - the Uses of Portfolios in Higher Education. Informal discussion group at the 13th annual HESDA conference (Nov. 7-9), Manchester.

  5. McKiggan-Fee, H. Mason, C. and Matthew, B. (2001). MAPPING - Multimedia Approach to Profiles and Portfolios: Interactive Guidance. Two workshops given at the NetCulture Showcase Event for ScotCIT Staff Development Projects (Nov. 5-6), St Andrews.

  6. McKiggan-Fee, H., and Mason, C. (2001). Multimedia Approach to Profiles and Portfolios: Interactive Guidance. Two workshops on portfolio development given at North Highland College (Nov. 1), Thurso.

  7. Matthew, B. and McKiggan-Fee, H. (2001). Portfolio Development - "Never mind the weight, feel the quality". Keynote address at the ILT/LTSN Conference on Enhancing Continuing Professional Development (May 15), Glasgow.

  8. McKiggan-Fee, H., Mason, C. and Matthew, B. (2001). MAPPING - Multimedia Approach to Profiles and Portfolios: Interactive Guidance. Workshop given at the SEDA and SEDA Scotland Spring 2001 Conference (Apr. 2-3), Glasgow.

  9. McKiggan-Fee, H. and Mason, C. (2001). MAPPING - Multimedia Approach to Profiles and Portfolios: Interactive Guidance. Workshop given at the NetCulture Showcase Event for ScotCIT Staff Development Projects (Feb. 26-27), Edinburgh.

  10. McKiggan-Fee, H., Mason, C. and Matthew, B. (2000). MAPPING - Multimedia Approach to Profiles and Portfolios: Interactive Guidance. Seminar given at the 5th annual SEDA Conference for Staff and Educational Developers (Nov. 20-22), Manchester.

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Carol Morris

Director & Quality Monitoring

T: +44 (1334) 467177


Carol, as Director, is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development ( CAPOD). She represents CAPOD at various fora within the University such as the Service Directors Group and Learning & Teaching Committee.

Further responsibilities include:

  • Management of the annual monitoring process;
  • Management of the rolling programme of University Reviews of Learning & Teaching;
  • Management of the University’s module evaluation system for gathering and analysing student feedback;
  • Preparation for ELIR;
  • Membership of the Academic Monitoring Group;
  • In attendance at Academic Assurance Group;
  • In attendance at Learning & Teaching Committee Business Committee;
  • Coordination of the University’s collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Additional Information

Outwith the University, Carol is a member of the ELIR Coordinating Reviewer Pool for QAA Scotland and a member of the Universities Scotland Teaching Quality Forum.


Carol began work at the University in 1996 as Secretary to the Director of Academic Audit. In 2000 she was accepted onto the University's Evening Degree Programme as one of its first students, graduating with MA (General) with Distinction in 2006. In 2007, she became Learning & Teaching Quality Officer and Deputy Director of SALTIRE in 2009.  She became Director of CAPOD when it was formed by merging SALTIRE, HR Staff Development and GRADskills in May 2011.

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Diane Munday

Research Staff Developer (4 days per week)

T: +44 (1334) 462241


Diane supports the continuing professional development (CPD) of research staff and early career academics, primarily through the management and facilitation of the University's Passport to Research Futures (PRF) Programme.  

Coordinator and facilitator for: 

  • Passport to Research Futures: a structured but flexible development programme for research staff and early career academics which cumulates in an in-house certificate and / or a Development Award recognised by the Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM). 
  • Contract Research (CoRe) Skills: a suite of CPD opportunities specifically designed to support research staff and early career academics improve their research capabilities and widen employability (also runs through Passport to Research Futures).
  • Lunchtime Legends: a series of informal lunchtime panel discussion sessions with experienced academics and professional staff from across the University (part of CoRe Skills).
  • Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring (TRAM): a cross-institutional mentoring scheme. Formerly known as ECAM (the Early Career Academic’s Mentoring Scheme), TRAM pairs experienced teaching and research academics (mentors) with colleagues at an earlier career stage (mentees), to provide them with guidance and structured support.
  • Online resources: Epigeum - Professional Skills for Research Leaders Programme
  • The above activities involve collaboration with external or in-house presenters from across the University, event design, coordination, promotion and delivery.

Other areas of involvement


Diane brings to CAPOD, over 10 years experience in academic, scientific research, including 4 years PostDoc experience, with 2 years here at St Andrews, based in the School of Biology. She is looking to develop new ideas and strengthen links within the research staff community at St Andrews and welcomes collaborations from across the University. 

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Lynn Neville

Professional Staff Developer

T: +44 (1334) 462561


Lynn is responsible for the provision of development opportunities amongst the University's Professional staff.  This includes the University Induction for new staff; Passport to Excellence Programmes, workshops and much more.

Further details:

  • Designs, develops and delivers a wide range of workshops, courses and awaydays;

  • Responsible for the Passport to Excellence scheme;

  • Runs the Professional Staff Mentoring Scheme;

  • 1-1 coaching sessions;

  • Accredited Belbin practitioner;

  • Accredited by British Psychological Society in the use of Psychometric Questionnaires, including JTI (Jung Type Analysis) and 15fq+.

Marie Paterson

Research Staff Developer (1 day per week)

T: +44 (1334) 462241


Marie supports the continuing professional development (CPD) of research staff and early career academics, primarily through the management and facilitation of the University's Passport to Research Futures (PRF) Programme.  

Coordinator and facilitator for: 

  • Passport to Research Futures: a structured but flexible development programme for research staff and early career academics which cumulates in an in-house certificate and / or a Development Award recognised by the Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM). 
  • Contract Research (CoRe) Skills: a suite of CPD opportunities specifically designed to support research staff and early career academics improve their research capabilities and widen employability (also runs through Passport to Research Futures).
  • Lunchtime Legends: a series of informal lunchtime panel discussion sessions with experienced academics and professional staff from across the University (part of CoRe Skills).
  • Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring (TRAM): a cross-institutional mentoring scheme. Formerly known as ECAM (the Early Career Academic’s Mentoring Scheme), TRAM pairs experienced teaching and research academics (mentors) with colleagues at an earlier career stage (mentees), to provide them with guidance and structured support.
  • Online resources: Epigeum - Professional Skills for Research Leaders Programme
  • The above activities involve collaboration with external or in-house presenters from across the University, event design, coordination, promotion and delivery.

Other areas of involvement


Marie brings to CAPOD, over 15 years’ experience in organisation development in the NHS. Her main areas of focus were training, facilitation, mediation and quality improvement. She is working as a job share partner with Diane Munday.

Sarah Pollock

CAPOD Administrator

T: +44 (1334) 467198


As CAPOD administrator provides support for CAPOD visitors, trainers, CAPOD colleagues.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Provides administration support to the CAPOD team and Office Managers;

  • Works with PDMS on a daily basis, to administer and manage workshops / events;

  • Provides support at CAPOD events such as University Inductions (PGR, PGT and Staff), special workshops, training events, conferences and additional ad-hoc events.

  • Manages the PDMS system and is the CAPOD point of contact, as well as training colleagues in using PDMS and answering general queries when they arise.

  • Day-to-day office administration duties such as answering telephone & 'in person' queries, paper-work and so on.

Bhavya Rao

Careers Advisor (Physical Sciences) & Researcher Developer



Bhavya shares her time between CAPOD and the Careers Centre, where she is a Careers Adviser (Physical Sciences). Bhavya works closely alongside CAPOD colleagues, responsible for the provision of development workshops (career skilled) for PG students and researchers.

Bhavya's role sees her working with academics and support staff responsible for postgraduates within individual schools, in order to provide subject-specific support.

Bhavya's responsibilities include:

  • one-to-one careers advice sessions with students and researchers;

  • development of University careers resources, focussing on physical sciences;

  • liaising with employers and careers professionals on effective careers provision;

  • delivery of workshops on different aspects of careers skills (interviews, CVs etc).

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Sandra Roddick

Office Manager

T: +44 (1334) 467157


Sandra provides office management support to the CAPOD team and has responsibility for the additional 2 administrators within the office.

Further responsibilities include:

  • First and main point of contact for the unit, providing advice and support on complex issues. Communicating and networking regularly with external presenters/ external agencies and universities as well as multiple internal audiences;

  • Event management: organisation for CAPOD events of varying sizes and complexity (courses/ workshops/ conferences/ inductions/ lunches/ away days / bespoke events);

  • Promoting and marketing of CAPOD’s varied services and roles throughout the University using all methods of communication to all levels from the Principals Office, Schools, units and students;

  • Designing and developing publicity and promotional material/leaflets/brochures/posters to facilitate marketing of CAPOD services directly and through other internal organisations and events;

  • Financial management: Operational responsibility of the unit’s budget and all financial, funding and procurement transactions;

  • Project management of larger routine projects and unit improvements;

  • People Management, as  the Line manager of  the administrative team of 3;

  • Module exam officer, administrator for Module Board (bi-annual);

  • Recruitment and Selection: Convener and  panel member;

  • Additional Roles: Reporting officer for IT and Absence: Facilities management for CAPOD: Health and Safety Co-ordinator: Fire warden


Prior to joining CAPOD (previously SALTIRE) in 2009, Sandra worked in Human Resources, Medical administrative positions as well as the public and private sectors.  She is also a qualified Complimentary Therapist. Sandra has the management responsibility for the full day- to- day administrative operation of the unit supporting the administrative workload of 13 colleagues ensuring the effective support for the development, management and training roles and of services offered by CAPOD.

Alexander Stanley

Student Developer (Leadership)

T: +44 (1334) 467459


Alex is responsible for the Leadership component of the Laidlaw Scholarship Programme. Amongst other things, this includes the planning and coordinating as well as organisation, facilitation and delivery of the programme’s leadership development aspects.


Prior to his current role, Alex was Programme Leader for the Saints Leadership Programme – developing leadership for leaders of the University’s Performance Sports teams. He is a graduate of the Open University (MBA), the University of St Andrews (MRes Management) and the University of Surrey (BSc Hotel and Catering Management). Since coming to St Andrews in 2010 Alex has been involved in several other aspects of the University, including academic research, student development and tutoring, and as Stewardship Officer for the Development Office. Prior to that, his “first career” was in Hospitality Management. This included supervisory and management positions with Four Seasons in Canada and Rocco Forte in Germany, as well as some time working on board a Silversea cruise ship.

Gordon Thomson

CAPOD software developer

T: +44 (1334) 462591


Gordon is the current Software Developer on SUMAC, the online mentoring platform being developed by the St Andrews and currently in use with around 30 Universities in the UK. Gordon’s job involves developing new features, ensuring that data is handled correctly and generally managing the technical side of the project.

Gordon’s role sees him working on implementing new features into SUMAC, as well as dealing with customer support requests and liaising with other developers.


  • Writing new code.
  • Updating legacy code.
  • Creating realistic development timetables for features.
  • Managing servers
  • Managing the casual developer’s employed to work on the project.
  • Handling customer support requests.
  • Updating the bug/issue tracker.


After graduating from Dundee, Gordon arrived at St Andrews after several years working in the public sector. Gordon firstly started to hone his skills at PCCL - a company specialising in providing web-based, user-friendly systems to handle transactional data for large institutions. After this Gordon worked in Dundee at Tokheim, assisting the Systems Engineer in porting across a large, complex intranet (written in classic ASP) to a more modern framework (PHP based Laravel) as well as introducing code versioning (GIT), email handling and database management procedures.

Gordon aims to bring together his experience in order to further develop SUMAC, with the goal of SUMAC becoming an industry-leading product, used to facilitate mentoring schemes across the UK.

Joyce Walsh

CAPOD & Laidlaw Scholarship Programme Administrator

T: +44 (1334) 467154


Joyce is responsible for the administration of the Laidlaw Scholarship Programme in addition to providing administrative support for the work of the CAPOD team.


  • First point of contact for Laidlaw Scholarship Programme enquiries
  • Event management: organisation of Laidlaw events including the annual Poster Event, Briefing Session and Laidlaw Conference
  • Marketing: promoting and marketing the Laidlaw Scholarship Programme to students and the wider University community
  • Financial management: logging and reporting all financial, funding and procurement transactions of the programme including timely payment of stipend to scholars
  • Recruitment: administration of the recruitment process from initial enquiry to final award, liaising with SER and the judging panel
  • Reporting: collating and reporting on demographics of student applications. Registering scholars with ILM and ensuring accurate recording and reporting of progress
  • Website/social media : updating and maintaining the programme webpage and social media platforms

 Additional responsibilities

  • Administration of CAPOD funding strands
  • Bulk uploads onto PDMS
  • Designing and maintain University Staff Handbook
  • Event Management and administrative lead for ad hoc CAPOD events e.g Scottish Crucible
  • PA support to the Director of CAPOD
  • Minute taking at monthly CAPOD staff meetings


Joyce studied for a BA in Social Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University before joining the Laura Ashley Graduate Programme.  After leaving retail Joyce joined Learning IT, a Stirling based IT training company, as a Vocation Training Co-ordinator before moving to the charity sector.  As the Event Manager and Funding Officer for the Community Resource Network for Scotland Joyce worked with projects to help build a stronger community reuse, repair and recycling sector in Scotland with the aim of realizing real social, environmental and economic benefit within local communities. Prior to joining CAPOD Joyce worked at the University of Dundee for 2 years as a Project Coordinator for the OME Programme and a Procurement Officer. 

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Catriona (Cat) Wilson

Head, Student Development

T: +44 (1334) 462558


Cat has responsibility for coordinating CAPOD’s service for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, which includes academic, IT, maths & stats and professional skills.  She is also the Deputy Director of CAPOD.

The service comprises four distinct strands:

  • Academic Skills:
    • a range of workshops, bespoke sessions and 1:1 appointments to help students develop skills for academic success e.g. essay writing, revision technique and citing and referencing.
  • IT Skills:
    • support for taught postgraduates who wish to study for the Microsoft Office Specialist Qualification.
  • Mathematics and Statistics Skills:
    • access to a pool of postgraduate tutors to help students  understand the maths/stats elements of their studies.
  • Professional Skills:
    • development programme for all students (the Professional Skills Curriculum) consisting of over twenty workplace skills delivered in the form of evening lectures, online resources and practical skills sessions.

I am currently:

  • Working on bespoke development programmes for School Presidents, Class Representatives, Hall Representative Committees, Student Ambassadors, Society Committees and Sports Club Committees.

  • Coordinating the Saints Leader programme to create culture change in the Focus Sport Clubs.

  • Coordinating the MSkills programme for taught postgraduate students.


I am a graduate of the University of St Andrews (BSc (Hons.) Psychology) and have a Masters’ Degree in Organisational Psychology, and a postgraduate diploma in Personnel Management. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Prior to working at the University, I worked with Ford Motor Company in Employee Relations, and Training and Development roles. I joined the University in 2003 as a Staff Development Officer. Prior to my current role, I was Head of Organisational Development within CAPOD and was responsible for creating/co-creating our ‘Passport’ programmes, mentoring schemes, and coaching, induction, wellbeing and change resources.

I am a qualified Belbin practitioner, have British Psychological Society level A and B certificates in Psychometric testing, and am Deputy Director of CAPOD.



Hebdomadar's Block,
St Salvator's Quad,
75 North Street,
St Andrews,
KY16 9AJ

Tel: (01334) 46 2141 
Fax: (01334) 46  2462


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