Career Management Team

The Career Management Team includes careers advisers, information officers and the operations manager. 

Careers advisers are experienced at advising students and graduates on many career-related topics. These might include career direction, diversity and equality (including disability-related issues), postgraduate study, or advice on CVs, applications, and interviews. Each adviser has sector and school-based specialisms.

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Assistant Director (Career Management)

Jim Campbell

Jim has responsibility for the strategic and operational management of the Career Management team. He also contributes to the leadership and management of the Careers Service overall, alongside the Director and Assistant Director (Opportunities). Additionally, he delivers careers advice, guidance and education for students as part of a small practitioner caseload.

Jim has worked in the higher education sector since 1998 in a variety of universities and roles, namely Lancaster (Careers Adviser), Stirling (Careers Service Manager), Glasgow (International Careers Adviser), Abertay (Student Services Manager) and now St Andrews. Throughout that time, he has been active within the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), serving on its Board of Directors from 2007–2010.

Careers Adviser

Philip Ireland

Philip is one of our careers advisers and works with the Schools of Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, and the International Education Institute. Before joining the Careers Centre, Philip previously studied Physics at St Andrews at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, receiving his PhD in 2019. Alongside his School caseload, Philip is also jointly responsible for overseeing careers support for postgraduate students and early career contract research staff.

Careers Adviser

Amy Kinsman

Amy is one of our careers advisers and works with the Schools of Art History, Economics and Finance, Modern Languages and Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies. Amy started her career working on a student placement programme and then within recruitment. She then completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development at Edinburgh Napier University and was awarded a scholarship to participate in the University of Jyväskyla’s International Summer School for ICT in Guidance and Counselling. Amy then went on to work as a Careers Adviser at the University of Stirling and Newcastle University before joining the University of St Andrews Careers Centre in 2020.

Careers Adviser

Julie McLellan

Julie is one of our careers advisers and works with the Schools of Biology, Psychology and Neuroscience, the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Music Centre. She is also jointly responsible for supporting postgraduate and early career contract research staff careers provision. Julie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. She completed an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of St Andrews in 2011 and an MSc in Psychological Therapy in Primary care at the Universities of Dundee and Stirling in 2014. She then undertook her doctoral level British Psychological Society qualification in Health Psychology and was awarded her PhD from the University of Stirling in 2020.

(Julie is on maternity leave until May 2023)

Careers Adviser

Joshua Crofts

Josh is one of our careers advisers, working with the School of Biology, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies, and Music Centre. He is also jointly responsible for delivering postgraduate and early career contract research staff careers provision. Before entering his current role, Josh worked as an Information Officer within the Careers Centre from 2021, prior to which he undertook various roles both within and outwith the University. Josh was awarded a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and Greek in 2013 from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and an MLitt in Classics in 2014 from St Andrews. He completed his PhD in Classics at St Andrews in 2022.

Careers Adviser

Ryan Patterson

Ryan is one of our careers advisers and works with the Schools of Classics, English, Geography and Sustainable Development, and International Relations. Originally from Portland, Oregon, USA, Ryan completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon, where she earned degrees in History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She also worked as a resident adviser in student accommodation, where she was introduced to various career paths within higher education administration and university student services. After graduation, Ryan worked in academic advising and postgraduate programme management until she moved to Virginia to attend William & Mary, where she earned a postgraduate degree in Higher Education Policy and Administration. She also advised students interested in working within public service and social entrepreneurship sectors.

Careers Adviser

Ricky Shek

Ricky is one of our careers advisers and works with the Schools of Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, History and Medicine. Ricky graduated from the University of Dundee, gaining his undergraduate degree BSc (Hons) Business Management in 2013 and completing his postgraduate degree MSc Applied Computing in 2017. He worked at the Careers Service at Abertay University as their Employer Liaison Officer before joining the University of St Andrews Careers Centre in 2022.

Information Officer

Tracey Dall

Tracey is jointly responsible for the overall management and updating of the Careers Centre website. She manages, develops, and updates all careers information resources and subscriptions. Tracey organises and coordinates service promotion events, including the Careers Centre Open Day and other university events. Tracey is also part of a cross-service team providing reception cover and frontline services.

Information Officer

Aidan McGhie

Aidan is jointly responsible for the overall management and updating of the Careers Centre website. He manages, develops and updates all careers information resources and subscriptions, evaluating and reporting on their performance. Additionally, Aidan is part of a cross-service team providing reception cover and frontline services.

Operations Manager

Laura Jackson

Laura works collaboratively with all colleagues to underpin an effective service delivery across a diverse range of unit functions. She is responsible for all administrative matters including HR and finance and is the Career Centre's Health and Safety Officer. Laura has worked in several finance, administrative and management roles across various settings, including a nursery, conference and events centre and most recently as an Accommodation Manager for Sanctuary Students at the University of Dundee. She is also part of a cross-service team providing reception cover and frontline services.