Andrew Melville Hall wardens

Updated on: 5 December 2023

Andrew Melville Hall is known for its ship-like appearance. It is a catered hall on the North Haugh.


The team is available 365 days a year: 

  • Monday to Friday, from 7pm to 8am  
  • Saturday and Sunday, from 2pm to 8am  

There is a daily drop-in session in the wardens’ office from 7pm to 8pm for in-person visits or calls on Microsoft Teams. The warden’s office is on the third floor of block C, next to reception.   


Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 7077  


The team

Halls Life Coordinator

Josh Gumbley 

Welcome to Andrew Melville. I spent five years in St Andrews reading for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in History and International Relations before leaving to work in the public and charity sectors. I was delighted to return to St Andrews in August 2021 to take on the role of Halls Life Coordinator in Student Services.   

As your Halls Life Coordinator, I lead a team of three assistant wardens, who all live in hall, and together we are here to provide pastoral care, guidance and support.  

The wardens are here to support you during your time in hall and at the University. We are very much part of the community, so you’ll see us around at mealtimes and social events, as well as when we are on-call out of hours. You should always feel welcome to come and chat with us about anything that’s on your mind, about challenges you are facing, or to let us know about anything you think we might be able to do better for the hall community. 

Assistant wardens 

Laura Gaskell-Mew 

Hi, I'm Laura, one of your assistant wardens this year. I'm studying biochemistry and love to climb and all things outdoors. I also love a chat over coffee so feel free to pop by. 

Mary Abed Al Ahad 

I am very excited to meet returning and new students for the academic year. I’m in the second year of my PhD in Geography, with a focus on air pollution and its effect on mortality and hospitalisation in the UK. I also enjoy teaching sustainable development tutorials for first year students. My hobbies include opera singing, playing on an oriental musical instrument called an oud, piano, and ukulele instruments as well as painting and crochet. I enjoy walks with friends in nature and am a very sociable and chatty person, especially over a cone of ice-cream and a round of board games.  

Patrick McGlinchey 

I’m keen to welcome new and returning students to the vibrant and diverse community at Andrew Melville Hall. I am a Belfast native and I am currently pursuing a PhD in the School of Divinity. I enjoy film, philosophy, art, and climbing. I am happy to chat over coffee and look forward to meeting you. 

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Student support