University management

University Court


The University Court determines the overall strategic direction of the institution. It establishes the budgetary framework, appoints the head of the University and has general oversight over its performance and development.

The Principal, on the other hand, is responsible for the executive management of the University and its day-to-day direction.

Chairman of Court


The Very Reverend Dr Graham Forbes CBE

The Chairman of Court is responsible for leadership of the governing body. He promotes its wellbeing and efficient operation, making sure that members work together effectively and have confidence in the procedures that have been laid down for the conduct of business.



David Eustace

The Chancellor of the University is the titular head of the institution and confers degrees and other awards of the University. 

Principal and Vice-Chancellor


Professor Andrea Nolan OBE

The Principal is Chief Executive of the institution and the chief representative of the University externally. She leads the development and implementation of the Academic Strategy of the University and as such chairs the Academic Board and the Principal's Executive Group among other bodies.

The Principal also leads the University Development Campaign and is also designated as the Accounting Officer by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor


Professor Alistair Sambell

University Secretary


Dr Gerry Webber

The University Secretary has a key role to play in the operation and conduct of the Court, and in ensuring that appropriate procedures are followed.

School deans


Stewart Falconer - Business School

Sally Smith - School of Computing

Gary Hutchison - School of Life, Sport & Social Sciences

Ian Smith - School of Engineering & the Built Environment

Tracy Humphrey - School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care

Pauline Miller Judd - School of Arts & Creative Industries