Dr Sandra Cairncross has been Assistant Principal (Widening Participation & Community) since Jan 2018. Prior to that she was Assistant Principal Student Experience (Feb 2015 to Dec 2017 ) and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries (April 2008 – Jul 2015) at Edinburgh Napier University. During this time she served on the University Leadership Team.
Prior to appointment as Dean, she held leadership roles at faculty and school. These included Associate Dean with responsibilities for academic quality and student experience, School of Computing Director of Student Experience, and programme directorships.
Sandra studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and is Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Sandra chairs the Advisory Board for Equate Scotland, who focus on making a positive difference to women in science, engineering and technology and is a member of Making Maths Count, a Scottish Government initiative aimed at increasing enthusiasm for and attainment in Maths. Previously Sandra served on the Board of Management for Edinburgh College.
Sandra sponsors Edinburgh Napier’s Women’s Network and is their Aurora Champion.
She is a member of the University’s Senior Leadership Team and Academic Board and currently convenes the Student Experience Committee.
Sandra was assessed as being dyslexic in 2008.