Associate Dean - Arts and Divinity

Associate Dean - Arts and Divinity, Dr Catherine O'Leary

The Associate Dean acts with full authority on behalf of the Dean of Arts and Divinity. 


  • Leading pedagogical developments.
  • Fostering increasing expertise and interest in Learning and Teaching among academic colleagues.
  • In consultation with CAPOD, leading academic open fora and dissemination events.
  • Results reporting/modules sign-off.
  • Responding to issues raised by with External Examiners.
  • Appeals and complaints.
  • Policies & regulations.
  • Academic leadership of the Laidlaw Programme in collaboration with the Associate Dean (Science).
  • Judging scholarship awards as required.
  • Teaching space survey and development.
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) programme representation for Arts and Divinity.
  • Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) working group representation for Arts and Divinity.


  • Policy development and review.
  • Contributing to, and leading, key committees.
  • Contributing to student progression reviews and the resolution of appeals.
  • Academic monitoring and approvals.

The Associate Dean also leads on a special initiative to enhance international faculty collaboration in the Arts and Humanities.

Dr Catherine O'Leary

The current Associate Dean for Arts and Divinity is Dr Catherine O'Leary. 

Dr Catherine O'Leary is a Reader in the School of Modern Languages. She works on Spanish literature, and her research focuses on four main areas:

  • contemporary theatre
  • censorship
  • gender and identity
  • exile and cultural memory.

She is the founder of the St Andrews Cultural Memory Research Group. Dr O'Leary is currently Head of the Department of Spanish.