Our Deans play an important role in supporting the Vice-Principals to deliver their key portfolio areas of Education, International, Research, and Student Recruitment by : 

  • providing them with cross-university support and demonstrating leadership and responsibility for strategic initiatives;
  • enhancing interactions/collaborations across Schools and between Schools and Professional Services Directorates; and 
  • identifying and disseminating good practice across the institution.
Education

Deans

Dean for Educational Innovation
Kirsty Kiezebrink - School of Medicine, Medical Science & Nutrition
tel: 01224 238034

Dean for Quality Assurance/Enhancement
Kath Shennan - School of Medicine, Medical Science & Nutrition
tel: 01224 272028

Dean for Employabilty & Entrepreneurship
John Barrow - School of Medicine, Medical Science & Nutrition
tel: 01224 437493

Dean for Student Support
Abbe Brown - School of Law
tel: 01224 273129


Dean for Educational Innovation

The Dean for Educational Innovation works with the Director of Online and the Manager of the Centre for Academic Development, Schools and AUSA to foster innovation and sharing of best practice, with particular emphasis on using technology to enhance learning and the student experience

Dean for Quality Assurance/Enhancement

The Dean for Quality Assurance and Enhancement is responsible for promoting excellence in all areas of taught undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Dean for Employability and Entrepreneurship

The Dean for Employability and Entrepreneurship works with the Heads of Careers and Research & Innovation, Schools, and AUSA to oversee the development and implementation of employability and entrepreneurship strategy and policies. The Dean also plays a leading role in working towards the ambitions of our Aberdeen 2040 Strategy to prepare our graduates to thrive in the diverse workplaces of the future by working with external partners and alumni.

Dean for Student Support

The Dean for Student Support works with the Director of People, Head of Student Support, Student Experience, Schools and AUSA to oversee the development and implementation of student support strategy and policies.

Research

Deans

Dean for Cultural Strategy & Research Governance
Michael Brown - School of Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture
tel: 01224 273685

Dean for Industrial Engagement in Research & Knowledge Transfer
Mirela Delibegovic - School of Medicine, Medical Science & Nutrition
tel: 01224 437587

Dean for Interdisciplinary Research & Impact
Gary Macfarlane - School of Medicine, Medical Science & Nutrition
tel: 01224 437143

Dean for Postgraduate Research
Graeme Nixon - School of Medicine, Medical Science & Nutrition
tel: 01224 437405


Dean for Cultural Strategy and Research Governance

The Dean for Cultural Strategy and Research Governance is responsible for the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of cultural strategy/humanities-led strategic funding. The Dean plays a leading role in ensuring the appropriate research governance framework and research integrity processes are in place across the institution and provides leadership in the ethical oversight of research.

Dean for Industrial Engagement in Research and Knowledge Transfer

The Dean for Industrial Engagement in Research and Knowledge Transfer is responsible for the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of industrial strategy-led funding. The Dean plays a leading role in ensuring the appropriate focus is in place on the knowledge transfer and the commercialisation of research across the institution and is the focal point for industrial engagement with research.

Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Impact

The Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Impact is responsible for the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of interdisciplinary research across the University. The Dean plays a leading role in ensuring the appropriate focus is place on research impact across the institution and oversees impact in relation to the REF2021 submission. In addition, the Dean promotes the Grants Academy to enhance the research environment and training for researchers (e.g. through PI training events, funders’ events peer review training)

Dean for Postgraduate Research

The Dean for Postgraduate Research is responsible for promoting excellence in all areas of postgraduate research study and providing support, motivation and guidance to colleagues engaged in the development and delivery of postgraduate research programmes to deliver an outstanding postgraduate research student experience. In addition, the Dean develops effective collaborative relationships to (i) support the achievement of targets for postgraduate research study set out in School plans and the institutional Strategic Plan and (ii) ensure that the internal and external requirements associated with postgraduate research programmes are met.

International

Dean

Dean for International Student Pathways & Progression
Harminder Battu - School of Social Science
tel: 01224 27218


The Dean for International Student Pathways and Progression is responsible for the effective co-ordination of the recruitment, articulation and matriculation opportunities available to international undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Dean also plays a leading role in ensuring that these recruitment pathways and progression opportunities meet the needs and expectations of potential students, Schools and academic disciplines, align with the University and Schools’ recruitment plans and aspirations, and are capable of fulfilling associated student recruitment plans at School and University level.

Student Recruitment

Deans

Dean for International Stakeholder Engagement
Adelyn Wilson - School of Law
tel: 01224 273441

Dean for Widening Access, Articulation & Outreach
Alison Jenkinson - School of Medicine, Medical Science & Nutrition
tel: 01224 537539

Dean for Portfolio Development & Programme Promotion
Hazel Hutchison - School of Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture
tel: 01224 273687

Dean for the Qatar Campus
Russell Williams
tel: 01224 273314


Dean for International Stakeholder Engagement

The Dean for International Stakeholder Engagement is responsible for the effective co-ordination of the University’s engagement across a network of stakeholders who advise, support or sponsor international students. These stakeholders include agents, recruitment counsellors, international schools, embassies, and international government funding bodies. The Dean works closely with Professional Services, Schools and academic disciplines to ensure the approach to stakeholder engagement aligns with the University and Schools’ recruitment plans and aspirations.

Dean for Widening Access, Articulation and Outreach

The Dean for Widening Access, Articulation and Outreach is responsible for the co-ordination of widening access and outreach activity across the University, including through articulation arrangements with the Scottish College Sector. The Dean plays a leading role in ensuring the appropriate focus is in place to ensure the impact of the University’s widening access strategy and initiatives across the institution and oversees policy implementation designed to deliver the University’s widening access commitments and aspirations, including through articulation arrangements with other institutions and outreach activities delivered in Schools, Colleges and communities.

Dean for Portfolio Development and Programme Promotion

The Dean for Portfolio Development and Programme Promotion is responsible for (i) the effective co-ordination of the external promotion and marketing of the University’s portfolio of programmes and (ii) the development of the portfolio to ensure that it meets the needs of national and international students, identified skills needs and stakeholder requirements. The Dean plays a leading role in ensuring that appropriate methods are implemented to ensure the adequate assessment of the recruitment effectiveness of the University’s portfolio of programmes, and to identify opportunities for portfolio change and development.

Dean for the Qatar Campus

The Dean for the Qatar Campus is responsible for leading and managing the experience of the University’s students studying at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen in Doha, Qatar. In doing so, the Dean’s role involves extensive liaison with our partners AFG College, the different Schools currently represented on the campus, Professional Services, Student Support, AUSA and the University’s students. For the University and Dean it is important that the student journey in Qatar is aligned with the University’s vision, plans and aspirations. Another key part of the Dean’s role is growing the University’s presence in Qatar. This involves developing the existing phase 1 campus, but also developing the partnership’s planned phase 2 campus – a new campus with more Schools and programmes, and a bigger student enrolment.