Key People in the School of Chemistry

School President 2018–2019

  Alisa Edward
Email: chemistrypresident

A small introduction, I am Ailsa Edward, the School of Chemistry President for the academic year 2018/2019 and I am a student here at the University, where I will be entering into my fifth and final year. My role as president is to represent students and to ensure your views are listened to and feedback is acted on in close cooperation with the staff through the Student Staff Consultative Committee (SSCC)  ensuring your experience within the School is the best it can be. More information on academic representation within the university and student union can be found here.


You will be assigned an academic advisor before the start of the year and it is their job to discuss your module choices for the year. You can find information about the courses offered which are available to you in the course catalogue on the university website. Your advisor will also be able to give you more information on the resources and support available to you in the University. More information about advising can be found online at the Chemistry advising website, which you can also use to book a meeting with your advisor in orientation week.

Want to get involved?

There are various societies and sports clubs you can get involved in, which you can read about on the union website or head along to the Freshers, Charity and Sports Fayres in Orientation week. There is also the opportunity to get involved in the school as a Class Rep, which are elected by students. They work closely with the School President and staff to improve on the learning and teaching within the department. There are 2 positions for first year Class Reps and one direct entrant rep along with representatives from other years. Being a Class Rep is a great opportunity to meet fellow students and also staff members, build your transferable skills and make a difference. More information on how to get involved will be given in the first few weeks.

Meeting other chemists

There is a Chemical Society who host social events throughout the year including a Chemistry Ball and a Pub Crawl. They will also be running a social mixer in orientation week which is a great opportunity to meet other chemists in your class as well as honours students as well as a meet the staff welcome event in week 1.

If you have any questions or need any general advice please feel free to contact me at  I am really looking forward to meeting you in St Andrews and I hope you have a rewarding time here at University.



Under certain circumstances, especially if you have an academic issue that your Adviser of Studies cannot resolve, it might be necessary for you to contact either the Director of Teaching or the Head of School. Their contact details are given below.

Director of Teaching


Professor Philip Lightfoot

Office: Purdie 344

Email: chem-dot

Head of School

  Professor Russell Morris FRS
Office: Purdie 211Email: chem-hos