Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

IAD staff and contact email addresses

Contact details for our core staff, plus generic contact email addresses for a range of enquiries.

Getting in touch with us

The Institute for Academic Development continues to offer a mix of online and on-campus activities to staff and students. Do check workshop and event information carefully when booking, to be sure of the mode of delivery.

Institute for Academic Development staff are working in a hybrid manner with most staff working part-time on-campus. For enquiries it is generally best to contact staff by email in the first instance. It is generally best to visit the IAD building in person only if you have been invited in for a specific meeting, appointment or to attend a workshop in our building you have pre-booked to attend.

Our address

Institute for Academic Development

Contact details



1 Morgan Lane

Post Code

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Institute for Academic Development staff

If you are not sure who to contact, please use our generic contact email list further down the page, and select the email contact that best fits your enquiry.

IAD Co-Directors

Name Role Email
Prof Catherine Bovill

Co-Director, Institute for Academic Development / Personal Chair of Student Engagement in Higher Education
Olivia Eadie Co-Director, Institute for Academic Development
  Directors' PA
Please note    

Dr Jon Turner is on a 2-year internal secondment.

Please now contact Catherine Bovill & Olivia Eadie for IAD Director matters on the email address

Curriculum Transformation Project Lead

Learning and Teaching team

Name Role Email
Professor Velda McCune

Personal Chair of University Education

Deputy Director, IAD | Head of Learning and Teaching team
Dr Aaron Allen Academic Developer, Taught Students
Dr Hazel Christie

Head of the CPD Framework for Learning and Teaching / Senior Lecturer
Dr Jackie Dohaney Academic Developer
Callum Ferguson Study Development Advisor

Joséphine Foucher

Teaching Matters and Student Engagement PhD Intern
Rayya Ghul Lecturer (University Learning and Teaching)
Sylvia Joshua Western Teaching Matters blog and podcast PhD Intern
Lesley Kelly Academic Developer
Dr Neil Lent Lecturer (University Learning and Teaching)
Dr Jenna Mann Academic Developer
Celeste McLaughlin

Head of Academic Development for Digital Education
Dr Donna Murray Head of Taught Student Development
Emily Salvesen

CPD Programme Manager
Dr Jenny Scoles Academic Developer, Learning and Teaching Enhancement
Clair Sweeney Academic Developer
Victoria Tait Academic Developer

Researcher Development team

Name Role Email
Dr Fiona Philippi Assistant Director, IAD | Head of Researcher Development team

Nicola Cuthbert Researcher Development Manager
Dr Darcey Gillie Research Staff Careers Consultant
Eleanor Hennige Research Staff Careers Consultant
Dr Anna Pilz Academic Developer and Trainer: Researcher Development
Dr Emily Woollen Academic Developer: Researcher Development
Future Leader Fellows Development Network    
Dr Sara Shinton Director, Future Leader Fellows Development Network
Bridget Mellifont Community Manager – Future Leader Fellows Development Network
Dr Katie Nicoll Baines EDI Manager – Future Leaders Fellows Development Network

Operations and Projects team

Name Role Email
Clare Barrie Communications Officer - Future Leaders Fellows Development Network
Sam Canning Senior Administrative Officer
Julie Daubenspeck Senior Administrative Officer

Sonia Hadj Said Senior Administrative Officer CPD and Finance


Lisa Guenther Project Co-ordinator - Future Leaders Fellows Development Network
Corrie Jackson-Levrier Administrative Officer
Adean Lutton Personal Assistant / Project Support Officer (Future Leaders Fellows Development Network)
Louise McKay Events Operations and Doctoral Programme Manager
Christy Macleod Events Officer
Karsten Moerman IT Manager
Carla Perera Administrative Officer
Natalie Poyser

Senior Admin Officer – Business Operations +44 (0)131 651 4515
Dr Tracey Rosenberg Senior Admin Officer - Projects & Engagement [this is the same person listed as 'Manual Notetaker / Support Assistant DLSS' in the global email directory]
Theodora Sakellaridou Senior Admin Officer - Projects & Engagement [on leave during 2023]
Andy Street On secondment to Registry Services, summer 23 - summer 24
Cheryl Thomas Deputy Head Operations and Projects
  Campus phone number to reach the events admin team rota desk - Tel +44 (0)131 651 6662  

Contact email addresses for specific enquiries

These in-boxes are checked by various IAD staff.

Nature of enquiry Email inbox (monitored by IAD staff)

IAD workshops and resources for undergraduate students and taught postgraduates. (Not 1-1 study skills advice).

IAD 1-1 study skills advice appointments only. (For undergraduate and taught postgraduate students.)

IAD workshops, events and resources for postgraduate research students, including the 3 Minute Thesis competition.

IAD workshops and resources for academic research staff and Principal Investigators, including the Get Connected Welcome Event for new academics.
IAD careers support for research staff (including career development consultations)

IAD workshops, resources and network for postgraduate research supervisors, including our Supervisor Briefing sessions.

IAD workshops and resources for tutors and demonstrators

IAD workshops, events, staff networks, resources and online guidance for staff in learning and teaching roles. Includes enquiries about the Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS).

Continuing Professional Development Framework for Learning and Teaching, routes to gaining HEA Fellowship, and the Edinburgh Teaching Award (EdTA).

The Postgradute Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP), including from prospective and on-programme students.
The Introduction to Academic Practice course, including from prospective and on-programme participants.

How the IAD supports staff teaching in online learning contexts.

About the IAD Action Fund, and also about IAD funding in general (i.e. what schemes are available / what they can fund.)

Enquiries about the University’s Learning and Teaching Conference