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.

Update on 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. During AY22/23, we will be running an increased number of on-campus options compared to the last couple of years. Do therefore 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 or appointment.

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Institute for Academic Development

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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 Phone
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 now 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 Phone
Professor Velda McCune

Personal Chair of University Education

Deputy Director, IAD | Head of Learning and Teaching team +44 (0)131 651 4083
Dr Aaron Allen Academic Developer, Taught Students  
Dr Hazel Christie

Head of the CPD Framework for Learning and Teaching / Senior Lecturer +44 (0)131 651 6669
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) +44 (0)131 651 7186
Sylvia Joshua Western Teaching Matters blog and podcast PhD Intern  
Lesley Kelly Academic Developer +44 (0)131 651 6129
Dr Neil Lent Lecturer (University Learning and Teaching) +44 (0)131 651 7199
Dr Jenna Mann Academic Developer +44 (0)131 651 4517
Celeste McLaughlin

Head of Academic Development for Digital Education +44 (0)131 651 4513
Dr Donna Murray Head of Taught Student Development +44 (0)131 650 5674
Nicolas Ruiz Digital Education PhD Intern  
Emily Salvesen

CPD Programme Manager +44 (0)131 651 6661
Dr Jenny Scoles Academic Developer, Learning and Teaching Enhancement +44 (0)131 650 4606

Researcher Development team

Name Role Email Phone
Dr Sara Shinton Assistant Director, IAD | Head of Researcher Development team +44 (0)131 650 7002
Nicola Cuthbert Researcher Development Manager +44 (0)131 650 5395
Eleanor Hennige Research Staff Careers Consultant +44 (0)131 650 9084
Bridget Mellifont Community Manager – Future Leaders Fellows Development Network  
Dr Katie Nicoll Baines EDI Manager – Future Leaders Fellows Development Network  
Dr Fiona Philippi Deputy Head of Researcher Development | Head of Doctoral Education +44 (0)131 650 9084
Dr Anna Pilz Academic Developer and Trainer: Researcher Development  
Dr Fiona Quinlan-Pluck Academic Developer +44 (0)131 651 6657
Dr Emily Woollen Academic Developer +44 (0)131 651 6657

Operations and Projects team

Name Role Email Phone
Amy Aukland Learning and Teaching Conference PhD Intern  
Clare Barrie Communications Officer - Future Leaders Fellows Development Network  
Sam Canning Administrative Officer  
Julie Daubenspeck Senior Administrative Officer +44 (0)131 651 6662
Post vacant Senior Administrative Officer CPD and Finance


Lisa Guenther Project Co-ordinator - Future Leaders Fellows Development Network  
Bel Ingham Events Administrator  
Corrie Jackson-Levrier Events Administrator  
Adean Lutton Personal Assistant / Project Support Officer (Future Leaders Fellows Development Network)  
Louise McKay Events Operations and Doctoral Programme Manager +44 (0)131 651 7189
Christy Macleod Events Administrator [on leave until late summer 2023] +44 (0)131 651 4518
Karsten Moerman IT Manager +44 (0)131 650 7267
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] +44 (0)131 651 3598
Andy Street Senior Administrative Officer +44 (0)131 650 4605
Cheryl Thomas Project Manager - Future Leaders Fellows Development Network  

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

IAD workshops and resources for tutors and demonstrators, including the Introduction to Academic Practice (IntroAP).

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.

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