The Principal's Office

Mr Gavin McLachlan

Gavin McLachlan is Vice-Principal and Chief Information Officer, and Librarian to the University.

Areas of responsibility

  • Head of the Information Services Group, budget holder.
  • Responsible for the strategic development and efficient delivery of a wide range of IT, library and collections services, including the University’s IT strategy, IT services, learning & teaching technology services, digital research services, library services, EDINA, Digital Curation Centre, museums, galleries and special collections.
  • Strategic oversight and underpinning support for online learning, distance learning and open education across the University.

University level committee membership

  • Estates Committee
  • Knowledge Strategy Committee
  • Staff Experience Committee
  • IT Committee (Convenor)
  • Library Committee
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • University Collections Advisory Committee
  • University Executive

Contact details

Gavin McLachlan's assistant is Mary Young and can be contacted via email to

Mr Gavin McLachlan

Vice-Principal and Chief Information Officer, and Librarian to the University

  • Information Services
  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details



Argyle House
3 Lady Lawson Street

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