Student Support Team

The School has a number of staff with specific responsibilities relating to student support. Our details and contact emails are listed below.

Contact the Student Support Team:

Dr. Geoff Pearson

CMVM Dean of Students

R(D)SVS Director of Student Affairs

In R(D)SVS, Geoff heads the Student Support Management Group, with overall responsibility for the academic and pastoral support of veterinary undergraduates and a focus on the student experience at the Dick. Geoff is also a member of the School Management Group and is also the Dean of Students for the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Cristina Soare

Deputy Director of Student Affairs (Vet Clinical)

Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health

Cristina works with the Student Support Group and her role is to assist fourth and final year students who experience any academic or personal challenges. This include helping with any health issues that may have an impact on learning or safety in fourth and final year, exam or rotation performance or personal circumstances that might impair commitment on the course.

Dr. Jessie Paterson

Lecturer in Student Learning, Lead for Study Skills

In 2012, Jessie joined the R(D)SVS initially as a Teaching Fellow and then as a Lecturer in Student Learning. This role includes supporting students in their academic study and Jessie leads the R(D)S Study skills team as well as being Deputy Director of Student Affairs.

Mr Mike Grieve

Member of Student Support Team

Mike is the Student Experience Officer at the RDSVS.  His role is to provide compliance and administrative support to the Student Support and Management Group.  As well as this, he is involved in recruiting and delivering training to Personal Tutors, ensuring that they are kept up to speed with the latest changes to University regulations and compliance requirements.

The other part of his role is to ensure that academic and professional services staff at the school work together to provide a better student experience, by nurturing incremental changes to the student experience based on student feedback.  Further, he provides signposting to students who need access to pastoral or support services offered by the university.

Mrs Kay Aitchison

Member of the Student Support Team

Kay is a Senior House Tutor and In 2018 she became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 1994 she became lecturer in Farm Animal Husbandry, with the associated roles of Course Organiser for the Animal Life 1, 2 and GEP courses and co-ordinator of Animal Husbandry Extra-mural Studies. 

Dr. Stacy Spielman

Teaching Fellow

Honorary Fellow in Veterinary Medical Education

After graduating from R(D)SVS and being in practice for several years, in 2011 Stacy started her role here at the vet school as a Teaching Fellow in Professional and Clinical Skills. She is currently an Honorary Fellow in Vet Medical Education, with a special interest in Student Support.  Over her time here, she has developed a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing (partly motivated by her own experiences with mental health issues) and she runs the training for the Dick Vet Peer Support Programme, supported by a PG Certificate in Counselling Studies. She is a member of the Student Support Team. She is available to talk to any student about any issue, so send her an email if you would like to chat.

Prof. Susan Rhind

Director of Teaching and member of the Student Support Team

Susan Rhind is Chair of Veterinary Medical Education and Director of Veterinary Teaching at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. She graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School and following 3 years in general veterinary practice, studied for a PhD in immunology at the University of Edinburgh. She subsequently specialised as a pathologist becoming a Member then Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. Since then she has developed a major interest in all aspects of veterinary education; current areas of research include assessment and feedback, e-learning, the use of models to support veterinary education and student well-being/support.