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Postgraduate Academic Officer

Hi! I'm Caroline McWilliams, your SRC Postgraduate Academic Officer for 2021/22.

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About my position

I represent postgraduate taught and research students at a university level, organise the postgraduate class representative system and ensure that postgraduate students have their voices heard at St Andrews! I mainly focus on academic matters and sit on a variety of university-wide committees in this role. 

This year I am particularly focused on implementing new recommendations for the PG representation system, as well as promoting mental health support for postgraduates.  

How my position affects you

My role affects all postgraduate students as I help to increase and improve communication channels between postgraduate students and staff. This can be on a School level, by helping make sure the class representative system is effective, or at a university-wide level, where I ensure that postgraduate student views are heard on university committees.  

Your PGT and PGR reps are always your first point of contact, but I too am always available to talk to PG students about any academic concerns. I can be reached at [email protected] and I always strive to get back to you within 48 hours.  

About me

I completed my undergraduate degree in English and Modern History here in 2018 and was involved in a variety of societies and subcommittees during my time including On the Rocks, Mermaids, Dance Club, Just So and the Student Ambassadors. I was awarded Honorary Life Membership to the Students’ Association in 2018 for services to the performing arts and student experience. I returned for an MLitt in Modern History and graduated in 2019 before spending a year working several internships. I returned to St Andrews in September 2020 to begin my PhD. I focus on the British upper classes in the Inter-war years and their connections to the popular press.  

When I’m not tied to my desk, I can be found in the dance studio, working with several external organisations, or out on long country walks. I also love Scottish reeling, travelling and gardening.  

Committee and Groups

I chair the PG Academic Forum. I sit on a wide variety of committees, including Academic Senate, Learning and Teaching Committee, Postgraduate Research Committee, Academic Monitoring Group, Education Committee, SRC, and the Postgraduate Development Forum. 

Previous holders

The position title was Postgraduate Convenor until 2016.

Year Name Resources
2021/22 Caroline McWilliams


2020/21 Abi Whitefield


2019/20 Emma Catherine Whitefield


2018/19 Ashley Clayton




2016/17 Euan Alexander Grant


2015/16 Tania Struetzel