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Mr Andrew Unwin

Vice Principal of St Mary's College

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I completed a four-year MSci degree in the Department of Chemistry. I wrote my dissertation under the supervision of Prof R D Chambers and my fourth-year project under the supervision of Dr G Sandford. Upon graduation I moved into University Administration. I worked for several years as a Faculty Administrator, primarily supporting the Faculty of Science. In 2004 I was promoted to Deputy Head of the Academic Support Office and in 2005 I moved back to the Department of Chemistry to take up the post of Senior Administrator.

I studied for an MA in Marketing with Durham University Business School, graduating in January 2017 with distinction; my interests are in internationalisation, with a particular emphasis on student recruitment, and (in the private sector) the affect of loyalty schemes on consumer behaviour.

In 2018 my role change and my job title became Department Manager.

In March 2020 I moved to St Mary's College to become Vice Principal.

Current Responsibilities

I manage various areas of administration including examinations, health and safety and human resources. I am secretary to the Chemistry Board of Studies, Board of Examiners, Management Advisory groups, and the Safety Committee.

I am the Departmental Safety Administrator.

I am also a college mentor at Grey College Council.

I have previously been a member of Grey College Council and a School Governor.

AUA Branch Co-Ordinator

I have been a member of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) since joining the HE sector. I am also the Durham Branch Co-Ordinator.