Originally training as a Psychological Scientist at the Universities of St Andrews (MA, PhD) and Cambridge (MPhil), Alexander progressed to a career supporting educational governance and development within the Higher Education Sector.
His present position as Academic Policy Officer (Taught Degrees) is within the Office of the Proctor and Senior Vice-Principal at the University of St Andrews where he supports the development of the educational and regulatory framework that governs undergraduate and taught postgraduate studies at the University.
It is in this role that Alexander draws on his experience as a researcher and educator to develop innovative approaches and solutions to pedagogical issues in the higher education environment, and works closely with academic colleagues to continuously improve quality and standards in education. His specific focus is on supporting learning and teaching in higher education and university environments by developing strategic responses to educational policy both domestically and internationally. He is also a University Warden where he leads a residential support team that assists students in negotiating their pastoral needs and adjustment to broader University life beyond the classroom, and his research work also aims to further develop and support HE pastoral approaches.
Alexander originally developed a research career within Psychological Science focusing on the field of Social and Developmental Cognition. His early academic work focused on resilience across the life span, later moving on to the development, maintenance, and function of identity (both personal and social) across the life span.
Academic Policy Officer (Taught Degrees), Office of the Principal, University of St Andrews
(May 2017 - Present)
Warden, Student Services, University of St Andrews
(November 2016 - Present)
Registry Officer (Research Student Support), Academic Registry, University of St Andrews
(January 2015 - May 2017)
Deputy Warden, Student Services, University of St Andrews
(August 2013 - October 2016)
Academic Tutor and Undergraduate Research Supervisor, School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews
(September 2010 - December 2014)
Doctoral Research Fellow, The MacLeodLab, University of St Andrews
(September 2010 - September 2014)
Assistant Warden, Student Services, University of St Andrews
(September 2012 - August 2013)
Graduate Research Associate, Psychology & Religion Research Group, University of Cambridge
(October 2009 - July 2010)
Undergraduate Research Assistant, The Memory Control Lab, University of St Andrews
(September 2008 - June 2009)
Undergraduate Research Assistant, The Clinical Cognition Lab, University of St Andrews
(January 2008 - June 2009)
Postgraduate Representative, Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group, British Psychological Society
(January 2011 - January 2013)
Postgraduate Representative, School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews
(May 2011 - January 2012)
Griffiths, A. I. (2015). Retrieval Processes in Social Identification. PhD thesis, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK.
Griffiths, A. I. (2010). "God the Father": Religious coping to compensate for primary attachment figures during childhood crises. MPhil thesis, University of Cambridge, England, UK.
Keynote, Conference, and Seminar Presentations
Griffiths, A. I. (May 2014). Averting one's gaze beyond the looking glass: Retrieval Processes in Social Identification. Keynote Speech, VSPA International Conference on Identity, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Griffiths, A. I. (October 2013). A social memory approach to the formation and maintenance of the religious identity. Invited Seminar Presentation. Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
Griffiths, A. I. & MacLeod, M. D. (April 2013). Understanding the role of identity within processes of remembrance using experimental approaches in social and cognitive psychology. Conference Presentation. Euroacademia International Conference on Identities and Identifications: Politicised Uses of Collective Identities, Zagreb, Croatia.
Griffiths, A. I. & Kadioglu, P. (April 2013). Collective memory, identity, and inter-group conflict. Conference Presentation. Euroacademia International Conference on Identities and Identifications: Politicised Uses of Collective Identities, Zagreb, Croatia.
Griffiths, A. I. & MacLeod, M. D. (August 2012). The moderating impact of gender identification on retrieval-induced forgetting. Conference Presentation. Social Psychology Conference 2012, British Psychological Society, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK.
Griffiths, A. I. & MacLeod, M. D. (August 2011). Identity as a moderator of retrieval-induced forgetting. 5th International Conference on Memory, University of York, UK.
Griffiths, A. I. & MacLeod, M. D. (June 2011). Identity and self-relevance as moderators of retrieval-induced forgetting. Conference Presentation. The 12th European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.
Scholarships and Awards
2010 - 2014 - University of St Andrews Doctoral Scholarship. Full competitive scholarship of fees and maintenance for the duration of doctoral studies.
2011 - The Grindley Grant, Experimental Psychology Society, UK. Sponsored attendance and presentation of work at 12th European Congress of Psychology.
2011 - Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. For dedication to supporting student learning, teaching, and assessment in Higher Education.
2005 - Dangoor Scholarship, 1994 Group & University of St Andrews. Financial Scholarship for entering University with an outstanding record of prior academic excellence.