Dr Alexander I. Griffiths

Higher Education Specialist

Introduction

Alexander I. Griffiths is a Higher Education Specialist at the University of Stirling where he holds the post of Academic Quality and Governance Manager. 


Professionally he focuses on academic quality, governance, and strategy in the UK university context. His main area of operational expertise is within the Scottish Higher Education Sector.  


Alex has held academic research posts, professional posts relating to educational quality and governance, as well as posts developing and supporting the student experience. 


He has a keen interest in the role of identity in educational contexts and is currently research active in this area completing a Professional Doctorate in Education at the University of Glasgow.

Research Interests

Educational Policy & Strategy


The thoughtful development of educational policy and strategy is paramount to the way in which we do things as a sector. As such it is important to develop policies and strategies that reflect and address the issues we face as a sector, but that are also perceptive of the issues we may come to face in time. Alex therefore believes that educational policy and strategy should be developed to allow the sector and those who participate in it to be resilient to the challenges of the societal and political landscape within which Education is situated. 


Educational Identity & Experience

Alex has a significant interest in the Social Identity Approach (SIA) to understanding how individuals identify with groups and engage in group behaviour. Whilst his previous research work has examined the SIA in connection to memory within the areas of gender, religious, and political identification, Alex's focus has become orientated towards examining the potential role SIA can play in understanding educationally-based group identification and its impact on both the academic and social experiences of staff and students engaged in Education settings. He continues to consider the relationship between memory and identity within educational contexts, especially with reference to how identity mediates memory and affects behavioural expression and learning in educational contexts. 


Education


Ed.D Doctorate in Education, University of Glasgow
(in progress)

PhD Social Psychology, University of St Andrews
(2010 - 2014)

MPhil Social & Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge
(2009 - 2010)

MA (Hons) Psychology & Theology, University of St Andrews
(2005 - 2009)



Professional Experience


Academic Quality and Governance Manager, University of Stirling

(April 2019 - Present)


Academic Policy Officer (Taught Degrees), Office of the Principal, University of St Andrews

(May 2017 - April 2019) 


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)


Research Associate, Psychology & Religion Research Group, University of Cambridge

(October 2009 - July 2010)


Research Assistant, The Clinical Cognition Lab, University of St Andrews

(January 2008 - June 2009)


Contact

Work Enquiries: [email protected]


Research Enquiries: [email protected]