Dr. Alexander I. Griffiths

Higher Education Specialist

Alexander I. Griffiths is a Higher Education Specialist at the University of St Andrews where he currently serves at the Academic Policy Officer (Taught Degrees) in the Office of the Vice-Principal Education (Proctor). In this role he is responsible for the development and implementation of educational strategy and policy within the University. 


He also serves as Head Warden of McIntosh Hall at the University where he is responsible for the social and emotional welfare of undergraduate students in residence, and is also completing a Professional Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) at the School of Education, University of Glasgow focusing on the role of identity in educational contexts. 


Education & Fellowships

Ed.D, Doctorate in Education (in progress, expected 2023)

University of Glasgow


PhD Social Psychology (completed, 2014)

University of St Andrews


MPhil Social & Developmental Psychology (completed, 2010)

Darwin College, University of Cambridge


MA (Hons) Psychology & Theology (completed, 2009)

University of St Andrews


Associate Fellow (admitted, 2011)

Higher Education Academy

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. Alexander 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 Higher Education is situated. 


Student Identity & Experience: Alexander 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, Alexander's focus has become orientated towards examining the potential role SIA can play in understanding student-based group identification and its impact on both the academic and social experiences of students engaged in Higher Education settings. 


Resilience: Having worked within services that seek to support students at a Higher Education level for most of his career, Alexander has started to develop interests in exploring the nature of resilience within the university setting. Particular interests focus on the ways in which students cope with the various crises they face both at an academic and personal level throughout the course of their studies, as well as examining methods through which we can promote resilient behaviours in the university setting in order to prevent students arriving at crisis point.