Dr. Alexander I. Griffiths

Education Specialist

Introduction

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


Alongside this, 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.


Alexander originally trained as a Social & Developmental Psychologist (MA, MPhil, PhD). He is now an active researcher in the field of education, and is 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. 


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 Education is situated. 


Educational 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 educationally-based group identification and its impact on both the academic and social experiences of staff and students engaged in Education settings. 


Resilience in Education Populations


Having worked within services that seek to support students for most of his career, Alexander has started to develop interests in exploring the nature of resilience within educational settings. 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 order to preven


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 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)


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]