School Leadership

Head of School

Professor Anne Kerr is a Professor of Science & Technology Studies within the School of Social & Political Sciences and an Associate in the School of Health & Wellbeing. Anne is particularly interested in biomedicine and bioethics and has written and research on genetics, genomics, assisted conception and regenerative medicine. 

As Head of School, Anne is responsible for the School of Social & Political Sciences, its students, staff and research output. 

You can contact Anne via or alternatively contact Jeanne Bonner, personal assistant, via 

Depute Head of School

Professor Eamonn Butler McIntosh is a Professor of Central European Politics and Security. His research interests include political and security developments in Central Europe, specifically the Visegard group of states and he has a particular interest in the role and place of Central European states within European institutions. 

As Depute Head of the School of Social & Political Sciences, Eamonn is responsible for leading on strategic development and delivery of Learning & Teaching within the School.

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Head of Professional Services

As Head of Professional Services within the School of Social & Political Sciences, Michael Murray is responsible for professional service delivery and management across Learning & Teaching; Student Recruitment; Teaching, Planning & Resources; Operations; and Student Experience.

Michael also serves as Deputy Director of College Professional Services for the College of Social Sciences.

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Acting Research Director

Professor Jim Phillips is a Professor of Economic and Social History. His research on the history of work and labour examines popular understanding of changes in industry and employment. His public engagement work has included helping veteran miners win a collective pardon from the Scottish Paraliment for convictions arising from their activism during the 1984-85 strike. 

As acting Research Director, Jim is responsible for the School's wide-ranging research activities.

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