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Press office

If you wish to speak to one of our press office team please call Susannah Lane on 07715992908. Please call, rather than email, if your query is out-of-office-hours or over weekends. Duncan is also available via email:

General enquiries

Delivering business-as-close-to-normal during the COVID-19 epidemic

Following public health advice, Universities Scotland moved to home working arrangements for staff from 18 March. All staff are contactable on email and on mobile phones. To contact a specific member of staff please use the details below.

For general enquiries please email:


Alastair Sim, Director

For enquiries, please contact Alastair’s PA on: 0131 225 0708 or

Kate Grimes, PA to the Director

M: 07445 653 603

Sonya Johnston, Head of Operational Services

M: 07445 714 349

Resources & Governance team

David Lott, Deputy Director

M: 07880 195 713

Dr Lauren Knight, Senior Policy Officer

M: 07887 932 136

Heather Sloan, Committee & Policy Assistant

M: 07445 676 805

Learning & Teaching team

Kirsty Conlon, Head of Learning and Teaching and Widening Access

M: 07748 963 969

Mark Wild, Policy Officer, Learning and Teaching and Widening Access

M: 07799 078 473

Research & Innovation

Dr Emma Baxter, Senior Policy Officer

M:07445 785217

Heather Sloan, Committee & Policy Assistant

M:07445 676 805

International Policy team

Ulrike Peter, Senior Policy Officer International

M: 07850 930 293

Elisa Chirico, Connected Scotland Project Officer

M: 07778 923 119

Public Affairs & Communications team

Susannah Lane, Head of Public Affairs & Communications

M: 07715992908

Duncan McKay, Senior Public Affairs & Communications Officer

M: 07445 747 222

Boab Thomson, Public Affairs & Communications Executive

M: 07414897272

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Universities Scotland
Holyrood Park House
106 Holyrood Road

On arrival at Holyrood Park House please go to the reception desk in the lobby. The staff there will let us know you have arrived.

The office is an 11 minute walk from Waverley station.

Nearby car parking is available at the NCP on Holyrood Road, at the Dynamic Earth car park on Holyrood Gait and the Holyrood Palace car park off Queen’s Drive