Veronica Strachan
First Name: Veronica
Surname: Strachan
Position: University Secretary and Vice-Principal Corporate Services
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263409
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Veronica has significant experience within RGU, having held senior roles within both academic Schools and professional support departments. She has been a member of a wide range of committees at various levels and have been involved in leading and delivering successful outcomes in university wide projects.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Governance and Academic Quality
  • Secretary to Board of Governors


  • Academic Administration
  • Governance and Academic Quality
  • Legal


  • Academic Regulations Sub-Committee - Convener
  • Academic Advisory Committee (RGU/ICRGU) - Convener
  • Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee - Vice Convener
  • Member of Academic Council, Academic Development Committee, Joint Strategic Partnership Management Board (ICRGU/ RGU) and Equality and Diversity Sub-Committee

Academic Background

Veronica qualified as a solicitor in Scotland before joining RGU as a lecturer in law in 1994. In her early career, Veronica completed PG Certificate Tertiary Level Teaching and developed a keen interest in teaching and learning, and was an early adopter of technology, becoming a Fellow of Higher Education Academy in 2004. She was active in leading and developing the Law teaching portfolio and in 2002 was appointed Associate Head of School of Public Administration and Law.

In 2005 she was appointed Business Manager in Aberdeen Business School with Faculty responsibilities for development and delivery of aspects of Strategic plans and policies, and the leadership of the Faculty based administration including the placement office and learning and media technologists.

In 2016, she was appointed as Assistant Chief Academic Officer, leading the continuous development and implementation of efficient and effective academic quality assurance processes.  In that role she was part of the working group for the TEF submission, she led the university project creating the Employability and Professional Enrichment Hub and she has worked across the university to develop an enhance annual appraisal/ monitoring process.

In 2018 she was appointed as Assistant Chief Academic Officer and Secretary to the Board. As Secretary to the Board, she supports the Board of Governors with authoritative guidance about its responsibilities under the University Statutory Instrument and regulatory frameworks, external legislation and the requirements of the Scottish Funding Council.  Recently, she was actively involved designing and implementing the process for the election of the Chair of the Board of Governors, and the process for the recruitment of the Principal.

Professional Memberships

  • FHEA – Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2004)
  • FCMI – Fellow of Chartered Management Institute (2014)


Book Chapters

"Social Work Law in Scotland" (W. Greens, Edinburgh, 1999) Chapters 5 & 8 (Education & Housing, Benefits and Debt)

"Advocacy and Learning Difficulties" Ed Barry Gray & Robin Jackson, Chapter entitled "The Legal Context of Advocacy" with D. Baillie (Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 2001)

Refereed Articles

"The Relevance of Historical Fact to Certain Arguments Relating to the Legal Significance of the Acts of Union" 1998 Jur. Rev. 37-65 (with Michael Addo)

Refereed Case and Comments

"The Scope of Judicial Review Determined?" 1997 Jur. Rev. 122-125

"Contract or Tripartite Arrangement - Rooney v Chief Constable, Strathclyde Police" 1998 Jur. Rev. 193-196

"Beyond Limits? Licensing Board Policy - Texaco v North Lanarkshire Licensing Board" 1998 Jur Rev 381-385

"School Closure Consultation - Imrie Petitioner" 1999 Jur Rev 380 Contract Research

"The Consultation on Civil Registration: Analysis of Responses" with Paul Spicker, Sue Morris and Tatiana Damjanovic 2004, Edinburgh, Scottish Executive Social Research

"Analysis of Consultation Responses on 'The Report of the Scottish Charity Law Review" with Paul Spicker and Sue Morris 2002, Edinburgh, Scottish Office Central Research Unit.

Non-refereed Articles

"An Essential Guide to Legal Issues in Scotland for Health Professionals" Grampian Primary Care NHS Trust, Aberdeen 2000 (with D. Baillie)

"Developing Legal Research Methods to Meet the Challenge of New Technologies" (with Dr Christine Cnossen) 1997 2JILT, Internet

"Changing Times for Legal Education in Scotland?" (2001) 35 The Law Teacher 385

Conference Papers

"New Technology - Implications for Legal Research Methodology" (with Dr Christine Cnossen) 12th BILETA Conference

"The Future of Legal Education and Practice", University of Durham 25th March 1997

"The Use of C and IT To Support Student Learning" 2nd Annual Learning in Law Initiative Conference, University of Warwick, 7th January 2000

"Using Technology to Develop Effective Learning" Socio-Legal Studies Association, Conference, Queen's University of Belfast, 26-28 April 2000

"International Perspectives on Licensing Law" Edinburgh 5th November 2001


Arranged CPD sessions for local solicitors, both within the University and In-house

Presented CPD sessions on several topics including: IT in practice and Legal Aspects of Estate Agency

Arranged Conference:"Contemporary Issues in Devolution" 22 March 2000, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

6th July 2001 Human Rights Act Training - provided for Shetland Social Work Services

Legal Aspects of Record Keeping summer 2003, Albyn Hospital, Aberdeen