Professor Sally Mapstone FRSE is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, the second woman in succession to hold this role there. She is a board member of Universities UK, a trustee of UCAS and of the Europaeum, and a member of the advisory board of the Higher Education Policy Institute. She leads on widening access work for Universities Scotland. She is chair of the international advisory board for the University of Helsinki. In 2017 she received the Foreign Policy Association of America medal for services to higher education. In 2019 she was elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Professor Mapstone was Deputy Chair of the University of Oxford Council and its General Purposes Committee. She served as a Member and Chair on a broad range of Oxford committees and boards. From 2011 to 2013, she chaired the group responsible for revising the University's Strategic Plan 2013 to 2018. She took a strong interest in diversity issues at Oxford, and launched the University's mentoring scheme for senior women, Ad Feminam, in 2012. In 2016 she was the organiser of a major series of lectures by 'Women of Achievement'.
Since becoming Principal of St. Andrews she has overseen a review of the University's processes for promotion, has launched a new University nursery, and has sponsored and launched a new mentoring scheme for senior academic women, the Elizabeth Garrett mentoring programme.