Alice Collett

Alice Collett

Prof, Professor

  • KY16 9JU

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


Prior to joining St Andrews, Professor Collett worked at several universities around the world, in teaching, research and senior management roles, including a period as Acting Dean at Nalanda University in India. Her research specialism is ancient Indian religions, with a focus on women. Her publications include Women in Early Indian Buddhism: Comparative Textual Studies (OUP, 2013) and Translating Buddhism: Historical and Contextual Perspectives (SUNY, 2021). Current projects include an outreach project that offers workshops to primary and secondary schools in and around Scotland on South Asian history, and a collaborative project with the School of Computer Science, working on digital tools for ancient inscriptions. Professor Collett also works with public bodies in consultancy, advisory and assessor roles, such as the BBC, The British Council, the Association for Commonwealth Universities and Sahapedia-UNESCO.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Academic Assessor, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

1 Oct 2022 → …

General Editor, Buddhist Studies Review (Journal)

30 Jun 2020 → …


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