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The Doctoral College

Following a period of Consultation, the Graduate School has been replaced by the Doctoral College. The new structure has been designed to ensure that responsibility for the PGR environment, postgraduate research student experience and improving completion rates are embedded within Faculties, through the internal framework of the Doctoral Schools.

The two Doctoral College Academic Managers, will manage the Doctoral College structure and staff, which includes four Doctoral Schools and a Doctoral Office. The Deputy Deans Research and Professional Practice (DDRPPs) will provide the academic lead for each Doctoral School.  The whole structure will ensure that a common support framework is in place for all PGRs from enrolment to completion.

As we move towards 2018 and beyond, the implementation of the Doctoral College will initiate a range of actions that will progress the delivery of PGR support to meet future strategic objectives, whilst enhancing the PGR experience.




Dr Fiona Knight – Doctoral College Academic Manager (FST / FHSS)

Dr Julia Taylor –  Doctoral College Academic Manager (FM / FMC)

Clare Cutler – Research Skills & Development Officer (Doctoral College)

VACANT – Research Skills & Development Officer (Doctoral College)

Deborah Smythe – Resources Administrator (Doctoral College)



Louise Pearson – PGR Administrator (FST Doctoral School)

Naomi Bailey – PGR Administrator (FST Doctoral School)

Jan Lewis – PGR Administrator (FMC Doctoral School)

Sunny Choi – PGR Administrator (FMC Doctoral School)

Denise George – PGR Administrator (FM Doctoral School)

VACANT – Administrator (FM Doctoral School)

Louise Bryant – PGR Administrator (FHSS Doctoral School)

VACANT – PGR Administrator (FHSS Doctoral School)



Suzy Kempinski – PGR Administrator (Doctoral Office)

Natalie Stewart  – PGR Administrator (Doctoral Office)

VACANT – Resources Administrator (Doctoral Office)