The Doctoral College works closely with Faculties to provide a thriving and active postgraduate research environment and community. The Doctoral College has three key areas of responsibility: improving the PGR student experience, growing PGR numbers and enhancing research degree quality assurance.
The two Heads of the Doctoral College manage the Doctoral College structure and staff, which includes four Doctoral Schools and a Doctoral Office. The Deputy Deans of Research and Professional Practice (DDRPPs) provide the academic lead for each Doctoral School. The structure ensures a common support framework is in place for all PGRs from enrolment to completion.
Dr Fiona Knight
Head of the Doctoral College
(Lead for FHSS and FST)
I am the Head of the Doctoral College, taking the lead for FHSS, and FST. Working with Julia, and in consultation with the Deputy Deans for Research and Professional Practice, we have responsibility for overseeing the development and enhancement of research degree Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures and for ensuring Faculties are provided with expert information and robust, quality based, protocols and processes. We also work closely with our Doctoral College team to implement various activities which contribute to an inclusive PGR community and a vibrant student experience.
I have a BSc in Geology (University of Gloucester), an MSc in Mining Geology (Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter), and a PhD from Cardiff University in Mineralogy & Geochemistry. I previously worked at Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and have also worked for various petroleum companies (including BP). I joined BU in 2003 to establish the Graduate School but have also spent time working in the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office.
Dr Julia Taylor
Head of the Doctoral College
(Lead for BUBS and FMC)
I am the Head of the Doctoral College, with lead for FMC and BUBS. Working with Fiona and in consultation with the Deputy Deans for Research and Professional Practice, we have responsibility for overseeing the development and enhancement of research degree Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures and for ensuring Faculties are provided with expert information and robust, quality based, protocols and processes. We also work closely with our Doctoral College team to implement various activities which contribute to an inclusive PGR community and a vibrant student experience.
I have a BA in English and Related Literature (University of York), an MA in Bibliography, Publishing and Textual Studies (University of Leeds), and a PhD from Bournemouth University in Media History. The fact that I was previously a PGR at BU’s Faculty of Media & Communication has given me a particularly useful insight into this role.
Doctoral College Administration Manager
Previously I have been part of the Administration team in Organisational and Staff Development. I have worked at Bournemouth University for 7 years. Outside of work, I am a Mum to 2 children and 2 cats, and love binge watching Netflix box sets.
Doctoral College Programme Manager
As Doctoral College Programme Manager, I support the Heads of the Doctoral College with the management, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Doctoral College strategy across the key areas of PGR recruitment, development, experience and administration. I am currently undertaking my own PhD exploring ways to encourage positive PGR research cultures and increasingly publish on the subject.
I have a BSc (Hons) in Exercise & Sport Sciences (University of Exeter), an MSc in Clinical Exercise Sciences (University of Portsmouth) and a PGCert in Education Practice (Bournemouth University). I am also a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE).
I have an indoor plant and propagation obsession, enjoy a good board game evening, and love ticking countries off my to visit list.
As a Resources Administrator I provide administration and operational support to the Heads of the Doctoral College and the wider team.
Lifelong learning is important to me – to be able to strive to further educate ourselves is critical in creating a successful society – and this is why I have chosen a career to work within education. To date I have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice Research as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
Outside of the office, you’ll find me enjoying walks with my dog in one of the many areas of scenic beauty around Dorset as well as enjoying a culinary treat at one of the many restaurants or lounge bars in the local area.
I am a Resources Administrator in the Doctoral College, providing administration support to the team and acting as a first point of contact for PGR enquiries.
My background is in management, training, quality systems and business development working in Welsh government, and previously in London based healthcare, training, IT and public relations organisations. My highest qualification is Masters in Business.
My interests include open water swimming, kayaking, cycling and trekking, following the mantra “the closer you are to nature, the better your quality of life”. I love different cultures and overseas travel, so I have the perfect job – working with a diverse international PGR community at BU.
PGR Administrator – Admissions and Conferment
(BUBS & FMC)
As one of two Research Adminstrators for PGR admissions, I take the lead on all applications for the Bournemouth University Business School alongside the Faculty of Media & Communication. Previously I’ve achieved an MA in Screen Studies from Birmingham City University where my main field of study was media fandom and television comedy. When I’m not working I am an avid tabletop gamer, sports fan and Netflix consumer.
PGR Administrator -
Admissions and Conferment
I’m a Research Administrator dealing with Admissions and Conferment for the Faculty of Science and Technology. I administer applications and support students at the very beginning of their postgraduate research journey, and then again at the end of their journey. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Law with History and a Master’s degree in Death, Religion and Culture.
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator in the Bournemouth University Business School, and have held this post since 2010. Prior to this I have held several positions in BU where I have worked since 2002. Before joining the University I spent 20 years in the Finance Industry. I have a varied employment background, everything from copy typist to PA to the CEO of a large financial company.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband, cooking ,walking and Zumba Gold.
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. Initially I joined the BU International Admissions Team in January 2018, and then FHSS in August 2019 supporting postgraduate researchers during their doctoral journey.
On leaving school, I attended Westminster College in London and qualified as a chef, specialising in pastry. I worked as chef/manager at various restaurants within the Whitehall British government buildings. The highlight of this was being presented to the Queen. My passion was always to work within the travel industry, and I spent the next 14 years managing UK and European airport operations for an airline. I then swapped my wings for sea legs, where I worked for the cruise industry, based in Palma Mallorca for 9 years. Prior to joining BU, I spent 3 years living in the Middle East, in Muscat Oman. I really enjoy living in other countries and absorbing the rich cultures and ways of life.
Outside of work my biggest passions are travel, motor boating, sailing, music and more recently travelling with my husband Steve in our new motorhome, ‘Eva’. I also have 10 wonderful grandchildren who I love to spend time with.
Cansu Kurt Green
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator for the Faculty of Media & Communication, my role is to assist the management of the postgraduate researchers throughout their studies.
I have a BA in Anthropology and have completed a MSc in Forensic Osteology here in BU.
Outside of the office, I am probably either reading with two cats cuddled up on my lap or travelling if I am not binge watching Judge Judy. I am a big fan of boxing and crime TV series.
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator and I have a double role within the Doctoral College: I am responsible for administering the Viva Voce examination process across BU and I assist the management of Postgraduate Researchers in the Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE).
Before joining the Doctoral College Team, I spent 15 years at the Research Department of Politecnico di Torino (Italy). I have a Master degree in Economics and several years of experience in EU project management.
Outside of work, I am a mum of two children and I love cooking and reading.
Dr George Askwith
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator within the Faculty of Media and Communication, supporting postgraduate researchers across the Departments of Humanities and Law, and the National Centre of Computer Animation.
My background is in academia and before joining the Doctoral College at BU, I supported postgraduate researchers across the country with their writing, presenting, and research skills. I have a BA (Hons) in Medieval and Classical Studies, an MA in Classical Studies and a PhD from Swansea researching early English Christianity. I also taught at Swansea and Cardiff Universities.
Outside of BU, I enjoy hiking and running with my wife, writing, listening to live music, and playing boardgames
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator within the Doctoral School for the Faculty of Science & Technology. My role is to assist the management of Postgraduate Researchers in the Department of Computing & Informatics and the Department Design & Engineering. I have worked in the same role since I joined Bournemouth University in 2008. Before BU I worked at the Bournemouth and Poole College in the Admissions Team and then Advice and Guidance Team.
I have a BSc in Environmental Science and a PGDip in Applied Marine Science (both from the University of Plymouth). Outside of the office I am a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the British Butterfly Conservation Society. I enjoy bird and butterfly watching, wildflowers, walking, crafting. I also enjoy overseas travel, recent visits include Amsterdam, Paris, Salzburg, Istanbul, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Delhi and Agra.
I am one of two Postgraduate Research Administrators in the Faculty of Science & Technology. My role is to assist the management of postgraduate researchers in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, Department of Life & Environmental Sciences and the Department of Psychology. I have worked at BU since 2011, where I worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology for five years and had the pleasure of being a part of some fantastic projects in the UK and abroad. Since then I have worked in the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office and most recently as Admissions Coordinator for the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences CPD Team. I am delighted to return to the Faculty of Science & Technology!
I graduated from BU in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Field Archaeology.
When I’m not at work I can often be found outside – hiking, wild camping or dipping in the sea . I also enjoy sewing, skating and a nice craft beer!