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The Doctoral College Team

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 Doctoral College Academic Managers 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

Dr Fiona Knight

Head of the Doctoral College
(Lead for FHSS and FST)

fknight@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 965902

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

Dr Julia Taylor

Head of the Doctoral College
(Lead for BUBS and FMC)

jetaylor@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 965096

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.

Louise Bryant

Louise Bryant

PGR Administration Team Leader

lbryant@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 961563

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.

Natalie Stewart

Natalie Stewart

Research Skills & Development Officer

nstewart@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 965030

As Research Skills & Development Officer it’s my role to design, implement and deliver a comprehensive suite of research, personal and professional skills development for all postgraduate researchers at BU. I Chair the Postgraduate Researcher Development Steering Group with the aim of enhancing the strategic direction, nature, quality, and delivery of the University’s provision of postgraduate researcher development.

I am a member of the Clinical Governance Group and University Research Ethics Committee and regularly contribute to the Science, Technology & Health Research Ethics Panel. I am also the co-lead for Doctoral College Value for Money initiatives.

I have a BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Sciences (University of Exeter), an MSc in Clinical Exercise Sciences (University of Portsmouth) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education Practice (Bournemouth University). I am also a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE).

Thom Stroud

Thom Stroud

Resources Administrator

tstroud@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 965652

As a Resources Administrator I provide general administration support for the Doctoral College Academic Managers 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.

Deborah Smythe

Deborah Smythe

Resources Administrator

dsmythe@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 968255

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.

Faye Close

Faye Close

PGR Administrator -
Admissions and Conferment
(FST and FMC)

fclose@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 965069

As one of two Research Administrators for PGR admissions, I deal with the admissions and conferment for the Faculty of Media and Communication and the Faculty of Science and Technology. My role is to support applicants and academic staff, providing advice and guidance on the admissions and conferment process.

I have a BA (Hons) in History and Japanese Studies from Oxford Brookes University. I majored in History, focusing on the aetiology and epidemiology of diseases, crime, and public health during the nineteenth century. I can speak intermediate level Japanese.

When I’m not working, I am an avid tabletop gamer, keen paddleboarder and cyclist.

Jamie Chadd

Jamie Chadd

PGR Administrator – Admissions and Conferment
(FHSS and BUBS)

jchadd@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 967220

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 Health & Social Sciences. 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.

Denise George

Denise George

PGR Administrator
(BUBS)

dgeorge@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 968766

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.

Tina Ikin

Tina Ikin

PGR Administrator
(FHSS)

tkerseyikin@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 962771

I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator within the Doctoral School for the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences.

Sonia Ashby

Sonia Ashby

PGR Administrator
(FMC)

sashby@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 965687

I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator in the Faculty of Media and Communication and joined BU in December 2018. My role is to support postgraduate researchers throughout their studies. I have a BSc Hons in Neurobiology and completed Postgraduate Diplomas in both Psychology and Nursing. I have always enjoyed trying new things and have had careers in the music industry, publishing and nursing before training to be a Chartered Accountant with the National Audit Office and spent nine years working my way up in NHS Finance. After a lifetime of studying and working in different settings, I now look forward to helping others to achieve their study goals!

Outside of work my biggest passions are travel, hiking (locally and abroad), music, reading, and cuddling any cat that is willing! In the winter months I probably succumb to more TV box sets than I should.

Cansu Kurt Green

Cansu Kurt Green

PGR Administrator
(FMC)

ckurtgreen@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 962469

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.

Enrica Conrotto

Enrica Conrotto

PGR Administrator
(FMC)

econrotto@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 965562

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, within the Faculty of Media & Communication, I assist the management of Postgraduate Researchers in the Department of Humanities and Law.

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.

Naomi Bailey

Naomi Bailey

PGR Administrator
(FST)

nbailey@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 961691

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 of 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.

Emily Bird

Emily Bird

PGR Administrator
(FST)

ebird@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 962494

I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator within the Faculty of Science and Technology. My role is to assist the management of Postgraduate Researchers in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology and the Department of Life & Environmental Sciences. Before joining BU in 2017 I worked for Dorset and Hampshire Police.

I have a BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Southampton and a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Psychology from the University of Portsmouth. I am currently undertaking my PhD here at BU specifically looking at investigative interview techniques and eyewitness memory.

Outside of work, I am currently refurbishing my house to take it from a 1930s bungalow to something more modern. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends and watching Netflix with my partner.

Karen Turner

Karen Turner

PGR Administrator
(FST)

kturner@bournemouth.ac.uk
(01202) 962488

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 of Department of Psychology and Department of Creative Technology.

I have a BA(Hons) In Performing Arts (Theatre & Dance) from De Montfort University, and a MA in Dance Studies from Surrey University.

I am still interested in the Arts, alongside more practical creative studies, some of which I have undertaken in Short Courses at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Outside of work, I live with my husband and our dog, a little West Highland Terrier.  We enjoy long country walks and pubs, as well as reading, listening to music, gardening and exploring on holiday.