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
Doctoral College Academic Manager
(Lead for FHSS and FST)
I am the Doctoral College Academic Manager, 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
Doctoral College Academic Manager
(Lead for FM and FMC)
I am the Doctoral College Academic Manager, with lead for FMC and FM. 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.
Dr Clare Cutler
Research Skills & Development Officer
I am a Research Skills and Development Officer within the Doctoral College. Like Natalie, my main responsibility is to design and manage the Researcher Development Programme here at BU. Within this role I am also a member of the University Research Ethics Committee and regularly contribute to the Social Sciences & Humanities, and the Science, Technology & Health Research Ethics Panels.
As an active researcher I am involved in various research projects and publications surrounding the areas of dementia and public health. I have been involved in many research projects which have included; Dementia Friendly Communities, Dementia Friendly Tourism, Gateway to Rural Initiatives in International Dementia, the Technology Club, the Tech Club and the Intergenerational Technology Club. My doctoral research is investigating the benefits of digital gaming technology on the quality of life of community dwelling people with dementia. Other research interests include public engagement and impact; obtaining the voices of marginalized groups; veterans and dementia, and leisure and recreation in dementia.
Research Skills & Development Officer
As one of the Research Skills and Development Officers in the Doctoral College it is my role to develop, design and deliver a comprehensive framework for research skills and professional development for over 600 of our postgraduate researchers. I support and improve our postgraduate researchers and supervisors by providing informed, expert advice and guidance around research skills as well as on personal and professional development.
I am also a member of the University Research Ethics Committee and regularly contribute to the Social Sciences & Humanities, and the Science, Technology & Health Research Ethics Panels.
I completed an MSc in Clinical Exercise Science in 2014 and my personal research interests include population health and wellbeing with a particular focus on cardiovascular sciences.
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.
During the summer and weekends you’ll find me kayaking around Poole Harbour and Hengistbury Head or mountain biking and road cycling in the Purbecks and New Forest. I love different cultures and overseas travel, so I have the perfect job – working with a diverse international PGR community at BU.
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 expand our minds and 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 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.
PGR Administrator -
Admissions and Conferments
(FHSS and FST)
I’m a Research Administrator dealing with Admissions and Conferment for the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Technology. I administer applications and support students at the very beginning of their postgraduate research journey, and then again right at the end of their journey. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Law with History and am currently studying a Master’s degree in Death, Religion and Culture.
PGR Administrator – Admissions and Conferments
(FM and FMC)
As one of two Research Adminstrators for PGR admissions, I take the lead on all applications for the Faculties of Management alongside Media and 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.
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. My role is to support post graduate researchers through their PhD and Masters journey. 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.
(FHSS & FM)
(01202) 962037 / 968735
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator within the Faculties of Health and Social Sciences and Management. My role is to assist post graduate researchers through their PhD journey. Previously I have been part of the Administration teams for Undergraduate admissions and taught postgraduate CPD admissions here at BU. I have a BA in Business from Hertfordshire University.
Outside of work, I am originally from London so go back to see family and friends when I can. I am also a keen walker and enjoy watching football and rugby. I love global politics and anything historical.
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator in the Faculty of Management, and have held this post for 8 years. Prior to this I have held several positions in BU where I have worked for 15 years. 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 with the Faculty of Media & Communication. My role is to support postgraduate researchers through their PhD journey. I have worked at Bournemouth University for almost three years. I have a BA in Education and History and am currently undertaking an MSc in Events Management at BU.
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator within the Faculty of Media and Communication. Since joining BU in 2001, I have worked in liaison with Media academic supervisors to support more than a hundred research students through to completion.
My background is in archaeology, and after graduating in BA Hons Archaeology at the University of York, I excavated on twenty-five archaeological sites around Britain. I then took the Diploma in Health Services Management to qualify as an NHS manager, and worked as an operations manager in Harrogate and York District hospitals, co-ordinating clinics, porters, switchboard, complaints and hospital art provision. Educational administration then beckoned, and following jobs at a large Further Education college in Leeds, and in the Engineering Faculty at Bradford University, I came to Bournemouth.
I am also a postgraduate researcher, and am currently writing my own PhD thesis situated within archaeological historiography, supervised within the Centre for Media History.
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator with the Faculty of Science & Technology.
Cansu Curt Green
I am a Postgraduate Research Administrator for the Faculty of Science & Technology, mainly responsible for the departments of Psychology and Creative Technology, and 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 Research Administrator within the Doctoral School for the Faculty of Science & Technology. My role is to assist with the management of postgraduate researchers in the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science and the Department of Life & Environmental Sciences. I was previously part of the Administration Team in the School of Applied Sciences as a Postgraduate Administrator and was responsible for looking after supporting the running of both the taught and research postgraduate programmes.
Outside of work, I do long distance walking and am partway through completing the South West Coast Path, England’s longest distance footpath. I also love playing the keyboard, cycling and motor biking. I am currently hoping to successfully obtain my full motorbike license in due course.