Postgraduate Research Education team

The Postgraduate Research Education Team supports all aspects of the University's postgraduate research education, including Doctoral Training Partnerships and postgraduate research student skills development. The Team is part of the Academic Services Division.

We have oversight of procedures and central administration for PGR student casework, registration, progress and examination processes and we advise to departments on these areas. We also run cohort building projects and events for PGR students, and PGR student skills development via Proficio. 

Team member Responsibilities 
Laura Ruddick - Senior PGRE Manager 
  • PGRE Team leadership and oversight, and senior professional support to Dean of PGRE, and Deputy Deans of PGRE.
  • Senior input to the strategic development of PGRE provision, projects and the doctoral student experience.
  • Oversight of procedures for student registration, progress, examination, PGRE Regulations, Codes and Policies.
  • DTP/CDT institutional Admin Lead and senior project development, inc operational management for CHASE DTP, SeNSS DTP, and Soc-B CDT.
  • Advice on complex student casework including progress, assessment, appeals and complaints.
  • Training, advice and guidance to departments and partner institutions.
Andrew McCarthy - Postgraduate Research Education Manager
  • PGRE Team management and professional support for the Dean and Deputy Deans of PGRE.
  • Proficio and PGR student training.
  • Management of procedures for student registration, progress, examination and escalated student casework. 
  • Training, advice and guidance to departments and partner institutions.
  • QA&E of PGR provision via PGR ARCS and Periodic Review.
  • Operational management of EnvEast DTP and Eastern ARC.

Felicity Kingsgate - Postgraduate Research Education Officer

  • Operational support for SeNSS, Soc-B CDT and Essex ESRC DTC.
  • Co-ordination of doctoral student case work and enquiries for Essex Business School, Economics, Government, ISER,Language and Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology and University Campus Suffolk.
  • Lead for PGRE Progress Procedure.
  • PGRE team projects, working groups and events.
Jenny Wilders - Postgraduate Research Education Officer
  • Operational support for EnvEast CDT and IGGI.
  • Co-ordination of Proficio and PGR student training, and related activity.
  • Co-ordination of doctoral student case work and enquiries for Biological Sciences, Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and SRES.
  • PGRE team projects, working groups and events.
Kimberley Wright - Postgraduate Research Education Officer
  • Operational support for CHASE.
  • Co-ordination of doctoral student case work and enquiries for HSC, History, Law, LIFTS, Mathematical Sciences, SPAH, PPS,Tavistock & Portman Trust and Writtle.
  • Lead for PGR Examination processes.
  • PGRE team projects, working groups and events.
Elliott Ghosh - Postgraduate Research Education Administrator
  • Administration of student casework and examination and responding to queries for HSC, History, Law, LiFTS, Mathematical Sciences, SPAH, PPS, Tavistock & Portman Trust and Writtle.
  • Administrative support for CHASE.
  • Support for the SeNSS DTP (0.2 FTE).
  • Support for projects, working groups and events.
Sarah Huckerby-Long - Postgraduate Research Education Administrator
  • Administration of Proficio and related activity.
  • Administrative support for PGRE events.
  • Administrative support for DTP/CDT events.
  • Support for projects, working groups and events.
Amy Pevalin - Postgraduate Research Education Administrator
  • Administration of student casework and examination and responding to queries for Essex Business School, Economics, Government, ISER, Language and Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology and University Campus Suffolk.
  • Administrative support for SeNSS, Soc-B CDT and Essex ESRC DTC.
  • Support for Embassy reporting.
  • Support for projects, working groups and events.

Dean and Deputy Deans for PGRE

Team member Responsibilities 
Professor Sanja Bahun, Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education
  • Academic lead for all strategic aspects of Postgraduate Research Education
Dr Thoko Kaime, Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Research Training
  • Academic lead for Proficio and postgraduate research student training
Dr Leanne Andrews, Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Research Education for the Faculty of Science and Health
  • Academic decision maker for PGRE student matters for the Faculty of Science and Health, including student casework, progress and examinations.
Professor Ismene Gizelis, Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education for the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Academic decision maker for PGRE student matters for the Faculty of Social Sciences (including student casework, progress and examinations).
  • Academic Lead for the SeNSS DTP and Essex ESRC DTC.
Professor David O’Mahony, Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Research Education for the Faculty of Humanities
  • Academic decision maker for PGRE student matters for the Faculty of Humanities (including student casework, progress and examinations).
  • Academic Lead for the CHASE DTP.

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Postgraduate Research Education Team Casework, examinations, progress and general enquiries
Telephone: 01206 874634
Proficio and PGR student training
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Embassy Reporting
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