Postgraduate Mentor Scheme: CAL

pg-mentorship-bnr-calThe postgraduate mentor scheme for the 2013 - 2014 academic year closed on Friday 12 September 2014.  The scheme for 2014-2015 will launch shortly.

The information below is for information only. The mentors no longer have access to their emails. Please direct any queries to the Postgraduate Recruitment Team:

The Postgraduate Mentor Scheme is a student support network for prospective University of Birmingham students. The mentors are experienced postgraduates who currently study in the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham, and they will offer help and advice from a student perspective.

You can contact each mentor by email with any questions until September 2014. Simply access the profiles through the section below. You do not need to have applied already to contact the mentors, they can help general enquirers, applicants as well as offer-holders.

It is important to remember that responses are from a student perspective. The mentors can provide insight into issues including accommodation, campus life, the city of Birmingham, the College of Arts and Law, the course, and the transition into postgraduate study with the University.

You will be able to view the mentor profiles below, Please feel free to contact them directly using the emails provided alongside their profiles.

If you need any further assistance, please contact the mentor scheme organiser, Jon Cheek, using:

English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies



Rebeca Cubas Pena (Email using: and please mark for the attention of Rebeca)

Rebeca is a PhD student in the English department. She is also a mentor for students considering the university in Spain.

As well as answering general queries, she can give advice on cultural and academic differences between Spain and England.

Philosophy, Theology and Religion

Matt Churchouse (Email using:

Matt-ChurchouseStudying for a PhD in Theology

Been studying at the university for 8 years (inc Masters and UG)

Involved with the university music and with chaplaincy groups, including the Christian Union. 

Birmingham Law School

Samantha Schnobel  (Email using:


I am currently in the second year of my PhD in Law, having first completed my graduate law degree at Birmingham. 

I currently receive funding as a postgraduate teaching assistant and would be very happy to answer any questions regarding this experience.

I am also an international student (from Canada). If you have any questions about what it is like to live and study in Birmingham, I’d love to help! 

Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Jamie Edwards  (Email using:


PhD in the History of Art. I have studied previously at the University of Birmingham at BA and M.Phil levels. 

I am actively involved in my department as a teaching assistant, and regularly get involved with other extra-curricular activities. I can advise on applying, the student experience and postgrad opportunities. Both my M.Phil and PhD have been funded by the AHRC, so I can also offer advice about funding as well.

Judith Allan  (Email using:


I am in the fourth year of a PhD in Italian Studies (co-supervised by an art historian), and have been at the University since my undergraduate days. I am AHRC-funded (and was School Scholarship-funded for my MPhil), so can advise on the funding process. I have also been a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for several years, and have been a (founding) member of the Early Medieval-Medieval-Renaissance-Reformation-Early Modern Postgraduate Forum since 2009.  

History and Cultures

Aimée Fox-Godden  (Email using:


Studying for a PhD in Modern History. Aimee previously studied at the University for a BA English and History and MA British First World War Studies. 

Aimee is AHRC funded for her PhD, so she can advise on the application process. She can also offer advice on part-time postgraduate study, returning to study after employment, and undertaking full-time study as a distance learner

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Ruth Leger  (Email using:


Studying for a PhD with the department.

From the Netherlands, so can advise students considering study in England, moving to the UK and living in a foreign country


Planned a long term research visit outside the UK and can advise on such possibilities and funding opportunities

Distance Learning Courses

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Annette Amerman Distance learning PhD, Modern History

Originally from the Finger Lakes region in New York State, Annette received her bachelors in History from Shenandoah University of Winchester, Virginia, in 1997. During her time at Shenandoah, she interned with the Marine Corps History Division in Washington DC. Annette lived in Wyoming for several years working as a curator at the Wyoming Territorial Prison Historic Site and later for the Wyoming Research Institute.

In 2003 she returned to the Marine Corps History Division as a historian in the Historical Reference Branch. While working, Annette completed her masters in history at George Mason University of Fairfax, Virginia, in 2010. Today she continues as a senior historian with the Marine Corps, has published many articles, presented several papers at conferences and is currently completing her first book - a reference work on Marines in World War I. She started working on her PhD at Birmingham in 2012, and is working with Dr Peter Gray on Marine and Navy Aviation Integration in World War I.

Ghazala Qadri, Distance learning PhD, Theology and Religion


Ghazala Qadri, British by birth, Pakistani by origin, Ghazala received her LLB from the University of Southampton in 1993. Upon completion of law school and legal training she qualified as a solicitor in 1996. During her time as a solicitor Ghazala worked as a family lawyer. She spent several years living in Pakistan, gaining her MA in Islamic Studies as well as teaching. In 2002 she returned to the UK to complete her Master of Laws from the University of East London.

Today Ghazala lives and works in Canada. She works for Minhaj-ul Quaran International, an NGO that works to promote peace, tolerance and inter-faith harmony. She has written many articles and is a public speaker who has addressed numerous conferences on women's rights in Islam throughout Europe and North America. Her current research focuses on women's rights to divorce in Islam and Pakistan. Ghazala started working on her PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2012, and is working with Dr Haifaa Jawad.

Joshua Rhone, Distance learning PhD, Theology and Religion


Joshua received his bachelor of arts in Religion from Houghton College of Houghton, New York, in 2004. Upon completing his degree at Houghton, Joshua entered into vocational ministry and was ordained by the Wesleyan Church in 2008. While working, Joshua completed two degrees - a master of arts in ministry leadership and a master of divinity degree - at George Fox Evangelical Seminary of Portland, Oregon, in 2012.

Today he serves a parish in Mount Union, Pennsylvania, as their pastor, has published numerous articles and presented several papers at conferences. Joshua started working on his PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2012, and is working with Dr Mark Cartledge in the area of Wesleyan ecclesiology.