Postgraduate Mentor Scheme: COSS



The 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 Social Sciences 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. You do not need to have applied previously 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 areas including accommodation for students, campus life, the city of Birmingham, the College of Social Sciences, 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:


Birmingham Business School 

juste-abramovaite-1Juste Abramovaite  (Email using:

Studying for a PhD in Economics

Completed both a BSc and an MSc in UK, so can advise students on moving and studying in Birmingham.


School of Education

Ricky Wang(Email using:


Studying Doctorate in Education (Ed.D), focusing on Higher Education Leadership.

I am familiar with the local area and working part-time alongside studies. I can therefore answer general queries relating to this.


Eleanor Clark (Email using:


I studied a BSc in Psychology at Lancaster University and am now a student at the University of Birmingham in the third year of the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate in training to be an Educational Psychologist.  

I can answer questions on this application process and the course in general.

School of Government and Society

Bruno Dalponte(Email using:


Bruno is a PhD researcher at the Department of Political Science and International Studies, in the College of Social Sciences. 

Arriving from Argentina to Birmingham in 2013, Bruno can provide assistance both on general issues related to the transitions to postgraduate studies with the University, and to international students moving to Birmingham.

School of Social Policy

Misfa Begum  Email using:


I have lived in Birmingham all my life and completed my first degree at the University of Birmingham. 

I am currently studying part-time to complete my MA in Social Policy. I work part-time in the city centre and work term time as a postgraduate Ambassador, so I can also advise on these areas.