Postgraduate Mentor Scheme - EPS


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 Engineering and Physical 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 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 Engineering and Physical Sciences, the course, and the transition into postgraduate study with the University.

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

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

School of Chemistry

Peter Dale (Email using:


Studying for a PhD in chemistry and can advise on applying and starting as a student in Birmingham.

Previously studied for his undergraduate masters at the University of Oxford. 

Lives in private rented accommodation close to campus.

School of Chemical Engineering

Fabricio Marques (Email using: 

Fabricio MarquesStudying for a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

An international student from Brazil and can offer advice on adapting to the UK culture.

Has lived in Birmingham since 2007, completing a BEng in the same subject and can advise on all aspects of the School.


Federico Alberini (Email using - please mark for the attention of Federico)

Federico-Alberini-headshotStudying for a PhD in Chemical Engineering so happy to answer any related subject enquiries. Also a mentor for students considering the university from Italy.

Loves travelling and can offer information about all the possible connections with other airports and how to get there.

School of Civil Engineering

Janvi Shah  (Email using:


Current Civil Engineering PhD student

Previously completed an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management with the University. 

School of Computer Science

Ayush Joshi  (Email using:


Studying a PhD at the School of Computer Science. 

Completed an MSc at the School of Computer Science and can provide advice on accommodation, settling in and general guidance. Also involved with Guild of Students and can offer advice on co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to help ensure you make the most of your experience whilst studying at the University of Birmingham.



Andrea-MambriniAndrea Mambrini (Email using - please mark for the attention of Andrea)

PhD student at the School of Computer Science and a mentor for students considering the university from Italy. Can advise on social activities and facilities on campus and about life in the city of Birmingham. Can also help on practical issues about settling down in the UK (bank accounts, mobile sim cards, finding an accommodation etc). 


School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sukhjit Pooni (Email using:


An MSc in Embedded Systems mature student.  Also an active member of the Postgraduate and Mature Student Association (PGMSA) within the university.

Can advise on the school, and what Birmingham and the surrounding West Midlands region can offer.  I can also offer insights as a mature student studying within Birmingham.


Vittorio Tornielli di Crestvolant (Email using - please mark for the attention of Vittorio)

Vittorio-TornielliPhD student in Microwave Engineering at the Electronics, Electrical and Computer Engineering department and a mentor for students considering the university from Italy.

Studied previously in Parma and Milan.  



School of Mathematics

Paul Griffiths  (Email using:


Studying for a PhD in Applied Mathematics.

Previously completed an MSci in Mathematical Engineering here, can give advice on anything to do with the university, in particular sporting activities on campus.

School of Metallurgy and Materials

Sam Cruchley (Email using:

Sam CruchleyStudying for a PhD in the School of Metallurgy and Materials.

Has studied at the University for seven years, and can advise on any aspect of University life.

Is actively involved in sports and can advise widely on sport in the University.

School of Physics and Astronomy

Sarah Mulroy (Email using:


Studying for a PhD in Astrophysics.

Very familiar with the school, having also completed an Undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics here.

Moved to Birmingham in 2007, so can provide information on the city and all the campus has to offer.


Bindu Gunupudi (Email using:


Studying for a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics.

Can provide advice on accommodation, settling in, general guidance on critical skills to be developed as a doctoral researcher and how to make the most of it whilst you are a student at the University of Birmingham.

School of Mechanical Engineering

Yang Yang  (Email using:


I have been studying in the university since I was an undergraduate, and I currently a PhD student in the Micro/Nano technology research group. 

I can advise on topics from academic to the social life. Questions from prospective students regarding the university facilities and student life, are also welcomed.