Postgraduate Mentor Scheme: LES


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 Life and Environmental 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 Life and Environmental 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:

School of Biosciences

Nicky White (Email using:

nickywhiteStudying a PhD in Biosciences

Home student and living locally

Also involved in scientific public outreach programs and part time work with the postgraduate recruitment team and Doctoral Researcher Enquiry Service.


School of Psychology

Juliane Kloess (Email using:


Studying for a PhD in Forensic Psychology.

Originally from Germany. Juliane has lived in the UK since 2005. She can answer questions from students considering the university from Germany.

Juliane Completed a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in the UK, as well as having worked as a research assistant. She is also part of the T.A scheme.


Sara-VilasSara Vilas Sanz (Email using and please mark for the attention of Sara)

Studying for a PhD in Social Psychology. Sara is also a mentor for students considering the university in Spain.  She can offer support for students moving to Birmingham with issues such as the  facilities the University offers and how to deal with the registration process.


Ben Crossey (Email using:

Ben is a mentor for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics programmes. He previously completed a B.Sc. in Psychology and an M.Sc. in Neuroimaging. He graduated from the Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics masters program, and is studying for a PhD in Psychology. Ben can offer support for students who are interested in the facilities and opportunities available in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics.

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

 Pallavi Pant (Email using:

Pallavi PantStudying for a PhD in Environmental Health and Risk Management.

An international student and can answer queries regarding services offered by the University for international students.

Lives in University halls of residence and can answer any questions related to accommodation at the university, as well as on-campus facilities.

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Diana Castaneda Gameros (Email using:


Studying for a PhD in Sport and Exercise Sciences focused on Public Health Nutrition and Physical Activity in migrant older women.

As an international student Diana can offer support and advice for international applicants regarding the application process, student services at the University as well as questions about living in Birmingham.