Postgraduate Mentor Scheme: MDS


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 Medical and Dental 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 Medical and Dental 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 Dentistry

Sonam Kalra (Email using:

Sonam KalraStudying for a PhD in the School of Dentistry.

Can offer advice on the transition from an undergraduate to a research course.

Has a good knowledge of the campus and the facilities available to research students.

School of Health and Population Sciences

Grace Moran  (Email using:


Studying towards a PhD in Health and Population Sciences.

Grace worked as a study co-ordinator in the Primary Care Clinical Sciences department before undertaking her PhD. She can advise on the transition from staff to postgraduate student. Good knowledge of training opportunities within the University and external training. 


Miranda Fidler (Email using:

Miranda is studying towards a PhD in Cancer Epidemiology. Previously she has studied at two different universities for her undergraduate and Master’s degrees. 

She can offer advice on the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study, transferring to a new university, and the international student perspective.

School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine

Ben Johnson (Email using:


Studying for a PhD in cardiovascular genetics. Ben undertook a Masters of Research degree also at the University of Birmingham and was part of a 1+3 Masters and PhD funded programme, which he can answer questions about. Ben lives locally so can advise on housing and social events local to the university and also the transition from one University to another for postgraduate study

School of Immunity and Infection 

Grace Richmond  (Email using:


Studying for a PhD in microbiology. Grace carried out a Masters degree part time whilst working as a research technician at the University. Grace lives in Selly Oak so can advise on housing and the local area. She is also the post graduate social rep for the College so can provide information on social events and meeting other post grad students.


School of Cancer Sciences

Helen Stone (Email using:

Helen-StoneStudying towards a PhD in Cancer Genetics..

Can offer advice on transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

Studied at another university previously so can advise on transferring to a new university.