About us

The University Graduate School supports Birmingham’s postgraduate researcher (PGR) community. We are a gateway to advice and support for postgraduate researchers, working with the other University support services to ensure our postgraduate researchers have access to high quality supervision, training and facilities.

Professor Gavin Schaffer, Director of Graduate StudiesProfessor Gavin Schaffer, Director of Graduate Studies "A warm welcome from the University Graduate School. We are here to ensure that all postgraduate researchers across the University are equipped to do the highest quality research during their time at Birmingham, and that they have the skills needed to pursue the career they choose."

As well as our Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Gavin Schaffer, we have a dedicated team working to ensure that our postgraduate researchers are well supported during their time at the University of Birmingham. We are:

  • Kelly Hamilton, Interim Head of the University Graduate
  • To be confirmed, PGR Funding Support Officer
  • Sarah Tasker, University Graduate School Administrator
  • Eren Bilgen, PGR Community Engagement Officer
  • Katharine D'Souza, University Graduate School Data Officer
  • To be confirmed, PGR Administrative Assistant

Dr Lila Kossyvaki, Research Fellow in the School of Education and former postgraduate researcher "I wanted to be a researcher so I took all the opportunities I was given by the University Graduate School here, I attended if not all most of the courses from how to present and prepare a poster, how to present at a conference, I participated in the poster conference competition, so I tried to expose myself to everything I could to have the best knowledge and then tried to do something independently."

University Graduate School Partners

The University Graduate School works with a number of University and external organisations to ensure our postgraduate researcher community are well supported. We bring a postgraduate research focus to the excellent work done by the following organisations:

Get in touch

We are always keen to hear from our current postgraduate researchers, you can contact us through the following routes:

If you are a prospective postgraduate research student, then please contact the postgraduate recruitment team, or consider attending our postgraduate open day or one of our postgraduate study fairs across Great Britain and Ireland.

Dr Tim Harrison, PhD in Biosciences "During my PhD I had the chance to attend a week long Research Council funded Graduate School [workshop]. It was great to meet PGRs from other disciplines to get insight into their approaches to research, and I also completed tasks which helped me to develop transferable skills, such as those in project management, interview techniques and approaches to writing CVs."