Distance learning student mentors

Due to the unique concerns of distance learning students, we have appointed student mentors, all distance learning PhD students, who are available to answer any questions you may have, and to share their experience of studying via distance learning with the University of Birmingham. 

A short profile of each of our distance learning mentors is below. To find out more about them and make contact, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentors.


Annette Amerman - Distance learning PhD, Modern History

Originally from the Finger Lakes region in New York State, Annette received her bachelors in History from Shenandoah University of Winchester, Virginia, in 1997. Whilst working in the Marine Corps History Division as a historian in the Historical Reference Branch, Annette completed her Masters in History at George Mason University of Fairfax, Virginia, in 2010. Today she continues as a Senior Historian with the Marine Corps, has published many articles, presented several papers at conferences and is currently completing her first book - a reference work on Marines in World War I. She started working on her PhD at Birmingham in 2012, and is working with Dr Peter Gray on Marine and Navy Aviation Integration in World War I.


Henry Flurry – Distance Learning MA by Research, Musical Composition

Henry is a composer and private teacher based in Prescott, Arizona. His formal training includes studies at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Northwestern University School of Music, University of Birmingham (UK), and the European American Musical Alliance of Paris, France. He composes for ensembles of all sizes and accepts commissions for new works.

 Henry S. Flurry

Dr Aimée Fox-Godden - Distance learning PhD, History

Aimée is a Teaching Fellow in History of Warfare in the Department of History. She completed her AHRC-funded doctorate in the Department of History under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Boff in July 2015. After reading for her BA in English and History at the University of Birmingham, Aimée worked in local government for six years during which time she also read for her MA in British First World War Studies.

 Amiee Fox-godden

Sarah Howard – Distance Learning PhD, Cultural Heritage

Sarah worked as an archaeologist for various planning authorities before starting a part-time PhD in 2011 utilising her professional knowledge and experience to examine discourses on sustainability within archaeological heritage management. In May 2015 she started working for Historic England as a Heritage at Risk Officer for archaeology in Cumbria.

 Sarah Howard

Matthew Phillips – Distance Learning MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Matthew is a university professor from California teaching in Korea. His research interests are looking into the ways that narrative inquiry can assist in teacher development and conceptual change. He is also interested in using critical discourse analysis, social semiotics, and cognitive linguistics frameworks in his studies.

 Matthew Phillips

Ghazala Qadri - Distance learning PhD, Theology and Religion

British by birth, Pakistani by origin, Ghazala received her LLB from the University of Southampton in 1993. Upon completion of law school and legal training she qualified as a solicitor in 1996. Today Ghazala lives and works in Canada. She works for Minhaj-ul Quaran International, an NGO that works to promote peace, tolerance and inter-faith harmony. She has written many articles and is a public speaker who has addressed numerous conferences on women's rights in Islam throughout Europe and North America. Her current research focuses on women's rights to divorce in Islam and Pakistan. Ghazala started working on her PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2012, and is working with Dr Haifaa Jawad.


Joshua Rhone - Distance learning PhD, Theology and Religion

Joshua received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Houghton College of Houghton, New York, in 2004. Upon completing his degree at Houghton, Joshua entered into vocational ministry and was ordained by the Wesleyan Church in 2008. While working, Joshua completed two degrees - a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership and a Master of Divinity degree - at George Fox Evangelical Seminary of Portland, Oregon, in 2012. Today he serves a parish in Mount Union, Pennsylvania, as Pastor, has published numerous articles and presented several papers at conferences. Joshua started working on his PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2012, and is working in the area of Wesleyan ecclesiology.


Marco Spiteri - Distance Learning MA, International Heritage Management

After obtaining a BA Hons (English) and a PGCE (English) from the University of Malta in 1992, Marco taught English language and literature in a government State School. In 2005, he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Administration and Management. He then spent a year and a half working as a translator in Brussels, and moved permanently to Luxembourg some 6 years ago. He is currently reading an MA in International Heritage Management by Distance Learning at the University of Birmingham.

 Marco Spiteri