The University Graduate School supports Birmingham’s postgraduate researcher (PGR) and postgraduate taught (PGT) community. We foster an interdisciplinary community and act as a gateway to support and advice. We work closely with the other University support services to ensure our postgraduates have access to a high quality postgraduate experience.
Professor Gavin Schaffer, Postgraduate Dean "A warm welcome from the University Graduate School. We are here to ensure that all postgraduates across the University are part of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive postgraduate community during their time at Birmingham, and that they have the skills needed to pursue the career they choose."
As well as our Postgraduate Dean, Professor Gavin Schaffer, we have a dedicated team working to ensure that our postgraduates are well supported during their time at the University of Birmingham. We are:
- Dr Sarah Aldred, Director of Postgraduate Research
- Dr Andy Hodder, Director of Postgraduate Taught
- Dr Andrea Patel, Head of the University Graduate School
- Katie Mill, PG Community Engagement Manager
- Elizabeth O'Connor, PG Community Engagement Officer
- Ashleigh Skelhorn, PGR Funding Support Officer
- Victoria Upton, University Graduate School Administrator
- Leliana Jardim, PGR Administrative Assistant
- Anna Flatt, PGT Careers Adviser
- Dr Holly Prescott, PGR Careers Adviser
- Katie Hoare, PGR Entrepreneurial Development Officer
We work closely with Dr Georgina Hardy, PG Development Officer (Library Services), who provides a programme of development opportunities for postgraduate researchers, and Rachel Webster, Head of Learning Enhancement (Academic Skills, Library Services).
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. I attended most of the courses from how to present and prepare a poster, how to present at a conference and I participated in the poster conference competition, so I tried to expose myself to everything I could to have the best knowledge."
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.