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PGR Student Representatives

Postgraduate Researcher Reps

Faculty PGR Representatives meet with Manchester Met Graduate School twice a term.

This meeting serves as a forum for PGR student feedback, discussion of upcoming events and committee meetings as well as communications to the PGR community. Reps and their PGR student colleagues are invited to be involved with the annual Postgraduate Research Conference, Faculty Induction Days and Research Degrees Committee meetings as well as a number of other student-led and partnership initiatives. 

Supporting PGR Representatives

We are working closely with the Students' Union to support and provide training for PGR Reps:


Christina Kennedy: Engagement Manager - Student Union

"I’m really looking forward to working with PGR Reps this year and I hope we can work together to make some great positive changes.

I can offer support for any issue you might have. You can contact me at or phone me on 0161 247 6490."

Your PGR Representatives

Share your feedback with your PGR Rep

Click the link below to go to the Student Union Digireps page and share your thoughts and feedback with your Faculty's PGR Reps

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Arts & Humanities

Full-timeAndreea Catalina Ros

Andreea is a PhD student in English. Her research project focuses on how Gothic texts about pandemics mediate public perceptions of infectious disease. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and Comparative Literature at Glasgow University, and her MA in Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest. In her free time she enjoys cooking, travelling and learning to code.


Full-time Kristina Brubacher

Kristina is a PhD Researcher at the Manchester Fashion Institute. Her research focuses on the design development of women's compression sportswear. Kristina is a keen supporter of inter-faculty knowledge exchange and is, therefore, a member of the Sports Engineering Research Group at the Faculty of Science & Engineering. She has also been a member of the organising committee for the MMU Postgraduate Research conference for the past 2 years. In her spare time Kristina plays korfball and likes to keep fit through cycling, yoga and gym classes and also has an interest in sustainable design and lifestyles.

Business and Law

Full-time Maarja Kaaristo

Maarja is a PhD researcher at the Department of Food and Tourism Management, focusing on the mobile multi-modal experiences of the leisure boaters on the waterways of northern England.  She holds a MA in ethnology from University of Tartu, Estonia and MPhil from Manchester Met. She is currently teaching International Tourism Management Business & Law and is a committee member for the MMU Postgraduate Research Conference.




Kimberly is a PhD researcher at the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics.  Her research focuses on evidence-based practice applied in the context of provision of healthcare services and policymaking.  In collaboration with the Cancer Vanguard the overall aim of her project is to assess how healthcare organisations in Greater Manchester use evidence-based practice to make efficient decisions and inform policymaking.  She completed her BSc in Economics from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and her MSc in Economic and Financial Analysis (Distinction) at Manchester Met.  She is currently a part time Associate Lecturer for the Department and a committee member for the Postgraduate Research Conference.



Full-time John Lean



John is in the second year of his PhD in Education at ESRI. His focus is on the role of play in Higher Education, and the ways in which encouraging playfulness can transform undergraduate participation in HE. John has a background in teaching and education innovation, having spend much of the past decade in schools across the country and around the world. He is a member of Man Met's university-wide Games Research Network, and tutors on the Foundation Year Education programme.

Health, Psychology and Social Care


‌Sarah is a PhD researcher in HPSC, researching women’s experiences of substance use and domestic abuse. She was awarded funding from the Society for the Study of Addiction to complete the research full time. She has an MSc in Drug and Alcohol Studies from The University of Glasgow, a MSc in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin and a B.A (Hons) in Humanities from Dublin City University. Her background is working in the social care sector, researching in homelessness, and support working in domestic abuse and homelessness. Also, she is a trustee for a local Manchester food bank, and set up the MMU PGR Social Space Facebook page


A‌‌‌‌muda is pursuing her PhD in Psychology.  Her research is exploring experiences of Registered Intermediaries and police officers of working with witnesses with intellectual disabilities.  She has completed MSc Forensic Psychology from Teeside University, and BA (Psychology) from Sopia College, India.  She has earlier worked as a Research Assistant and  Pschologist.  Her interests include music, dance, films and travel.





 I am a postgraduate researcher in Manchester Met University doing research work on 'investigating Antimicrobial properties of Indian spices and herbs'. I completed my MSc in Food Innovation from Manchester Met in 2015 and have developed an interest to do research work and have decided to continue my studies as a researcher.




Lucy is conducting PhD research in psychology.  She is investigating the impact of an age-appearance morphing intervention (APRIL*-age-progression software) on smoking rates in women aged 18-55 and investigating whether physiological stress reactively when viewing the morphed images has a mediating effect on smoking related outcomes, she was awarded with a Vice-Chancellor scholarship to complete her research.  She has previously completed BSc in Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017 where she received an exemplary researcher award for her involvement in the ongoing research carried by the psychology faculty and her own research dissertation.


MMU Cheshire

Full-time David Pritchard

Full-time Ben Marshall

Full-time Dominika Wielgopolan



Dominika is a PhD researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies studying John Ruskin’s utopian and environmental thought and how it has been applied since the nineteenth century to the present. Her background is Political Science (she holds an MA from the University of Warsaw) and British and American literature and culture and she is currently a part-time Associate Lecturer in English. She volunteers as Peer Mentor for international students (especially on the Cheshire campus). In her free time, she enjoys travelling, baking and reading.

Science and Engineering

Full-timeSyed Adil Imam



Adil is a PhD Researcher at Manchester Met looking at properties of Padded clothing in Rugby.  He holds his Undergraduate Degree in Mechatronics Engineering from SRM University and an MSc in Sports Engineering from Sheffield Hallam University.  He has worked as a design engineer and a sports engineer.  He likes to follow F1, football and cricket but can be seen watching any sport for fun.


Full-timeChloe Newton-Mann

Chloe graduated with a first class honours degree in Sports Technology from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015.  She is now in her second year of her PhD in Sports Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University where her main research lies in finite element modelling ofsports equipment using ANSYS/LS DYNA.