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Head of Graduate School and Student Case Management Dr Catherine Mills 0161 247 1013

Catherine is the Head of the Graduate School and Student Case Management 

 

Dr Catherine Mills provides strategic professional leadership for the Graduate School and Student Case Management department.  This includes strategic responsibility for research degree and student appeals/complaints/discipline policies and procedures, oversight of the University Graduate School, and effectively managing the University's relationship with the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA).

 

Catherine completed her PhD in American and Canadian Literature at the University of Nottingham in 2007.  After completing her PhD, she took up a post at the University of Cambridge coordinating the School of Humanities & Social Sciences' transferable skills programme for postgraduate researchers (PGRs).  Catherine then joined the University of Birmingham as University Graduate School Manager in June 2009 where she was responsible for managing the delivery of Birmingham’s strategy to induct, retain and develop PGRs.  During her time at Birmingham she also took on the role of Assistant Director of Student Services with oversight of the Student Experience sub-division consisting of the Student Experience Projects team, the International Students Advisory Service, and the University Graduate School.

 

Graduate School Manager Ms Clare Holdcroft 0161 247 1062

Clare Holdcroft

Clare is the Graduate School Manager and has over 13 years’ experience of managing postgraduate research degree programmes and supporting research students.

Clare manages the Graduate School office, which is the administrative arm of the Research Degrees Committee and is responsible for the policies, procedures and the Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Programmes  within the University. 

She leads on the Skills Development Programme for research  students and has run numerous workshops for academic colleagues, researchers and PhD students.She is also the Unit Leader for the Postgraduate Research Supervision and Examination Unit and lectures on the New to Teaching Unit on the MA in Academic Practice within the University. 

Research Degrees Officer Mrs Kellie Morrissey 0161 247 1056

Kelly Morrissey

Kellie has worked at the University for 11 years and has worked in both the Research and Centre for Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement Offices.  

Kellie is the Research Degrees Officer within the Graduate School, and has responsibility for the administration of all Postgraduate Research Degree students' examinations across the University.  She provides support and advice to supervisory teams, internal and external examiners and students from the submission of their initial thesis for examination, to their viva voce examination through to the conferment of their degree.  She also services the Research Degrees Committee where examining teams are proposed and submitted for approval and Policies and Procedures for Postgraduate Research Students are discussed. 

She oversees the administration of the University Research Studentships, and in order for Kellie to do her job, she works closely with a network of colleagues from the Faculties, HR, Finance / Payroll and the Vice-Chancellor's Office.

Administrator Mrs Madelyn Hickman 0161 247 3623

Madelyn Hickman

Maddie has worked at MMU for over 10 years either in the Business School or the Graduate School.

In her current position in the Graduate School, she is responsible for the Student Development and Staff Development programmes. Maddie facilitates the process of workshops which are delivered to MMU Research Students and Staff. She addresses issues such as workshop dates, times and venues and controls the online booking system for the Staff and Student Development organised through the Graduate School.

Additionally, Maddie deals with External Examiner and office expenses and visiting student applications. Finally, she organises dates for the Research Administrators Group meetings and Student Representatives forums and she is responsible for keeping the list of the participants up to date.

Administrator Ms Hayley Fisher 0161 247 3028

Hayley Fisher

Hayley is an administrator and has worked in the University since 2011.

She supports the PGR admissions process, which involves logging the research degree application forms, recording information onto the applications database, answering queries and sending e-mails to the research administrators and the applicants confirming that the application has been processed.

Hayley provides administrative support within the Graduate School  and is also responsible for sending  out certificates of attendance to the students who have attended the Graduate School workshops and maintaining the attendance records.

E-Learning Development Officer Mrs Christine Smith 0161 247 1057

Christine is the E-Learning Development Officer for the Graduate School.

She is responsible for developing the e-learning provision for Postgraduate Research Degree Students and aims to provide opportunities for students throughout their period of study.

She contributes to the Research Student Development Programme, facilitating online and classroom-based workshops, and encouraging, engaging and supporting students in the Virtual Research Community. 

E-Learning Administrator Ms Stephanie Barker 0161 247 3629

Stephanie is the eLearning Administrator for the Graduate School.

She is responsible for developing content for the Graduate School’s eLearning resources and management of the Graduate School and Student Case Management Team web pages. At the moment, Stephanie is also involved in developing the training administration interface and its user guides for the new Skills Forge system, and will soon be getting out and about for the face to face delivery of the Graduate Schools workshops too.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2010 with a Ba(Hons) degree in Drama - going on to use her project management skills and creativity at SkyUK as a technical specialist and then in Local Government working across HR and Workforce Development. During this time Stephanie was responsible for HR Policy Development, Training Administration, Employee Engagement Events, Data Analysis and Reporting, and to drive and support the launch of a number of large-scale web platforms including online payslips and a new learning management system for eLearning, which sparked her interest in focussing on developing digital learning content.

Postgraduate Research (PGR) Marketing Officer Ms Jean Kelly 0161 247 3630

Jean is responsible for leading on the development and maintenance of Postgraduate Research external and internal marketing and communications plans and projects for the University.


Having started her researcher related career managing international conferences over twelve years ago in Brussels, Jean moved into working with researchers from within institutions back in the UK. She has experience in marketing and communications surrounding researcher staff and student development as well as research policy and events.

Location

Address

Room 2.02,
Ormond Building,
Lower Ormond Street,
Manchester,
M15 6BX

Faculty Research Degree Co-ordinators and Administrators

Faculty of Arts & Humanities (including Applied Social Sciences)

Research Co-ordinators 

adhlsspgadmissions@mmu.ac.uk

Art & Design (MIRIAD) - 
Jim Aulich adhlsspgadmissions@mmu.ac.uk
Apparel (MIRIAD) - Dr Phoebe Apeagyei
Information & Communications -  Dr Frances Johnson 
Philosophy - Prof. Joanna Hodge 
Politics - Dr Steven Hurst 
History & Economic History - Dr Ros Oates
English - Dr Andrew Moor 
Sociology - Prof. Steve Miles  
Languages -Prof. Dawn Archer

 

Research Group Officer Katherine Walthall k.walthall@mmu.ac.uk0161 247 6673

Katherine is the Research Group Officer for the School of Art and the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science (HLSS).

In her current role, she manages the Research and Enterprise Team which provides research administration and enterprise support across Art and HLSS. She has worked at the University since 1996 in a variety of administrative roles within different Faculties, Schools and Departments.

Within research administration, she has particular responsibility for the administration of admissions and studentship competitions, ensuring compliance with UK Border Agency regulations for Tier 4 students, and providing administrative support for the Peer Review scheme and ethics procedures within HLSS.

Research Administrator Deborah Bown d.bown@mmu.ac.uk0161 247 1744

Faculty of Business and Law (including Business & Society)

Research Co-ordinators 

GSBL@mmu.ac.uk

Business School - Prof. Tony Hines 
Economics - Dr Emmanuel Cleeve
School of Law - Dr Melanie Latham 
Marketing, Operations & Digital Business - Professor Alberto Paucar-Cacares 
Marketing, Operations & Digital Business - Professor Tony Hines
Management - Dr Olga Kuznetsova
Management - Professor Hamed El-Said
Management - Dr Andrew Rowe 
Centre for Enterprise - Professor Susan Baines
Institute of Food & Tourism Management - Dr Feng Yi Huang
 

Research Officers Maria Manifava and Dan Peacock GSBL@mmu.ac.uk0161 247 6798

Maria's hours of work 

Monday 9:45-16:30
Tuesday 9:45-16:30
Wednesday 9:30-13:00

Dan's hours of work

Wednesday 12:00-15:30
Thursday 9:45-16:30
Friday 9:45-16:30

 

Maria and Dan provide administration for the doctoral programmes in Business, Management & Law.

They provide advice and support to academics, students and applicants and they help to organise events such as our annual Symposium.

 

Research Administrator Gary Lindsayg.lindsay@mmu.ac.uk0161 247 2706

 

Faculty of Education (including Social Research)

Research Institute DirectorProf. Harry Torrance researchdegreeseducation@mmu.ac.uk

Research Degree CoordinatorProfessor Nicola Whitton researchdegreeseducation@mmu.ac.uk

Research Group OfficerJess Napthinej.napthine@mmu.ac.uk0161 247 2409

 

Jess provides administrative support for staff and student research activities in the Education and Social Research Institute in the Faculty of Education.

She supports staff in bids for internal and external funding, assists in event organisation and supports the Research Excellence Framework. Jess also oversees the administration of research degrees within the Faculty, and is supported in this role by Elaine Sheehan, Research Degrees Administrator.

Research Degrees AdministratorElaine Sheehane.sheehan@mmu.ac.uk0161 247 2010

Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care (including Disability, Ageing & Wellbeing and Social Change: Community Wellbeing)

Research Co-ordinators

Health Professions - Professor Andrew Yohannes
Health Professions (SLT) - Dr Julie Marshall
Nursing - Dr Chris Wibberley
Nursing - Professor Duncan Mitchell
Psychology - Professor Rebecca Lawthom
Social Care and Social Work - Professor Hugh McLaughlin

 

Research Group Officer Christopher Wills c.wills@mmu.ac.uk0161 247 2774


Chris is the Research Group Officer based at Birley Campus in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.

Chris provides administrative support for staff and student research activities in the Research Institute for Health and Social Change. He supports staff in bids for internal and external funding, assists in event organisation (including the RIHSC Annual Conference), and supports the Research Excellence Framework. Chris also oversees the administration of research degrees, and the Professional Doctorate programme, within the Faculty, and is supported in this role by Cate Lawton, Research Degrees Administrator.

Research Administrator Cate Lawton cate.lawton@mmu.ac.uk0161 247 2569

 

 

 

MMU Cheshire (including Health, Exercise and Active Living)

Research Co-ordinators 

researchdegreescheshire@mmu.ac.uk
 
Contemporary Arts - Dr Martin Blain/Dr Jane Turner 
Interdisciplinary Studies - Dr Rachel Dickinson 
Business & Management Studies - Dr Jacqueline McLean
Exercise & Sports Science - Dr Dave Smith 

Research OfficerRachel Huddleston researchdegrees
cheshire@mmu.ac.uk
0161 247 5122

Faculty of Science and Engineering (including Environmental Science, Informatics and Engineering & Materials and Healthcare Science – Biomedicine)

Research Co-ordinators 

sciengresearchdegrees@mmu.ac.uk
School of Computing, Mathematics & Digital Technology - Prof. Martyn Amos 
School of Engineering - Dr Kirstie Andrews
School of Science & the Environment (plus Chemistry) - Professor Stuart Marsden
School of Healthcare Science - Dr Fiona Wilkinson  

Research Group Officer Megan Paines sciengresearch
degrees@mmu.ac.uk
0161 247 1668


Megan is the Research Group Officer based at the All Saints Campus in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Megan joined MMU after 6 years of working in student support roles in both private and public sector training organisations.

In her current role, she manages the Research Degrees Teams across Science and Engineering. She is responsible for all the administration relating to Postgraduate Research Degrees students within the Faculties. She provides advice and guidance to students and academic colleagues, on issues relating to the student’s initial application through to submission of their thesis. Megan also supports applications for Ethical Approval and advises students on the procedure.

 

Research Degrees Officer Karen Hartley sciengresearch
degrees@mmu.ac.uk
0161 247 1667


Karen is the Research Degrees Officer based at the All Saints Campus in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Karen joined MMU in May 2016 after 8 years working in various student support roles at King’s College London.

Karen is responsible for all the administration relating to Postgraduate Research Degree students. Karen provides advice and guidance to academic staff, applicants and students from the point that they start their student journey until completion of their programme and thesis submission.

 

 

Research Administrator Francesca Robinson sciengresearch
degrees@mmu.ac.uk
0161 247 1778

 

Francesca is the Research Administrator based at the All Saints Campus in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Francesca joined MMU after two and a half years of working in student support at a local FE and HE college.

Francesca is responsible for Postgraduate Research Degrees students once they have started their student journey until completion of their programme and thesis submission. She provides advice and guidance to students and academic staff on the various processes undertaken throughout the programme of study.