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The Graduate School Team

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

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).


Senior Graduate School Manager Yogita Patel 0161 247 3680

The Graduate School Manager 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.

Graduate School Assistant Manager Mr Stuart Marshall 0161 247 1062


Research Degrees Officer Mrs Kellie Morrissey 0161 247 1056

Kelly Morrissey

Kellie 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 is PA to the Head of Graduate School and Student Case Management. She is responsible for the Student and Staff Development Programmes, supporting with tasks such as workshop dates, times and venues as well as administration of the Skills Forge online booking system.
Additionally, Maddie deals with external examiner expenses, office finance, website updates and visiting student applications. Finally, she organises the Research Administrators Group meetings and Student Representatives forums.

Administrator Ms Hayley Fisher 0161 247 3028

Hayley Fisher

Hayley 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.

Postgraduate Research Experience Officer Dr Gayle Impey 0161 247 6471

Dr Gayle Impey is the Postgraduate Researcher Experience Officer. She leads on the Graduate School's postgraduate researcher (PGR) development programme and the organisation of events such as the PGR Fair, the Annual PGR Conference and the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

E-Learning Administrator Ms Stephanie Barker 0161 247 3629

Stephanie is responsible for developing and expanding the Graduate School’s eLearning resources, along with video production and graphic design for the department. She also maintains the webpages for both the Graduate School and the Student Case Management team, and supports with the integration of new digital tools.

Postgraduate Research (PGR) Marketing Officer 0161 247 3630

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

Further Information



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