Doctoral College staff directory


Leadership team:

Professor Roberta Mock, Director of Doctoral College

Professor Anthony Caleshu, Deputy Director of the Doctoral College (arts and humanities, education)

Dr James Benhin, Deputy Director of the Doctoral College (business)

Professor Maureen Coombs, Deputy Director of the Doctoral College (health and human sciences)

Dr Vehid Salih, Deputy Director of the Doctoral College (medicine and dentistry)

Professor Steve Furnell, Deputy Director of the Doctoral College (science and engineering)

Dr Cristina Rivas, Doctoral College Manager

Postgraduate research support team:

Nikki King, Doctoral College Administrator (geography, earth and environmental sciences)

Catherine McCoulough,  Doctoral College Administrator (psychology)

Jill Gratton, Doctoral College Administrator (biological sciences)

Carole Watson, Doctoral College Administrator (computing, electronics and mathematics)

Aimee McNeillie, Doctoral College Administrator (marine science and engineering)

Cher Cressey, Doctoral College Administrator (law, business, management, government, and tourism and hospitality)

Mandy Instrell, Doctoral College Administrator (arts and humanities)

Sarah Carne, Doctoral College Administrator (health and human sciences, nursing and midwifery, sociology, education)

Francesca Niedzielski, Senior Administrator of Research Degrees (medicine, dentistry, biomedical sciences)

Anna Walke, Doctoral College Administrator

Stacey Elwell, Doctoral College Administrator (maternity leave)

Amber Strong, Doctoral College Administrator

Rebecca Rose, Doctoral College Administration Assistant

Lucy Cheetham, Business Development and Communications Officer

Researcher development team:

Sarah Kearns, Researcher Development Manager

Julia Crocker, Doctoral College Administration Assistant

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Postgraduate Research Coordinators

If you are thinking about becoming a postgraduate researcher at the University of Plymouth, you are welcome to contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinators in your field of interest.

They will discuss potential supervisors with you and answer any questions you might have about embarking on a research degree in their research area.

Find out who to contact and how they can help you