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The Doctoral College community

Bournemouth University Doctoral College supports prospective and current postgraduate research students across four Doctoral Schools from the research degree application stage through to the final Viva Voce examination and award conferment. Focusing on advancing knowledge we want you to leave BU with the information, skills and attributes you need to succeed in workplaces and research environments worldwide through a range of events and our extensive researcher development programme.

We have a vibrant and growing community of postgraduate researchers engaging in a wide variety of research and research degree programmes. Part of BU’s wider vision is the concept of fusion - what we learn through our research influences our curriculum and is passed on to industry through engagement with professional practice. Many of our projects involve postgraduate researchers and esteemed academics from different faculties working together and we place a lot of emphasis on developing processes, structures and learning spaces that make it easier to work together.

Learn more about the fascinating and impactful research our postgraduate researchers and academics are working on in our Research blog.

The Doctoral College team

Doctoral College

  • Dr Fiona Knight - Academic Manager (Lead for the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science and Technology)
  • Dr Julia Taylor – Academic Manager (Lead for the Faculty Management and Faculty of Media and Communication)
  • Dr Clare Cutler – Research Skills and Development Officer
  • Natalie Stewart – Research Skills and Development Officer
  • Deborah Smythe – Resources Administrator

Doctoral Office

  • Suzy Kempinski – PGR Administrator – Admissions and Conferments (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science and Technology)
  • Jamie Chadd – PGR Administrator – Admissions and Conferments (Faculty of Management and Faculty of Media and Communication)
  • Thomas Stroud – Resources Administrator

Doctoral Schools

  • Louise Bryant – PGR Administrator (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences)
  • Joe Harrison – PGR Administrator (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Faculty of Management)
  • Denise George – PGR Administrator (Faculty of Management)
  • Jan Lewis – PGR Administrator (Faculty of Media and Communication)
  • Sunny Choi – PGR Administrator (Faculty of Media and Communication)
  • Cansu Kurt Green – PGR Administrator (Faculty of Science and Technology)
  • Louise Pearson – PGR Administrator (Faculty of Science and Technology)
  • Naomi Bailey – PGR Administrator (Faculty of Science and Technology)

Contact us if you have any questions.