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About Us

As a Doctoral College we focus almost exclusively on postgraduate research students (including master’s students on a research degree).
Our aims are that:

  • Warwick should be able to recruit and retain the best PGR students in the world;
  • Warwick research students consistently say that the University meets (if not exceeds) their expectations;
  • the Doctoral College is accessible and available when needed, and proactively intervening when appropriate; and
  • the University recognises the strategic importance of research students to both education and research.

In the Doctoral College we support postgraduate researchers (PGRs) in a variety of ways:

  • We enact decisions made by the Board of Graduate Studies (Governance) which advises and makes recommendations to the Senate on all matters to do with PGRs in the University. Business items can be submitted via email to
  • We support the research degree examination process.
  • We manage the awarding of main university scholarship
  • We support PGRs to develop their professional skills.
  • We lead and contribute to PGRs in community-building events and activities.
  • We monitor the PGR student experience through surveys and other means of evaluation.
  • We support the work of other committees handling PGR casework such as academic appeals.
  • We support initiatives to enable student international mobility.
  • We provide information, advice, guidance and practical support to colleagues and students across the university on the many aspects of postgraduate research.
  • We keep up to date on trends in PGR outside of Warwick to ensure that Warwick continues to deliver an excellent student experience.
If in doubt, ask the Doctoral College!

Our office is open from 9:30 – 16:30 (Mon-Thur) and 9:30 – 16:00 (Fri).

Academic Leadership

Academic Director and Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies

Professor Dan Branch Department of History

Deputy Academic Director (PGT) and Deputy Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies

Lee Griffin Warwick Manufacturing Group

Administrative Team

Rhiannon Martyn Head of the Doctoral College

Rebecca Vipond CDT & PGR Scholarships Manager

Nicola Attridge PGR Finance Manager

Michele Underwood Research Development Manager

Cyrus Ho Ma Temporary Administration Assistant

PGR Development

Stella Neophytou PGR Development Officer (maternity leave)

Louise Sutcliffe PGR Development Officer

Ida Lübben PGR Development Officer

Pierre Botcherby PGR Development Officer

PGR Funding

Angeliki Harissiou Senior Finance Officer (Research Councils)

Sue Grainger Senior Finance Officer (Research Councils)

Debbie Constable Student Finance Officer (PG & UG Scholarships)

Ghislaine Quemin Clerical Officer

PGR Scholarships

Nicola Ellis-Thomas PGR Scholarships Officer

Susan Black PGR Scholarships Coordinator

Research Degree Examinations

Laura Larard Administrative Officer

Helen Brown Research Degree Examinations Officer

Rebecca Lenton Administration Assistant