Loughborough Doctoral College

Meet the team

Professor Andy Dainty

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Director of Loughborough Doctoral College

Andy leads the University's Post Graduate Research programmes to ensure a quality experience for all students and, in liaison with the Academic Schools, to ensure that the size and distribution of the PGR student population remains at a healthy and optimum level.

Zoe Chritchlow

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Loughborough Doctoral College Administrator

Zoe has worked for the LDC since April 2009. She organises the Director's day to day activities, diary and meetings. Zoe also administers bookings on the Postgraduate Research courses, some of the Graduate School Award Funds and general enquiries.

Dr Kathryn North

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Head of Researcher Development

Kathryn has worked at Loughborough since 2007, and works across the Loughborough Doctoral College (LDC) and Research Office and alongside professional services and academic staff from across the University to ensure that the post-graduate population benefits from high quality development support. Coordinating activities of the LDC staff, she manages researcher development activities, reviews and responds to policy initiatives, and supports the Director of the LDC in enhancing the Loughborough Post-Graduate Student population. Kathryn is also responsible for ensuring that our Research Staff population are supported and have appropriate developmental opportunities.

Dr Brigette Vale

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Senior Assistant Registrar

Brigette is manager of the Research Student Office which has responsibility for research student admissions, records management, studentships and examinations. The Office can provide advice on University regulations and University policy on research student matters.

Dr Jill Thurman

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(Currently on maternity leave)

Doctoral Programmes Development Manager

As the Doctoral Programmes Development Manager, my main role is to help the University secure funding to grow the University’s doctoral training portfolio and contribute to the development and management of doctoral training partnerships. I coordinate existing DTP activity and work with  colleagues to pro-actively manage and monitor internal studentship spending across the institution.

Dr Duncan Stanley

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Research Staff and Student Development Advisor

I contribute to the strategic objectives of the University by supporting the development of postgraduate research students and research staff at all career stages. This encompasses the design, promotion, delivery and evaluation of training and development programmes, both face-to-face and blended learning, as well as creating and leading a number of dissemination and networking events for members of the research community. 

I joined Loughborough University in January 2015 from University of Leicester, where I held the post of Research Skills Developer, delivering training and events for postgraduate research students.  My PhD is in Biochemistry, from the University of Otago, New Zealand, specialising in the study of starch degradation in plants.

I have wide-ranging interests in development of researchers, but am particularly interested in research communication and dissemination.

Dr Katryna Kalawsky

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Postgraduate Research Student Development Officer

In this full-time role, I contribute to the strategic objectives of the University by supporting the development of postgraduate research students. This encompasses  the design, promotion, delivery and evaluation of training and development programmes, through both face-to-face and blended learning.

As a former Loughborough University Postgraduate Research Student, Research Assistant, Postdoctoral Researcher (x3), Teaching Fellow, Athena SWAN Project Officer, and Research Staff and Student Development Officer, I understand first-hand the importance of offering Postgraduate students at all stages a wide portfolio of opportunities and transferrable skills to enhance their professional development and employability. Moreover, I have a keen interest in fostering and embedding a research informed, evidence-based approach to researcher development and enhancing the University’s Postgraduate student experience.

Dr Danielle Sharp

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Doctoral College Administrative Officer

Jane Spencer

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Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) Skills Officer

Eve Uhlig

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Careers Consultant – Researchers

Eve brings her experience of working in industry and higher education to support postgraduate researchers with their career choices, decision making and transition; via 1:1 career consultations and careers workshops tailored to researchers’ requirements.

Hayley Sleigh

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Postgraduate Campaigns Officer

Tracy Bergstrom

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  • PGR Admissions and Registration
  • PGR Studentships
  • PGR Examinations
  • PGR Records

Iain Whitmore-Kirby

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Doctoral College Administrator (Registry)

  • PGR Admissions and Registration
  • PGR Studentships
  • PGR Examinations
  • PGR Records

Rebecca Young

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Doctoral College Administrator (Registry)

  • PGR Admissions and Registration
  • PGR Studentships
  • PGR Examinations
  • PGR Records

Kieron Swords

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Doctoral College Administrator (Registry)

  • PGR Admissions and Registration
  • PGR Studentships
  • PGR Examinations
  • PGR Records

Martin Ashby

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Web Development Officer

Having worked with the Doctoral College since 2010 (when it was only a Graduate School...), I am based in the Academic Registry and manage and advise on the Doctoral College's web presence.