Loughborough Doctoral College

Meet the team

Professor Steve Christie

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Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Doctoral College)

Steve leads the University's Doctoral Researcher 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 doctoral researcher population remains at a healthy and optimum level.

Dr Sam Marshall

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Senior Assistant Registrar

Sam is manager of the Doctoral College Office (Academic Registry) 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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Doctoral Programmes Development Manager

Jill’s 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. She also coordinates existing DTP activity and works with colleagues to pro-actively manage and monitor internal studentship spending across the institution. Jill’s current working pattern is Monday-Wednesday (job share with Dr Rebecca Ginger).

Dr Rebecca Ginger

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Doctoral Programmes Development Manager

Rebecca joined Loughborough Doctoral College in 2018, following 20 years working in industrial R&D. She job shares with Dr Jill Thurman, with whom she helps the University to secure funding and grow its doctoral training portfolio and contributes to the development and management of doctoral training partnerships. She is currently working with colleagues to streamline and expand the industrial networks around Loughborough’s doctoral training programmes. Rebecca’s usual working pattern is Wednesday-Friday.

Dr Katryna Kalawsky

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Programme Director Research Development Pathways

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.

Katie Rushton

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Administrative Officer

Danielle Sharp

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Doctoral College Administrative 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.

Tracy Bergstrom

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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.