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Doctoral College


The Doctoral College is led and managed by staff with a wealth of experience in supporting doctoral researchers. We also have a Postgraduate Research Committee which represents your interests in the wider University.


Professor Chris Howls

Director of the Doctoral College

I have a diverse range of supervisory experience, having supervised doctoral researchers in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering over two decades.  In 2010 I became the founding Director of one of Southampton’s largest and most complex Faculty Graduate Schools, awarding five different academic and professional doctorates across as many academic disciplines. During that time, despite my own research being in mathematical asymptotic analysis, I also ran an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

The Doctoral College plays a central role in the University’s Research and Education strategies.  Externally, we are an integral part of Southampton’s open global research and educational outlook.  The College showcases the world-class quality of our research and training to attract the best applicants, funders and employers - from the UK, EU and internationally.  Internally, we lead on all doctoral policy and safeguard quality and sustainability.  The College team works with colleagues from across the University to ensure that our doctoral researchers are equipped with the highest standards of training and support for success in their research and for their future careers. 

Our doctoral researchers make a vital contribution to the research reputation of the University (e.g. co-authoring around a third of all papers submitted for the Research Excellence Framework 2014).  I am incredibly excited and impressed by the quality, diversity and impact of our doctoral research across the University. 


Doctoral College Manager

Aline Giordano

Doctoral College Manager

My role is about providing the support needed for doctoral researchers to maximise their contribution to the University while enhancing their experience, and that of others, along the way. This is achieved through a number of means, including high quality data-gathering and monitoring, facilitating strong collaboration between research disciplines, providing them with an active voice in decision-making processes and working with the Students’ Union to foster a vibrant, engaging and supportive community.


Professional Development Manager

Jo James

Manager - Doctoral College Professional Development Programme

I manage the Professional Development Programme, which offers a range of courses, workshops and events for doctoral researchers across the disciplines. Alongside this role, I work as part of a small team supporting our researchers to engage different publics with their research, and developing institutional strategy and policy for engaged research across the University.


Catherine Howe

Administrator - Professional Development Programme

I provide administrative support to ensure that everything about the Programme runs smoothly, and I am the first point of contact for email and phone enquiries to the Doctoral College.


Juliet Hasson

Digital Marketing Coordinator - Doctoral College

I am responsible for the Doctoral College website, social media channels and the monthly Doctoral College Digest. I also provide support to the rest of the Doctoral College team on events, such as the Welcome Reception and the Festival of Doctoral Research.

If you would like to share anything such as an event, research story, award or opportunity on social media or in the newsletter please get in touch.



Postgraduate Research Student Officer

This position is currently vacant. The Doctoral College team encourage you to participate in the University of Southampton Students’ Union  elections, especially in relation to the PGR Representative role. This role will act as a vital force and voice on behalf of the Doctoral Research community.


Postgraduate Research Representatives

We are pleased to announce the new SUSU PGR Representatives are:

Nick Hillier - Engineering and Physical Sciences


Richard Curtis - Environment and Life Sciences


Samuel Redgrave – Social Sciences


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