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Where to get help

Graduate School Office

The Graduate School Office team is your first point of contact once you have commenced your programme and responsible for maintaining your student records, ensuring that you are on track for your studies and they are there if you need a helping hand! They deal with most issues from progression queries to finance issues to graduation and award processes. If you have any sort of problems, be it personal, supervisory, financial, PGR Tracker/PGR Manager or needing to suspend, the Graduate School Office team can guide you to what options are available to you and help you through the process. They provide different types of administrative support for PGR students i.e. letter production and if you are not sure of any processes or procedures then they will guide you. You will also find an array of useful information on this website.

From time to time some students find it helpful to discuss particular problems confidentially with an experienced neutral member of staff. In recognition of this, the Faculty mentor system provides you with a person who you can turn to for independent help. You can contact one of the Senior Tutors listed below.

Student Representatives

There can be >1300 doctoral research students registered in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at any given time. During your candidature you will be housed in one of the Faculty’s research groups each of which has a student representative. Students in each research grouping are invited to elect a representative from their own number whose views are actively sought and valued. These representatives are invited to attend Graduate School staff-student liaison meetings (held three times a year). The committee has the role of monitoring the organisation and management of the student programmes, to note any difficulties that students may be encountering, and to take advice about ways of improving the programmes.





Andrei Dascalu

Find out more about Postgraduate Representation through SUSU here

Senior Tutors

Senior tutors may be contacted to offer general advice and information relating to further sources of assistance. The senior tutors will have a more specialised understanding of supporting students. The senior tutors offer support for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Zepler Institute

Dr Jun-Yu Ou, Senior Mentor (Zepler Institute) -

Dr Natalie Wheeler, Senior Mentor (Zepler Institute) -

Dr Senthil Ganapathy, Senior Mentor (Zepler Institute) -

Professor Radan Slavik, Senior Mentor (Zepler Institute) -


Dr Age Chapman, Senior Tutor (ECS) -

Dr Andy Gravell, Senior Tutor (ECS) -

Jules Field, Senior Tutor (ECS) -

Physics & Astronomy

Dr Poshak Gandhi, Senior Tutor (Physics & Astronomy) -

Dr Elena Accomando, Senior Tutor (Physics & Astronomy) -

Dr Vasilis Apostolopoulos, Senior Tutor (Physics & Astronomy) -


Dr Marina Carravetta, Senior Tutor (Chemistry) -


Emma Mackenzie, Senior Tutor (Engineering) -

Dr Victoria Watson, Senior Tutor (Engineering) -

Dr Jae-Wook Kim, Senior Tutor (Engineering) -

Enabling Services

Find our more about Enabling Services here.


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