The postgraduate researcher development team

The PGR Development workshops are delivered by a team led by the Postgraduate Development Officer working with four Postgraduate Teaching Assistants from across the University.  Teaching materials are prepared by the Postgraduate Development Officer and delivered by all members of the team.  The workshops aim to provide a framework and suggestions for development in a non-prescriptive way, and are designed to capitalise on the diverse and interdisciplinary PGR population at the University of Birmingham by encouraging discussion and experience-sharing around the topics.

Georgina Hardy, Postgraduate Development Officer

Since completing her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Liverpool in 2004, Georgina has been supporting skills development for students and researchers through her career in academic libraries.  She joined the University of Birmingham as Postgraduate Development Officer in 2016, and really enjoys working with the diverse, committed, and inspiring PGR population at the University.   She obtained Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2020. 


Chalisa Chintrakarn, Postgraduate Teaching Assistant

I am Chalisa Chintrakarn, a PhD Candidate in the School of Social Policy. My research interests are centred upon intersectionality, social media, and body image. I am also a 2021/22 Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Student Ambassador for the PGR portfolio in the University. Since my previous teaching assistant experiences in an international university in Japan, I have become passionate about teaching. During my PhD journey focusing particularly on intersectionality, I have aspired to give advice to PhD students with various characteristics by delivering workshops on transferrable PhD skills. This is to help make the PGR community even more vibrant and inclusive.


Edward Clay, Postgraduate Teaching Assistant

Having received a BA/Hons in French and Linguistics and an MA in Translation and Interpreting, I am currently studying for a PhD in Translation Studies. I am a member of the PGR Research Skills development team, delivering workshops on a range of topics designed to help fellow PGRs meet their research goals. I have also worked as a freelance translator and interpreter over the last 8 years, which has given me additional experience in the areas of time management and organisational and research skills. 




Andrew Lennon, Postgraduate Teaching Assistant

Andrew Lennon is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham supported by the AHRC Midlands3Cities/ Midlands4Cities Consortium. His doctoral research focuses on documentary practices in contemporary theatre and performance, and he has published on the work of Samuel Beckett and on the performance of political protest (forthcoming). He has lectured, facilitated seminars and delivered workshops at the University of Birmingham and the University of Gloucester both within and beyond his areas of specialism, and has worked as a Research Assistant for a REF 2021 Impact Case Study and as an employability tutor within the Personal Skill Awards (UoB).


Tessa Pijnaker, Postgraduate Teaching Assistant

Tessa Pijnaker(she/her) is a PhD student at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA), researching how technology entrepreneurs in Ghana’s capital Accra try to achieve success. Before commencing her PhD, she completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s in History at the Free University of Amsterdam and a Research Master in Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. As a Humanity in Action Fellow, a Mental Health First-Aider in training and HEFi-certified Inclusive Educator, she is committed to providing inclusive teaching. She is excited to teach several seminars at DASA and to provide PGR Development Courses as a member of the Library’s Research Skills Team. 


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