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The University Graduate School (UGS) team are here to help you. For any questions you have about Westmere House or related to your postgraduate experience, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the University Graduate School team via our email address,  

Please note unfortunately we are unable to assist with PG Admissions queries. If you have any queries regarding the admissions process at the University, please see the Postgraduate Admissions FAQs. If you need to contact the University about your application please use the Postgraduate applicants query form. If you need to contact your College/School you can find contact details via the Our Colleges webpage

University Graduate School  

Tara Wittin - Head of University Graduate School

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I am responsible for leading and managing the University Graduate School Team. This includes working closely with the Dean of Postgraduates and cross-University liaison with academic and professional service colleagues of all levels to ensure a high quality PGR & PGT student experience.


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Katie Mill - Postgraduate Community Engagement Manager

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My role is focused on building a multidisciplinary and inclusive postgraduate community. I develop and facilitate engagement and wellbeing activities for PGRs. This includes leading the University Graduate School’s flagship PGR events such as the Annual Research Poster Conference, the Three-Minute Thesis and the Images of Research competitions.

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Dr Elizabeth O'Connor - Postgraduate Community Engagement Officer

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I organise and oversee the programme of events and activities the Graduate School puts on for PGTs, building a multidisciplinary and inclusive community. I am always interested in hearing your ideas for events and workshops and would really love to hear from you if you are a postgraduate looking to set up and lead a group or activity for PGTs.



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Swapna Khandavalli - Postgraduate Research Funding Support Officer 

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My role is to provide funding support and guidance to prospective and current postgraduate researchers. This includes running funding advice events, promoting funding opportunities and developing online resources for PGRs. I am also the Grant Administrator for the Economic and Social Research (ESRC) funding at the University. I look after studentship applications and budgets, as well as giving advice and guidance related to ESRC policies.



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Charlotte Bagwell- Project Manager | PGT Knowledge Exchange Pathway Project 

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I’m the Project Manager for the Postgraduate Taught Knowledge Exchange Pathway (PGT KEP). This involves everything from helping set the module spec, recruiting external partners and establishing comms plans for the project.



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Victoria Upton - University Graduate School Administrator 

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I provide clerical support to the Dean of Postgraduates and Head of UGS. I am responsible for the day to day administration and co-ordination of UGS and PGCARMS, alongside the PGR Administrative Assistant. I also support the UGS team as a whole by managing the school’s budgets and assisting in general office activities.

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Careers Service


Anna Flatt - PGT Careers Adviser 

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Anna is currently on leave. For any questions relating to PGT Careers, please contact Judith Poulteney 

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Dr Holly Prescott - PGR Careers Adviser 


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I look after the planning, organisation, delivery and evaluation of careers support activities and resources especially for Postgraduate Researchers. The aim of my service is to help support PGRs in making decisions about their future career, exploring their career options and making effective applications. This includes running workshops at Westmere and around the University, as well as online resources and one-to-one support.


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Library Services

Dr Georgina Hardy-PGR Development Officer 

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My role, based in the Research Skills Team in Library Services, is to co-ordinate and deliver development activities and workshops for postgraduate researchers (PGR). I support PGRs in their development of a wide range of research and transferable skills and facilitate workshops such as Development Needs Analysis, Reading and Note-making, Academic Writing, Viva Preparation, and Productivity.



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Postgraduate Senior Leadership

Professor Duncan Shepherd - Dean of Postgraduates 

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As Dean I am the University’s senior academic lead responsible for all postgraduate matters, both postgraduate taught and postgraduate research.


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Professor Michael Hand - Director of Postgraduates (PGR)

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As Director of Postgraduates (PGR), I am responsible for supporting and developing the PGR community. I represent the interests of PGRs in university policy-making and work closely with College PGR leads to ensure that we offer a high-quality PGR experience.

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Dr Graham Timmins - Director of Postgraduates (PGT) 

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My role as Director of Postgraduates (PGT) is to work with Colleges, Student Services and the Student Guild to promote the PGT student experience at the University of Birmingham, to integrate the PGT student community across the university campus and around the world, to support interaction with the wider PG community in the University Graduate School, and to represent PGT student interests and needs at senior level within the university.


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Professional Services