Kevin Higgins, Global Bristol PhD Programme Manager
I lead the Doctoral College’s work on enhancing the experiences of postgraduate research students through PhD partnerships with overseas universities and public & private sector organisations. Before joining the team, I worked on industrial development projects with ICI, on client-funded projects and research partnerships with the British Council in Asia & Africa, and with University of Wales Trinity Saint David on international student recruitment and study visa initiatives.
Paul Spencer, PGR Environment Development Manager
My role is to oversee the continued improvement and evolution of the Bristol Doctoral College support for all postgraduate researchers in enhancing the quality of their experience. I am excited about the opportunity to build PGR communities both physical and virtual. Before joining Bristol, I spent 13 years leading researcher development at UWE. My doctoral research was oral microbiology, particularly tongue biofilms and oral malodour.
Patrick Ashby, Doctoral Research Partnerships Officer
I work with external partners to support strategic collaborations for doctoral research and facilitate the development of new funding opportunities for Bristol PGRs. My work brings me into contact with government bodies and overseas institutions, global corporations, and local SMEs. I have close connections with Bristol’s PGR community. My connection with the University of Bristol goes back to 2007, when I enrolled for MA study in the Department of English. My doctoral research (also at Bristol) was on Shakespeare’s history plays.
Elizabeth Mamali, PG Researcher Development Officer
I lead the Personal and Professional Development programme for PGRs. My work focuses on enabling research students to make the most of their time at Bristol and to plan and prepare for what comes next. I have a PhD in Management and prior to joining the BDC I held lectureships, first at the University of Southampton and subsequently at the University of Bath. My research area is sociology of consumption.
Sarah Watts, PG Researcher Development Adviser
I provide administrative and logistical support for the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme for PGRs. I can also be contacted regarding activities relating to doctoral teachers. I have worked at the University of Bristol since 2014, teaching in the Film and Television Department and acting as a Quality Support Officer in Education Services. I am just finishing up a research degree in the area of film studies.
Caroline Yeates, Executive Assistant
I provide PA support to the Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PGR) and secretarial support to the University Postgraduate and Research Committee (UPGRC), alongside delivering administrative support to the Bristol Doctoral College (BDC) team. I have worked at the University of Bristol since 2012 and have a BA in Politics.
Alice Ferns, Communications and Engagement Officer (on maternity leave)
With Kitty Webster, I lead on communications and engagement within the Bristol Doctoral College. My role includes engaging key stakeholders, leading on recruitment events and promoting a range of community-building and wellbeing activities to our PGR community. I have worked in communications and marketing within higher education for the last five years and have a background in copywriting and editing.
Kitty Webster, Communications and Engagement Officer
I lead on communications and engagement activities for the Bristol Doctoral College, as part of a job share. I work to engage key stakeholders about the work of the BDC as well as coordinating and promoting a series of community-building events and activities to bring postgraduate research students together from across disciplines. A key part of my role is managing the University’s flagship Research without Borders festival of postgraduate research to enable PGRs to share their research with the wider public in innovative ways. I have a Masters degree in Political Sociology and ten years of experience working in communications, campaigning, and community engagement.
Rachael Ward, Communications and Engagement Assistant
I help coordinate several communications and engagement activities for the Bristol Doctoral College. I support the Communications and Engagement Officers to successfully deliver events and communications for the PGR community. I led 3MT in 2021 and will continue to support the delivery of high-impact events and initiatives. I have a degree in Earth and Ocean Science and am currently a PGR in the School of Physical Geography. Previously I worked as PGR Buddying Scheme Coordinator, leading the PGR Circles pilot scheme. Prior to the BDC, I was a Research Technician in Earth Sciences, as well as working with the Sustainability Team. I also worked for several years at the University of Bath.
Tasmin Head, Communications and Engagement Officer (covering Alice on maternity leave)
With Kitty Webster, I lead on communications and engagement, within the Bristol Doctoral College. I am Alice Fern's maternity leave cover. A key part of my role is managing our BDC events, including our flagship Research without Borders festival of postgraduate research. I have previously produced public engagement events in partnership with creative industries, universities, and charities. I have been working in the higher education sector for over 15 years in a variety of marketing, communications, and event roles.