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Meet the team

The Graduate School is led by Professor Dianne Berry OBE, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies. She is supported in her work at the Graduate School by a number of staff and teams who are available to help if you have any queries.

Professor Dianne Berry OBE

As Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, Dianne is responsible for all matters relating to research students within the University. Prior to taking up her current position, Dianne was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (for seven years), Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (for two years) and Head of Psychology (for five years).

Before coming to Reading in 1990, Dianne carried out research and taught at the University of Oxford, where she gained her Doctorate. Before this, she qualified and worked as a journalist.

In addition to her roles within the University, Dianne is Chair of Vitae's External Advisory Board and Chair of the REF 2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Key people

Position Name
Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies Dianne Berry
Associate Director of Postgraduate Research Studies – Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Business To Be Confirmed
Associate Director of Postgraduate Research Studies – Life Sciences and Science Pam Stuart
Director of Graduate School Services Elena Bedisti
Joint Head of Doctoral Research Office

Cat Hale

c.hale@reading.ac.uk

Joint Head of Doctoral Research Office

Katie Saxelby-Smith

k.j.saxelby-smith@reading.ac.uk

Doctoral Training Partnership Support Officer Joanna John
Doctoral Examinations Officer Sean Semple
Recruitment and Marketing Officer (Postgraduate Research)

Jonathan Lloyd

j.d.lloyd@reading.ac.uk

Doctoral Research Office

Please contact the Doctoral Research Office for:

  • matters relating to enrolment and registration status
  • queries relating to immigration and Tier 4 Visa regulations for postgraduate research.

Email: dro@reading.ac.uk

Telephone: 44 (0)118 378 4741 or 44 (0)118 378 4740

Office hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 9:00-13:00 and 14:00–16:30
Position
Name
Doctoral Research Administrator Claire Jones
Doctoral Research Administrator Rachel Willis
Postgraduate Research Administrator  Marina Krouski

Graduate School Office

Please contact the Graduate School Office for general enquires about postgraduate research at Reading or for any queries about:

  • the Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP)
  • facilities in Old Whiteknights House
  • support for events and conferences related to postgraduate research

Email: gradschool@reading.ac.uk 

Telephone: 44 (0)118 378 5063

Office hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00-13:00 and 14:00–16:30

Job title Name
Graduate School Administrator

Helen Apted

Graduate School Assistant Nicky Stepney 

School PGR Support Team

Please contact the named administrator for your School or Department for:

  • queries about your current postgraduate studies.
Job title Name
Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator Cat Hale
Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator Katie Saxelby-Smith

Postgraduate research administrators

School/Department Name
Agriculture, Policy and Development Karen Garrod
Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science Elizabeth Wyeth
Arts and Communication Design

Catherine O'Hare

Biological Sciences/Biomedical Engineering
Elaine Van der Kamp
Elizabeth Marten
Built Environment

Rupinder Bains

Chemistry

 Isaac Wilks

Food and Nutritional Sciences
Isaac Wilks
Henley Business School: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting Cindy Zhang
Henley Business School: ICMA Matt Goss
Henley Business School: International Business and Strategy Daria Radwan
Henley Business School: Leadership, Organisation and Behaviour Alex Baker
Henley Business School: Marketing and Reputation

Daniel Bateman

Henley Business School: Real Estate and Planning Helen Clark
Humanities Catherine O'Hare
Institute of Education
Trica Burgess
Law Elizabeth Wyeth
Literature and Languages
Marina Krouski 
Mathematics/Computer Science
Kris Aldridge
Meteorology/Computer Science
Christine Macfarlane
Pharmacy

Rupinder Bains

Politics, Economics and International Relations
Wai-Ling Wong
Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

Rose Bull

Contact us

If you are thinking about applying to become a postgraduate researcher at Reading and want to find out more, please contact us using our PhD Enquiry Form.

The Graduate School is led by Professor Dianne Berry OBE, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies. She is supported in her work at the Graduate School by a number of staff and teams who are available to help if you have any queries.

Professor Dianne Berry OBE

As Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, Dianne is responsible for all matters relating to research students and research staff within the University. She is also Dean of Student Discipline and Chair of the Standing Committee on Academic Misconduct. Prior to taking up her current position, Dianne was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (for seven years), Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (for two years) and Head of Psychology (for five years).

Before coming to Reading in 1990, Dianne carried out research and taught at the University of Oxford, where she gained her Doctorate. Before this, she qualified and worked as a journalist.

In addition to her roles within the University, Dianne is Chair of Vitae's External Advisory Board and Chair of the REF 2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Key people

Position Name
Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies Dianne Berry
Associate Director of Postgraduate Research Studies – Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Business Emma Minns
Associate Director of Postgraduate Research Studies – Life Sciences and Science Pam Stuart
Head of Postgraduate Research Support and Development Chris Robson
Head of Doctoral Research Office Jonathan Lloyd
Doctoral Training Partnership Support Officer Joanna John
Doctoral Examinations Officer Sean Semple

Doctoral Research Office

Please contact the Doctoral Research Office for:

  • matters relating to enrolment and registration status
  • queries relating to immigration and Tier 4 Visa regulations for postgraduate research.

Email: dro@reading.ac.uk

Telephone: 44 (0)118 378 4741 or 44 (0)118 378 4740

Office hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 10:00&ndash13:00 and 14:00–15:00
  • Friday: 09:00–13:00
Position Name
Doctoral Research Administrator Sylvia Jerome
Doctoral Research Administrator Claire Jones
Doctoral Research Administrator Rachel Willis
Doctoral Research Office Assistant Hayley Searle-Barnes

Graduate School Office

Please contact the Graduate School Office for general enquires about postgraduate research at Reading or for any queries about:

  • the Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP)
  • facilities in Old Whiteknights House
  • developing your digital presence (postgraduate researchers and research staff)
  • support for events and conferences related to postgraduate research
  • research staff development.

Email: gradschool@reading.ac.uk

Telephone: 44 (0)118 378 5063

Office hours: Monday to Friday: 09:30–16:00

Job title Name
Graduate School Administrator Helen Apted
Graduate School Assistant Nicky Stepney

School PGR Support Team

Please contact the named administrator for your School or Department for:

  • queries about your current postgraduate studies.
Job title Name
Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator Cat Hale
Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator Katie Saxelby-Smith

Postgraduate research administrators

School/Department Name
Agriculture, Policy and Development Karen Garrod
Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science Elizabeth Wyeth
Arts and Communication Design
Isaac Wilks
Biological Sciences/Biomedical Engineering
Elaine Van der Kamp
Elizabeth Marten
Built Environment
Katie Saxelby-Smith
Chemistry Catherine O'Hare
Food and Nutritional Sciences
Isaac Wilks
Henley Business School: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting Cindy Zhang
Henley Business School: ICMA Matt Goss
Henley Business School: International Business and Strategy Valerie Woodley
Daria Radwan
Henley Business School: Leadership, Organisation and Behaviour Alex Baker
Henley Business School: Marketing and Reputation Charlotte Boughen
Henley Business School: Real Estate and Planning Helen Clark
Humanities Catherine O'Hare
Institute of Education
Trica Burgess
Law Elizabeth Wyeth
Literature and Languages
Melina Aston
Mathematics/Computer Science
Kris Aldridge
Meteorology/Computer Science
Christine Macfarlane
Pharmacy Cat Hale
Politics, Economics and International Relations
Wai-Ling Wong
Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences Melina Aston

Contact us

If you are thinking about applying to become a postgraduate researcher at Reading and want to find out more, please contact us using our PhD Enquiry Form.

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