School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Staff Profile

Michelle Palmer

Personal Assistant to Head of School



I have been in the School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development since 2010.

Roles & responsibilities

I am personal Assistant to the Head of School, Rob Edwards. Please contact me for all enquiries relating to Head of School, including meeting availability.

Other responsibilities include supporting all Human Resources processes in the School for academic & visiting staff, (e.g. recruitment, induction, leave, Probation, PDR, & promotions)

I provide secretarial support to the School Executive Board, and School-level events & projects when required.

I also provide administrative support for the Institute for Agri-Food Research & Innovation (IAFRI), which is a joint-partnership between Newcastle University & Fera Science Ltd.


I am originally from Carlisle in Cumbria, and moved to Newcastle in 2004. Previous roles include PA to Head of School in APL, Newcastle University, New Court Chambers & Pertemps Recruitment. Before working in Administration I was employed in various Social care roles.


Studying part-time for BA (Hons) Social Science with Politics.