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Postgraduate Research Student Guide

Click through the tabs below to discover useful information about your degree programme, assessment arrangements and who to go to for support.


Welcome from Professor Sharon Mavin

I am delighted, on behalf of all colleagues in Newcastle University Business School, to welcome you to the University and the Business School.

Newcastle University has a worldwide reputation for academics, research and student experience and attracts top-quality students like you to Newcastle upon Tyne. The University has a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017; is ranked joint 1st for student support in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016; 18th in the world and 5th in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the International Student Barometer 2016 and over 94% of our students are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating. The Newcastle University Business School is a member of an elite group of Business Schools worldwide that hold triple accreditation from the three internationally recognised accreditation bodies (AMBA; EQUIS; AACSB). This demonstrates how we aspire to, and achieve, the highest quality standards expected of a world-class business school, investing significantly in the student experience and ensuring that you will receive the best possible education. 

At the Business School we have a truly international outlook. Our students are drawn from over 70 countries and over a third of our academics were born and educated outside of the UK. Curricula reflect our experience in the global world and will help prepare you to understand and work in the global economy and society when you graduate. Learning in a partnership with us means that your voice matters and we care about your experience. We look forward to watching you develop throughout your time at the Business School.

Good luck with your studies and my very best wishes for a successful and enjoyable time at Newcastle University Business School.

Professor Sharon Mavin


Newcastle University Business School

Welcome from the PGR Team

Professor David Higgins

David was director of PhD and MRes students at The York Management School (TYMS), between 2006–11. During this period he led a team which developed these degree programmes Ab initio, secured ESRC and EDAMBA accreditation for TYMS, and was involved in the creation of the ‘White Rose’ DTC between Leeds, Sheffield and York. 

David has successfully supervised a number of PhD students, including: Azimjon Kuvandikov, Employment Effects of Takeovers, TYMS, 2010; Do-Kyu-Lee, Exploring the Move Towards Market-Type Mechanisms in Radio Spectrum Policy: the case of South Korea, TYMS, 2013; Yi Qu, An Investigation of Innovation and Performance of Chinese manufacturing Firms: the Role of Foreign Direct Investment, Formal Institutions and Research and Development Strategies, TYMS, 2014; Vaughn White, A Historical Study of the Role of Cost Accounting on Performance in the UK Confectionery Market: the experience of Cadbury and Rowntree, 1919–38, TYMS, 2014; Yaoan Wu, Why Institutions Matter to Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions by Emerging Economy Multinationals in Developed Countries, TYMS, 2014.


Phone: 0191 208 1529

Dr Robert Wilson

Dr Willison is Deputy Director of Doctoral Programmes and assists Professor Higgins in carrying out the above duties.


Phone: 0191 208 1510

Dr Jingxin Dong

Dr Jingxin Dong is the Director for the joint DBA programme run in conjunction with Grenoble Ecole de Management.


Phone: 0191 208 1692

Carolyn Watkin

Carolyn’s role as PhD Programme Secretary is to cover administrative duties for Doctoral programmes within the Business School, working with the Director and Deputy Director of Doctoral Programmes and academic staff to support the School’s postgraduate research activities.


Phone: 0191 208 1584

Susan Dunnington

Although most of your contact regarding administrative matters will be through the PhD programme secretary, you may occasionally have contact with the postgraduate programme administrator, Susan Dunnington. Susan oversees administrative support for all Masters and Doctoral programmes within the School.


Phone: 0191 208 1546

Research Specialties

Your contacts

Degree Programme Director

The degree programme director (DPD) oversees your Masters programme and can help you with questions about the programme as a whole.

Dr Ana Lopes
Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Programme Secretary

The programme secretary is your main point of contact for administrative queries relating to your programme, such as information about procedures or deadlines.

Contact via Student Enquiries, The Hub (room 5.07), Business School @ Barrack Road or on 0191 208 1587.

Paul Broadhead
Postgraduate Secretary

Director of pre-experience postgraduate programmes

Dr Maioli oversees all pre-experience postgraduate programmes in the Business School

Dr Sara Maioli
Lecturer in Economics, Director of Postgraduate Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1665

Senior Tutor

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who is there to help you with matters of a more personal nature. In addition, you can contact the senior tutor who has overall responsibility for pastoral matters and is chair of the staff–student committee for your programme.

Business School careers adviser

Our careers adviser can help you with information and guidance on careers and employment, both during and after your studies.

Ailsa McCleod


Details on the teaching team will be provided in the first lecture for each module. 

A complete list of Business School academic and professional support staff, along with contact details, can be found online. Staff profiles are also available via this link illustrating the research and teaching interests of academic members of staff.