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Doctoral College

Working to improve the PGR Student Experience.

Welcome to our world-class research community

The Doctoral College is part of Student Services and is here to provide support to the PGR Community, improve connectivity of PGR administration across the University and make Newcastle University's PGR offer more visible.  The Doctoral College works closely with a wide range of  PGR–focused colleagues across Faculties, Academic Units and Professional Services, e.g. Deans of Postgraduate Research, Graduate Schools, Research Culture, Skills Academy, NUSU PGR Officer, PGR Reps and PGR Training Development Managers and PGR Cohort Programme Managers.

Current Students

The Doctoral College is supporting current students to gain the skills they need to advance their goals and enhance their career prospects through the Research Enhancement Fund.  This provides bursaries and awards to support PGR students development through enterprise, participation in global events and conferences, as well as providing the opportunity to gain additional research experience. 

They also provide funding for parental leave for students along with other funding opportunities such as for PGR Led Engagement.

The Doctoral College is engaged in the review of University policies and procedures that relate to PGR students including Postgraduates who Teach and are supporting the PGR Deans with a number of projects relating to key PGR areas such as a PGR Supervisorial Development Programme.

They are also here to promote events and opportunities to students.

Prospective Students

The Doctoral College oversees the approval process for Occasional Research Students and signposts information, advise and guidance for prospective PGR Students.



The Doctoral College is here to support every aspect of your growth: academic, personal and professional.

Doctoral College Team

Nicky Houghton

Senior Student Policy Manager

Lesley Jackson

Doctoral College Strategy Manager

Karen Robb

Doctoral College Senior Assistant