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Graduate School

Providing support and development for postgraduate students.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School plays an essential role in supporting the progression and development of our postgraduate students. Our students are the academics, research leaders and clinical experts of the future. Our aim is to develop their skills to effectively contribute on a global scale.

We are proud of our success in training and developing our postgraduate students. We work with partners in the NHS and industry to produce individuals ready to make a significant difference.

Postgraduate students are at the core of the Faculty's activity developing essential skills through their research and teaching

Dr Tim Cheek, FMS Dean of Postgraduate Research

What we do

The Graduate School provides guidance and support to postgraduate research students throughout the lifecycle of their studies, from application to graduation. We have representatives embedded in schools and institutes across the faculty. We work together to:

  • support the admissions, registration, progression and examination processes for all postgraduate research students in the faculty
  • ensure that postgraduate research students are supported through every step of their research degree, including annual progress monitoring and the final examination process
  • ensure that policies and procedures are correct and support our students throughout their research degree
  • provide support and guidance on a range of areas relating to study at Newcastle University
  • provide a comprehensive suite of training programs to complement your qualification and enhance your personal development
  • current students can browse and book workshops using our online portal


Lisa Barnes is the Student Wellbeing Adviser at FMS Graduate School.

Her role is to signpost, offer advice and guide students within the school. She provides the steps to take when experiencing difficulties which impact your wellbeing.

We can support you by:

  • being a confidential ear for you to talk about factors impacting your wellbeing
  • advising you on your best next steps if you are struggling with a personal difficulty
  • recommending practical resources to help you improve and maintain your wellbeing
  • helping you understand and access support within our Student Wellbeing services

We can offer guidance on:

  • accessing assessments for specific learning difficulties
  • how to get medical evidence and claim reimbursement for the cost
  • how to arrange a Student Support Plan (SSP) with our Disability Team

Lisa can offer 1-to-1 appointments in person or online. To arrange an appointment or make any other enquiry, you can get in touch by emailing

Contact us

The Graduate School
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Ridley Building 1, 3rd Floor
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne