Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Rachel Collum

Faculty Research Coordinator



I have a PhD in Psychology from Newcastle University (2013); my area of interest was in exploring social-cognitive abilities in children with Williams syndrome and autism. Since graduating from my PhD, I worked on the Pre-Trial Autism Communication Trial Follow-Up (PACT) and went on to teach Psychology at Durham University 2014-16. In 2016/17 I completed the Ambitious Futures Graduate Trainee Scheme at Newcastle University and have held the post of Research Coordinator in SAgE since September 2017. Having had a premature baby in 2017, I am very interested in working on support for families of children who have spent time on the SCBU and would be interested to hear from anyone who would like to get involved.

Current Role

My current role is to offer research support to staff/students within the SAgE Faculty. A large component of my role is focused on ethical research and integrity; I am also involved in actions related to REF and research impact, and supporting ECRs.


I am very interested in issues related to EDI and how we can improve awareness of and actions around improving support and processes concerning EDI. I also have an interest in Outreach and working with disadvantaged groups.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


I have previously taught on a range of Psychology BSc and MSc modules, including supervision of MSc projects.I now work in SAgE Faculty research support.