About the Doctoral College team

The team is here to provide personal and professional development opportunities to enhance your research and employability, in academia and beyond.

Professor David G Lambert

Director, Doctoral College
dgl3@leicester.ac.uk
+44 (0)116 252 3161

Biography

Dave is a Professor of Anaesthetic Pharmacology. He trained as a biologist before completing his PhD in diabetes research. He made the post-doctoral switch to pharmacology at Leicester where he has spent his career to date researching opioids (analgesics), supervising research students and teaching at all levels.

Dave is the Grants Officer for the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia. He has been awarded the Humphrey Davy medal, was elected Chair of the Board of the British Journal of Anaesthesia and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Dr Meera Warrier

Head of Researcher Development
mw189@leicester.ac.uk
+44 (0)116 229 1876

Responsibilities

Meera leads and manages the Doctoral College team. Working with the Director of the Doctoral College, she provides strategic direction in enriching the University’s environment for researchers, particularly doctoral researchers, research staff and early career researchers. With the Director, she oversees the development and implementation of University policy on postgraduate research, linking it to institutional strategic aims, including the development of competitive institutional bids to grow the University’s PGR and ECR population in line with its research ambitions.

Biography

Meera has degrees in English literature, sociology and the history of science. She has a PhD in development studies from the University of East Anglia. She has several years’ experience in research management and communicating research and advising policy makers. Her research interests include globalisation and the politics of development, and the globalisation and internationalisation of higher education.

Martin Coffey

Postgraduate Careers Development Adviser
mgc5@leicester.ac.uk
+44 (0)116 229 7752

Responsibilities

Martin delivers careers and employability provision to postgraduate research students across the three colleges of the University, working from college-specific employability strategies. Provision includes a PhD internship programme and career and enterprise skills training, both face-to-face and online. He facilitates sector-specific employer events and one-to-one career consultations. Provision extends to University staff as and when required.

Expertise

  • Career counselling
  • Coaching
  • Accredited psychometric test user in MBTI (personality type), NEO-PI (personality trait) and EQI (emotional intelligence)
  • Experiential team building and leadership development

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Occupational Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
  • Founding Principal Member of the Association of Business Psychologists

Research

Publications in the field of educational development.

Dr Chantal Bielmann

Postgraduate Researcher Development Adviser
cb450@leicester.ac.uk
+44 (0)116 229 7644

Responsibilities

Chantal has been working as the Postgraduate Researcher Development Adviser with the Researcher Development Team at the University of Leicester since 2015. She delivers workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions, and organises a variety of key postgraduate researcher events, including the Three-Minute Thesis competition, PhDepictions (a photography competition) and the Festival of Postgraduate Research (end-of-year poster competition). Chantal is currently focusing her research on evaluating the effectiveness of researcher development resources for distance learning postgraduate researchers and post-PhD experiences and support. Particular interests include postgraduate researcher data, supervisor experiences and postgraduate research communities.

Biography

Chantal completed her PhD in early medieval archaeology in 2014 and then spent a year working at De Montfort University as a Residence Co-ordinator, followed by a three-month position as an archaeologist for the Charnwood Roots project until finally taking her current role. Chantal still researches early medieval archaeology in her spare time, focusing especially on Alpine communities, and has recently co-edited the upcoming publication, Debating Religious Space and Place in the Early Medieval World.

Dr Jason Wickham

Policy and Planning Adviser
jw646@leicester.ac.uk
+44 (0)116 252 4685

Responsibilities

Jason is responsible for providing professional advice and support on postgraduate policies and procedures and contributes towards the University research student strategy and objectives. Jason delivers analysis and reporting for postgraduate research matters to the Director of the Doctoral College and University-level committees.

Jason is Secretary to the University's Postgraduate Research Policy Committee which reports to the University Senate and is the University's senior committee for research degree matters. Jason also represents the Doctoral College at internal and external meetings to promote the Doctoral College and communicate developments in postgraduate procedures, planning and policies.

Biography

Jason was a Continuing Education Lecturer at the University of Liverpool (2011-2013) before joining the University of Leicester. He holds a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology, an MA in Ancient History and a PhD in Classics (University of Liverpool, 2014). Jason's research interests still include Roman slavery, ancient warfare and enslavement practices in the ancient Mediterranean.

Kelly McCormack

Events and Communications Officer
km423@leicester.ac.uk
+44 (0)116 373 6490

Responsibilities

Kelly is responsible for setting up, marketing, managing and evaluating the Doctoral College’s annual delivery of more than 350 workshops and high-profile events. She manages the interface with researchers with regard to our training programme, and develops and delivers the Doctoral College communications strategy.

Peter Alfano

E-Learning Support Officer
pja10@leicester.ac.uk
+44 (0)116 252 5306

Responsibilities

Peter is responsible for developing and supporting our online training provision. He manages our Blackboard site, edits videos and develops new ways of delivering training to our researchers. Peter is keen to enhance our online offering and to offer our distance learning and part-time researchers a learning experience closer to that of our campus based researchers.