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

Dean of the Doctoral College
+44 (0)116 252 3161


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.

Martin Coffey

Postgraduate Careers Development Adviser
+44 (0)116 229 7752


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.


  • 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


Publications in the field of educational development.

Dr Jason Wickham

Policy and Planning Adviser
+44 (0)116 252 4685


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.


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.

Dr Alex Goddard

Doctoral College Programmes Development Manager
+44 (0)116 252 3834


Alex leads and manages the portfolio of Doctoral Training Centres and Partnerships and supports emerging doctoral training initiatives, strategic studentship opportunities and fellowship applications. His duties involve horizon scanning for funding opportunities, supporting the formation of proposals and consortia, providing grant development support, providing post-award support and liaising with Funders and Funder Groups.


Alex has a wide range of experiencing within the University sector, having previously worked as a Teaching Fellow (2013-2014), Enterprise Fellow (2014-2017) and Innovation Fellow (2017-2018). Prior to this, he completed his integrated Master’s in Chemistry with Forensics and a PhD in Analytical and Forensic Chemistry (University of Leicester, 2013). His research interests are quite broad and cover waste management processes, food chemistry, materials science, formulation chemistry and industrial scale-up and innovation.

Kelly McCormack

Events and Communications Officer
+44 (0)116 373 6490


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
+44 (0)116 252 5306


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.