Mrs Jill Gratton

Mrs Jill Gratton


Doctoral College


Please note my usual working hours are Wednesday 13:00-16:30, Thursday and Friday 09:00 – 16:30. Please contact my job share, Nikki King ( outside these hours.

Doctoral College Administrator for schools of Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Psychology.


  • BA(Hons) Psychology (University of Warwick) 1981
  • MSc Cognition, Computing & Psychology (University of Warwick) 1984
  • Trinity College CertTESOL (Open Doors International Language School) 2018
I first joined the university in June 2014 as a temporary Senior Project Administrator in the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, liaising between the school and central university services on several projects.  One of my main projects was to organise an event celebrating 40 years of Environmental Science at Plymouth University, held on Plymouth Hoe in September 2013.  

I then joined ASTI (Academic Support - Technology & Innovation) as a Digital Learning Advocate, working in a 6-month temporary role within the Business Faculty to support academic staff during implementation of the new Moodle-based virtual learning environment (VLE).  This included training and support in the features and functionality of a range of learning technologies.

I moved to the Development Office in May 2014 as a Database Officer, where I was mainly involved in day-to-day management and administration of the alumni and development database and related functions, including training and support, implementing new developments, data improvement, etc.  I also undertook research and analysis to support the Alumni Relations, Fundraising and External Relations functions.  From July-Dec 2017 I worked as a Data Compliance Officer in the Development Office, preparing for GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).

I moved to a part-time role as an administrator in the Doctoral College in Dec 2017 to allow me to study part-time for a Trinity College CertTESOL qualification in teaching English to speakers of other languages, at the Open Doors International Language School in Plymouth (due to qualify in May 2018).

Previous experience includes over 25 years with large national and multinational organisations in multidisciplinary, worldwide and virtual sales, marketing, business development and training teams, together with 7 years experience in various educational establishments.
  • Education (Comprehensive School, Independent Secondary School, Sixth Form College)
    ICT Teacher & student support, & Student Data Administrator, Web Content Management & Social Media
  • VCE (US-based collaboration between VMWare, Cisco & EMC)
    Web strategist/Web content management
  • Cisco-HP Alliance (US-based)
    Web Strategist/Web Content <anagement, Sales & Marketing data, analytics, databases, dashboards
  • Hewlett-Packard (US-based Partner Division)
    Database Administrator, web content management & dashboards, sales & marketing support.  Previously design & development of online learning.
  • Adult Education (teaching IT part-time)
  • LloydsTSB
    eLearning & training design and development
  • Freelance eLearning Designer/Developer -  contracts with British Airways, Argos, Citibank, Glaxo Pharmaceuticals and others
  • Senior Training Supervisor, Cambridge Information Technology Centre (IT training)
  • Experienced freelance proofreader - work undertaken for the National Marine Aquarium, Crunch Creative, Bluesoup Communications, Lloyds Bank and The Development Partnership.


Professional membership

Associate Member, Association for Learning Technology (ALT)

TDipWP (JEB Teachers' Diploma in Word Processing) 1988