Doctoral College staff directory

Leadership team:

Professor Roberta Mock, Director of Doctoral College


Professor Anthony Caleshu, Deputy Director of the Doctoral College – Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Professor Steve Furnell, Deputy Director of the Doctoral College – Faculty of Science and Engineering

Professor Maureen Coombs, Deputy Director of the Doctoral College – Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

Dr Vehid Salih, Deputy Director of the Doctoral College – Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry


Dr Cristina Rivas, Doctoral College Manager


Postgraduate research support team:

Sarah Carne, Doctoral College Administrator (health and human sciences; nursing and midwifery; sociology, education) 

Cher Cressey, Doctoral College Administrator (law, business, management, government, and tourism and hospitality) 

Mandy Instrell, Doctoral College Administrator (arts and humanities) 

Catherine McCoulough, Doctoral College Administrator (biological sciences; psychology; computing, electronics and mathematics) 

Aimee McNeillie, Doctoral College Administrator (marine science and engineering; computing, electronics and mathematics)

Nikki King, Doctoral College Administrator (geography, earth and environmental sciences; computing, electronics and mathematics)

Amber Strong, Senior Administrator of Research Degrees (medicine; dentistry; biomedical sciences) 


Stacey Elwell, Doctoral College Administrator (post-submission)

Jill Gratton, Doctoral College Administrator (post-submission)

Vicki Horgan, Doctoral College Administrator (post-submission)

Anna Walke, Doctoral College Administrator (post-submission, CAS)


Lucy Cheetham, Business Development and Communications Officer


Researcher development team:

Sarah Kearns, Researcher Development Manager

Julia Crocker, Doctoral College Administration Assistant

Postgraduate Research Coordinators

If you are thinking about becoming a postgraduate researcher at the University of Plymouth, you are welcome to contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinators in your field of interest.

They will discuss potential supervisors with you and answer any questions you might have about embarking on a research degree in their research area.

Find out who to contact and how they can help you