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Strathclyde Doctoral School About us

Underpinned by the University’s innovative, collaborative, and inclusive educational ethos, the Strathclyde Doctoral School is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level.

Our mission

The Strathclyde Doctoral School drives both strategic and operational developments that enhance the postgraduate researcher experience. Our mission is to create an environment where our research students can flourish.

Providing opportunities for interdisciplinary engagement, we promote a sense of PGR community. By delivering a framework of support, we encourage and enable appropriate progress monitoring and timely completions.

Our outstanding training and development opportunities prepare our students to become future research and business leaders. We recognise, celebrate, and value the contribution our postgraduate cohorts make to Strathclyde’s research delivery and overall international standing.

Our priorities

Our priorities include:

  • delivering an outstanding research postgraduate student experience
  • supporting research degree supervisors and supervisory teams
  • building a student-centred interdisciplinary research environment

How we work

Strathclyde Doctoral School objectives are led and delivered by staff in Faculties and Professional Services. We work in partnership across organisational boundaries in small working groups and in consultation with student representatives from the Doctoral Researchers Group to ensure that our activities meet the needs of our postgraduate researchers and our institution.

Our governance

Doctoral School Executive Board

The Strathclyde Doctoral School Executive Board is responsible for the establishment and implementation of the Strathclyde Doctoral School, which will facilitate and underpin a comprehensive support environment for postgraduate researchers.

Strathclyde Doctoral School Executive Board members´╗┐:

  • Professor Billy Kerr, Director of the Strathclyde Doctoral School Executive Board (Deputy Associate Principal, R&KE)´╗┐
  • Dr Stephanie Colvan, Strathclyde Doctoral School Manager (RDP Manager)
  • Professor Atilla Incecik, Executive Dean & Associate Principal, Engineering
  • Professor Douglas Brodie, Executive Dean & Associate Principal, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Professor Iain Stewart, Executive Dean & Associate Principal, Science´╗┐
  • Professor David Hillier, Executive Dean & Associate Principal, Strathclyde Business School
  • Catherine Milligan, Acting Director Education Enhancement

Doctoral School Management Board

The Strathclyde Doctoral School Management Board plans and delivers against the strategic objectives agreed by the Doctoral School Executive Board.

Strathclyde Doctoral School Management Board members:

  • Professor Billy Kerr, Director of the Strathclyde Doctoral School Executive Board (Deputy Associate Principal, R&KE)
  • Dr Stephanie Colvan, Strathclyde Doctoral School Manager (RDP Manager)
  • Professor Bernard Conway, Vice Dean (Research), Engineering
  • Dr Sarah Edwards, Vice Dean (Postgraduate), Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Professor Rob Martin, Vice Dean (Research), Science
  • Dr Matthew Alexander, Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research), Strathclyde Business School
  • Dr Campbell Reid, PG Cert Researcher Professional Development Lead
  • Mr Scott Walker, Deputy Head Education Enhancement
  • Ms Gill Watt, Acting Director Student Experience