The role is for three years, and works with the Independent Advisor for PGR students, Prof Marcelle McManus, in supporting and advising PGR students in difficulty. The role is set out on p25 of the Doctoral College Handbook and involves helping and supporting students who want independent advice about a range of issues associated with their ability to progress.

Examples of issues covered include, but are not limited to, conflict with supervisor(s) or other students, financial problems, and dignity and respect issues. Meetings with the Independent Advisors are confidential unless the student wishes otherwise (or are at risk). We often support students by attending meetings with Supervisors of Heads of Department; acting as a supporter to help present the case at meetings; mediation and negotiation; and drafting appeals or formal documents. Where the student is in agreement, the independent advisors can work closely with other support services such as the Students Union, Student Services and the Doctoral College.

Expressions of interest are invited by noon on 22 October 2020, to be sent to Professor Marcelle McManus, setting out the reason why you are interested in the role.

Meetings with suitable candidates will be held on 11th November. This appointment will be made by Senate.

If you would like to have an informal discussion, please contact Marcelle McManus.