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PGR Student Handbook

The Postgraduate Research Support Office

The PGR Support Team takes primary responsibility for the administration and progress of your studies. The PGR Support Team are based within the University of Exeter Doctoral College, but team members each specialise in support for specific Colleges and Clusters. The Business School is part of the HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences) cluster. 

The PGR Support Team working with Business School students based at Streatham are, Natalie Bartram (PGR Student Support Officer) and Maggie Smith (PGR Support Administrator). For students based at Penryn there is a PGR Support team; Jo Shepherd is the PGR Support Officer. 

The PGR Support team are responsible to the College Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Kim Peters and to the Associate Dean for Research, Professor Chendi Zhang. 

The PGR Support team are available to provide support for both prospective and current postgraduate students. We are always willing to answer queries and provide help wherever possible. 

Contact lists are correct at the time of writing, but individuals may change during the year, therefore it is very important that you email shared inboxes rather than individuals. Please check the PGR SharePoint for up to date information. 

Streatham Campus Penryn Campus
Locations and Opening Times

Doctoral College Hub, Old Library

Monday - Friday, 10.00 - 15.00

Room3.104, Peter Lanyon Building

By appointment only

PGR Manager

Sarmi Ghosh


T: Contact your PGR Support Officer in the first instance

PGR Suport Officer

Natalie Bartram


T: +44 (0)1392 72 6295; Select option 2

Jo Shepherd


T: +44 (0)1392 72 6295, Select option 4

PGR Administrators

Maggie Smith


T: +44 (0)1392 72 6295; Select option 2

To be appointed Autumn 2021

ach discipline has a Director of Postgraduate Research who is there to provide support to students in their discipline and who is responsible for promoting a rich academic environment for postgraduate research students within their discipline.

Discipline Name Email Telephone
College Dr Kim Peters  
Accounting Prof. Vicky Kiosse +44 (0) 1392 726680
Economics Prof. Surajeet Chakravarty +44 (0) 1392 723419
Finance Dr Christina Dargenidou
+44 (0) 1392 723260
Management Prof. David Dose  

Prof. Jing-Lin Duanmu

+44 (0) 1392 727698

For details about discipline areas and their academic staff please see the Business School webpages.   

It is vitally important that we have secure and reliable means by which to contact you. Primary responsibility for ensuring this lies with you. 

You must ensure that the University’s Student Records Office and the PGR Support team has accurate information about your whereabouts and the best means to contact you if necessary, for example if you are away on fieldwork. You are responsible for keeping your contact details up to date via iExeter

Administrative and academic staff make every effort to reply quickly to enquiries, and we expect that students will in turn make sure that they check their Exeter email account regularly for communications and reply promptly.


Email is the main form of communication that we will use to contact you. All registered students automatically receive an email account and an address which can be accessed anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Your University of Exeter email can be accessed via Office 365 or iExeter. 

It is University policy that communication with students via email can only be conducted via their University email address. No alternative email address will be used. Members of staff who are also students will be contacted via their student account, not their staff account. It is therefore very important that you check your University student email regularly.  If you normally use a different email address then you should set up an email forwarding action to ensure that you do not miss important messages from the University. 

When emailing the PGR Support Team, please use the office email:

Exeter: Cornwall:

  We ask that you DO NOT email individual colleagues, which can result in a delay to responses.

Letters and telephone contacts

We may also need to write to you at a home address or to make a telephone call. This is particularly important when students are absent from the University or based at a distance from Exeter. For this reason it is absolutely vital that you maintain accurate and up to date contact details through iExeter.

Incoming mail

Internal and external mail must be marked for your attention and can be delivered to the PGR study space in Hope Hall:

University of Exeter    
Hope Hall, Postgraduate Research Centre    
Prince of Wales Road    


Items that do not relate to your research should be delivered to your home address wherever possible. If you must order something large to be delivered to the University, you must first inform the team at Building:One so that they can contact you when it arrives, and you will be emailed to arrange collection. 

The University of Exeter Doctoral College stimulates, supports and sustains a vibrant research and intellectual environment across and between disciplines for postgraduate and early career researchers. Focusing on investment and development in training, resources and facilities, the Doctoral College provides an outstanding quality experience for those in the early stages of their research careers.

"Welcome to the University of Exeter and our Doctoral College. We are the fastest growing research intensive university in the UK, ranked 16th out of 134 universities in the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF), taking account of our quality and the proportion of staff submitted.

The Doctoral College aims to provide first-class support to postgraduate research students and postdoctoral (or ‘early career’) researchers. We aim to manage the application process in a sensitive and transparent way, and to create a research culture within which all researchers fulfil their potential. We are aware that our researchers come to us from diverse backgrounds and bring different ambitions, but are united in a commitment to producing research – and developing researchers – of the highest quality.

Many universities talk about the strength of their research, but few can offer our high performance across a wide range of subjects. We’re proud to have performed above the Russell Group average in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2021, and we’re always looking for ways of improving. We’re delighted that so many researchers choose to join our community, and make Exeter or Cornwall their home."

Professor Andrew McRae - Dean of Postgraduate Research and of the Doctoral College

Student Information Desk (SID) is the way to access student support information, and get answers to your questions – they can either be visited in person, by phone or online.

For further information, please see the student information points and hubs section of the website.