Postgraduate Research

Pro Vice Chancellor - Research and Scholarship: Professor Peter Childs

Director of Graduate School: Professor Máirtín Mac an Ghaill

Postgraduate Research Coordinator: Dr Noelle Plack

Research Office Administrator: John Howard

The Graduate School is the umbrella structure under which Newman University’s postgraduate research community is organised.

The Graduate School is central to Newman University’s activities and is charged with:

  • Promoting high quality research and postgraduate education on campus and through distance learning
  • Disseminating and promoting best practice in all areas of postgraduate education
  • Monitoring and reviewing postgraduate research programmes to ensure high completion rates for research students
  • Ensuring the University makes suitable provision for postgraduate students in terms of academic and pastoral accommodation.

Organization and Leadership

The Graduate School is led by the Pro Vice Chancellor - Research and Scholarship, who works with members of the Research Committee and other colleagues across the University to develop and implement the University's research strategy as well as promoting and delivering academic and support services for postgraduate research students. Additionally, the Pro Vice Chancellor - Research and Scholarship provides the main contact point between the University and relevant external bodies such as GuildHE, CREST, MURG, etc.

The Pro Vice Chancellor - Research and Scholarship is supported by the Postgraduate Research Coordinator, who assists in formulating and implementing policies and procedures relating to postgraduate research students as well as monitoring their progress in line with the validating partner institution's regulations and codes of practice.

The Research Office Administrator provides administrative support for the School’s day-to-day activities, including maintenance of student records for continuing postgraduate research students, processing Research Ethics applications, applications for funding to present at conferences and Research Excellence Framework related funding.


The Graduate School is made up of the following:

The Postgraduate Research Students

The Research Centres:

  • Centre for Science, Knowledge, and Belief in Society
  • Children, Young People and Family Research Centre
  • Newman Humanities Research Centre
  • Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception
  • NILE - Newman Institute of Leadership in Education
  • Sport, Physical Activity and Health Research Centre

The Research Excellence Framework Units of Assessment:

  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
  • Theology and Religious Studies

The Graduate School’s main functions include:

  • Preparation and submissions of research outputs to the Research Excellence Framework
  • Staff Research Seminars and Workshops

Further details of these can be found by clicking the links on this page.

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