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The Doctoral School team at Bangor University is here to provide support and guide our Postgraduate Research candidates throughout their journey.

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Professor Paul Spencer in a lab at Bangor University

  Professor Paul Spencer's profile

 Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Head of the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

  +44 (0)1248 382738

  Bangor University

Professor Paul Spencer is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) for Research and Innovation and Head of the College of Science and Engineering.

As PVC, Paul has responsibility for leading and implementing the University’s Research and Impact Strategy and doctoral training.

He also has oversight of the University’s commercialisation strategy and business engagement, including M-Sparc, Bangor University’s science park on Anglesey. He provides strategic leadership on external partnerships that have an impact on economic development and the North Wales wider skills agenda, and he is the academic lead for student employability.

Paul received a B.Sc. degree in Applied Physics and a Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath in 1990 and 1994. He was a research assistant on several EPSRC funded research projects at the University of Bath before moving to a lecturer post at Bangor University in 1996. He became a senior lecturer in 2003 and received a Personal Chair in 2006. In 2007 he was appointed Head of the School of Electronic Engineering, a post he held for seven years. In 2009 he was appointed Head of the College of Physical and Applied Sciences and in 2017 he was appointed Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

His main research interests are semiconductor laser dynamics, optical feedback effects, pulse propagation, and optical waveguide properties of optoelectronic devices. He has been an author on more than 100 journal papers and 140 conference papers and is a regular reviewer of archival journals. In 2000 he won the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) best engineering award and he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Professor Andrew Hiscock outside Main Arts' Terrace, wearing a yellow jumper

  Professor Andrew Hiscock's profile

Dean of Postgraduate Research; Professor in Early Modern Literature

  01248 382563

  Bangor University: 404, New Arts

Professor Hiscock is the Dean of Postgraduate Research at Bangor University and Professor of Early Modern Literature in the School of Arts, Culture and Language where he specialises in English and French Renaissance Literature. He was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Graduate School for the College of Arts and Humanities (2006–15) and also acted as a Deputy Dean during this period. He has twice served as Head of the School of English Literature and Creative Writing and was awarded an AHRC Research Fellowship in 2011–12 and a Marie Skłodowka-Curie Research Fellowship in 2016–18. He has been a Trustee for the Society for Renaissance Studies and for the British Shakespeare Association. Since 2011 he has been a Trustee for the Modern Humanities Research Association where he acts as co-editor for the academic journal MLR and as series editor for the Yearbook of English Studies. Since 2010 he has also been series co-editor for the Arden Early Modern Drama Guides. In 2018 he was appointed Research Fellow at the Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l’Âge Classique et les Lumières at Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3, in France.

Penny Dowdney outside Main Arts' Terrace, wearing a denim jacket

 Doctoral School Manager

   +44(0)1248 382266

  First Floor, Main Arts Building, Bangor University, Bangor

Penny has worked at Bangor University for the past 15 years. Originally graduating from Aberystwyth University, she went on to do postgraduate courses in Education, specialising in Higher Education and later in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and ESP (English for Specific Purposes).

She has worked overseas as a teacher, teacher-trainer and consultant, doing work in Universities, Colleges and Schools in Japan, Korea, China, South Africa and Central America. Her work at Bangor University has mainly involved tutoring and consultation work with overseas postgraduate students; writing, developing and directing courses (with specialist areas including Legal and Scientific writing); materials development; developing and expanding consultancy work overseas and some overseas testing and recruitment (e.g. setting up 2+2 programmes in China).

She then moved to a new role in the Research and Enterprise Office (REO) as Research Skills Development Manager, working on the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) Project, from the Academic Development Unit (ADU) where she established the Graduate Skills Programme (transferable skills training for Researchers). This new role has involved establishing a Postgraduate Skills Development Award for all KESS participants, at all Universities in Wales.

In 2013 Penny was appointed as Project Manager for the KESS Project. During her time as KESS Project Manager Penny has established a strong trans-national thread to the project, building a database of expertise (both research and company) across a network of European Universities. KESS is a well established ESF funded programme, hence plans to move forward as ‘KESS II’ for a 7-year, pan-Wales project providing 650+ Doctoral and Research Masters scholarships linking academia and industry through collaborations.

As a Teaching Fellow, and Head of the Academy of Teaching Fellows, Penny is still closely involved in the PGCertHE, a programme run by CELT. Her own doctoral research is in the area of Enculturation. Penny delivers staff training workshops in the area of Internationalisation across the institution.

Since January 2013 Penny has been Manager of Bangor University’s newly established Doctoral School.

Doctoral School Administrator Aashu Jayadeep on the Terrace, outside Main Arts Building

 Doctoral School Administrator

   +44(0)1248 382357

  First Floor, Main Arts Building, Bangor University, Bangor

Aashu joined Bangor University initially as a student to do her second Masters in Business Administration (MBA- Information Management) and graduated with distinction in 2013. She got the opportunity to join the Research & Enterprise Office as part of the KESS project in 2014 and since then has supported the management of KESS PhD and Research Masters projects.

Her responsibility as Doctoral School administrator starting December 2015 gave her the opportunity to work closely with the Doctoral School manager in supporting doctoral administration and training. Her duties include co-ordinating the BU-wide Doctoral training programme and promoting the Doctoral School within Bangor University and beyond. She works with the Doctoral community within the University (PGR candidates, academic supervisors, College & School PGR Directors) and also manages the Doctoral School web pages and social media presence.

Her background is in Higher Education IT and Management. After her first Masters in Computer Applications from the College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET), India, she worked as a computer instructor in institutions in India and Oman. Aashu then worked for the Middle East College (MEC), Oman, a reputable Higher Education Institution affiliated to Coventry University (UK) as a Lecturer in Computer Science. While at the Institution, she also took up the role as Senior Officer for Quality Assurance & Policy Officer, co-ordinating and managing a variety of projects related to Audit and Quality Assurance in Higher Education. All these experiences helped her gain valuable insights related to higher education administration and management.

Other Contacts

College Contact person  Extn Email
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Julie Bolton / Everil McQuarrie 3023/3671
College of Medicine and Health Everil McQuarrie / Julie Bolton 3671/3023
College of Science and Engineering Chris Parry 2314


Name E-mail School
College of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences
Felicity Parry Arts, Culture and Language
Bethan Collins Arts, Culture and Language
Nathalie Thomas Arts, Culture and Language
Stevie Fox Arts, Culture and Language
Llinos Stone Arts, Culture and Language
Brooke Martin

Arts, Culture and Language

Rachel Healand-Sloan History, Law and Social Sciences
Joseph Myler History, Law and Social Sciences
Jack Whatley History, Law and Social Sciences
Anna Monnereau History, Law and Social Sciences
Bukola Adetonwa Bangor Business School
Marc Christian Davies Bangor Business School
Ho Phuong Lan Dang Bangor Business School
Morgan Dafydd Education

College of Science and Engineering

Abi Cousins Environmental and Natural Sciences
Bethan Greer Environmental and Natural Sciences
Edward Roome Ocean Sciences
Jennifer Hewitt Ocean Sciences
Megan O'Hara Ocean Sciences
Nia Jones Ocean Sciences
Thea Moule Ocean Sciences
Guy Walker- Springett Ocean Sciences
Will Stewart Ocean Sciences
Josh Davies Computer Science and Engineering
Ben Winter Computer Science and Engineering
Gareth Stephens Computer Science and Engineering

College of Medicine and Health

Yufen Wei School of Psychology, and Sport Science
Doina-Irina Giurgea School of Psychology, and Sport Science
Sam Leaney School of Psychology, and Sport Science
Louis Molloy School of Psychology, and Sport Science
Madhur Mrinal Health Sciences

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