Professor Susan Lea and Dr Briony McDonagh

Dr Briony McDonagh appointed new Director of Doctoral College

Dr Briony McDonagh has been appointed as the new Director at the University’s Doctoral College.

Dr McDonagh, a Reader in Historical Geography who also works within the University’s Energy & Environment Institute, said the University delivers “world-leading research,” and that its postgraduate community was “at the very heart” of that commitment.

Dr McDonagh said: “My vision is for the Doctoral College to offer an enhanced and expanded contribution to the research culture, strategy and external reputation of the University.

Dr Briony McDonagh

“The University of Hull has established itself as a leading research institution, and the College is fundamental to that. The work of our researchers can provide a catalyst for a variety of benefits, from securing funding to finding solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

“I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Director at the University’s Doctoral College, and look forward to working with more members of its postgraduate research community.”

The Doctoral College provides dedicated support, training and development opportunities to postgraduate research students, as well as oversees the postgraduate experience.

It also offers informal opportunities to supplement learning, including a Skills Development and Social Forum, drop-in support sessions and a writing support group. 

Dr Dave Richards, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise at the University, said: “We are fortunate as a University to have such a talented, diverse team of postgraduate students and researchers.

“Their work, exploring pioneering new technologies and discoveries, underpins everything we strive for as a leading research institution. 

“Supported by Dr McDonagh and her team at the Doctoral College, our postgraduate students are at the forefront of some of the most challenging subject areas, from modern-day slavery and low-carbon energy, to diseases such as cancer. 

“I would like to wish Dr McDonagh the very best of luck in her new role at the Doctoral College.” 

The University of Hull currently ranks among the top 50 institutions in the UK for ‘research power’ and its key research institutes – focused on areas including modern-day slavery, energy and environment, logistics and culture - seek to find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the world.

You can find more information on the Doctoral College here.

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