The Researcher Development Programme for PGRs has contributors from across the university including academic staff, professional services experts, and our PGRs and ECRs. We also engage external consultants to share their expertise as part of the programme. You can find out more about the contributors to our programme below.
Kelly Preece – Researcher Development Manager
Kelly Preece is the Researcher Development Manager for PGRs in the University of Exeter Doctoral College. She has a background as an academic, having worked as a dance lecturer and scholar for 6 years before moving in to researcher development and training. Kelly has a track record of pedagogical research and expertise in training and development and online and blended learning, having been awarded her Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2014 and her Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019. She continues to publish her pedagogical research, with a commitment to publishing in online, open access journals.
Tel: 01392 72 5336
Caroline Huxtable – Open Access Repository Officer
Caroline has worked in a number of roles at the University library since 2000, and has been involved in open access to varying degrees since 2007.
She is the open access repository officer, supporting use of the institutional repository (ORE) to provide open access to publications, and overseeing repository content. She facilitates compliance with research funders’ open access requirements, with particular focus on researchers’ self-archiving to ORE of research outputs.
She offers advice, guidance and training to researchers on all aspects of open access, including funder and other open access policies, and the use of Symplectic as it interacts with the repositor
Tel: 01392 72 3862
Dr. Chris Tibbs – Research Data Officer
Chris joined the University in October 2017, and has 10 years of experience as a researcher in Astrophysics, having obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2010.
Chris now uses that experience to provide support to researchers in managing their research data by establishing and promoting good practice in digital curation and providing data management advice, guidance, and training. Chris is happy to provide assistance at all stages of the research lifecycle, from data management plans at the very beginning of a project, to preserving and sharing data in a repository at the end of a project.
Tel: 01392 72 4051
Dr. Dani Hilliard – Argue to Think
Dr Dani Hilliard is passionate about helping people improve both their written and verbal communication. She has been teaching for 25 years and whilst working in infant, primary and secondary schools, she taught Key Stage 3 English, History, Geography and RS, as well as History at GCSE. Her teaching in secondary schools led her to become a sixth form specialist teaching History, Critical Thinking, Law and Politics at AS and A level whilst running and designing courses in International Relations and Citizenship. Holding degrees in Mediaeval History, International Relations, Psychology and Education she has also taught in Further and Higher Education establishments working on the Post Graduate Certificate of Education History courses in both the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, as a Masters’ supervisor for the Graduate School of Education, Bristol, as well as delivering training to the Doctoral College, Exeter. Her PhD carried out at the University of Exeter but with the help of sixth form History A level students and their teachers in 5 secondary schools in Bristol, examined the problems students have writing essays, dissertations and theses. She created a programme to enable students, of any age, to become more critical, reflective and independent in their thinking to improve their written communication. She continues to develop her work in this field and is looking at the additional problems that second and third language learners of English have writing effective argument in their written communications. She is working with the Department of International Trade and Business West to explore the potential this research will have in countries in the European Community as well as India, China and the Middle East.
Imogen Ward-Smith – Open Access Publications Officer
Imogen administers three central open access funds: the UK Research Councils open access block grant, the Charity Open Access Fund and the Institutional APC Fund. Her role involves supporting researchers to access funding to pay for open access and other publication charges and in complying with funders’ and University open access policies. Imogen additionally supports researchers in their use of the institutional repository to provide open access to research publications. The Open Research team provide training, support and guidance on all aspects of open access and research data management.
Imogen has a degree in Biological Sciences and a Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Management. She has been working at the University of Exeter Library since 2011 in a variety of different roles and within open access for the last four years.
Tel: 01392 72 3874
Dr. Sally Flint - Lecturer in Creative Writing and Honorary Research Fellow
Dr Sally Flint lectures in Creative Writing and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter where she co-edits Riptide Journal. Her research interests include ekphrasis, especially links between technology, poetry and images. She has been involved in many successful multidisciplinary and community projects to find innovative ways of making writing dynamic and memorable. She is currently creative writing lead in the project 'Climate Stories' working with Met Office Scientists. Her poems and stories have been widely published and anthologised. For example in A Body of Work (Bloomsbury) The Tree Line (Worple Press), and the online journals The Clearing and Morphrog. She has two collections published Pieces of Us(Worple Press) and The Hospital Punch (Maquette Publications), and is a tutor with The Poetry School.
Debbie Kinsey - PGR in the College of Medicine and Health
Debbie Kinsey is a 3rd year PhD student at the medical school examining museum programmes for people with dementia. She’s interested in accessibility in its many forms, the arts and health, and wellbeing, and really enjoys supporting PGRs with their work. In her spare time, she pretends to be fantastical creatures in D&D, plays with Lego, and lies down a lot in the name of balancing spoonie health issues and life. Find her on Twitter @Debbie_Kinsey
Jennifer Finlay - PGR in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences
I am a 2nd year PhD student investigating aquaculture sustainability. My research involves improving the production and welfare of lumpfish, a new cleaner fish species which are deployed in salmon pens to reduce sea lice infestations. With my research, I must take many stakeholders into consideration, as industry and consumer satisfaction are as important as the research results. Because communication of my results to various parties is key to my research development, I have a lot of experience with different methods of communication, including the 3-minute thesis competition, various poster presentations, public talks, and Twitter. When I am not in the office (or lab, aquarium, or on the farm), I will likely be exploring outdoors, or at the pub (probably talking about my research….).
Dr Caitlyn Kight - Senior Academic Developer
I am the director of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) programme and, as the liaison to the Doctoral College, I oversee the development and delivery of training opportunities for postgraduate supervisors. I organize the University’s annual Education Conference, EduExe and provide specialised support for staff looking to develop authentic assessments with communication-related outputs; to this end, and to facilitate better research outreach, I have developed a suite of sessions providing guidance on various aspects of communication. I also work with academics from across the institution to develop and deliver bespoke training on all aspects of teaching and learning support. I am currently undertaking research on how academics engage with professional development in higher education contexts.
Areas of expertise – science communication, digital narratives, writing, editing, publishing, postgraduate development, ‘alt-academic’ careers
Dr Chris Wood – Researcher Development Manager (Research Staff)
Chris is the Researcher Development Manager for Early Career Researchers at the University of Exeter and is part of the Doctoral College. For many years he was a senior research scientist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Chris has supervised a number of PhD students to completion as well as managing post-doctoral researchers. He still manages to do some research on the ‘side’ and has worked with colleagues in the US, RSA, New Zealand and Australia to enhance orchid and palm conservation. He is an editor of a plant-biology related international peer review journal.
Chris’s passion for developing Early Career Researchers is evident by the many contributions he makes to both regional and national agendas; he has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher award for ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ and has been part of UKRI review panels. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and sat on the sector-wide Vitae/UKRI ‘Impact and Evaluation Group’. Chris is currently leading a step-change in the provision of strategic support for Early Career Researchers at Exeter and sits on the GW4 Steering and People Development groups.
Tel: 01392 (72) 3720
Kate Foster - Career Coach
Kate Foster (SFHEA, Post graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance, Postgraduate Diploma in Career Coaching, BPS registered) is a Career Coach at the University of Exeter, supporting both postgraduate and early career researchers in the Doctoral College on a 0.2 contract.
She has over 20 years’ experience working as a careers professional. She has worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds (from young people to high level executives) and for the last 15 years in a higher education setting. Her passion is working with individuals through one to one support and group workshops, to enable them to identify their goals, reach their full potential and achieve the career and lifestyle they choose.
Tel: 01392 72 5326
Dr Chris Russell - External consultant
Dr Chris Russell is an experienced trainer and facilitator with a passion for researcher development. Inspired by his own topsy turvy research experience and a decade working in development with academics around the world, Chris brings his compassion and creativity to deliver engaging and effective training devoted to you.
Always the budding scientist, Chris took a degree in Applied Physics, before taking a year out for some “real world” experience. Returning to education to undertake a Masters, he finally found something he was really interested in and began a PhD in Medical Laser Imaging. After seven years of PhD, post-doc, project management and presentations, Chris’ passion was on the wane and a new challenge beckoned. Since 2007 Chris has run his training business delivering content for researchers across the UK and beyond on themes such as leadership, collaboration and resilience.