Who We Are

Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies

Lucy Robinson, Professor in Collaborative History

Email: doctoralstudiesmah@sussex.ac.uk

Lucy is Professor of Collaborative History and works in a number of collaborative heritage, cultural and activist projects including Vivienne Westwood’s Intellectuals Unite. She works on the contemporary history of popular culture, politics and identity. She is currently lead editor of the journal Contemporary British History, and one of the original organisers of the Subcultures Network. She works closely with Chris Warne with whom she also publishes pedagogical research. Her new book Now that’s what I call a history of the 80s: Pop Culture and Politics in the Decade That Shaped Modern Britain with be published by MUP this summer.

As Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies, Lucy develops and oversees strategic and operational plans for doctoral researchers in the School. She is part of the School’s Leadership Team and works closely with the Head of School, the other Associate Deans and the Professional Services Research Team. She chairs the School’s Research Degree Committee and represents the School at the University’s Doctoral Studies Board.

Director for PGR Professional Development and CHASE Academic Lead (Sussex)

Dr Emile Devereaux, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media

Email: E.Devereaux@sussex.ac.uk

Emile Devereaux, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Sussex, interrogates digital histories, technologies, and practices through writing and production. His interdisciplinary research engages with Visual, Media, and Gender Studies and methods of participatory and socially-engaged practices of Interaction Design.

As Director for Professional Development and CHASE Academic Lead, Emile is a member of the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Management Board, representing the University within the DTP. As part of this, Emile has oversight of the CHASE Studentship competition. In this newly created role, Emile will be the lead for funding opportunities and will oversee professional development opportunities for doctoral researchers within the School.

Doctoral Convenors

The Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies, Lucy Robinson oversees a team of people whose roles are designed to provide support and guidance for you throughout your time at Sussex. The School has twelve Doctoral Convenors, who have oversight of PhD courses in the School. Conveners of the different PhD courses are on hand if you need advice about your PhD and you think it would be helpful to talk to someone outside your supervisory team. They have oversight of PhD courses, PhD Supervision and the development and well-being of our doctoral community. The Doctoral Convenors will also need to sign off most request forms throughout your PhD.

Senior Doctoral Research Events Officer

Joe Ironside, English PhD – J.Ironside@sussex.ac.uk 

The Senior Doctoral Research Events Officer is a new post which was created in the School to facilitate the conceptualisation, planning and organisation of events by and for Doctoral Researchers as part of an overall events programme contributing to our research culture. The Officer works closely with doctoral researchers and the Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies, the  Research Curator, Doctoral Convenors, and the Research PS team in relation to queries and requests relating to a doctoral researcher events programme.

Research Support Team

There is a small team of support staff in Media, Arts and Humanities who provide administrative support and advice for doctoral researchers in the School. They will be your first port-of-call for any queries about your studies and will be happy to help or point you in the right direction.

Alison Burrell, Doctoral Researcher Coordinator

Claudia George, Research Support Coordinator

Paige Thompson, Research and Enterprise Coordinator

Alison, Claudia and Paige can be contacted by email at MAH-PGR@sussex.ac.uk

They are located in the Silverstone building in the Research Office SB220.


Medeni Fordham, Senior Research Manager


Silverstone SB226

Medeni works with the Associate Deans for Research and Doctoral Studies and the Directors of Research and Knowledge Exchange to develop and support the research environment for all researchers in the School.


Becky Hunt, Linguistics PhD – rrh23@sussex.ac.uk

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