Research Support at a glance

Welcome to Research at UCLan

We deal with all issues relating to postgraduate research students (PGRS) from admission to award.

We are also responsible for research development including Research Student and Research staff training, production of the University’s Research Magazine - BreakThrough, and systems to support Ethical approval.

 Research Student Registry (Harris Building room HB104)

The Research Student Registry is your main contact for research degree queries and should be your first point of contact regarding the administration of your degree, enrolment, progression (which is also referred to as Annual Progression Monitoring) and submission of your final thesis.

It is responsible for representing the interests of the postgraduate constituency within the University in all matters:

  • Contributing to research policy, strategy and management as it impacts on graduate students;
  • Supporting and monitoring the quality assurance and governance of research degree programmes.

For more information, please contact Fiona Mair, Principal Officer Research Governance, 01772 895083 or 

Research Development & Support Team, Research & Innovation Office (Greenbank Building room GR316)

Research Development & Support Team is part of the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Research Development & Support is responsible for the maintenance of the research environment; the development of effective marketing and publicity; the provision of research staff and student training and the support of systems facilitating Ethical approval – as well as supporting Research conferencing.

  • We offer research skills training that is benchmarked as good practice, and has received the HR Excellence in Research award (see Training). Packages are available whether the student is full-time, part-time or off-campus.
  • We produce research communiques including BreakThrough – the University’s Research and Knowledge Transfer Journal
  • We manage the Times Higher Nominated Excellence in ICT e-Ethics system for the processing of all your research ethical issues

For more information, please contact Emma Sandon-Hesketh, Head of Research Development and Support, 01772 892735 or

The offices are staffed from 8:45am to 5:15pm Monday to Thursday, 8:45am to 4.00pm Friday.

Research Student Registry (HB104)

Clare Altham Key Contact for College of Science & Technology and College of Clinical & Biomedical Sciences +44 (0)1772 893744
Margaret Fisher Key Contact for College of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies and College of Culture & the Creative Industries +44 (0)1772 892708
Fiona Mair Research Governance +44 (0)1772 895083
Fiona Dransfield Exams and Awards +44 (0)1772 894287
Khalil Patel Admissions, Exams and Awards +44 (0)1772 895082
Barbara Richardson Admissions +44 (0)1772 894284
Clare Wiggans Key Contact for College of Health and Wellbeing +44 (0)1772 894647
Claire Wood Admissions +44 (0)1772 894618


Research Development & Support (GR316)


Jenny Gavell
Ethics, Staff/Student Training and support to Head of School +44 (0)1772 895090
Emma Sandon-Hesketh Head of Research Development & Support, Management of Research Staff and student training, Publicity (web and magazine), Ethics, Budgets and Audit +44 (0)1772 892735
Alison Naylor
Research Web Development, Ethics, Budgets, Publicity and Training +44 (0)1772 892728
Trudi Emmens Staff/Student Training and Budget support +44 (0)1772 893486