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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, and systems to support Ethical approval.

Research Student Registry (Greenbank Hub)

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 Assessment of Progress) 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 01772 895083 or 

Research Governance Unit

The Research Governance Unit are responsible for the support of academic-led systems facilitating Ethical approval.

Graduate Research School

The Graduate Research School are responsible for the maintenance of the research environment, the provision of research staff and student training as well as supporting Research conferencing.

  • We offer research skills training that is mapped to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework 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 manage the academically led Ethics system for the processing of all your research ethical issues.  The system received nomination for Times Higher Excellence in ICT (see Ethics).
  • We support UURIP (the UCLan Undergraduate Research Internship Programme)
  • We coordinate the UCLan submission to the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) events

For more information on student training/UURIP or 3MT please contact Jenny Gavell on 01772 895090 or email

For more information on staff training or the ethics process please contact Emma Law, Research Governance Unit Manager, 01772 892293

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

Researcher Development Unit

The Researcher Development Unit (RDU) works to support the Research Services' objective of providing opportunities for all academic staff, at whatever level, to engage with and develop their research potential. The RDU is responsible for the organisation of training for research staff.

Contact us:  or Trudi Emmens, Research Training Coordinator, Extension 3486,


Research Student Registry (Greenbank Hub)

Clare Altham Key Contact for Faculty of Science & Technology and Faculty of Clinical & Biomedical Sciences +44 (0)1772 893744
Claire Barker Exams and Awards +44 (0)1772 894287
Khalil Patel Admissions, Exams and Awards +44 (0)1772 895082
Clare Wiggans Key Contact for Faculty of Health and Wellbeing +44 (0)1772 894647


Researcher Development Unit (RDU) & Research Governance Unit

Sinead Baldwin Ethics Administrator +44 (0)1772 892397
Trudi Emmens Research Training Co-Ordinator / UURIP Co-Ordinator +44 (0)1772 893486 
Chris Riley Ethics Administrator +44 (0)1772 894031
Emma Law Research Governance Manager +44 (0)1772 892993
Afzal Ali Research Governance Officer +44(0)1722 895583

Graduate Research School

Andrea Ferguson Head of Graduate Research School +44 (0)1772 894326
Jenny Gavell Research Training coordinator +44 (0)1772 895090