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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 (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 

Researcher Development Unit and Ethics & Integrity Unit (Foster Building room FB033 Basement)


Research Development Unit & Ethics and Integrity Unit are responsible for the maintenance of the research environment; the provision of research staff and student training and the support of academic-led systems facilitating Ethical approval – 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 URIS (the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme)
  • 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 Sandon-Hesketh, Head of Researcher Development Unit & Ethics and Integrity Unit, 01772 892735

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

Research Student Registry (Greenbank Hub)

Clare Altham Key Contact for Faculty of Science & Technology and Faculty of Clinical & Biomedical Sciences +44 (0)1772 893744
Margaret Fisher Key Contact for Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise and Faculty of Culture & the Creative Industries +44 (0)1772 892708
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) and Ethics & Integrity Unit (EIU) FB033 Basement

Sinead Baldwin Ethics Officer, EIU +44 (0)1772 892397
Trudi Emmens Research Training Co-Ordinator / URIS Co-Ordinator, RDU +44 (0)1772 893486 
Jenny Gavell Research Training Co-Ordinator, RDU +44 (0)1772 895090
Emma Sandon-Hesketh Head of Units - RDU & EIU, University Officer for Ethics +44 (0)1772 892735
Alison Naylor
Senior Research Officer - EIU +44 (0)1772 892728
Chris Riley Ethics Officer, EIU +44 (0)1772 894031