Graduate School

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The Graduate School is the focal point for the support, development and administration of the university’s postgraduate research students. Our key aim is to promote and enhance a high quality learning experience for all our students and we seek to create a vibrant postgraduate community across our academic partnership.  The Graduate School works to develop a strong research culture in which students can flourish and interact with the wider UK and international academic community.

Based at Ness Walk in Inverness, we are responsible for a range of functions for all postgraduate research students and their supervisors, supporting the student journey from application through to graduation.

Contact us:

Graduate School
University of the Highlands and Islands
Jubilee Lodge
Ness Walk
Scotland, IV3 5SQ

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Graduate school team

Graduate school team

Jackie Deacon

Jackie DeaconResearch Support Officer - Managing the day to day work of the Graduate School which covers all areas of postgraduate research student administration, development, policy and regulation. In particular, manages research degree quality assurance; UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Tier 4 applications for postgraduate research students; and oversees the progress monitoring for all postgraduate research students.

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Janis Mackay

Janis MackayGraduate School Registry Officer - Janis is responsible for postgraduate research student data management and administration in the Graduate School, working closely with students and their supervisors to support postgraduate research studies from application to completion. She also provides support to the Research Degree Committee. Janis works part time: Monday (9.30am-2.15pm); Tuesday (full day); and Wednesday (9.30am - 2.15pm).

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Val Cooper

Val CooperGraduate School Training Officer - Val is responsible for providing training and development opportunities for postgraduate research students and supervisors throughout the year and for planning and facilitating the annual postgraduate research student conference. She also co-ordinates progress monitoring of students and provides support to the Graduate School Committee. Val works part time: Tuesday (full day); Wednesday (full day); and Thursday (9.30am - 12.30pm).

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