Our team


 

  

Due to the impact of Omicron, the PhD Academy will be operating opening hours at reduced capacity and by appointment. We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:30am to 12:30pm. This will be in place 26 September 2022. The office- virtual and physical will be closed during the School's Easter closure period from 14 April 2022 and will re-open on 21 April 2022. Opening hours for 26 September onwards will be updated here closer to the time.

If you need to complete registration/ re-registration, collect an ID card or require our office to complete a railcard application form (or similar) then please submit a query using this link so that we can book an appointment for you in line with our opening hours.

Confidential and 1-2-1 advice will continue to be available remotely and will not be available face to face. Should you wish to speak to a member of the team, please submit a query briefly outlining what you wish to discuss, stating your availability and whether you prefer to use Teams or Zoom.

Please bring along photo ID when collecting your student ID card.  Information on what documents you need to bring along with you for registration/ re-registration can be found here. Please ensure you have the correct documentation with you as otherwise we cannot complete registration/ re-registration. 

The safety of staff and students is a primary concern and in order to help stop the spread of Coronavirus we have put in place additional measures to protect the LSE community.  Please ensure that:

  • You attend only the session for which you have been allocated;
  • Mask wearing in the PhD Academy is voluntary but strongly encouraged;
  • You follow signage and guidance around queuing, entry and exit;  
  • You do not come onto campus if you have symptoms or are self-isolating;

Speak to the PhD Academy Director - Prof Rita Astuti

 Rita is available to meet with you to discuss any aspect of your studies and experience at LSE.

If you wish to talk to her, just send her an email and she’ll arrange either a Zoom meeting or a meeting in person.

Book an Appointment

If you have a confidential query please submit an enquiry or email phdacademy@lse.ac.uk to contact the team to book an appointment

Please include your name and ID number, availability and brief outline of your query so an appropriate member of the team will be available for your appointment.

You can still  submit an enquiry or email phdacademy@lse.ac.uk to contact the team

 

The PhD Academy Team 

Professor Rita Astuti
Director, PhD Academy and LSE ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

You can contact Rita to discuss any aspect of your experience as a PhD student. Email her at r.astuti@lse.ac.uk to arrange a virtual or in person meeting.

Dr Maria-Christina Vogkli
Research Officer in Business Outreach

Dr Pete Mills
PhD Academy Manager

Pete is available to provide support and advice on all aspects of your PhD journey

Matthew Brack
PhD Academy Assistant Director

Aurelie Iniongo-Eloko
Research Degrees Officer (Temporary)

Matt and Aurelie provide advice on all aspects of your registration and progression

 

Loraine Evans
Events and Communications Manager

Faith Corby
Events and Communications Officer

Loraine and Faith look after the training programme and send out regular communications

 

Kirsty Rawlings
Research Partnerships Manager

Alia Mohamud
Research Partnerships Officer

Kirsty and Alia provides support to students funded by the ESRC and AHRC

 

More information about the Team

Professor Rita Astuti

Director, PhD Academy and LSE ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership
r.astuti@lse.ac.uk   

I am a Professor in the Anthropology Department at the LSE, where I was a PhD student some years back… On and off, for the past 30 years, I have done ethnographic research in a small fishing village in Madagascar. In my work, I explore how people experience and think about family and kinship, how they understand group and gender identity, how they represent death and the ancestors. To address some of these issues, I have collaborated with developmental psychologists, and I have since worked to promote a closer integration between the study of culture and mind.

At the LSE, I have supervised many Anthropology PhD students; this is the aspect of my academic job that I enjoy the best, because that is how I learn the most. As Director of the PhD Academy, I have responsibility for enhancing the PhD research environment, for overseeing the activities of the Academy’s team, and for liaising with funders. In addition, I have the privilege of meeting and exchanging ideas with PhD students from across the School. 

See further details Rita Astuti, Department of Anthropology

Dr Maria-Christina Vogkli
Research Officer in Business Outreach
m.vogkli@lse.ac.uk

After completing a PhD in Sociology at LSE, I joined the PhD Academy to manage and oversee the SPRING initiative. With a strong focus on industry and business, SPRING aims at bridging the gap between academia and other sectors. My role involves developing collaborations between PhD researchers and non-academic organisations and supporting students interested in exploring professional and research opportunities outside academia through developmental and work-based learning activities.

During my PhD, I worked in various teaching and research positions in different Departments and Divisions of the School, such as the Sociology and the Management Departments, Executive Education, LSE Life and the Eden Centre. Outside academia, I have worked as a freelance Research and Policy Consultant. I am also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Pete Mills
PhD Academy Manager
p.b.mills@lse.ac.uk

I lead the PhD Academy professional staff team. My role is to oversee all PhD Academy operations, work with the Director of the PhD Academy and the Chair of the Research Degrees Sub-Committee in developing and implementing strategy and policy relating to PGR students, and in representing PGR interests in committees and working groups across the University.

I joined the LSE after managing the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence, based at King's College London and Imperial College London. I previously worked at the LSE in doctoral programme management, and have also worked at the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes, where I completed my PhD. 

 

Matthew Brack
PhD Academy Assistant Director
m.brack@lse.ac.uk

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry in 1993. I joined LSE in 1997 and have been Assistant Director of the PhD Academy  since its inception in 2016. Prior to this I was Deputy Manager of the Research Degrees Unit. I advise staff and students on all aspects of research degree procedures and regulations including the MPhil/PhD examination process, registration, appeals, tuition fees, and complex cases.

I also compile statistics and data for internal and external purposes, for instance the School's submission and completion rates, REF student data and ESRC/AHRC submission rate surveys.  I am also the Secretary of the Doctoral Programme Directors Forum.

 

Aurelie Iniongo-Eloko
Research Degrees Officer (Temporary)
A.Iniongo-Eloko@lse.ac.uk 

I joined the PhD Academy in 2021, prior to which I worked in several Higher Education Institutions.  As a Research Degrees Officer my main responsibilities are: supporting research students with queries related to their PhD, the administration concerning examinations; advising students and staff on the examinations processes.

 

Loraine Evans
Events and Communications Manager
l.evans1@lse.ac.uk 

I graduated, as a mature student, with a BA (Hons) in English in 2005 and joined LSE in 2011 from the London Business School. I spent a year with the Department of Mathematics as their Research Administrator and joined the the Research Degrees Unit in April 2012.

I have been with the PhD Academy since its inception in 2016. I support the  Director of the PhD Academy in the administration and development of the events programme for PhD Students. I am responsible for developing networks with partner institutions alongside managing communications across a range of media. 

Faith Corby
Events and Communications Officer
F.Corby@lse.ac.uk  / submit an enquiry  

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical science in 2013 from Kingston University. Prior to joining the LSE in 2016 I worked at Kingston University looking after MSc students in Engineering.  I am responsible for our webpages, communications and social media feeds and support the running of the PhD Academy events programme. Alongside this I support the Research Partnerships Manager when required. 

 

Kirsty Rawlings
Research Partnerships Manager
k.rawlings@lse.ac.uk  

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in History in 1993. I joined LSE in 2014 as Senior Administrator to the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) having previously worked in the voluntary, education and public sectors in contract compliance and administration.

I have been with the PhD Academy since its inception in 2016. I manage processes to ensure compliance with ERSC reporting and accreditation requirements.  As the LSE ESRC nominated contact I am responsible for developing relationships with the wider DTP network.  I also provide advice, guidance and support to students, academics and administrative staff on key Research Council initiatives, workshops, conferences and events.  I am the lead for the LSE DTP Training Needs Analysis and the ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships recruitment processes.

Alia Mohamud
Research Partnerships Officer
A.S.Mohamud@lse.ac.uk

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Education, Culture and Society in 2014 from Goldsmiths, University of London. I'm currently completing an MA in Education at Greenwich University. Prior to joining the LSE in 2021 I worked at the awarding body and publishing organisation Pearson, managing their vocational training and professional development programme.