Our team

Who's who in the PhD Academy



Linda Mulcahy
Director, LSE ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and PhD Academy
+44 (0)20 7955 7268  

I am a Professor in the Law Department at LSE and have degrees in Law, Sociology and Art History. My research focuses on the dynamics of disputes and representations of justice. It has been supported by a number of external grants and I am currently in receipt of research funding from the AHRC and Leverhulme Trust.

I am a former Chair of the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. My research has a strong inter-disciplinary flavour and I am an editor of the International Journal of Social and Legal Studies. As Director of the PhD Academy I take responsibility for strategic development, liaising with funders and research users, and overseeing all the activity of the Academy.

See further details: Linda Mulcahy, Department of Law

Marcus Cerny

Deputy Director, PhD Academy
+44 (0)20 7955 6766

I joined the LSE PhD Academy in 2016 having worked in Higher Education for over 20 years at UCL, Imperial College and SOAS, including 14 years in HE management. Most recently I was responsible for postgraduate research support at SOAS, where I was involved in the establishment and running of the SOAS Doctoral School.

I support the Director in the strategic development of the PhD Academy with responsibility for the effective operational management of Academy activity. I look forward to working with students and colleagues throughout the School as we aim to provide the best graduate school experience for doctoral students and to support postgraduate research provision across LSE. I am also the Secretary of the Research Degrees Subcommittee.

Matthew Brack

PhD Academy Assistant Director
+44 (0)20 7955 7153

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 difficult 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.

Kirsty Rawlings

Research Partnerships Manager
+44 (0)20 7955 6607

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 previous worked in the voluntary, education and public sectors in administration and contract compliance. 

I have been with the PhD Academy since its inception in 2016. I support the DTC Director and DTC Management Committee in all areas of DTC-related activity at the School. This includes communication of DTC activity and opportunities to DTC cohorts, student representatives, academic staff, academic support staff and with staff from the other London DTCs. I also liaise with the ESRC to co-ordinate compliance with their reporting requests.

Loraine Evans

Events and Communications Manager
+44 (0)20 7955 7761

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. I also act as Secretary to the Research Students Consultative Forum.

Faith Corby

Events and Communications Officer
+44 (0)20 7955 6385

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.  As a Communications and Events Officer i am responsible for our webpages and social media feed and help with the running of the PhD Academy events. Alongside this I look after PhD Academy inbox answering queries via email and answering the phone.

Shuma Begum
Research Degrees Officer
+44 (0)20 7955 6079

I joined the PhD Academy in 2018, prior to which I worked in several Higher Education Institutions.  As Research Degrees Officer my main area of responsibility is the MPhil/PhD examination process. Alongside this I am responsible for processing all changes in registration status, including requests to undertake fieldwork and any periods of interruption.