Graduate School

Meet our Graduate Centre Coordinators

 newly appointed Graduate Centre Coordinators are available at the Graduate Centres on a regular basis to manage the day-to-day running of the centres and help co-ordinate our programme of activities for postgraduate students.

Please feel free to direct queries to them in person or through Facebook or the Graduate Centre email addresses listed below.

Engineering and Science Graduate Centre





Valentine Anyanwu
PhD candidate, Chemical Engineering

I am one of the Graduate Centre Coordinators at the Engineering and Science Graduate Centre (ESGC) for the 2017/2018 academic year. I am a final year PhD student at the Faculty of Engineering. My research is focused on engineering microorganisms for bioproduction of valuable platform compounds from renewable feedstocks. 

It has been an awesome, formative, educating and enlightening experience here at the University of Nottingham, and the Graduate Centres in particular ESGC played an integral role during the early days of my study. It has always been for me a hub for socializing, relaxing, networking and sometimes studying.

I am excited to be part of the team coordinating the centres in order to give you a wholesome experience here at Nottingham. Abdelaziz and I will be working on a job share basis at least an hour per day. Please do come around and make yourself comfortable, we look forward to meeting you and receiving feedback and ideas from you or assist you in any way we can. Also, follow us on Facebook and make sure you don’t miss out on the events, alternatively keep in touch via our email (, we are here for you!

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Abdelaziz Fadoul
PhD candidate, Civil Engineering

Hello, my name is Aziz and I am the Graduate Centre Coordinator at the Engineering and Science Graduate Centre (ESGC) along with Valentine for the 2017/18 academic year.I am a PhD student in Civil Engineering here at the University of Nottingham. My main research area is the application of novel Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to the design and construction sectors.

As your Graduate Centre Coordinator at ESGC this year, Valentine and I aim to make the centre a great place for studying, socialising, meeting and relaxing. Please like our Facebook page to not miss out on any of our exciting events. If you have any questions, send us an email or drop in to our office in the Graduate Centre, we are there at least one hour a day and always looking forward to meeting you all!


Jubilee Graduate Centre




Brenda Canales
PhD Candidate - Biomedical Sciences

My name is Brenda Canales, I am your 2017/2018 Jubilee Graduate Centre (JGC) Coordinator. 

I am originally from Mexico but I’ve been a postgraduate student at The University of Nottingham for 3 and a half years. I have done an MSc Oncology in 2013 and I’m currently in the final year of my PhD, where I have been studying uncharacterized genes that could be involved in tumour progression.

The Jubilee Graduate Centre is the ideal place to relax, socialize and study. As Graduate Centre Coordinator, I will make sure that everything is running smoothly and I will keep you informed about all the events we have planned for you, make sure you’re tuned to our Facebook page so you don’t miss out!
Feel free to ask me any questions and give any suggestions about events and things that can be improved.

My door is always open when I’m at the Centre, alternatively you can drop me an email anytime.
I look forward to meeting you all!


Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre




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Camilla Babbage
PhD Candidate, Applied Psychology and Psychiatry

 My name is Camilla and I’ve been at the University of Nottingham since 2012, as an Undergraduate in Psychology. I’ve continued on to do a Masters in Psychology Research Methods and am now in the 1st year of my PhD with the ESRC in Applied Psychology and Psychiatry. I’ve been involved in quite a few things whilst being here but most recently I was Coordinator of Student Minds, a facilitator of a support group called Positive Minds and the Postgraduate Coordinator of Welcome Week 2017. During this time I have been involved with many postgraduate events, meeting students who are new to the University or unaware of what is on offer from the University, and it was then I realised that I wanted to get more involved with the Postgraduate community. 

I work alongside Martina and together we hope to put on many events throughout the year that you will feel able to get involved with. One of us will be at the Graduate Centre every day and if you want to come ask us a question or have a chat, then please do drop us an email or come by the office when the door is open! 

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Martina Sykorova
ESRC PhD candidate, School of Health Sciences 

I am one of the Medicine and Health Science Graduate Centre Coordinators along with Camilla for the 2017/2018 academic year. Camilla and I are working on a job-share basis at least one hour a day. I was born in the Czech Republic where I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Public Health. Following an MRes in Business and Management at the Nottingham University Business School, I have started my PhD at the School of Health Sciences last year. Being a European student I understand the joys and struggles of studying abroad (and studying in a second language). It is a wonderful experience but studying away from family and friends can be challenging at times. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to have a chat about your experience as an international student.

I cherish the opportunity to become part of the wider Graduate Centres Team to improve your experience of studying and working at the University of Nottingham. Camilla and I will be organising a number of training, social and craft events throughout 2017/2018. Please join us for these events or come talk to us over a cup of tea (we have some biscuits too!). We would love to hear your feedback and ideas to make your time at the University of Nottingham more productive and enjoyable. 

I look forward to meeting you!

Social Science and Arts Graduate Centre




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Hollie Johnson
PhD Candidate - School of English

My name is Hollie and I am your Graduate Centre Coordinator at the Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre (SSAGC) for the 2017/2018 academic year. I am a PhD student based in the School of English here at Nottingham, entering my final year of study. My research takes an ecocritical approach to dystopian fiction, studying how authors use literary representations of future societies to explore the causes and consequences of humanity’s pollution and exploitation of the natural world.

As your Graduate Centre Coordinator this year, it’s my role to ensure that everything is running smoothly at the SSAGC and to make the centre a great place for socialising, networking, and studying. I will also be keeping everyone informed about upcoming PG-related events and opportunities via the centre’s Facebook page – make sure to join up and follow so you don’t miss out! I’m in the centre every day so please feel welcome to drop in to my office if you have any questions or ideas. Alternatively, you can also send me an email at I look forward to meeting you all!


Sutton Bonington Graduate Centre




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Colman O’Cathail
PhD candidate, School of Veterinary Medicine & Science 

My name is Colman and I initially moved to Nottingham to undertake my MRes degree in 2015. Following completion of that degree is started my PhD as part of the BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Program working on bovine tuberculosis in England. My aim as the Graduate Centre Coordinator here is to enhance the postgraduate experience on Sutton Bonington as much as I can and facilitate the maximum enjoyment and professional development you receive during your postgraduate education here. I look forward to seeing all of you over the year!

You will find me most days in the Graduate Centre in C15, if the door is open then feel free to come chat to me! At all other times drop me an email at I hope to see many of you at the various PG orientated events I will be running over the course of the year and if you have any ideas about what you’d like out of events or your graduate centre please let me know!

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