Humanities Graduate School

As a postgraduate research student you are a member of the Humanities Graduate School, which takes primary responsibility for the administration and progress of your studies. 

The Humanities Graduate School team are Morwenna Hussey (Research Manager – Graduate Studies), Cathryn Baker (PGR Student Support Administrator), Dr Matt Barber (PG Admissions Administrator) and Emma Sherriff (Graduate School Assistant). 

The Humanities Graduate School is responsible to the College Director of Postgraduate Research, Professor Gert Vonhoff and to the Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer, Professor James Clark. 

The Humanities Graduate School team is available to provide support for both prospective and current postgraduate students. We are always willing to answer queries and provide help wherever possible.

The Humanities Graduate School can be found in Room 101, First Floor, Old Library, Streatham Campus.

For students at the Penryn campus, please contact the PGR Support Team via email in the first instance ( The PGR Support team make periodic visits to the Penryn campus if face to face discussions are needed.

Humanities Graduate School Office 

Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 - 17:00


Morwenna Hussey


HASS PGR Manager Room 103, First Floor, Old Library

01392 72 5305
Cathryn Baker PGR Support Officer Room 103, First Floor, Old Library 01392 72 2636

Dr Matt Barber

PGR Support Administrator Room 101, First Floor, Old Library 01392 72 5306

Each discipline has a Director of Postgraduate Research who is there to provide support to students in that discipline and who is responsible for promoting a rich academic environment for postgraduate research students within their discipline.  There is also a Director of Postgraduate Research for the College as a whole: Professor Gert Vonhoff, Tel: 01392 72 4333

This list is correct at the time of writing, but individuals may change due to study leave, etc.; please check the PGR intranet for up to date information. 

Archaeology Dr Linda Hurcombe +44 (0)1392 72 4347

Classics and Ancient History

Dr Martin Pitts +44 (0)1392 72 4205
Drama Dr Kerrie Schaefer +44 (0)1392 72 2507
Creative Writing Dr Kei Miller +44 (0)1092 72 4451
English Dr Paul Young +44 (0)1392 72 2455
Film Dr Helen Hanson +44 (0)1392 72 4262
History Dr Stacey Hynd +44 (0)1392 72 4323
Modern Languages Professor Hugh Roberts +44 (0)1392 72 4226
Theology and Religion Dr David Tollerton

+44 (0)1392 72 4238
Humanities - Penryn Dr Kate Hext

+44 (0)1326 25 4113

It is vitally important that we have secure and reliable means by which to contact you. Primary responsibility for ensuring this lies with you. 

You must ensure that the University’s Student Records Office and the PGR Support Team has accurate information about your whereabouts and the best means to contact you if necessary, for example if you are away on fieldwork. You are responsible for keeping your contact details up to date via iExeter

Administrative and academic staff make every effort to reply quickly to enquiries, and we expect that students will in turn make sure that they check their Exeter email account regularly for communications and reply promptly.

Email is the main form of communication that we will use to contact you. All registered students automatically receive an email account and an address which can be accessed anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Your University of Exeter email can be accessed via exehub, Office 365 or iExeter.

It is University policy that communication with students via email can only be conducted via their University email address. No alternative email address will be used. It is therefore very important that you check your University email regularly.  If you normally use a different email address then you should set up an email forwarding action to ensure that you do not miss important messages from the University. 


There is a Humanities PGR noticeboard in the Senior Common Room, Queen’s.  Departments and Centres may also have noticeboards displaying information for graduate students. Please check these regularly. 

Letters and telephone contacts

We may also need to write to you at a home address or to telephone. This is particularly important when students are absent from the University or based at a distance from Exeter. For this reason it is absolutely vital that you maintain accurate and up to date contact details through iExeter.