School of Physical Sciences

Staff list

Academic staff

Prof Mark A. Green Head of School of Physical Sciences
Dr Simon J. Holder Deputy Head of School of Physical Sciences
Prof Mark Burchell Professor of Space Science
Prof Alan Chadwick Professor of Physical Chemistry
Prof Anna Corrias Professor of Chemistry
Prof Stephen Lowry Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Prof A.Gh Podoleanu Head of Applied Optics Group
Prof Michael D. Smith Professor of Astronomy
Prof Paul Strange Professor of Physics
Prof Michael J. Went Professor of Chemistry and Forensic Science
Dr Maria Alfredsson Reader in Theoretical Materials
Dr Simon J. Holder Reader in Organic Chemistry
Dr Gavin Mountjoy Reader in Condensed Matter Physics
Dr Dean Sayle Reader in Chemistry
Dr Christopher Solomon Reader in Physics
Senior lecturers
Dr Donna Arnold Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science
Dr Stefano Biagini Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
Dr Ewan Clark Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Dr George Dobre Senior Lecturer in Applied Optics
Dr Dirk Froebrich Senior Lecturer in Astronomy/Astrophysics
Dr Stuart Gibson Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science
Mr Robert Green Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science
Dr Emma McCabe Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Dr Jingqi Miao Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Astrophysics
Dr Mark Price Senior Lecturer in Space Science
Dr Jorge Quintanilla Senior Lecturer/SEPnet Fellow in Condensed Matter Theory
Dr Silvia Ramos-Perez Senior Lecturer in Materials Physics
Dr Paul Saines Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Dr Christopher Serpell Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Dr Christopher Shepherd Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science
Dr Helena Shepherd Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Dr Robert Barker Lecturer in Chemistry and Forensic Science
Dr Aaron Berko Lecturer in Forensic Science/Chemistry
Dr Adrian Bradu Lecturer in Applied Optics
Dr Nicholas Bristowe Lecturer in Chemistry
Dr Sam Carr Lecturer in Physics
Dr William Gee Lecturer in Chemistry and Forensic Science
Dr Jennifer Hiscock Lecturer in Chemistry
Dr Michael Hughes Lecturer in Applied Optics
Dr Vicky Mason Lecturer in Physics/Director of Public Engagement
Dr Gunnar Möller Royal Society University Research Fellow in Physics
Dr Alex Murray Lecturer in Chemistry
Dr Aniello Palma Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
Dr Emma Pugh Lecturer in Physics
Dr Gaby Roch Lecturer in Physics
Dr Florence Sallas Lecturer in Chemistry
Dr James Urquhart Lecturer in Physics and Astrophysics
Dr Penny Wozniakiewicz Lecturer in Space Science

Research staff

Applied Optics Group
Dr Ramona Cernat Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr Yong Hu Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Manuel Marques Research Associate
Dr Cristian Nistor Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Radu-Florin Stancu Visiting Researcher
Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science
Dr Kathryn Harriss Research Associate
Agata Makieła Research Postgraduate
Functional Materials Group
Dr Andre Duvel Visiting Research Fellow
Dr Sudeep Ghosh Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Danilo Loche Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Yu-Chin Tzeng Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Christopher Winterowd Postdoctoral Research Associate


Emeritus and Honorary staff

Emeritus Professors
Prof Ian Bruce Emeritus Professor of Nanobiotechnology
Prof J. C. Dore Emeritus Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
Prof D. A. Jackson Emeritus Professor of Applied Optics
Prof Richard Jones Emeritus Professor of Polymer Science
Prof R.J. Newport Emeritus Professor of Materials Physics
Prof John Strange Emeritus Professor of Experimental Physics
Prof John Todd Emeritus Professor of Mass Spectroscopy
Honorary Professors
Prof Z. Szotek Professor of Physics
Prof Ofer Lahav Professor of Astronomy
Visiting Professors
Prof J F W Mosselmans  
Visiting Lecturers
Dr R Mallion  
Honorary Readers
Dr J. A. Creighton Reader in Chemical Spectroscopy
Dr J. D. Wright Reader in Materials Chemistry
Honorary Senior Lecturers
Mr E. A. Ansarai  
Dr L. H. Ryder  
Dr D. H. Niblett  
Honorary Senior Research Fellow  
Dr D. MacKay  

Administrative staff

Clair Gould School Administration Manager
Stephanie Astro Employability Officer
Kim Harty Degree Programmes Manager
Dr Vicky Mason Director of Public Engagement/Lecturer in Physics
Cordelia Scott SEPnet/Ogden Engagement Officer
Ms Christine Vickerman Student Support Adviser
Clerical and secretarial staff
James Burt Clerical Receptionist
Rachel Butland Finance Assistant
Ms Sharon Humm Personal Assistant to the Head of School
Amy Jackson Administration and Recruitment Assistant
Katherine Moss Recruitment and Marketing Officer
Danny O'Shea Finance Clerical Assistant
Rachel Small Clerical Receptionist
Sue Welford Student Support Co-ordinator
Michael Woods Postgraduate and Research Coordinator

Technical staff

Bernard Doolin Head of Technical Services
Trevor Reece ICT Co-ordinator & Web Editor
Nick French IT Support Technician
Dr Tim Kinnear Advanced IT Support Technician
Ian Ross Technician
Peter Verrall Technician
Laboratory Technicians
Jennifer Baker Technician Lab 1
Dr David Colclough Technician Lab 1
Dr Hazel Harris Technician Lab 1
Jonathan James Chief Technician - Chemistry Teaching Lab 1
Dr Spartaco Landi Technician Lab 1
Phil Marsh Physics Laboratory Technician Lab 4
Dr Dave Pickup Chief Technician - Physics Lab Lab 4
Experimental Officers
Mike Cole Experimental Officer - CAPS group
Dr Andrew Morrell Laboratory Experimental Officer Lab 2
Melissa Sampson Assistant Experimental Officer Lab 3


Head of School - Professor Mark A Green (Personal Assistant: Mrs Sharon Humm) ( Email: )
Deputy Head of School - Dr Simon J. Holder
School Administration Manager - Clair Gould



Academic Advisers - each student is allocated an Academic Adviser who can offer overall academic advice and guidance. To find your Academic Adviser, see ‘Tutor’ under individual student record on SDS.  (NB. The other ‘Tutor’ on SDS is the Student Support Adviser, Christine Vickerman).    

Admissions Officer (Undergraduate Forensic Science and Forensic Chemistry programmes) - Dr Christopher Shepherd
Admissions Officer (Undergraduate Chemistry programmes) - Dr Aaron Berko
Admissions Officer (Undergraduate Physics, Astrophysics, Astronomy programmes) - Dr Tim Kinnear  
Admissions Officer (Overseas Recruitment - all Undergraduate programmes) - Dr Christopher Shepherd
Athena Swan Committee (Chair) - Dr Donna Arnold

Careers & Employability - contact the relevant role-holder in SPS or the Careers & Employability Service via 
Centre for Astrophysics & Planetary Science (Head) - Professor Michael Smith
Centre for Astrophysics & Planetary Science (Observatory Manager) - Dr Dirk Froebrich
Colloquium Convenor (events are free of charge and open to all) - Dr Jorge Quintanilla  (see also under ‘Postgraduate Colloquium’)

Director of Education (DoE) - Professor Michael J. Went
Education Committee (Chair) - Professor Michael J. Went
Director of Graduate studies (DOGS) - Dr Silvia Ramos-Perez
Director of Research - Dr Anna Corrias
Director of Innovation and Enterprise - Dr Stuart Gibson
Director of Undergraduate Studies (DoUGS) for Physics programmes - Dr Dirk Froebrich
Director of Undergraduate Studies (DoUGS) for Forensics programmes - Mr Robert Green
Director of Undergraduate Studies (DoUGS) for Chemistry programmes - Dr Maria Alfredsson

Employability Co-ordinator - Stephanie Astro
Equal Opportunities Representative - Mr Peter J. Verrall
Ethics: Research Ethics Advisory Group (REAG) representative Dr Donna Arnold and Dr Emma Pugh (deputy)
Exams:  Examination Officer for Forensics/Chemistry programs - Dr Dean Sayle
Exams: Examination Officer for Physics programs - Professor Paul Strange

Finance Officer - Mrs Anne Austin; Finance Assistant - Rachel Butland ( E: )
Foundation Year Co-ordinators:
Chemistry and Forensic Science - Dr Aaron Berko
Physics - Dr Gaby Roch; Dr Victoria Mason

Ingram Room 110 Room Bookings - Sue Welford E:
Ingram Room 108 Bookings - Sharon Humm E:
IT/email services or problems (students): See web-site:

Lab classes - are associated with particular modules, not with stages of study (though some Stages may have more than one lab class).
Laboratory Supervisors: Sometimes the Lab Supervisor is also the Convenor. For Lab Supervisors see below, for Module Convenors see "Module Convenors":

Laboratory Supervisors - Physics
Stage Module Lab Supervisor
Stage 0 PH027 Dr Gaby Roch
Stage 1 PS370 Dr George Dobre
Stage 2 PH500 Dr Emma Pugh
PH520 Dr Emma Pugh
Stage 3 PH617 Dr Mark Price
Laboratory Supervisors - Forensic Science / Forensic Chemistry
Stage Module Lab Supervisor
Stage 0 PS021 Dr Aaron Berko
PS022 Dr Aaron Berko
PS023 Dr Aaron Berko
Stage 1 PS381 Dr Simon Holder (Lab Supervisor Term 1); Dr Emma McCabe (Lab Supervisor Term 2);
PS324 Dr Christopher Shepherd
Stage 2 CH504 Dr Stefano Biagini
PS501 Mr Robert Green
PS556 Dr Christopher Shepherd
CH530 Dr Maria Alfredsson
CH531 Dr Ewan Clark
CH532 Dr Ewan Clark
CH533 Dr Dean Sayle
PS620 Dr Christopher Shepherd
Laboratory Supervisors - Chemistry
Stage Module Lab Supervisor
Stage 1 CH320 Dr Christopher Serpell
CH382 Dr Emma McCabe
Stage 2 CH506 Dr Simon Holder
CH534 Dr Ewan Clark
PS534 Dr Ewan Clark
Stage 3 CH620 Dr Stefano Biagini
CH622 Dr Paul Saines
CH623 Dr Ewan Clark
Stage 4 CH741 Dr Maria Alfredsson

Library Liason for SPS - Dr Ewan Clark

Marketing and Publicity - Katherine Moss
Module convenor - the title for an academic member of staff with overall responsibility for a module’s lectures and assessments, where there is more than one lecturer teaching the module; Module convenors can be found using the Module Catalogue or via the Course List.
Moodle - academic queries to individual module convenors
Moodle - problems: See web-site:

Outreach Officer, SEPnet Ogden Trust Physics - Cordelia Scott

PASS Senior Tutor / PASS Committee Chair (Academic Integrity/Disciplinary Warnings) - Dr Stefano Biagini
PASS Student Support Adviser (Concessions/PASS queries) - Mrs Christine Vickerman E:  
PASS pages on SPS Moodle Module:
Postgraduate Colloquium (free of charge, available to PG students and supervisors) - Dr Jingqi Miao (also see under ‘Colloquium Co-ordinator’)
Postgraduate Marketing and Recruitment (administration) - E:  
Postgraduate Admissions Officer (PG Taught Physics) - Dr Silvia Ramos-Perez
Postgraduate Admissions Officer (PG Taught Forensic Science) - Professor Michael J. Went
Postgraduate Recruitment and Administration - Dr Mikey Woods E: (for Undergraduate, see under Admissions)
Public Engagement, Director of - Dr Vicky Mason
Publicity Officer - E:

Research Group Leader - Applied Optics Group - Professor Adrian Podoleanu
Research Group Leader - Centre for Astrophysics & Planetary Science - Professor Michael Smith
Research Group Leader - Forensic Imaging Group - Dr Christopher Solomon
Research Group Leader - Functional Materials Group - Dr Christopher Serpell
REF Co-ordinators:
Physics - Dr Stephen Lowry
Forensic Science - Dr Stuart Gibson
Chemistry - Professor Mark A. Green

Safety Co-ordinator - Mr Bernard Doolin
Safety - Chemical Safety Officer - Dr Ewan Clark
Safety - Laser Safety Officer - Dr George Dobre
Safety - Radiation Protection Officer - Dr Emma McCabe
SEPnet Liaison Officer - Professor Michael Smith
SSLC - Staff-Student Liaison Committee (Chair) - Dr Stefano Biagini
SPS Web Committee (Chair) - Clair Gould
Student Data System (SDS student record administration) - Kim Harty  E:  
Student Data System - for queries re information on student records on SDS, contact (including Tabs: Deadlines, Marks,  Timetable, Attendance, Modules). Information on the ILP tab is provided by Student Wellbeing Service, previously known as the Disability Dyslexia Support Service.

Student Guide (for all Schools) website: 
Student Handbook - queries to the SPS Degree Programmes Office, Ingram 205 or E:
Student Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator - Mrs Christine Vickerman (Academic Liaison - see under DoUGS)
Student Support Adviser (SPS student pastoral care advice on concessions/extensions, intermissions/withdrawals, peer mentoring) - Christine Vickerman  E:  

Timetable Changes on SDS - Kim Harty; Sue Welford E:  

Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate administration - Kim Harty; Sue Welford E:
University PASS Network: School Representative - Mrs Christine Vickerman
University Switchboard - Tel: 01227 764000 (and ask for the person or extension you require).
University Web-site: (see 'Quick links' for a range of University Services).

Year in Industry (Placement) Co-ordinator (Forensic Science and Forensic Chemistry) - Dr Emma McCabe
Year Abroad Programmes - Dr Sam Carr


Head of Technical Services (Ingram building) - Mr Bernard Doolin
Deputy Head of Technical Services (Ingram building) - Mr Trevor Reece
ICT Co-ordinator / WEB Editor- Mr Trevor Reece
Laboratory Technical Supervisor (Physics) - Dr Dave Pickup (Lab 4)
Laboratory Technical Supervisor (Chemistry) - Mr Jon James, JJ (Labs 1)
Analytical Suite Supervisor - Dr Andrew Morrell (Lab 2)

FACULTY ADMIN: Faculty of Sciences (previously STMS - Faculty of Science, Technology & Medical Studies)

Faculty of Sciences web-site:
Dean of Sciences - Professor Mark Burchell E:
Faculties Support Office - Website:  
Faculties Support Officer - Dr Andrew MacGregor E:  
Faculty Administration Manager, Faculty of Sciences - Linda Lough (contact via the School Administration Manager)

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School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 18/07/2018