Graduate Research School Contacts

The UNSW Graduate Research School (GRS) is the central unit responsible for Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates and supervisors. The GRS provides leadership, support and central administration for this cohort within the UNSW research community, as well as the research training leaders who work with them.

The work of the GRS is based on four teams, each of which supports the strategic and operational goals of HDR at UNSW. For information on the core responsibilities and contact details of each team, please refer to the team outlines below.

The Graduate Research School is currently working remotely and unfortunately not able to take phone calls. We are available via email (see below). Thank you and apologies for any inconvenience. 


General Enquiries




In the case of an after hours emergency please contact University Security on +61 2 9385 6000


Admissions and Scholarships

The GRS Admissions and Scholarships team provides advice and support to all applicants for admission to a UNSW Higher Degree Research program or scholarship. They can assist you with the following:

  • application submission

  • document requirements

  • English language proficiency requirements

  • acceptances

  • Confirmation of Enrolment (for International applicants)

  • scholarship assessment

  • scholarship payments 


If you have a query please call : +61 2 9065 7544 between 10.30am to 4.00pm (Australian standard time).


Email Contacts

Domestic Candidates

International Candidates

Manager, Admissions and Scholarships

Catherine Zell


Candidature Management

The GRS Candidature Management team supports Higher Degree Research candidates through all stages of their candidature, including:

  • commencements

  • Research Progress Reviews

  • Confirmation (for PhD candidates)

  • candidature variations

If you have a question about your candidature, please contact the GRS Candidature Management Officer for your Faculty via email.


Arts, Design and Architecture

Alex Skinner


Virginia Bahula


Anneli Strutt


Roslyn McCann


Virginia Bahula


Andrea Walisser

UNSW Canberra

Research Student Unit

Student Administrative Services

Admission, Candidature & Scholarships

Building 111

Northcott Drive

Canberra ACT


Research Candidature Manager

Simon Kalucy

Monday Manager, Candidature: Canberra, Special Projects

Virginia Bahula


Thesis Examination

The GRS Thesis Examination team supports all aspects of the examination process, including:

  • preparing a thesis

  • thesis submissions

  • appointment of examiners

  • thesis examinations

  • examiner recommendations

If you have a question regarding your thesis or the examination process, please use the campus contacts below.



UNSW Art & Design

UNSW Canberra

For submission queries:

For examination queries:

For submission queries:

By Mail:

Graduate Research School

The University of New South Wales

UNSW Sydney 2052


By Mail:

Graduate Research School

The University of New South Wales

UNSW Sydney 2052


By Mail:

UNSW Canberra

Research Student Unit, SAS

PO Box 7916

Canberra BC ACT 2610


Sean Goodwin     Manager, Thesis Examination Team


UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme

Contact the Graduate Research School Scholarships team to:

  • submit your career and professional development plan and budget

  • request information regarding your UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship



Contact the Graduate Research School Candidature Management team for questions regarding your PhD candidature, including:

  • enrolment 

  • Research Progress Reviews

  • candidature variations

The team's contact details are listed in the "Candidature Management" section above.


Contact the UNSW Researcher Development team for information regarding career and professional development workshops:



Contact the UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program team for information on Scientia Fellowship matters:



Strategic Programs

The GRS Strategic Programs team leads the development and implementation of strategic programs and initiatives designed to support the UNSW Higher Degree Research community:

  • the UNSW-CSIRO Industry PhD Program

  • GRS workshops and events, including the annual UNSW 3MT Competition

  • Industry mentoring programs

  • GRS publications 

  • the monthly GRS newsletter Graduate Research News


For information regarding the UNSW-CSIRO Industry PhD Program:



For information regarding other strategic programs and initiatives:



Belinda Lee      Manager, Strategic Programs



The Dean of Graduate Research provides strategic leadership for Higher Degree Research (HDR) at UNSW. This includes executive responsibility for the Graduate Research School (GRS), which is the central administrative unit for all HDR candidates and supervisors at UNSW. 

The GRS Executive team supports the Dean of Graduate Research by providing leadership and operational oversight of the GRS teams. 


Dean of Graduate Research

Professor Jonathan Morris

Please contact Kylie Madden

Deputy Dean of Graduate Research

Associate Professor Penny Martens

Please contact Kylie Madden

Executive Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Research

Kylie Madden

Director, Graduate Research School

Lucy Jones