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.

For all general enquiries, please contact our enquiries team.

If you have any specific questions about an admission or scholarship offer you’ve received, your scholarship payments, or your Scientia PhD Career Development Plan (CDP) please contact the HDR Admissions and Scholarships team (contact details below).

If you are an active candidate and have specific questions about your candidature, please contact your Faculty Candidature Management Officer, details below.

General Enquiries


Phone +61 9385 5500          


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


HDR Admissions and Scholarships

The HDR Admissions and Scholarships team provides support to all applicants for admission to a UNSW Higher Degree Research program or scholarship.

For general enquiries, please call the Enquiries team at the number listed above.

For queries related to Scientia CDPs, complex admission or scholarship case management post offer, and scholarship payments please call: +61 2 9065 7544 between 10.30am to 4.00pm (Australian standard time).

Or email:

Domestic Candidates

International Candidates

Manager, Admissions and Scholarships

Catherine Zell


HDR Candidature

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

  • commencements

  • Research Progress Reviews

  • Confirmation (for PhD candidates)

  • candidature variations

  • thesis preparation, submission and all aspects of the examination process.

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

If you have a question regarding your thesis or the examination process, please contact our GRS Examinations Officers via email


Arts, Design and Architecture

Alex Skinner


Virginia Bahula


Anneli Strutt

Law and Justice

Roslyn McCann

Medicine and Health

Virginia Bahula


Andrea Walisser

UNSW Canberra

Research Student Unit

Student Administrative Services

Admission, Candidature & Scholarships

Building 111

Northcott Drive

Canberra ACT


GRS Examinations Officers

Jozef Slowiaczek

Lisa Ho

Research Candidature Manager

Simon Kalucy

Research Candidature Assistant Manager

Claire McCarthy


HDR Engagement

The HDR Engagement team leads engagement activities and initiatives designed to support the UNSW Higher Degree Research community:

  • general enquiries

  • HDR wellbeing programs

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

  • the UNSW-CSIRO Industry PhD Program

  • Industry mentoring programs

  • GRS publications 

  • the monthly GRS newsletter Graduate Research News


For information regarding other strategic programs and initiatives:



For information regarding the UNSW-CSIRO Industry PhD Program:



Belinda Lee      Manager, Strategic Programs


UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme

Contact the HDR Scholarships team to:

  • submit your career and professional development plan and budget

  • request information regarding your UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship



Contact the HDR Candidature 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 HDR Engagement team for information regarding career and professional development workshops:



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




The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training and Entrepreneurship) and Dean of Graduate Research provides strategic leadership for Higher Degree Research (HDR), Research Training and Entrepreneurship 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. 


Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training and Entrepreneurship) and 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