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Professional Services Staff

Working alongside our academic staff and researchers is a dedicated team of Professional Services staff. Collectively, the team provides high-quality support to departmental teaching, learning and research activities and ambitions.

Our professional services staff are listed below alongside their main responsibilities to help you contact the right person.



Laura Parrett
Department Manager

Monday - Friday

Emaillaura.parrett@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323901
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  • Overall responsibility for professional operations of the department, delivering operational excellence across all administrative activities and support functions
  • Supports the Head of Department in strategic development and planning
  • Manages departmental resources, including finances, staffing, space and facilities
  • Manages HR and recruitment processes
  • Member and committee secretary of the Department Management Team 
  • Committee Secretary of the Department Advisory Board

Teaching & Learning Support

Angela Ranson
Student Services Manager

Monday - Friday

Email: arch-student-services-manager@york.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)1904 324950

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  • Responsible for ensuring an effective and efficient delivery of a high-quality administrative support service, and excellent student and staff experience, in respect of teaching and learning activities across the academic cycle
  • Leads and manages the Student Services Team
  • Oversight of scholarships, studentships and DTPs
  • Member and committee secretary for Board of Studies

Helen Chan
Postgraduate Administrator

Tuesday - Friday

Emailarchaeology-pg@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323963

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  • Responsible for PG taught (MSc/MA) and research (MRes, MPhil/PhD) programme administration across the academic cycle, including admissions, induction, timetabling, module choices and student records 
  • Manage the administration and assessment arrangements for research programmes
  • Management of scholarships, studentships and DTPs

(Position Vacant)
Undergraduate and Assessment (UG & PGT) Administrator 

Monday - Friday

Email: archaeology-assessments@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323903

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  • Responsible for coordinating  processes for all taught module (UG & PG) assessments, including setting deadlines, moderation of assessment questions, arrangements for the submission and marking of all assessed work, following up non submission
  • Process student progression and award paperwork
  • Coordinate and process Exceptional Circumstances claims
  • Lead on the administrative arrangements and delivery of Board of Examiners including liaising with Chair and examiners and undertake processes related to confirmation of marks and awards
  • Committee Secretary to for Extenuating Circumstances Committee and Boards of Examiners

Rhys Williams
Undergraduate Programmes Administrator

Monday-Friday 

Email: archaeology-ug@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323972

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  • Provide support for UG and PG programme administration across the academic cycle, including admissions, induction, timetabling, module choices and student records
  • Maintain attendance monitoring systems and monitor data
  • Coordinate module and programme feedback processes 
  • Member and committee secretary for Admissions, External Relations, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Health and Safety, UG Teaching and UG Staff-Student Liaison Committee
  • Assisting with the Department’s social media and web editing

Research & Finance Support

Jo Tozer
Research Manager

Tuesday-Friday

Email: jo.tozer@york.ac.uk/arch-research-support@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323921

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  • Provides support for the development, submission and smooth running of externally funded research grants
  • Impact Officer for the department
  • Research systems support, including PURE, Worktribe and Researchfish
  • REF2021 support

Nell Booker
SeaChanges ITN Project Manager

Tuesday - Friday

Email: eleanor.booker@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323950

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  • Liaison with RGO, the EC & project partners
  • Co-ordination of project events
  • Management of project finances and programme
  • Maintenance of the project website & associated social media

Josie Thomas
Research and Finance Administrator (BioArCh)

Monday - Friday

Email: josie.thomas@york.ac.uk/arch-research-support@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 328802

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  • Financial administration for BioArCh including monitoring and management of budgets, commercial activity, procurement and all associated record-keeping and reporting
  • Support for the induction of staff and doctoral students
  • Research grant post-award support including the production and interpretation of budgetary information
  • Planning and managing the use of space
  • Point of contact for visitors
  • Liaison with technical staff in the management of equipment and resources

Vicky Moore
Research and Finance Administrator

Monday - Thursday, Fri a.m.

Email: vicky.moore@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323938

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  • Processing of invoices, expense claims and casual payroll claims
  • Administration of Departmental credit cards
  • Purchasing
  • Research project support
  • Web editing

Laboratory Technicians

Richard Hagan
Senior Research Technician

Email: richard.hagan@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 326471

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  • Providing laboratory, bioinformatic, and administrative support to researchers and students utilising ancient protein or DNA analyses in their projects

Becky Knight
PalaeoHub Research Technician

Email: becky.knight@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 328956

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  • Research Technician at the PalaeoHub
  • Teaching support for human osteology and zooarchaeology practical classes
  • Technician for the PalaeoHub labs
  • Consultant on zooarchaeological projects within the department
  • Providing technical support for dissertations
  • Providing key card access

Gareth Perry
Technical Specialist in Artefact Studies

Email: gareth.perry@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323900

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  • Health and Safety Officer for the department
  • Management of the laboratories at King’s Manor
  • Working closely with colleagues at the YEAR Centre on a range of experimental archaeology projects

Samantha Presslee
ZooMS Research Technician

Email: sam.presslee@york.ac.uk

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  • Providing laboratory and administrative support to researchers and students utilising Zooarchaeology through Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS)

Helen Talbot
Experimental Officer

Email: helen.talbot@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 328282

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  • Maintenance and running of the GC-FID, GC-MS, and GC-c-IRMS instruments in BioArCh
  • Method development for amino acid compound specific isotope analysis
  • Project and research support for staff, researchers and students

Matt von Tersch
BioArCh Technician

Email: matthew.vontersch@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 328282

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  • Health and safety and induction
  • Supporting research projects

Fieldwork Officers

Mike Bamforth
POSTGLACIAL Project Manager

Email: michael.bamforth@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323984

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  • Project management of the Star Carr fieldwork excavation
  • Management of the archive including digitisation, collation and deposition
  • Completion of risk assessments, issue log and reports
  • Administrative support to the Project Director

Helen Goodchild
Project and Fieldwork Officer

Email: helen.goodchild@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323957

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  • Teaching fieldwork and computing on a number of UG and PG modules
  • Module coordinator for Landscape and Earthworks Survey, Geophysical Survey, Geographical Information Systems, Spatial Analysis in GIS (PG), and Practical: Archaeological Field Survey (UG)
  • Project and research support for staff, postgraduates and undergraduate research projects
  • Departmental Health and Safety Advisor for Fieldwork

Library & Computing

Neil Gevaux
Computing and Research Technician and Departmental Computing Officer

Email: neil.gevaux@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323953

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  • Running and maintaining computers and associated facilities for the department

Kirsty Whitehead
Archaeology Library Liaison

Email: lib-archaeology@york.ac.uk or kirsty.whitehead@york.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323878

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  • Member of the Library team providing support to Archaeology
  • Identifying and responding to library needs of users in Archaeology