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General Enquiries
Department of Environment and Geography
University of York
YO10 5NG
Telephone number: +44(0) 1904 322999 

Instagram: uoyenvandgeo   
Twitter: YorkEnvironment


Deputy Head of Faculty Operations (Environment and Geography)


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Matthew Badham
Deputy Head of Faculty Operations (Environment and Geography)
Tel: 01904 321196

  • Overall responsibility for all business processes and professional services support
  • Planning and financial management
  • HR and recruitment processes
  • Member of the Department Leadership Team

Student Services Team


Michelle Barton (Wed-Fri)
Student Services Manager
Tel: 01904 32 6851

  • Student experience (collectively and individually)
  • Administration & operational support for teaching & learning
  • Welfare & student progress
  • Strategic development of student services operations
  • Relationships with university services related to students/teaching

Jackie Coates (Mon-Tues)
Student Services Manager
Tel 01904 32 5040

  • Student experience (collectively and individually)
  • Administration & operational support for teaching & learning
  • Welfare & student progress
  • Strategic development of student services operations
  • Relationships with university services related to students/teaching

Dr Katariina Nara-Zanotti
Student Services Coordinator
Tel: 01904 32 1971

  • Handling escalated student enquiries, welfare and student progress
  • Oversight and continuous improvement of student administration processes, including assessment and module evaluation
  • Coordination of the Department's VLE provision
  • Deputy to the Student Services Manager and coordination of day-to-day office operations

Nadine Riley
Timetabling Administrator

  • Part of the Timetabling Services team
  • Development and maintenance of the Department’s timetable

Rachel Vonderdell
Student Support Assistant 

  • Dealing with general enquiries
  • Supporting the welfare of students and administrating Exceptional Circumstances affecting
    Assessment (ECA) and Student Support Plans (SSP)
  • Processing assessments
  • General administrative duties including booking rooms, travel and accommodation 

(Position Vacant) 
Student Services Administrator 


  • Dealing with all Undergraduate general enquiries
  • Supporting the welfare of students and administrating Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment (ECA) and Student Support Plans (SSP)
  • General administrative duties including booking rooms, travel and accommodation
  • Processing assessments
  • Assisting with the Department's social media and communications

Rebecca Reid Rodrigues
Student Services Administrator (Undergraduate/MEnv & PGT)
Tel: 01904 32 4769


  • Maintaining the UG/MEnv and PGT student records
  • Processing assessments and feedback
  • Responding to queries in relation to the administration of  the UG/MEnv and PGT programmes of study
  • Supporting the welfare of students and administrating Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment (ECA) and Student Support Plans (SSP)
  • Other Administrative duties including room booking, catering and accommodation arrangements 

Maroula Hill 
Student Services Administrator
Tel: 01904 324068

  • First point of contact for postgraduate research students and teaching staff handling queries across all postgraduate research matters
  • Maintenance of PGR student records, including admissions, enrolment, progression, examination and awards
  • Oversight of scholarships, studentships and DTPs
  • Support for internal exam boards
  • Support for the Department's recruitment and admissions activity

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Dr Maria Gehrels
Student Services Admnistrator


Amanda Pauw
YMP (York-Maastricht Programme) Student Services Coordinator


Careers & Employability 


Jenny Pollard
YMP (York-Maastricht Programme) Industry Liaison Officer
Tel: 01904 322996

  • External engagement
  • Management of placement programmes 
  • Careers Liaison Officer 
  • Mental Health First Aider

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Angela Purdham
Industry Liaison Officer 

  • External engagement
  • Management of placement programmes (UG and PG)
  • Employability advice and support
  • Mental Health First Aider 

Research Support


Laura Smith
Research Facilitator
Tel: 01904 32 4063

  • Management of departmental research support
  • Help with research grant proposals
  • Management of current research and consultancy projects
  • REF support

Hannah Fessey
Research Administrator


Technical Operations


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Dave Hay 
Health & Safety and Technical Manager
Tel: 01904 324071

  • Management of departmental technical teams and facilities
  • Departmental Safety Manager
  • Departmental Radiation Protection Supervisor
  • Management of building, laboratory, security and IT operations
  • Responsible for technical budget management and purchasing operations
Mike Beckwith
Physical Geography Research Technician
Tel: 01904 324788  
  • Providing field and surveying assistance to support the physical geography research group, specialising in spatial surveying techniques and processing,  data/sample collection and monitoring.
  • Assisting with the installation, operation and maintenance of physical geography field equipment.
  • Responsible for the storage and archiving of physical geography research samples.
  • Assisting and supporting project students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in the course of their fieldwork and laboratory work.
  • Supporting laboratory practical sessions.

Anthony Jones
Research Technician
Tel: 01904 324788

  • Carrying out field work at sites in the Yorkshire Dales including water sampling and greenhouse gas flux measurement
  • Overseeing laboratory analysis of peat and water samples 
  • Data input, writing standard operating procedures and risk assessing work associated with the project 
  • Supporting project students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in their laboratory and fieldwork

Dr Matt Pickering
Experimental Officer
Tel: 01904 324788

  • Laboratory support of environmental analytical chemistry research.
  • Providing technical support and training on analytical instrumentation to staff and students.
  • Responsibility for gas chromatography (GC-MS and GC-FID), liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ion chromatography instruments including maintenance, troubleshooting and analytical method development.
  • To assist the reporting of analytical data as a contribution to research reports.
  • Stock control of chemicals, consumables and equipment relating to the chromatography facility. 

Rebecca Sutton
Senior Research Technician
Tel: 01904 324788

  • Support to departmental research staff
  • Support of students engaged in research projects at BSc and MSc/PhD level
  • Laboratory organisation including purchasing, instrument specification etc
  • Provision of instruction and training to members of academic and research staff in detailed and safe usage of complex laboratory equipment
  • Maintenance, operation and troubleshooting of key specialised analytical instrumentation
  • Advice on the handling and disposal of hazardous laboratory chemicals. 
Deborah Sharpe
Laboratory Technician
Tel: 01904 324788

  • To assist with operation and maintenance of lab equipment
  • Preparation of experimental and stock solutions for teaching purposes
  • General housekeeping of teaching labs.
  • Disposal of chemical waste and glass
  • Stock control of chemicals, consumables and lab equipment
  • To assist in the operation of department field trips 

Mark Tolley
Departmental Computing Officer
Tel: 01904 324191

  • 1st and 2nd line IT support (at desk, telephone and remote support)
  • Software installation and deployment
  • New IT installations and upgrades of existing equipment
  • Advice and guidance with all IT matters
  • Asset management 
  • Environment website management 

Tom Chapman
Graduate Research Software Engineer


Caroline Swann
Research Technician

General Administration, Finance & Marketing  


Lucy Orange 
Departmental Administration Coordinator
Tel: 01904 326502

  • Oversight, documentation and continuous improvement of general administrative processes across the Department
  • Support for departmental HR processes and record-keeping
  • Support for equality, diversity and inclusivity activity
  • Support for sustainability activity
  • Management of casual workers
  • Executive support to the E&G Leadership Team

Chloe Mitchell 
PA / Administrator to EGLT   
Tel: 01904 32 8640

  • Booking meetings, travel and accommodation for EGLT members
  • Diary management for EGLT members
  • Email management for HoD and Department Manager
  • Raising POs, processing expenses and documenting departmental spending
  • Administrating GTA bookings
  • Servicing the EGLT, DMT, and departmental staff meetings
  • General administrative duties

Naurin Fatima
Management Accountant

  • Management Accountant for Department of Environment & Geography and Stockholm Environment Institute

Marcy Melis
Finance Assistant 

  • Handling invoices, expenses claims, and general financial processing
  • Ensures compliance with University financial regulations 

Maimie Hume
PA/Administrator for Professor Sarah Bridle


Linda Elvin
CDT Admin Manager 

Stockholm Environment Institute at York   

Sarah West

Centre Director

  • Centre Director for SEI York 

Emma Holland 
Executive Assistant, SEI-Y
Tel: 07552 285885

  • Executive support for SEI-Y Director
  • Oversight of administrative functions within SEI-Y 

Sam Bland
Software Developer

  • Software development for a number of  environmental models and tools
  • Data visualisation
  • Interactive user interface design.
  • Urban simulation 

Frances Dixon
Communications Manager

  • Designing and implementing communication strategies
  • Content developer for infographics and videos
  • Editing and copywriting content for different audiences
  • Policy engagement
  • Online event planning (seminars, workshops etc.) 

Anwen Hughes
Research Manager
Tel: 07552 285934

  • Research facilitation and management for SEI-Y 


Howard Cambridge
Research Support Group Manager
Tel: 07552 285887


  • Provision of IT, communications, software development and spatial mapping services to SEI researches at York.
  • Developing creative approaches for engaging different stakeholders including focus groups and participatory mapping.
  • Development of online tools, bespoke software and apps. 

Trudy Stapley
SEI-Y Administrative Assistant
Tel: 07552 285 895


Douglas Wang
Software Developer

  • Software developer of user interfaces for research tools and management planning
  • Agile development using programming (Python/Django) and server side scripting languages (PHP / JavaScript) both for local use and in online, cloud-based, environments.
  • Full stack web development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript for web-based interface design and web-based GIS techniques using  GeoServer, OpenLayers, Leaflet/MapBox. 

Lizzie White 
SEI-Y Adminstrator
Tel: 07552 285885


Lucy Way
Project Coordinator


Juri Kirby

Research Support Officer


Victoria Beale
Communications Specialist


Rhian Ebrey
Project Coordinator


Thomas Holmes
Research Technician


Connie O'Neill
Project Coordinator


Joe Simpson
Research Assistant


John Werboweckjy
Communications Specialist


Chris West
Deputy Center Director (Research)


Eve Palmer
Research Assistant 


Rebecca Newman
Research Assistant