‌Professional services staff

General enquiries

Department of Sociology, University of York, York, YO10 5DD


Lauren Cumming
Department Manager


  • Overall responsibility for all business processes and professional services support
  • Planning and financial management
  • HR and recruitment processes
  • Space planning & management
  • Member of and Secretary to Department Management Team

Debs Stephens
Student Services Manager


  • Overall administrative management of all UG, PGT and PGR programmes
  • Management of the Student Services team and deputy to Department Manager
  • Development and maintenance of student-facing operating processes
  • Casual payments for GTAs
  • Sociology Hour


Dina Hashem
Student Support (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught)


  • Open Days and Visit Days
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Casual Workers
  • Placements
  • Visiting students 
  • Communications


Siobhan Maude
Student Support Administrator (Undergraduate Assessments and Exams)

  • Assessments
  • Exams
  • Optional Modules
  • Programme maintenance
  • UG Dissertation

Anna Richardson
Student Support Administrator (Postgraduate Taught and Research)

  • Postgraduate Admissions
  • Postgraduate Finance & Funding Funding
  • Postgraduate Taught Assessments
  • Postgraduate Taught Dissertations
  • Postgraduate Research Taps/Supervision/Viva

Alison Burton
Student Support Administrator (Wellbeing)


  • Wellbeing
  • Student progression monitoring
  • General enquiries
  • Attendance and Tier 4 oversight
  • Seminar group and module changes oversight 
  • Supervision meetings oversight

Bryony Cox
Student Support Assistant


  • General enquiries
  • Attendance and Tier 4 monitoring support
  • Seminar group & module changes support
  • Supervision meetings support
  • Room bookings
  • Department Wiki updates
  • Ordering
  • Weekly bulletins & notices

Dr Helen Geddes
PA and Administrator


  • PA to Head of Department and Manager
  • Secretary to Board of Studies and Departmental Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Internal communications and event marketing
  • Accreditation (Athena SWAN, Green Impact)
  • Sociology Twitter account, Webpages and Blog
  • Event publicity
  • Processing expenses claims
  • Departmental Health and Safety Officer
  • Research Newsletter


Sarah Shrive-Morrison
Department Support Administrator

iCS Pre-Production Editor


  • ICS Journal
  • Conference/event organisation
  • SATSU administration & web pages
  • Sociology Blog
  • Travel bookings
  • Department seminar series, workshops and short courses

Sophie Bramley

Sophie Bramley
Research Facilitator


  • Research grant proposal support
  • Management of current research grants
  • REF support