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

Management of Professional Services 


Nicola Lowe

Deputy Head of Faculty Operations

Overall responsibility for:

  • Professional Services team
  • Strategic financial planning
  • Strategic staffing and recruitment planning
  • HR, GDPR, Health and Safety, Estates
  • Resource allocation 

Sarah Couttie-Cunningham

Administration Manager 

  • Management of all staff and non-student processes:
    • HR
    • Recruitment and contracts 
    • Probations / PDRs
    • Sickness Absence
    • Annual Leave / Flexitime  
  • Oversight of general administration:
    • Data management and systems
    • Honorary and Emeritus administration
    • Asset management 
    • Insurance returns, Health and Safety and Green Impact 
    • Administrative support for Athena Swan

Sheila Davitt

Research Facilitator

  • REF support/administration
  • Research Grant management/administration (pre-award)
  • Post-award contact
  • DRC support
  • Pure support
  • Research Strategy/policy
  • Research Development
  • Research finance lead
  • Oversee all Dept Research initiatives

Shauni Hyde

Placements Coordinator

  • Placements Coordination and Careers Lead
  • Sociology@work convenor/module lead
  • Employability strategy coordination/implementation
  • Student internship lead
  • Open Days
  • CV/Interview training
  • 1 to 1 and group student careers support
  • Careers/employability initiatives eg Transform Challenge
  • Employability Partnerships

Debs Stephens

Student Services Manager

  • Overall management of all UG, PGT and PGR programmes
  • Management of the Student Services team
  • Joint Programmes Lead
  • Student Experience lead including NSS, Induction etc
  • Complex student case lead
  • Covid T and L contingency lead
  • Programme Design and Semesterisation Lead
  • Timetabling, Appeals and Complex Student Case lead


Student Services


Amy Atkinson

UG Administration Manager 

  • Coordination and management of day-to-day student services processes.
  • Programme maintenance / module catalogue.
  • Online teaching lead.
  • Line Management of Student Support Administrators.
  • Process redesign/review.
  • Joint programmes setup and coordination.

Heather Taylor

PG Administration Manager 

  • Coordination and management of day-to-day student services, processes for postgraduate students and postgraduate researchers.
  • Postgraduate programme maintenance.
  • Line management of postgraduate student support administrators.
  • Oversight of administration for Centre for Women's Studies.
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Elise-Brook Davis-Hirst

Student Support Administrator (Undergraduate) 

  • Undergraduate assessment lead.
  • Distribution of submissions hand-ins/uploading feedback/marks.
  • Exam boards.
  • Exam paper setting/timetabling/monitoring.
  • Credit counts.
  • External examiners (UG).
  • Academic misconduct.
  • Appeals.
  • Ethics.
  • UG dissertations including supervisions.

Glen Dewsbury

Student Support Administrator (Undergraduate)


  • Exceptional circumstances claims.
  • Student support plans.
  • Leave of absence.
  • Transfers.
  • Withdrawals.
  • Programme transfers.
  • Module/seminar swaps.
  • Complex student cases.

Victoria Hill

CWS Student Support Administrator

  • Lead for CWS student facing administration including:
    • Admissions
    • GEMMA
    • Award/Graduation arrangements
    • LOA/Extension/Special Circumstances
    • PGR/PGT Assessments
    • Exceptional circumstances (PGT)
    • Induction arrangements
    • Module enrolment
    • Timetabling
    • Virtual open days

Oscar Johnston

Student Support Administrator (Postgraduate Taught)

  • Postgraduate taught assessments.
  • Postgraduate taught academic misconduct.
  • Postgraduate taught appeals.
  • Postgraduate taught ethics.
  • Postgraduate taught exam boards.

Makkie Nnamoko

Student Support Administrator (Undergraduate)

  • Undergraduate enquiries.
  • Criminology contact.
  • Student communications.
  • Optional modules.
  • GTAs/Casual, Workers/Internships.
  • Welcome week/Induction/Graduation.
  • Student handbooks (UG).
  • Module feedback.
  • Open days/Visit Days/UG admissions contact.
  • Global study.
  • UG supervisions and attendance, including Student Visa compliance.

General Administration


Sarah Blakeman

Research Administrator


Jo Lupton

Faculty Finance Assistant


  • Travel and accommodation bookings.
  • Event finances.
  • Ordering goods and services.
  • Budget enquiries.
  • Expenses.
  • Credit card purchasing.
  • POs/Invoices.
  • Financial regulations queries/monitoring.

Jane Slocombe

Staff Administrator


  • Compiling and sending sickness absence returns.
  • Keeping staff records up to date.
  • Undertaking induction processes for new starters.
  • Organising events - booking rooms, catering and AV as required.
  • Managing repairs and requests via Planon.
  • Providing administrative support to DMT, DRC and the department staff meeting.
  • Providing administrative support to the HoD.
  • Managing Twitter / X and the Department web pages.
  • Ordering and managing Departmental IT equipment.

Student Wellbeing


Open Door/ Wellbeing Support
Students can find wellbeing information and self-refer for support by following the links below:
  • First point of contact for student wellbeing issues.
  • 1:1 information, guidance and support for students.
  • Signposting to specialist support.