‌Professional services staff

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

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Sam Bayley
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

Lauren Cumming
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


Student Support Administrator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught)


  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught enquiries
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Admissions
  • Dissertation and Ethics support
  • Supervision allocation
  • VLE updates


Debs Stephens
Student Support Administrator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught)


  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught support
  • Open Days and Visit Days
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Placements
  • Visiting students


Carole Nicolson
Student Support Administrator (Postgraduate Research and Assessments)
(On secondment April - July 2018)


  • Assessments and Exams
  • Programme & module administration
  • Secretary to Board of Examiners
  • Exceptional Circumstances, Leave of Absence, Withdrawals
  • Disability & Student Support Plans
  • Postgraduate Research Programme administration


Alison Burton
Student Support Assistant


  • General enquiries
  • Attendance and Tier 4 monitoring
  • Seminar group & module changes
  • Secretary to the Research Committee
  • Supervision meetings
  • Room bookings
  • Weekly bulletins & notices


Dr Helen Geddes
PA and Administrator


  • PA to Head of Department and Manager
  • Secretary to Board of Studies, Departmental Teaching and Learning Committee, and Research Committee
  • Internal communications
  • Accreditation (Athena SWAN, Green Impact)
  • Sociology Twitter account, Webpages and Blog
  • Event publicity
  • Staff and Student Handbook up-dates


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

Ed Kirby
Research Facilitator


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