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The Graduate Research School Team


Rachel Spronken-Smith Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith
Tel +64 3 479 5655
Mob +64 21 279 5655
Room G.01, 103 St David Street

Rachel leads the Graduate Research School team and oversees all thesis-related matters at the University, including scholarships. She is available to assist with queries or concerns.

Learn about Rachel’s background, teaching, supervision and research


Susan CraigSusan Craig profile photo
Tel +64 3 479 5737
Room G.08, 103 St David Street

Susan provides high level support to the School and has responsibility for the administrative and financial tasks within the school. She also manages the social events and workshops provided by the Graduate Research School.


Andrew Lonie Profile Photo Low Res Andrew Lonie
Tel +64 3 470 3447
Room G.02, 103 St David Street

Andrew is the manager at the Graduate Research School. He provides a support service to doctoral and thesis Masters’ candidates and supervisors, manages PhD admissions, and various projects and events pertaining to thesis candidates. He is happy to assist with queries or concerns.

Māori Postgraduate Support Adviser

Rachel Sizemore imageDr Rachel Sizemore
Tel +64 3 479 8082
Room G.02, 103 St David Street

Rachel is in the office at the Graduate Research School on Wednesday mornings and all day on Thursdays and Fridays.

Find out more about Rachel's role in the Graduate Research School

Professional Practice Fellow - Graduate Education

Dr Kim BrownKim Brown profile photo
Tel +64 3 479 8461
Room G.08, 103 St David Street

Kim's role within the Graduate Research School is to deliver a range of workshops to Master's Thesis and Doctoral candidates.

View more information about these workshops

Graduate Wellbeing Coach

Nikki FaheyNikki Fahey profile photo
Tel +64 3 479 4327
Zoom address
Room G.06, 103 St David Street
Monday–Thursday, 8:30am–5:00pm

Nikki’s role bridges Student Health Services and the Graduate Research School supporting graduate students to maintain their well-being while achieving their goal of successfully completing their Postgraduate studies.

Find out more about how the Graduate Well-being Coach can help you

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