Please contact the Executive Assistant in the first instance if you would like an appointment with a member of the Graduate School's Executive.

General Enquiries

Christie Viggers

Joshua Colledge

Fynn De Daunton

+61 7 3346 0503

Executive Assistant

Claire Holmes

 +61 7 3346 1370


Professor Alastair McEwanProfessor Alastair McEwan

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Researcher biography

Professor McEwan obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham and then held a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Royal Society 1983 University Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford. In 1993, after 4 years as a lecturer at the University of East Anglia, Professor McEwan joined the University of Queensland as a Senior Lecturer. He was promoted to Professor in 2003 and was Head of the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences from 2005-2010.

His research spans bacterial physiology and pathogenesis, redox biology and the role of transition metal ions in host-pathogen interactions. He has published over 140 research papers and research in his laboratory is currently funded by an NHMRC Program grant.

As PVC Research Training, the Dean of the UQ Graduate School and a member of the ACGR Executive Committee, Professor McEwan is leading change in practice in HDR development across Australia. 

Deputy Dean

Professor Stephan RiekProfessor Stephan Riek

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Researcher biography

Professor Riek holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada; and undertook postdoctoral research at The University of Queensland and Northwestern University. He re-joined UQ as an ARC QEII Research Fellow in 2003 and was promoted to Professor in 2013. Professor Riek has been published in more than 80 publications in the area of sensorimotor neuroscience and his work has been underpinned by grant support from ARC, NHMRC and Queensland Health.

Professor Riek brings a wealth of experience to the Graduate School. He has been the Principal Advisor of six students who have completed their PhD and has served as Postgraduate Coordinator in the School of Human Movement Studies since 2009.


Belinda BernBelinda Bern

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Belinda has over 10 years’ experience at UQ and has a background in education and research management. In her role as Director of the Graduate School she oversees and manages the development and delivery of research student services and processes for The University of Queensland.

Prior to joining the Graduate School, Belinda was the Research Manager for the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology at UQ. Her strong communication and project management skills enabled her to achieve successful outcomes for the Faculty in the areas of research and research training. Previously Belinda has also worked in academic programs management and educational development roles and started her career as a secondary mathematics teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Master of Educational Studies (Leadership).

In the Graduate School, Belinda is working to further enhance UQ’s reputation for quality and excellence in research training through the development and delivery of key strategic initiatives.

Deputy Director (HDR Governance)

Dr Daniel Walker

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Senior Manager (HDR Development)

Kate Swanson

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Business Analyst

Sam Ferguson

+61 7 3346 0514


Higher Degree by Research Programs & Agreements Coordinator

Dr Jenny Horn

 +61 7 3365 3477


Project Officer

Marie Morcom