Sam Hopkins

Sam HopkinsOrganisation

University of Surrey

Job Title

Researcher Development Officer


Sam joined the Researcher Development Programme at the University of Surrey in 2011. She has designed a range of training and support activities for researchers at PGR and postdoctoral level. Sam now leads on the mentoring programmes. The mentoring programmes cover four main transition points in the academic career. The first is mentoring for final year undergraduates thinking about moving into academia, the second is for new PhD students, the third for early career researchers making the move toward funding or a permanent academic position and the final transition is out of academia and into other areas of work.
Sam studied BSc Zoology in the UK and then completed her MSc and PhD in South Africa. Following completion of her doctorate, she held positions as a Tutor and then a Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape. She then continued her post-doctoral research career in biological sciences at the University of Surrey and spent a short time at the Zoological Society of London creating a course for fellows on the EDGE Programme. Sam is now applying these experiences to her role in the RDP team.