Dr Robin Humphrey

Dr Robin Humphrey


Newcastle University

Job title

Reader and Director of Postgraduate Research Training Programme




Dr. Robin Humphrey is a Reader, and Director of Postgraduate Research Training in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at Newcastle University. He has published widely on doctoral pedagogy and policy, and was a key participant in the European University Association’s Doctoral Programmes Project, which framed work on the third ‘Doctoral' cycle of the Bolonga process in Europe. He co-led a successful collaborative bid to the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, with Durham University, for a North East Doctoral Training Centre in the social sciences, which is transforming doctoral research training in the North East of England.

In 2011, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the UK Higher Education Academy for his contribution to interdisciplinary doctoral research training. He has supervised 15 doctoral researchers to completion, and has given key note speeches in many parts of the world on researcher skills development and interdisciplinarity. Robin believes the main achievement of his career, however, is to have nurtured an inclusive, participatory learning environment at Newcastle where doctoral candidates from all over the world can foster interdisciplinary awareness and develop themselves into professional researchers.