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PhD Academy team

Linda Mulcahy

Linda Mulcahy

Director, LSE ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and PhD Academy
+44 (0)20 7955 7268

I am a Professor in the Law Department at LSE and have degrees in Law, Sociology and Art History. My research focuses on the dynamics of disputes and representations of justice. It has been supported by a number of external grants and I am currently in receipt of research funding from the AHRC and Leverhulme Trust. I am a former Chair of the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. My research has a strong inter-disciplinary flavour and I am an editor of the International Journal of Social and Legal Studies. As Director of the PhD Academy I take responsibility for strategic development, liaising with funders and research users, and overseeing all the activity of the Academy.

See further: Linda Mulcahy, Department of Law 




Marcus Cerny

Deputy Director, PhD Academy
+44(0)20 7955 6766

I joined the LSE PhD Academy in 2016 having worked in Higher Education for over 20 years at UCL, Imperial College and SOAS, including 14 years in HE management. Most recently I was responsible for postgraduate research support at SOAS, where I was involved in the establishment and running of the SOAS Doctoral School.   

I support the Director in the strategic development of the PhD Academy with responsibility for the effective operational management of Academy activity. I look forward to working with students and colleagues throughout the School as we aim to provide the best graduate school experience for doctoral students and to support postgraduate research provision across LSE.  



Sarabajaya Kumar

Sarabajaya Kumar

Academic and Professional Development Adviser to doctoral students
+44 (0)20 7955 6079

I am a social scientist with post-graduate degrees in Management and Public Policy. I am research active in my field and hold a Fellowship in the Voluntary Sector and Civil Society in UCL’s School of Public Policy. A European accredited coach and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), I have held my post as Academic and Professional Development Adviser to PhD and post-doctoral researchers at LSE since 2010. I am a member of the Russell Group’s Special Interest Group on Researchers and Vitae’s National Steering Group on CROS and PIRLS. I have a strong commitment to social justice and am politically active in civil society, serving as Vice-Chair of an inner-city, state school governing body and Vice-Chair of Trustees of FutureFirst Global. I also advise several national and international not for profit organisations, and mentor young social entrepreneurs. As the Academic and Professional Development Adviser (PhD and post-doctoral Researchers) I am responsible for the academic and professional development of all LSE PhD students and research staff. I direct the Academic and Professional Development Programme, offer one to one advice and coach researchers in relation to writing, PhD completion and preparing for their viva.



Matt Brack

Matthew Brack

PhD Academy Assistant Director
+44(0)20 7955 7153

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry in 1993. I joined LSE in 1997 and have been Deputy Manager of the Research Degrees Unit since its inception in June 2005. As Deputy Manager I advise staff and students on all aspects of research degree procedures and regulations, which includes the MPhil/PhD examination process and registration. I also compile statistics and data for internal and external purposes, for instance the School's submission and completion rates, REF student data and ESRC/AHRC submission rate surveys. I am also the Secretary of the Research Degrees Subcommittee.



Kirsty Rawlings

Kirsty Rawlings

PhD Academy Officer
+44(0)20 7955 6607

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in History in 1993. I joined LSE in 2014 as Senior Administrator to the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) having previous worked in the voluntary, education and public sectors in administration and contract compliance. As Senior Administrator I support the DTC Director and DTC Management Committee in all areas of DTC-related activity at the School. This includes communication of DTC activity and opportunities to DTC cohorts, student representatives, academic staff, academic support staff and with staff from the other London DTCs. I also liaise with the ESRC to co-ordinate compliance with their reporting requests.



Loraine Evans

Loraine Evans

PhD Academy Officer
+44(0)20 7955 7761

I graduated, as a mature student, with a BA (Hons) in English in 2005 and joined LSE in 2011 from the London Business School. I spent a year with the Department of Mathematics as their Research Administrator and have been with the Research Degrees Unit since April 2012. As Research Degrees Officer, my main area of responsibility is the MPhil/PhD examination process. Alongside this I am responsible for processing all changes in registration status, including requests to undertake fieldwork and any periods of interruption. I also act as Secretary to the Research Students Consultative Forum.



Faith Corby

PhD Academy Administrative Assistant (Temporary)

+44(0)20 7955 6257