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Rebekah Smith McGloin

Director of Doctoral School and Research Operations

Doctoral School and Research Operations Dept.


Responsible for

  • Doctoral School
  • Research Operations

Career overview

Rebekah joined NTU in January 2020. Prior to this, she was Director of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development at Coventry University.  She has also worked in doctoral education at University of Nottingham where she completed her PhD in 2005.  Rebekah has a strong interest in transformational change and growth in research and expertise in researcher capability development and research capacity building.  She is committed to creating strong, diverse and inclusive doctoral communities.  She has an extensive track record in doctoral training, in particular in the configuration, set-up and delivery of regional, national and international doctoral training programmes.

Research areas

Rebekah's research interests focus on structures that support doctoral education, equality, diversity and inclusion, doctoral experience, researcher mobility, doctoral supervision, policy and practice in doctoral education.

External activity

Rebekah has a national profile for policy work in the field of doctoral education which is maintained through her position on the UK Council for Graduate Education Executive Committee.   She is a member of the UKRI-BBSRC Bioscience Skills and Careers Strategy Panel and is a frequent reviewer for UKRI, acting as deputy chair on a number of panels.  She is also a peer reviewer for the European HR Excellence in Research Award and was an expert panel review member for the UK Concordat for Researchers (2019).   She is an experienced external reviewer of university doctoral provision.

Rebekah has worked in partnership with collaborators on projects in Australia, Singapore, India, South Africa, Oman, Chile and across Europe.


Smith McGloin R. The implications of doctoral mobility for doctoral programme design and supervision. In: Bitzer E, Nerad M, and Frick L, editors. The Global Scholar: Implications for Postgraduate Studies and Supervision. Cape Town: African Sun Media; 2020.  Forthcoming December.

Smith McGloin R. Doctoral Education and the Impact Gap:  What we can learn from “Prof Docs” and why it matters for early-career researchers. In: Fenby-Hulse K, Heywood E and Walker K, editors. Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher Lived Experiences, New Perspectives. Abingdon:Routledge; 2019.  ISBN:  978-1-138562-073

Smith McGloin R. Reconceptualising the supervisory role: border-crossings and bounded spaces.  In: Bitzer E, Frick L, Fourie-Malherbe M and Pyhältö K, editors. Spaces, Journeys and New Horizons for Postgraduate Supervision. Cape Town: African Sun Media; 2018.  ISBN: 978-1-928357-803

Bitusikova, A., Johnston L., Lehmann, B, Smith McGloin, R. and Zinner L, editors. Structuring Doctoral Education (special edition) Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung. 12: 2; 2017

Smith McGloin R. 'Who Shares Wins: A new model in doctoral training’, Vitae International Conference in Researcher Development:  Occasional Papers, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-906774-61-5

Smith McGloin R. and Wynne C. Structural Changes in Doctoral Education in the UK: A review of Graduate Schools and the developments of Doctoral Colleges.  Lichfield:  UKCGE; 2015. ISBN: 978-0-9928799-1-4

Smith McGloin R. ‘Doctoral Training Partnerships:  An early review of the postgraduate researcher experience’, Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education (ELEHE) Volume 5, Number 1 2013. ISSN: 2041-3122

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