Hello from Dr Helen Frisby



Hello everyone,

My name is Dr Helen Frisby, and I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed to look after Paul’s Researcher Development Manager role for the next few months whilst he covers our Graduate School Manager’s job.

Readers from the UWE Faculty of Business & Law might well recognise my name, because for the last four and a bit years I’ve been supporting their PhD programmes here at UWE – as Senior Research Administrator within the Faculty, then since 2012 as Graduate School Officer.

Meanwhile my academic journey has taken me from a first degree in Theology through to Social History: my PhD (Leeds, 2009) being on Victorian funerals. Since then I’ve continued to write and speak on this topic all over the UK and Europe – recent destinations including Transylvania and Vienna. I’m also an Associate Lecturer in History at UWE, and a Part Time Teaching Fellow in the Department of Social & Policy Science at the University of Bath where I teach on the UK’s only degree-level Funeral Directing programme. Other current projects include some collaborative oral history research into the practice and social/cultural significance of gravedigging. So, I guess I’m going to be kind of busy …

Anyway! That’s quite enough for now, except just to say how excited I am about this super opportunity to get out and about, work with and learn from you all over the next few months, and that I very much look forward to meeting you in person soon,


All the best,


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