Fiona Knight

Dr Fiona Knight

  • 01202 965902
  • fknight at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Head of Doctoral College
  • Sir Michael Cobham Library DLG08, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr Fiona Knight has a PhD in Mineralogy & Geochemistry from Cardiff University. At Bournemouth University, she is Head of the Doctoral College and is responsible for the University’s portfolio of postgraduate research degrees. Fiona joined BU in 2003 to establish the Graduate School and also spent time working in the Research Development and Support Office.

Fiona previously worked at Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and has also worked for various petroleum companies (including BP).

Fiona’s current research interests include postgraduate student mental health and well-being; the evaluation of postgraduate student learning; supervisory development & practice. Fiona is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Journal Articles



  • Knight, F. and Taylor, J., 2023. The Doctoral College role in ensuring research degree supervision excellence. In: 2023 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting: Engaged research – the role of communication in doctoral education 14-16 June 2023 Lahti, Finland.
  • Stewart, N., Knight, F. and Taylor, J., 2022. Building meaningful postgraduate research communities and the role of the Doctoral College. In: UKCGE International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training 5-8 April 2022 Online.
  • Stewart, N., Taylor, J. and Knight, F., 2020. Preparing for the next phase: Transitional support for postgraduate research students [online]. In: UK Council for Graduate Education Annual Conference 29 June-3 July 2020 Online.
  • Stewart, N., Cutler, C., Knight, F. and Taylor, J., 2018. The challenges of developing and supporting a strong research community and culture in a postgraduate research context. In: UK Council for Graduate Education.


PhD Students

  • Chloe Casey. Promoting mental health & wellbeing to build the resilience, capability and capacity of PGRs

Internal Responsibilities

  • Committee Member, Research Performance and Management Committee
  • Committee Member, University Research & Professional Practice Committee
  • Committee Member, Faculty of Science and Technology Research Degrees Committee
  • Committee Member, Faculty of Health & Social Science Research Degrees Committee
  • Secretary, Research Degree Committee
  • Programme Leader / Facilitator, Supervisory Development Training (Established Supervisors)
  • Programme Leader / Facilitator, Supervisory Development Training (New Supervisors)


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in Learning and teaching in higher education (HEA in Teaching in Higher Education (Advance HE), 2019)
  • PhD in Geochemistry & Mineralogy (Cardiff University, 2000)
  • MSc in Mining Geology (University of Exeter : Camborne School of Mines, 1995)
  • BSc (Hons) in Geology (University of Gloucestershire, 1993)


  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2017-),
  • Association of Research Managers and Administrators (UK), Member (2008-),
  • UK Council for Graduate Education, Member (2004-),