About the Team
The UKCGE has a small dedicated team
Dr Owen GowerDirector, UK Council for Graduate Education
Owen is the Director of the UK Council for Graduate Education, where he leads the Council’s advocacy on a range of issues in postgraduate affairs, most recently in relation to widening participation. Owen has a background in engaging academic research in public policy, having previously worked as Programme Director for an educational charity, where he sought to build interdisciplinary collaborations on a range of social policy issues.
A keen advocate of partnerships between academia and the voluntary sector, he has managed a series of fixed term post-doctoral positions in the voluntary sector, developed a doctoral placement scheme, and served as a collaborative supervisor for a PhD studentship. Owen has a PhD in Philosophy, has published in his field and co-edited a book for Ashgate, and has taught at Birkbeck, KCL, and Royal Holloway. He is a member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Angus BurnsEvents Officer, UK Council for Graduate Education
Angus has been with the Council since October 2006. In his time as Events Officer he has managed more than 150 Workshops and Conferences, on a wide range of different subjects and topics. He has played a key role in the development of some of the Council’s biggest projects including the Postgraduate Researcher Symposium, the UKCGE-Ireland Colloquium and the International Conference on Professional Doctorates.
Prior to joining UKCGE Angus worked at the University of Warwick in the Centre for Student Development & Enterprise and also the Mercia Institute of Enterprise. During this time he was involved in the running of the Bizcom and EnterpriseFest student enterprise events. He has also worked as an Examinations Officer at Aston University.
Angus has an MSc in IT in Business from the University of Lincoln (2005) and a BA (Hons) in Film and Television Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2001).
Kate PayneAdministrative Officer, UK Council for Graduate Education
Prior to joining UKCGE, Kate worked as a Project Coordinator for the Government Property Group in Sydney. She has also worked for the Birmingham Playing for Success Education Centres at Aston Villa FC, Birmingham City FC & Moseley RC as an Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator. Kate enjoys sailing, camping and hiking.
Dr Annette RuberyCommunications Officer, UK Council for Graduate Education
Annette is Communications Officer at the UK Council for Graduate Education, where she manages and develops newsletters, press releases, blog posts and social media content. She has previously worked in marketing and communications roles at Aston University and the University of Warwick, and, before that, as an arts editor on Metro newspaper.
She has a PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Warwick and has worked for many years as an independent scholar in the field of theatre history. She has published occasional papers for Routledge and others, along with a trade book on Lichfield’s history.
In her spare time Annette volunteers on the editorial board of the Samuel Johnson Society of Lichfield’s annual publication, Transactions. She is also a member of the Women’s Studies Group 1558–1837 and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.