Department Representatives

Department Representatives are UCU members who have volunteered to be a link between the Branch Committee and members located in particular parts of the university. In such a large organisation they play an important role on behalf of the union.  There is no ‘job spec’ for Department Representatives – some are happy to offer help and advice, others are happy to point members with a query in the right direction.

If you work in an area with a Department Representative (see below) you may want to approach them in the first instance if you have a query. If they can’t help, they will be able to direct you to someone who can.  If you would rather talk to a committee member or an officer then please email:

Agriculture & Environmental ScienceCyril Rauch
American and Canadian StudiesCatherine Rottenberg
Archaeology & ClassicsHelen Lovatt
Architecture and the Built EnvironmentPeter Rutherford
Bio SciencesSofie Sjögersten 
Business SchoolGertjan Lucas
ChemistryOscar Siles-Brügge
Chemical & Environmental Engineering Jon Tew
Civil EngineeringLuke Prendergast
Computer ScienceStuart Reeve
Cultural, Media & Visual StudiesTing Chang
Digital and Technical ServicesAndrew Armstrong
EconomicsMarta Aloi, Cecilia Testa, Silvia Sonderegger
Education (inc. CELE) Anne Emerson
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Engineering ResearchAdam Thompson
Financial & Business ServicesLiz Clunie
Foundation Engineering & Physical SciencesRob Howe
FrenchMelanie Bhend
GeographyNick Clare
German StudiesMelanie Bhend
Health SciencesElla Guerin
HistoryDean Blackburn
Language Centre Melanie Bhend
LawAgnes Flues
LibrariesTony Simmonds
Life SciencesTom Reader, Andrew Renault
Mathematical SciencesDavid Sirl, Gary Miriams, Alan Barker
Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing EngineeringAdam Thompson
MedicineAndrew Jackson, Ian Spendlove, Emma Wilson
Nottingham University Business SchoolTom Coogan, Gertjan Lucas
Pharmacy Charlie Laughton, Shailesh Mistry
PhilosophyJoseph Kisolo-Ssonko, Karl Egerton
Physics and AstronomyAntonio Padilla
Politics and International RelationsMichaela Collord, Catherine Gegout
PsychologyCharlotte Bonardi
Russian and Slavonic Studies Melanie Bhend
Sociology and Social PolicyEsther Bott, Will Paterson, Alessio D’Angelo
Spanish, Portugese and Latin American StudiesAdam Sharman
Student Services, Campus Life and Careers & EmployabilityLisa Rull
Theology & Religious Studies
Veterinary Medicine and ScienceCyril Rauch

If the area you work is is not listed below, it is because we do not have a Department Representative for your area. Perhaps you might be willing to take it on?  The role does not need to be onerous, and there is always help available. 
If you’d like to discuss being a rep informally then email us at and someone will be in touch.