The Research and Research Degrees Committee oversees the development and implementation of University policy on research degrees and ensures that  the  standards  of  research  degrees  are maintained.  It considers matters relating  to  the  development  of  programmes  of  study  for  research, research supervision, and examination arrangements for research degrees. It also advises the  Vice-Chancellor  and  the  Director  of  Academic  Programmes  and  Research  on research matters including research strategy and research ethics; and establishes and monitors ethical standards of practice in research.   The full scope of its responsibilities is summarised in the Terms of Reference of the Research and Research Degrees Committee.
  • Dr Keith Bensusan (Chair)

    Research Fellow

    Dr Keith Bensusan joins the Academic Board as Chair of the Research and Research Degrees Committee. He has been working at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens since 2007 and became its Director in 2011.  His background is in the biological sciences and he has a broad knowledge of terrestrial natural history, most notably plants, insects and birds.  His PhD, which he obtained from the University of Leeds, is in avian ecology.

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  • Professor Catherine Bachleda

    Vice-Chancellor

    Professor Catherine Bachleda is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar. She has over a decade of experience working in the tertiary environment, underpinned by almost 25 years of experience in the service industries of health, law, and education. Over the course of her career she has held leadership positions that include: Chief Executive Officer of an accredited corporation providing executive and continuing education; Director of a small corporate law firm; Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs at an accredited American Liberal Arts University located in Morocco and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gibraltar. In these roles, she has provided leadership in strategic planning, quality assurance, staff performance management and development, programme design and implementation, resource allocation and statutory compliance. She also possesses extensive experience in establishing accreditation compliant processes and in business development.

    Catherine holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Juris Doctor, and a Master of Business Administration. She has worked in academia and/or industry in North Africa, the Middle East, the USA, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her main research interests lie in the fields of consumer behaviour and services marketing. She was awarded Outstanding Paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

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  • Dr Jennifer Ballantine Perera

    Research Fellow

    Dr Jennifer Ballantine Perera is the Director of the University of Gibraltar’s Institute for Gibraltar and Mediterranean Studies and is based at the Gibraltar Garrison Library. Jennifer holds a PhD in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent and was the Research Associate on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project ‘Gibraltar Community and Identity’ (2003 – 2006).

    With Professor Andrew Canessa, University of Essex, she is the recipient of a major award from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), for their project ‘Bordering on Britishness: An Oral History of Gibraltar in the 20th Century’ which started in September 2013.

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  • Dr Hocein Bazairi

    Research and Research Degrees Committee Member

    Hocein Bazairi is a tenured Professor at the Mohammed V University of Rabat (Morocco), with a PhD in Biological Oceanography. His main research and teaching are focused on marine and coastal ecosystems (biodiversity, functioning, Ecological Quality status, Environmental Impact Evaluation, Conservation, etc.) and currently on Marine and Coastal Protected Areas.

    He is an expert on these topics for many national and international institutions (HCEFLCD-Morocco, PNUE-MAP-RAC/SPA-Tunisia, Conservatoire du Littoral-France, etc.). He has been involved in several national and international funded projects as an expert (MedWet, MECO, MEDCORE, WADI, MedMPA, CAMP Morocco, PEGASO, etc.) or as a national coordinator (MedMPAnet, MedKeyHabitats, etc.). He has contributed to more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and two collective books.

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  • Dr Joseph Britto

    Research Fellow

    Dr Joseph Britto studied English Literature and Education at what is now St Mary’s University and obtained his doctorate in Education at the University of Sheffield in 2007. He has taught in the secondary and primary sectors in Gibraltar and was appointed Director of Education in 2012. From 2016 to 2018 he was seconded and temporarily promoted to the post of Senior Administrator in the Office of the Chief Secretary to support and assist in matters pertaining to the day-to-day running of the Civil Service, Agencies, Authorities and government-owned companies. Following his retirement in 2018, he was engaged by the Chief Secretary’s Office in an advisory capacity, chiefly on Special Projects relating to development and Service improvement. He also sits as a member of the Law Commission, currently tasked with reviewing Gibraltar’s criminal sentencing law, and is a member of the Drugs Advisory Council.

    Dr Britto was a founder member of the Board of Governors of the University of Gibraltar and has been involved with the University project since before its physical inception. He is the Director of the University’s Institute of Education, a member of the New Technologies in Education key advisory group, is involved in PhD supervision, and is an Associate Researcher at the University of Gibraltar. He takes a keen interest in all matters relating to English literature and language, radio communications and information technology; he is a licensed Amateur Radio enthusiast (ZB2ZX) and is an avid reader.

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  • Professor Zsolt Demetrovics

    Chair of Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming

    Zsolt has joined the University of Gibraltar in 2021 as chair of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming. He is psychologist and cultural anthropologist receiving his MA degrees at the ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary in 1998. He received his PhD in clinical and health psychology (addictive behaviors) at the same university, while he also became licensed clinical psychologist (Semmelweis University, 2005) and applied health psychologist (University of Szeged, 2016).

     

     

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  • Professor Julia Elizabeth Fa

    Research Fellow

    Julia was born and educated in Gibraltar. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Wales, and has a D.Phil. in Animal Ecology from the University of Oxford.

    After completing her D.Phil., Julia spent until 1990 working at the Mexican National University, Mexico City, and as an environmental expert in the Gibraltar Government until 1993. She then held various positions of responsibility at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey until December 2013.

    Julia is Professor of Biodiversity and Human Development at Manchester Metropolitan University and Senior Associate at the Center for International Forestry Research in Bogor, Indonesia. Julia is also a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Malaga, Spain.

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  • Dr Darren Fa

    Director of Academic Programmes & Research

    After obtaining a first-class honours degree in Education with QTS in 1990, Darren taught for ten years during which he read for and completed his PhD in Biological Oceanography at the University of Southampton. He then moved to the Gibraltar Museum in 1999 during which time he also read for a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. Darren was then chosen to be seconded as part of the team that developed and implemented the roadmap for the creation of the University of Gibraltar, eventually joining its team as Director of Academic Programmes and Research in 2014.

    As well as authoring several popular books, Darren has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters mainly on ecological and archaeological subjects, and has been principal investigator on a number of EU and EFCHED funded projects, several of which received international awards. His primary research areas are in marine species ecology and conservation, palaeoecology, and human evolution and behaviour, especially the relationship between people and the sea in the past.
    He is responsible for all the academic research that takes place under the aegis of the University, and is a member of the University’s Research and Research Degrees Committee as well as its Academic Board. He is also directly responsible for the development and delivery of a number of its academic programmes, having personally written the specifications for the MSc in Marine Science and Climate Change and the University’s flagship PhD programme.

    Amongst other things, Darren is a member of HMGoG’s statutory Nature Conservancy Council, Climate Change Committee and Scientific Diving Committee, as well as member of the UNESCO WHS Gorham’s Cave Complex Action Forum. He is an appointed mentor on the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort and European Commission Expert on Environment and Higher Education. He is a registered Scientific Diver, a Chartered Biologist by the Royal Society of Biology and Elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. He is married with three daughters and somehow finds time to dive, ride and play music when he can.”

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  • Professor Clive Finlayson

    Beacon Professor

    Professor Finlayson is the Director of the University of Gibraltar’s Institute of Life and Earth Sciences and is based at the Gibraltar National Museum, where he is Director, Chief Scientist and Curator. Clive has a first class Honours Degree in Zoology from the University of Liverpool and was awarded a doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Oxford in 1980. In 1991 he completed his MSc in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.

    He was appointed a Beacon Professor of the University of Gibraltar in 2019.

    Clive is an evolutionary ecologist and his main areas of research are the biogeography of hominins, avian biogeography and evolutionary ecology. In 2001 Clive was made Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and in 2003 he was awarded MBE in HM the Queen’s New Year Honours. He was elected a Member at the Academia Europaea in 2010. Clive has worked as a consultant for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris.

    Clive has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has written a number of books, including Neanderthals and Modern Humans (Cambridge University Press), The Humans who went Extinct, the Improbable Primate (Oxford University Press) and Birds of the Strait of Gibraltar and Avian Survivors (Bloomsbury).

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  • Dr Daniel Goyal

    Research Associate & Clinical Lecturer

    Dr Goyal qualified in medicine from Aberdeen Medical School, UK. He then received training in both medicine and psychiatry, and completed a PhD in neurosciences. He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians. And a Member of the British Association of Neuropsychiatry.

    Academically, Dr Goyal was a Principal Investigator at University for Manchester for 5 years, where he led three clinical studies, was a PhD supervisor and Masters supervisor. He moved to General Internal Medicine at Oxford University Hospital where he also lectured on the Oxford University Medical School undergraduate course. Dr Goyal is currently a Consultant in Internal Medicine in Lorn and Islands Hospital in Scotland, and a Research Associate and Clinical Lecturer at the University of Gibraltar. His research interests are focused on Health Systems with a current focus on clinical care in COVID-19.

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  • Dr Malcolm MacLean

    Senior Research Associate

    Dr Malcolm MacLean has nearly 30 years’ experience in higher education in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, as well as working for as time as an historian supporting policy development in the New Zealand government. Most recently he has been Reader in School of Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire, acting as research degrees lead in several Schools. He has recently stepped down after 12 years as Chair of the University’s research ethics committee, and lead for research integrity. He was previously the University’s Associate Dean Quality and Standards.

    An historian by training with degrees in anthropology and sociology, his research deals with social movements, international coercive policy instruments including cultural boycotts and sanctions and post- and de-colonial cultures. He is a former Chair of the British Society for Sports History and holds leadership posts in sports history scholarly societies in North America and internationally. He has expertise in qualitative research design, research ethics and integrity.

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  • Dr Liesl Mesilio

    Research and Research Degrees Committee Member

    Liesl Mesilio is a geography graduate of the University of Reading, and read for her masters degree in Environmental Technology followed by her PhD in Environmental Geochemistry at Imperial College. Her thesis, for which she carried out the first inorganic geochemical baseline survey of soils in Gibraltar, subsequently formed the basis for contaminated land policy and management in Gibraltar.

    She is a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Environmentalist who has twenty years’ work experience in an array of fields within the portfolio of environmental management. As an environmental consultant, she worked on contaminated land, environmental risk monitoring and sustainable development projects before joining HM Government of Gibraltar at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change. As Chief Scientist her mandate at the Department spans effective environmental protection, addressing the threat of climate change, protecting and enhancing the natural environment, developing sustainable waste management practices, and promoting energy efficiency and sustainable energy generation. She has drafted various environmental instruments both in the form of primary and secondary legislation. She also works with EU working groups on marine policy, habitats, waste and renewable energy and with the Environment Ministers Council of the UK Overseas Territories on the adoption of international environmental instruments.

     

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  • Professor Derek Santos

    Research Associate

    Derek Santos is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Health Sciences at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He has recently been appointed as Research Associate at the University of Gibraltar. His research interests include Podiatry.

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