Postgraduate Research Students' Officer

Postgraduate Research Students' Officer 2020/21 – Leah Napier

RUSU Postgraduate Research Officer 2020/21

Postgraduate Research Officer
Leah Napier

About me

Hi, I’m Leah, and I am a PhD student who also studied here for my undergrad in Biological Sciences. I’ll be your Postgraduate Research Officer for the 2020/21 academic year.

In this role I will be in my second year of study in my Biomedicine PhD studying cancer neuroscience. I am also a graduate teaching assistant so I do some teaching (odd as I only graduated from this university last year!).

What do you hope to achieve in this role?

I want to make more of a research student community, one that is diverse and celebrates all international and home students. The graduate school and DocSoc already do well to organise events and competitions that are inclusive, but within my school I see practices that could be extended to promote participation by all.

Why did you run for the role?

I really enjoyed being a course rep during all 3 years of my undergrad, I gained many friends within the school and RUSU. The professional relationships I built with staff led to more opportunities, including my PhD! I have learnt during this election that the research students from science and those from humanities do not have many chances to mix and it was difficult to reach out to the humanities students.

What are some of your hobbies/pastimes?

I really enjoy macro photography, I got into this during university so I could get to know campus in a whole new way. My favourite book at the moment is 'we should all be feminists' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as the book suggests I think everyone should read it.

Fast Facts!

  • I have dyed my hair every colour (not all at once)
  • I am vegetarian (trying to be vegan but the cheese is so hard to give up)
  • I'm a cancer biologist with the star sign cancer!

You can get in touch with Leah via her email,, or via her Facebook page.


RUSU have created student-run, peer-support networks for you. This is your opportunity to meet other students from similar backgrounds, share common experiences and receive advice and support from each other. RUSU’s Postgraduate Research Students' Officer will be running a peer-support network for mature students. You can find out when and where the next meeting is at the Student Networks page.