The Postgraduate Community

The postgraduate community within the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture covers a broad range of subjects, and provides ample oppertunity for students to engage in interdisciplinary study with their peers. On the following pages you can find a list of all of our current PGR students, alongside some information on their current research, and further details on the support structures and staff that help make studying within the school a positive experience.

If you are considering studying with us but are yet to apply, then more information on the programmes that are availbale within the school and how to apply for them can be found on our Degree Programmes page.


Postgraduate Student Representatives

One of the primary contacts for all postgraduate students is their postgraduate student representative. Our postgraduate students reps are here to listen to current students, represent students at school meetings, help support the postgraduate comunity thorugh stewardship of the postgraduate forum and liase with key members of staff to help address any concerns if they are raised. If you are a postgraduate student and have anything that you'd like discussed, please contact one of the representatives below.


Clarisa Novello

I am a Doctoral Researcher at the German department. My work focuses on contemporary authors, who engage with the theme of climate change in their novels. I explore the interconnections of gender roles, of capitalism and of sci-fi with the theme of anthropogenic climate change.


I hold a Master’s degree in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Arcavacata (Italy).


For the second year in a row, I hold the role of PG Rep at LLMVC. As one of two representatives for PhD students in our school, I have the opportunity to give students a voice in the graduate school, the university, and in the general public. Furthermore, I take part in the postgraduate committee representing the interests of all PhD students within the school of LLMVC.


Together with Maxwell Donaldson, we aim to build a supportive community within our school and to achieve social change on campus and beyond. We both host the PG forum every month: a space that allows Postgraduate students to socialise, improve their academic communicative skills and build networks and friendships that will go beyond their university career.

Maxwell Donaldson

Hi, folks! I’m Maxwell, one of the LLMVC PG co-reps. I am Scottish-Italian-Belgian, though I speak little Italian, and grew up in Luxembourg – I’m European. After finishing an undergraduate degree here at the University of Aberdeen I decided to stay and pursue a PhD in English. I am exploring the impact of The New Yorker magazine’s fiction editing in post-WWII American fiction. I spend most of my free time overcommitting myself to various roles around the university, or otherwise swimming with AUSWPC.

As a PG co-rep, it is my shared responsibility to represent your views and voice your concerns to various university bodies, such as the LLMVC PG Committee or the Postgraduate Research School. Another key responsibility that I share with my fellow co-rep, Clarisa, is overseeing and organising the LLMVC PG Forum. Beyond this, if you have any concerns, questions, or if you just fancy a chat, please don’t hesitate to email me (see below). Otherwise just drop by my office (Taylor C03) – I’m always happy to procrastinate over coffee.