Institute of Genetics and Cancer

Business support

Professional services, including Design and Communications, Finance, Human Resources and Studentships support.


The Administration Team provides a variety of support services to staff and students across the Institute, including:

  • Visiting staff registration
  • Honorary status applications

Administration enquiries can be sent to:


Design and Communications

In-house expertise, training and facilities enable researchers and students to communicate and engage diverse audiences with their research, whether through scientific illustration, photography, print materials, online content or face-to-face engagement.

An open-access workstation facility in the Design Studio provides all researchers with access to Adobe software and an on-hand graphics expert to assist with troubleshooting queries/skill expansion.


Craig Nicol Design & Publication Specialist, Photographer
Connor Warnock

Design, Publication & Digital Media Assistant

Cherry Ferrier Communications Manager
Dee Davison Public Engagement Manager

Media/press relations are facilitated by a team of University of Edinburgh, MRC and CR-UK Press Officers. Initial enquiries should be sent to



The Finance Team provides support to staff and postgraduate students across the Institute on all matters relating to the financial management of research grants and other budgets. Members of the team should always be the first point of contact for staff wishing advice on any finance-related issues.


Graeme Patterson

Finance Manager

David Salvona Finance Officer
Magdalena Zielinska Finance Administrator
Marta Mishra Finance Assistant

Finance enquiries can be sent to:


Human Resources

The Human Resources Team provides advice, guidance and support for employees at all levels across the Institute. They operate an open door policy and a member of the team will always be available during working hours for advice on matters relating to or affecting employment.   


Poppy Kemp HR Partner
Gemma Stevenson Support Services ( Admin / HR) Team Lead
Aimee Donald HR Administrator
Erin McDougall

HR Administration Assistant

HR enquiries can be sent to: 



The IT Group provides a range of services that help underpin and support the Business, Administrative, Teaching & Learning, and Research activities within the Institute.

Many of these services are provided in partnership with the University of Edinburgh’s Information Services Group.

These services include:

  • EDDIE3 - The High Performance Compute Cluster for processing and analysis of Research Data
  • RDM DataStore - The Bulk Data Storage Platform for secure storage of personal and group data
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) for secured physical and virtual computer server hosting
  • Software as a Service (SAAS) for providing software and data management systems within private cloud based solutions
  • Support partnerships for the hosting, configuration and maintenance of data acquisitions devices primarily used within Scientific Research Laboratories
  • Provision of SQL based Database Systems
  • Provision, configuration and support of a Secure Data Network
  • Delivery of Institute initiatives such as the CloudPrinting and VOIP telephony systems
  • Advice and procurement assistance for desktop and mobile computing devices
  • Provision and support of Meeting Spaces and their AV and Conferencing solutions.

The IT Team also work in partnership with Information Services to provide a second line User Support Service. This can be access via emailing, calling 0131 651-5151 or by using the self-service portal.

Consultations are available to individual researchers and groups with regard to your computing requirements.


Kenny Burn

IT Manager

John Ireland Senior Systems Architect
Ewan McDowall Computing Officer
Stephen Cass Computing Officer
Andrew Comrie Computing Officer
Brian Wallace Computing Officer

For more information on the services provided within the group, please contact:

Staff can also access more information on the Institute intranet.


Studentship Support

The Institute provides an outstanding training environment, with a well-established Graduate Research & Training team supporting both the student and student supervisor experience.


Ian Adams

Director of Institute of Genetics and Cancer Graduate Research and Training

Pauline McDonald Postgraduate Administrator

Alana Johnson

Postgraduate Assistant

Graduate Research & Training enquiries can be sent to:

Further information: Study with us