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About Us

Founded and run by postgraduate students, e-pisteme aims to foster key skills embedded in academic research and to enhance employability through the development of transferable skills among the postgraduate community in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University. To help meet this aim, members of the Editorial Board conduct training workshops on peer-reviewing throughout the year. To learn more about who we are, and what we do, please read below. To find out more or to join e-pisteme, please contact us through the form located on our contact sheet.

Board Members


Kevin McManus, General Editor

Born and bred in North Yorkshire, I moved to Newcastle to research my PhD in linguistics after completing my first and second degrees at Aston University. I am a second-year PhD student in the School of Modern Languages with a focus on semantics and language acquisition. My research is situated within a generative framework on the acquisition of aspect.

Katherine Botterill, Editor

I am a first year PhD student in Human Geography studying transnational migrant networks in the EU. I am looking at the Polish experience of migration to the UK and the networks that exist across national borders to improve social mobility for migrants.

Kachi Ozumba, Editor

Kachi Ozumba is pursuing a research degree in Literature/Creative Writing. He is a winner of the Arts Council England's Decibel Penguin Short Story Prize, and his stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and appeared in many journals and anthologies. His debut novel, The Shadow of a Smile, will be published in September 2009 (

Olcay Sert, Editor

Born in Bursa, Turkey, I moved to Newcastle for my PhD in Educational and Applied Linguistics following my B.A degree (English Linguistics) and M.A degree (ELT) at Hacettepe University. I am in the second-year of my PhD in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. The focus of my PhD research is on language classroom interaction from a Conversation Analytic framework. I am also interested in identity, intercultural communication, and language teacher education. I am an Associate editor of Novitas-ROYAL.

Chaditsa Poulatova, Editor


Lucy Pearson, Editor

Malach Effron, Editor

Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu, Editor

Niveen Kassem, Editor

Riaz Ahmed Islam, Editor

James Robinson, Peer-review Co-ordinator

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