Academic Advisers

Students often struggle to access the academic support that caters to their needs. Whether you are struggling with English speaking and writing skills, academic writing, have questions related to a concept or theory you are struggling to understand, or need a second opinion on your work. GradMinds provides you with a list of trusted lecturers, known for providing a friendly service to students with several years of experience in teaching and research in Higher Education. They can offer you tailored one-to-one assistance to enhance your academic journey and help you reach your potential. Please note, lecturers will not write your essay for you, but can support you to build the skills and expertise to excel in your chosen course through meetings online via video or phone calls or emails. Browse through our recommended lecturers list below to find out more about them and the service they provide.

Dr Theofilos Gkinopoulos 

Adviser in: Social Psychology & Politics

Theofilos Gkinopoulos is a postdoctoral researcher at Kingston University and research assistant at the University of Surrey. He has completed his PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Surrey. He has also received a B.Sc. in Psychology from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. His doctoral research looked at identity entrepreneurship process in mainstream and minority parties in political commemoration. The domains of interest that he focuses on include the research of social identity and categorisation processes in political leadership contexts, the role of remembering history in political trust and political engagement, the role of future imagination in political decision making, and the interpersonal and intergroup underpinnings of nostalgia and victimhood. Theofilos can help undergraduate and postgraduate (PGTs and PGRs) with essay and dissertation planning, writing and dissemination (journal papers and conference presentations) in the area of psychology, politics and media studies.

Dr Shuhan Chen

Adviser in: Mass Media Studies & Academic Writing

Shuhan Chen has a doctoral and postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester, England. She has expertise in social media and digital media studies, advertising, consumer culture, and social and cultural changes. She has intensive teaching, tutoring and research experience at high-level education institutions and is well-known for her skills in helping international students at different levels with essay and dissertation writing.

Shazad Ali, LLB, LLM, PGCHE

Adviser in: Study of Law & Oscola Referencing Style

Shazad Ali is a First Class graduate in LLB Law and went on to receive a Distinction in Masters in Law from Middlesex University, London. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and is currently studying for a Legal Professional Course. He has worked as a Graduate Academic Assistant in the Department of Law at Middlesex University, London. Providing exceptional support to undergraduate and postgraduate students won him an award for being the Best Support Staff Member in 2017.

Dr Tania Lucía Cobos

Adviser in: Digital Journalism, Japanese Animation, Speaks Spanish & Assists with PhD Applications to study in universities in Spain

Tania completed her PhD in Communication and Journalism from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain). She is employed as a professor at Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Colombia) and can help students with topics like digital journalism, social media, digital communication, and also Japanese animation studies, specially in an Latin-American context. She can explain academic material in English and Spanish and advise students that are looking to apply for a PhD program in Spain. Tania can also help students that would like to take part in academic exchange in a Colombian university to study Spanish.

You can decide how you would like academic advisers to support you. When making a booking provide as much information as you can including whether you would like to be contacted by email, a phone call or face-to-face online meetings. Please note bookings are for one hour, please use that one hour wisely with your chosen academic adviser. If you require a longer session, you can book for two or more sessions. Please drop us an email if you have any questions on


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