Morgane Colleau

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Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

PhD in Middle East Politics

Studied on a part-time basis
Submitted on 1 September 2015
Viva on 11 January 2016 - Examiners: Professor Tim Niblock (internal) and Professor Ali Ansari (external)



Politics Department, University of Exeter

MA Middle East Politcs (part-time) (Distinction)


Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po), Aix-en-Provence, France

BA Political Science and International Relations (Hons)


International High School of Grenoble, France

French Baccalaureate in Economics and Social Science (Distinction)


Mount St Joseph College, Ontario, Canada

Rotary Youth Exchange Program


Lycee Leopold Sedar Senghor, Evreux, France

First Year of High School, European Program


Professional/research experience

October 1 2015 - present:

Programme Administrator, DClinPsy and DClinRes

Programme Administrator, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) and Doctorate in Clinical Research (DClinRes), Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR), Exeter University

 Received the following rewards:

 1. Above and Beyond thank you from line-manager, 22 October 2016

 2. Above and Beyond thank you from the Director of College Services, 23 October 2016

 3. Above and Beyond thank you from line-manager, 26 April 2016

 4. Above and Beyond thank you from the Doctoral College, 13 June 2016

 5. Above and Beyond Silver Award from the Director of College Services, 24 June 2016

August 3 2015 - September 30 2015:

Project Assistant, CEDAR

Project Assistant, Postgraduate Programme Administration Team                         

Clinical Education Development And Research (CEDAR)                                      

Psychology Department, Exeter University

June 2015 - present:

Editor-in-chief of Ethnopolitics Papers

Ethnopolitics Papers is part of the Specialist Group Ethnopolitics of the Political Studies Association of the UK. See

Responsibilities include:

• Generating and implementing new ideas for raising the profile of the journal

• Reviewing the articles and discussing possible amendments with the Assistant Editor

• Providing detailed suggestions to the authors and agreeing on completion deadlines

• Ensuring that each issue is released on time

January 2015 - June 2015:

Associate Editor of Ethnopolitics Papers

Responsibilities included:

• Identifying and liaising with potential contributors

• Reviewing articles and working closely with the Editor-in-chief to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of the pieces under consideration

• Ensuring that the articles matched in-house style guides

• Providing detailed and constructive feedback and suggestions to the authors to help improve their articles in terms of clarity, flow and meaning

August 2014 - August 2014:

Translator (English to French)

Translated three articles on the early French colony of Algeria written by Dr William Gallois, Senior Lecturer in Modern Middle East History at the University of Exeter

March 2014 - July 2014:

Associate Research Fellow, ESRC Scoping Study on Conflict

This scoping study was part of the Conflict, Crime and Security Research (GU) programme coordinated by the ESRC on behalf of RCUK. Its aim was to address the issue of identifying the research gaps on conflict in three ways:

1. To provide a summary of themes in recent research with a view to highlighting current insights

2. To identify current and emerging research gaps

3. To engage with the stakeholder and practitioner communities to ascertain the impact of conflict research to date and to elicit their priorities with regard to future research priorities

For more information on the scoping study, see:

Responsibilities included:

• Supporting the design, dissemination and management of a survey on the future study of conflict

• Ensuring as wide as possible a range of respondents from the disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences, civil society and policy-makers

• Conducting interim analyses of the survey data and categorising findings according to key themes which emerged across the responses

• Reporting to the Exeter team lead

March 2014 - September 2014:

Lecturer in Political Geography, Soran University, Kurdistan Region - Iraq

Responsibilities included:

• Co-delivering a 2nd year Undergraduate module on "Natural Resources"​

• Helping to write, administer and mark students'​ assessments and end of year exams

• Supporting the organisation and running of a two-day Symposium on "Kurdistan’s Oil and Gas: Curse or Blessing?" (Soran, 21-22 April 2014)

September 2013 - present:

Facilitator, The Interview Experience - The Exeter Award

The Interview Experience is the final stage of the Exeter Award. It comprises of an interview skills workshop plus a short mock job interview with a member of staff. "Students find this session particularly valuable - according to student feedback from 2012-13, 98% of students said attending the Interview Experience improved their confidence, helped them develop interview skills and helped prepare them for graduate level employment."​ For more information about the Exeter Award, see:

I run Undergraduate sessions that aim to strengthen students’ preparation for interviews. I help them identify their key competencies and understand the STAR interview technique (Situation, Task, Action, Results). I also conduct mock interviews and provide students with detailed feedback and tips to improve their future performance.

December 2012 - June 2013:

Facilitator, Grand Challenges Programme

Facilitator for the University of Exeter's Grand Challenges Programme - Dilemma "Human Security vs Power Politics: the Debate about International Security"

The Grand Challenges programme was designed to provide all first year students with an exciting educational and social experience.

Alongside the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Steve Smith, I organised a range of activities for 15 Undergraduate students who took part in the 'Nuclear Wars' inquiry group.

June 2012 - July 2012:

Conference Helper, the 2012 Gulf Studies Conference

Responsibilities included:

• Working alongside the conference organiser to ensure the smooth running of the successive panels and talks

• Welcoming and directing the conference speakers and guests to both their accommodation and the conference rooms

• Planning the layout of the rooms and organising the conference packs

• Coordinating the team of volunteers

April 2012 - January 2013:

Managing Editor

Managing Editor for UNA-UK publication titled "After the Spring: Prospects for the Arab World in 2013", a major publication produced in collaboration with Witan Media.

Aimed at scholars, practitioners and interested observers, the publication explores the effects and implications of the political uprisings that have swept the Middle East and North Africa since late 2010. It features contributions by over 50 experts from within and outside the region. Cross-disciplinary in its approach, it covers the stories of change in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen, and brings together an array of expertise on conflict resolution, reconstruction, development economics and national reconciliation.

Together with the Editor Professor Gareth Stansfield, my responsibilities included:

1. Providing Witan with a full synopsis

2. Commissioning and editing the features outlined in the synopsis

3. Passing the features to Witan for approval and addressing any resulting comments on the content

4. Delivering to Witan the UNA-UK approved features

5. Proofreading the final layouts prior to reading

6. Liaising with the contributors of the publication

February 2012 - present:

Principal Invigilator and Hall Manager

Responsibilities included:

• Ensuring that the examinations run in compliance with the rules and regulations of the University

• Dividing the tasks and briefing the invigilators about their individual and collective responsibilities

• Reading the exam instructions to candidates at the beginning and the end of each session

• Reporting any incident that may happen during the course of an examination, including suspected misconduct and mitigating circumstances

• Counting and returning the examination scripts to the exam office / Schools or Departments at the end of each session

I acted as the Principal Invigilator for Great Hall (capacity: over 300 students) and the Hall Manager for the Lower Sanctuary Hall (capacity: over 180 students). I also worked in smaller rooms and with students who required specific provisions for their exams.

December 2011 - June 2012:

Office Support, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

Responsibilities included:

• Providing face-to-face professional and friendly support to students, staff and visitors

• Organising and returning students'​ assignments

• Preparing the lecture theatre and refreshments for the Institute's weekly talks

• Actively supporting colleagues

September 2011 - January 2012:

Student Advisor

Responsibilities as a Student Information Assistant for the Advice Unit and The Works included:

• Dealing with face-to-face, email and telephone queries

• Helping and supporting students with a wide ranges of welfare issues and concerns

• Signposting students as and when necessary to the Advice Unit's Advisors

• Updating The Works' website and posters to keep students informed of a variety of volunteering, part-time and graduate opportunities both within and outside the University

June 2011 - July 2011:

Conference Helper, the 2011 Gulf Studies Conference

Responsibilities included:

• Working alongside the conference organiser and team of volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the conference

• Welcoming and directing the conference speakers and guests to both their accommodation and conference rooms

• Assisting the speakers and guests with a range of queries

• Organising the conference rooms, including the audio-visual technology, and keeping the rooms tidy throughout the conference

October 2010 - June 2011:

Organising Committee Member, College of Social Sciences and International Studies Annual Postgraduate Conference

Member of the organising committee for the College of Social Sciences and International Studies’ Annual Conference

 Responsibilities included:

• Identifying the conference title - "Sources of Tension and Cohesion"​

• Liaising with the College's Postgraduate Research Students

• Helping establish the panels

• Identifying the Panel chairs and liaising with them

• Organising the committee members' individual and collective responsibilities during the conference

September 2008 - March 2014:

Resident Tutor, Senior Resident Tutor and Residence Life Team Leader

Responsibilities included:

• Providing a friendly and professional peer-to-peer welfare support service to students living in University accommodation

• Organising and conducting disciplinary and welfare meetings

• Leading and supporting a team of Residence Life Mentors (between 3 and 15) and assisting with their recruitment

• Effectively communicating and liaising with team members, Estate Patrol, hall managers and the Accommodation Office 

2008 - 2010:

Harassment Advisor, Peer Support Sheme for Students

Peer Support Scheme for Students, University of Exeter


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


International Studies Association (ISA)


International Society for Iranian Studies

The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) supports and promotes the field of Iranian Studies at the international level. ISIS is an affiliated member of the international Middle East Studies Association (MESA). The objectives of the Society are to promote high standards of scholarship in the field, to encourage the teaching of Iranian Studies at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and to encourage and facilitate scholarly exchange amongst its international membership. The International Society for Iranian Studies publishes Iranian Studies, a journal that continues to serve as the principal journal in the field.


British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS)

BIPS is an academic body, associated with the British Academy. They promote scholarship and research in all aspects of Iranian Studies. They also organise periodic seminars and workshops as well as occasion lectures in the UK to discuss different aspects of Persian Studies.


British Society for Middle Eastern Studies membership (BRISMES)

BRISMES encourages and promotes the study of the Middle East in the United Kingdom. It brings together teachers, researchers, students, diplomats, journalists and others who deal professionally with the Middle East.



The German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) is a scholarly association open interested in the Middle East. The main aim of DAVO is to improve the exchange of information on Middle East studies between its members.