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University of Winnipeg Faculty of Graduate Studies
Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex
599 Portage Avenue
email: gradstudies@uwinnipeg.ca

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Faculty of Graduate Studies Staff

Dr. Manish Pandey, Acting Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Manish Pandey is the Acting Dean of Graduate Studies and a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Winnipeg. He is also the Acting Associate Vice-President, International. 

Contact Dr. Pandey
phone: 204.786.9289
email: m.pandey@uwinnipeg.ca

Dagmawit Habtemariam, Graduate Studies Admissions and Student Tracking Officer

Dagmawit Habtemariam is the Admissions and Student Tracking Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Dagm joined the Faculty of Graduate Studies in 2011. Previously and prior to moving to Canada, she worked in different positions such as Program/Project/Training Coordinator positions for UN Women, Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and Unity University in Ethiopia. Dagmawit completed her M.A. in Social Anthropology from Addis Ababa University, B.A. in Human Rights from UWinnipeg and B.Ed. in History from Kotebe Metropolitan University (formerly Kotebe College of Teacher Education).

Contact Dagmawit regarding:

  • Graduate Studies Application/Admission/Deferral
  • Visiting/Exchange and Occasional Statuses including students studying under the Western Deans Agreement
  • Visiting Graduate Fellows
  • Appeals including Leave of Absence and Extension of Program Limit
  • Student Tracking including Thesis Writing Terms and Continuance Terms
  • Annual Progress Reports
  • Graduate Program Completion Letters
  • Degree Audits
  • Awards Postings

Contact Dagm
fax: 204.774.4134
office: 1RC023B
email: d.habtemariam@uwinnipeg.ca

Kent Suss, Graduate Studies Budget, Programs, and Priorities Officer

Kent Suss serves as the Budget, Programs, and Priorities Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Winnipeg. He supports the work of all graduate programs and committees while trying to keep a cool head. He has a background in arts administration and has invested many years into teaching art and drama to young people. He believes that art is for everyone, and, given the right environment and tools, you can learn to do anything.

When he isn’t helping make the Faculty of Grad Studies run smoothly, Kent takes on freelance writing projects and designs board games.

Contact Kent if:

  • You have general questions about Grad Studies.
  • You would like to hear about his experiences getting his Master’s degree in Cultural Studies at the U of Winnipeg.

Contact Kent

Carolyn Garland, Graduate Studies Awards and Communications Officer

Carolyn Garland is the Awards and Communications Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Contact Carolyn regarding:

  • Funding opportunities and awards
  • Guidance on scholarship and award applications
  • Thesis and practicum examinations and questions about the life cycle of a graduate thesis
  • Practice thesis & practicum exam sessions
  • Conferences, calls for papers, departmental events and news, student achievements, and other items of interest to share on our social media, in our newsletter, or in a student, faculty, alumni, or program feature on our website

Contact Carolyn
office: 1RC023C
email: c.garland@uwinnipeg.ca

Mekala Wickramasinghe, Graduate Studies Recruitment and Training Officer

Mekala joined the Faculty of Graduate Studies in February 2022 as the Recruitment and Training Officer. She leads recruitment and professional development opportunities for Graduate Studies. Mekala’s passion is to help students build a strong community on campus and to develop connections with industry to create new opportunities for students. She brings many years of experience in higher education marketing, student recruitment and engagement. In 2018, Mekala planned an annual multi-cultural event at the University of Winnipeg that won an international award from IABC (International Association of Business Communicators).

An alumna of the University of Winnipeg, Mekala has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and a Post-degree Marketing Management Diploma. Mekala has many fond memories of the amazing support she received from faculty and staff during her student journey and is excited to be back.


These are some areas Mekala can help you with:

  • Enrolling at the University of Winnipeg in Graduate Studies
  • Attending recruitment events hosted by Graduate Studies
  • Participating in the Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP) as a scholar or faculty mentor
  • Learning more about the Higher Education Teaching Certificate program
  • Facilitating or participating in the Professional Development and Training workshops
  • Engaging in alumni events and activities

Fun fact: Mekala is a self-proclaimed coffee addict, foodie and amateur hiker. When she is not working, Mekala enjoys the beautiful outdoors in Winnipeg and around Manitoba.

Contact Mekala
office: 1RC023D
email: mek.wickramasinghe@uwinnipeg.ca

Eric Benson, Coordinator, Student Records (Graduate Studies)

Coordinator, Student Records (Graduate Studies)
Eric Benson

phone: 204.786.9466

email: e.benson@uwinnipeg.ca