The public university in Braga, Portugal, has named Paula Cristina Martins as its first Student Ombudsman. She works with a student population of nearly 20,000 across two campuses. A website for her office emphasizes that she is independent, neutral, and confidential.
Martins is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Psychology. Previously at UMinho, she was also the Vice-President of the Institute of Child Studies and the Pro-Rector for Education. Martins graduated from UMinho with a degree in Psychology and also earned a PhD in Child Studies. (UMinho Ombuds.)