RES Conference

RES Conference

10th December 2018

Consultancy Team

The Consultancy Team is David Jordan (Consultancy Manager), with support from colleagues in both the pre-award and post-award teams of RSO. My role was new for the organisation at the beginning of 2018. Previous support for consultancy had been limited, and not proactively promoted. Consequently, in the past, most consultancy delivered by academics has been in a private capacity, and often outside of a contract or indemnity insurance.

My project is to change that and take the recommendations that came out of a staff consultation, to create a managed service for consultancy supporting any consultancy opportunity, whether a small project delivered by individual staff, or bigger projects undertaken by the University.

Consultancy Managed Service – Vision

The aim for the consultancy managed service is to provide quick and efficient support for consultancy opportunities. It will be customer-focused and responsive. It will follow transparent processes that are clearly documented. It will also proactively seek feedback internally and from end-clients and implement changes based on feedback where appropriate to ensure continuous improvement.

Four key objectives for the service are:

  • To develop processes and an operation capable of meeting the ISO 9001 quality standard.

  • To proactively promote the service to achieve University-wide recognition as both a source of expertise on consulting, and an efficient solution through which to deliver consultancy.

  • To increase the amount of reportable consultancy undertaken by the University by a target of 25% each year for the next 5 years.

  • To demonstrate customer/client satisfaction and continuous improvement with customer/client satisfaction surveys, and (where appropriate) the implementation of feedback.


As one part of a wider cultural change within the University (including One Lancaster and a refreshed IP strategy), the project needs to achieve the buy-in and approval of a range of University governance committees, including ultimately Council. Final approval to proceed is expected to be achieved by the end of this calendar year.

Consultancy Contact:

For further information about the service, please contact:

David Jordan, Consultancy Manager| | x94017

Contracts Office

The Contracts Office is part of Research Services, preparing, reviewing and negotiating all aspects of contracts for research. A research contract is a legally binding document, which formalises an agreement between the parties to it; it also gives certain remedies in the event of a breach of contract (for example the award of damages).

An Overview of what we do

  • Research Contract Negotiation

  • Research Contract Drafting

  • Risk management

  • Advice

What is a research contract and why is it important?

A research contract is important, from an academic point of view, to protect:

  • Publication rights;

  • Research funding continuity (e.g. ensuring that the University can accept funding for future research from third parties going forward); and

  • Future use of research results (e.g. the right for an academic to continue academic research in his/her field going forward).

A research contract is important, from the University’s point of view, to manage risk. A contract creates obligations between the parties and defines roles and responsibilities within a project. The contract is there to document what the parties have agreed between them and may be used in the future to assist in determining the outcome of any dispute, thereby protecting the parties from engaging in unnecessary and lengthy legal battles.

Research contract management is a critical function for all research-active universities. The professional staff employed in delivering research contracts are highly skilled, but are dealing with ever-increasing complexity and volumes in their day-to-day roles.

Over the past three years, the volume of contracts at LU has increased by 28% per annum.

Contracts Office Mission Statement

Our continuing mission: to explore strange new research contracts, in order to boldly support the University to undertake new research where no one has gone before. We’re still working towards obtaining warp speed.

The Contracts Office is part of Research Services and currently comprises:

Mark ReynoldsContracts 92765

Jennifer KilnerSenior Contracts 94891

Natalie MillerContracts 94900

Costings Team

The Costing Team is Helen Brace (Team Leader- Mat leave Nov 2018 – July 2019), Sarah Brown (Helen’s Mat cover from Nov 18- July 19) Pete Lloyd, Simon Guest, Amanda Fenwick and Stuart Fielding.

We work as part of the Pre-Award team to support the Research Development Officers with new proposals for requests of funding. We provide accurate costings in order for the university to recover funding and contribute to the University and RES strategy by helping to achieve the research income targets. The team work closely with academics, departments and faculties to support them during the proposal process and last year we supported over 1000 applications and outlines. The Costing Team also work with the Post Award Team in the handover of awarded applications. We ensure that the work we do not only achieves high quality with the funders but also aligns with University guidelines.

Costing Team Vision

The Costing team work with university staff and external agencies to apply for research grants to ensure quality and consistency. We also aim to help improve knowledge within the University of the role that Research Services and the Pre-Award team have.

Costing Team Mission

Our mission is to

  • Help increase research income in-line with the strategy

  • To provide excellent customer service

Costing Team Contacts

Please contact us to find out more about the Costing team.

Helen Brace – 95179

Sarah Brown – 95214

Pete Lloyd – 93921

Simon Guest – 92281

Amanda Fenwick- TBC –

Enterprise Analysis

The Enterprise Analysis Team is Olwen Poulter currently with additional post soon to be recruited to. The role was new for the organisation in 2017. Previous support for the collation and presentation of information relating to Enterprise/Knowledge Exchange activities had been ad hoc.

The role was created to provide dedicated support to the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HEBCI) return, management of the University’s HEIF funds and develop management information systems relating to our Enterprise/Knowledge Exchange activities.

Enterprise Analysis – Vision

The aim for the Enterprise Analysis Team is to provide accessible and insightful information about Knowledge Exchange activity to meet the needs of internal and external stakeholders which draws on existing data sources thus minimising colleagues’ workload in generating additional data.

Key objectives for the service are:

  • To enhance the HE-BCI return process to make better use of existing University systems

  • To develop and maintain reporting of comparative HEIF and HE-BCI performance both internally and across the sector

  • To develop and maintain Management Information reports including KPIs for Enterprise and Innovation Services

The introduction of One Lancaster, the Knowledge Exchange Framework and a Pro-Vice Chancellor for Engagement means that having management information regarding the University’s engagement activity has never been more important.

Enterprise Analysis Contact:

For further information about the service, please contact:

Olwen Poulter, Enterprise Analyst| | x92682

Enterprise Team

We provide the facilitation, training, design, networking, consulting and brokerage services to the University and its customers; specifically, those seeking to create value through entrepreneurial or innovation projects in pursuit of personal and professional development, social and organisational change, and business start-up, innovation and growth.


The Enterprise Team is:

Simon Harrison – Enterprise Programme Manager

Niki Swaffield – U Start Project Manager

Miranda Cooper – U Start Project Administrator

Rachel Cox – Enterprise Education Development Manager

Amanda Brooks – Enterprise Education Development Manager

Rachel Charlotte Stuart – Enterprise Education Development Manager

Gerasimos Balis – Design Facilitator

Francesca Bennett – Project Co-ordinator

Chris Lowerson – Project Co-ordinator

We believe that the aggregated outcomes our interventions enhances the ongoing competitiveness of the University business through contributions to Engagement, Teaching and Research. Our services are predominantly delivered via the Work in Progress facilities on Alexandra Square, but the team is based in B79 Bowland Main. We are resourced by the ERDF U Start project, HEIF, Santander Universities and Alumni donations.

Enterprise Team Proposition

An idea can strike at any time. But turning that idea into a thriving enterprise takes a little longer. It needs to be built up and tested out, refined and evolved – laying a solid foundation around that first spark."

We’re here to help harness passion, creativity and drive, to give ambition physical form – transforming thoughts into actions, and goals into strategies. It’s not a straight line, with a set start and finish. It’s a process of progression, always evolving – breaking new ground and setting new directions. And it’s no solo endeavour. We know that leaders and entrepreneurs are lauded for their single-minded strength, but we also know that their success depends on collaboration."

With workshops and coaching we turn learners into workplace-ready professionals. With peer support and design processes, we turn innovative ideas into working enterprises. And with professional mentorship and advice, we turn start-ups and SMEs into businesses equipped to bring new products and services to new markets."

Whatever your starting point, this is the place for your next step – a space and a service designed to help your ideas thrive. This is a place for turning dreamers into doers and visions into ventures.

Enterprise Team Mission

Our mission is to add value to the University’s endeavours in:

  • Attracting the best students and staff

  • Enhancing the student experience and graduate employability

  • De-risking the entrepreneurial endeavours of our students, staff and alumni

  • Facilitating the One Lancaster approach to engagement, internally and externally

  • Ensuring the sustainability of our research impact

  • Enhancing the excellence of our curricular programmes and teaching practice

  • Reinforcing relationships with our Alumni and International Teaching Partnerships

  • Empowering our staff as change leaders and internal innovators

Enterprise Team Contacts

We are currently focussing our resources on the achievement of the U Start project outputs; however, we welcome enquiries about using the Work in Progress facilities, or any of our services, to aid you in your work or personal projects. Equally, we value your feedback and any contributions of time, insights, skills, contacts and ideas to improve what we do and how we do it:

Ethics Team

The Ethics Team is Debbie Knight and Becky Case (Research Ethics Officers) and Becky Gordon (Deputy Head of Research Services). We work in partnership with teams across Research Services to support colleagues who require ethical approval before commencing their research.

Ethics Team Vision

The Ethics Team will work with the teams within Research Services and the Faculty/University Research Ethics Committees to help promote research integrity and support colleagues in considering and managing ethical issues in their research; whilst improving the ethical review process for our customers.

Ethics Team Mission

Our mission is to:

  1. Identify areas where the ethics process can be improved by:

  • Learning from existing online models in the sector (for example, NHS IRAS system)

  • By process mapping the ethics process

  • Supporting the development of an online ethics review system

  1. Raise awareness of research integrity and research ethics:

  • By promoting best practise in line with organisations such as the Research Councils, and NHS and publications such as ‘The Concordat to Support Research Integrity’.

  • By developing guidance when ‘gaps’ are identified during the ethics review process (for example, in areas such as social media).

  • Develop and provide training on research ethics, in consultation with other teams where appropriate (e.g. Data Protection Team).

Ethics Team Contacts

If you would like any further information about the work that the ethics team does, please contact:

Debbie Knight, Research Ethics Officer (FASS & LUMS):

Becky Case, Research Ethics Officer (FST & FHM): or

Becky Gordon, Research Integrity Lead:

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are a UK-wide programme to encourage collaborations between universities and industrial partners, which deliver real benefit to both parties. Businesses and organisations improve their competitiveness through the use of the knowledge, technology and skills that reside within academic institutions and academic partners increase the business relevance of knowledge base research and teaching.

A KTP award funds an Associate (a graduate) based predominately at the company, to carry out a project (over 12-36 months) that directly applies knowledge at Lancaster to a specified need of the business. The KTP programme is led by Innovate UK and part funded by Government and the Research Councils.

Our Team

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are managed centrally by RES, with Julia McFarlane (KTP Manager) providing the service across the institution. This includes help in preparing the application, financial management, recruitment and administrative support throughout the lifetime of the KTP project.

I work closely with RSO colleagues in the pre-award team for costings during the application process and with the post-award team for monitoring finances and submitting claims throughout the live projects. I also work in collaboration with Business Development Managers across the Faculties in identifying suitable partnerships, and work with academics and businesses in the bid preparation and delivery of the projects.

Mission & Vision

The aim of the KTP service is to facilitate the application process for KTPs and support the delivery of projects.

KTPs are of strategic value to the University as they are considered by HEFCE as collaborative research activities, positively impacting on QR funding and the HEIF allocation.

At Lancaster we currently we have six live projects and we have an aspiration of increasing our rolling portfolio to 10 KTPs.

KTP Contact:

For further information on KTPs, please contact Julia McFarlane, KTP Manager.

Julia McFarlane | | 94140

Post Awards Team

The Research Services Post-Award team supports academics across the university with the financial administration of their funded research grants. In 2017/18 we were supporting approximately 1660 live grants worth approximately £211.8 million, this continues to increase year on year.


Post-Award work with the Pre-Award team to set up research grants on Agresso. We then read grant terms and conditions highlighting any important points to the relevant people and add grant to Post-Award monitoring systems.

Post-Award support the training of project support staff across the university, and run training sessions for academics on a termly basis. We produce templates for grant management and are responsible for many of the financial management tasks relating to most research grants, such as:

  • Approving finances for staff recruitment and contract extentions

  • Invoicing

  • Completing interim and final expenditure statements

  • Preparing and supporting audits

  • Liaising with partners and the contracts team regarding ammendments etc.

Each person within our team has a portfolio of grants that they are predominently responsible for, however we all help each other out with workloads, the current split is a work in progress as we have two new(ish) members of the team who are still in training and two vacant posts within our Institutes team.

Members of the team:

Team Leader: Toni Elsworth-Ross -

Team leader: Dan McIntosh –

Team members: Stephie Barber, Michelle Bland, Rozie Carty, Phil Simpson, Ric Sweetman and Anna Vitores -

Oversight is provided from Becky Gordon – Deputy Head of Research Services

As well as the day to day management of grants detailed above, we are also responsible for ensuring that research contributions to departments run each month which is important for the accounts. We liaise very closely with finance with regards to credit and debit balances on grants to ensure that we are maxmising income to the university.

If you want any further information please do not hesitate to contact us directly, or have a look at our website

Project Support Unit (PSU)

Who Are We?: The Project Support Unit (PSU) provides advice and guidance service in support of externally-funded non-research projects which facilitate the University's Knowledge Exchange programme.

This business, community and enterprise activity (resulting in jobs and economic growth) is delivered by Project Teams based across campus and at external organisations. The live Programme value is circa £80m. Since 2009 the total value of project the PSU have supported is circa £220m. These projects have resulted in the creation of over 9,900 new private sector jobs.

What Do We Do?:

The PSU provides a range of services to faculties, service teams and partners including:

Programme Management

  • Overseeing the University's delivery of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF & INTERREG), European Social Fund and Regional Growth Fund project portfolio

  • Liaison with grant funders, Partner organisations & Key Stakeholders

  • Advice and guidance to Project Managers and delivery teams

  • Identification of new Knowledge Exchange funding streams

  • Development of Project Management procedures & supporting ICT systems

  • Raising awareness and sharing of best practice

Project Development

  • Bid development

  • Budget and Financial Costing support

  • Advice and Guidance on eligibility and funders requirements

Project Compliance & Grant Administration

  • Contract/Delivery Agreement Compliance

  • Preparation of Financial and Output Claims to Funding Bodies

  • Timesheet Management & Administration

  • Project Monitoring and reviews

  • Risk Management & Mitigation

  • Audit facilitation

Post Project

  • Facilitation of Ex ante Evaluations

  • Audit facilitation

  • Archive guidance and facilitation

Principal Contacts

Paula Lowrey-Owen - Knowledge Exchange Administration Manager


​Tel: 92724

David Bollenberg - Compliance and Monitoring Manager


​​Tel: 94606

​Sula Ross​ - ​Claims and Timesheet Manager


​​​Tel: 94291

Quality Team

The Quality Team is Lucy Hudson (Quality Manager), Chris Mellingwood and Sandra Reid (Quality Officers). We work in partnership with all teams in RES to support quality improvements and share best practise.

Below we have set out our vision and mission for contributing to the University’s 2020 strategy. Our focus throughout is to help RES colleagues to develop and thrive in their roles, and to continually improve our processes through evidence-based advice and guidance.

Quality Team Vision

The Quality Team will work with the teams within RES to help define and improve the customer journey and help staff identify “What success looks like” to them.

Quality Team Mission

Our mission is to identify best practise using external standards and frameworks:

  • To develop our people via achieving IIP Gold.

  • To develop our processes by retaining ISO 9001 and sharing its framework within RES.

  • To develop customer satisfaction through implementation of customer satisfaction surveys, and integration of customer feedback for year on year improvements.

Quality Team Contacts

We are currently working with several teams within RES and our aim is to continue building our networks and supporting colleagues. If you would like any further information about the services that the Quality Team offers, please contact:

Lucy Hudson, Quality Manager| | 93197

Sandra Reid, Quality Officer | | 10364

Chris Mellingwood, Quality Officer | | 93244

We would love to hear from you!

Research Development Officer (RDO)

RDOs support and advise academics across all stages of their applications for external research funding, from identifying funding sources through to proposal submission and beyond. Support and advice includes (but is not limited to) providing feedback on draft proposals; checking compliance with funder guidance, terms & conditions; arranging mock interviews and enhancing response to reviewers’ comments. Applications range in value from a few thousand pounds to multi-million pounds and are spread across the full spectrum of funders including the eight UKRI research councils, charities, industry, government and Horizon 2020 (EU).


There are two faculty-facing teams of RDOs, each co-ordinated by a Faculty Research Development & Partnership Manger.


Sarah Taylor (Manager/LEC)

Charlotte Bee (Physics)

Phil Lewis (SCC & Maths)

Tracy Quilliam (Psychology)

Sarah Robinson (Engineering & Maths)


Claire O’Donnell (Manager/FHM/LUMS/FASS)

James Mawdesley (FHM)

Mary McManus (LUMS)

Zoe Bolton, Gabbi Burley, Andrew Wilkinson (FASS)

Clinical Research Support Officer (CRSO), Rebecca Robinson (secondment to UA92)

RDOs deliver a range of training in relation to various aspects of research funding from ad hoc one-to-one sessions to department and faculty events and formal OED sessions. RDOs also sit on/support local Research and REF Committees and provide advice on all aspects of research funding to Research Directors, Heads of Departments, Associate Deans for Research and Faculty Deans. RDOs can be found in RES or their Departmental and Faculty space located across campus.

The RDO team supported 917 applications valued at £240m in 17-18 and achieved a record year reaching £54.7m of research grant awards beating the previous best year of 15-16 of £48.2m.

RDOs work closely with the Research Costing Team and the Senior Research Development Manager Team.

RDO Team Vision

  • to ensure the provision of a high quality and professional support service to researchers wishing to apply for external research funding.

RDO Team Mission

  • to work with researchers, Departments and Faculties to improve the quality and thus the success rates of external research funding applications in order to support the University’s strategic Priority #1: continue to grow and diversify our research income, in particular income from private sector and international sources, in order to achieve and sustain our £45M target by 2020.

RDO Team Contacts

Please contact us to find out more about the Pre-Award Research Development team.

REF Support Team

The REF (Research Excellence Framework) support team provides high level proactive and customer focused support for REF 2021 preparations that are already underway. The research enhancement process frames our REF2021 preparation at university, faculty, department and individual level and involves coordinating reviews of research outputs, selecting and developing impact case studies, and crafting environment statements at University and UOA (Unit of Assessment) level. The aim of the Research Enhancement Process is to deliver research excellence through a mentoring and developmental culture, and is broader than the REF, but it includes REF preparation because it is an important component of how research is funded in the UK.

REF Support Team Vision

We work in close partnership with the REF Steering Group, the REF Management Group, faculty REF committees, Associate Deans for Research, Research Enhancement Directors, and Research Directors, Impact Directors and Champions, Business Partnership Teams, right through to academic submitting staff in the lead up to producing “the best possible high quality University submission to REF 2021”.

REF Support Team Mission

Research is central to all we do as a Higher Education Institution, and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) is an important way in which our work is recognised and rewarded. The REF result greatly influences our competitive position and, thereby, affects our ability to continue to attract excellent staff and students. The REF result also determines how ‘QR’ (Quality-related Research) funding is distributed across the HE sector, and this money helps fund research and impact even when it is not supported by a research grant or contract.  High quality research underpins our teaching, our reputation, and our contribution to society.  Given the value of the REF 2021 exercise, it is important that as a team, we are well prepared to ensure our submission properly represents the research excellence at Lancaster University.

REF Support Team Contacts

We currently work with all faculties and Departments across campus and our aim is to continue preparing and developing our REF 2021 submission and supporting colleagues. If you would like any further information about the RES REF Support Team, please contact:

Yvonne Fox, Head of Research Services | | 94905
Alison Clifton, REF Research Development Officer | | 94723

Dr Bev Abram, LUMS Research Enhancement Manager | | 10507

Gill Harrison, FASS Impact Manager| |10868

Dr Matthew Pawelski, FASS Impact Support Officer||92079

Dr Amy Gibbons, FST Impact Manager | |10699

Pamela Forster, FST Impact Support Officer||93907

Ross Dachraoui, LUMS & FHM Impact Manager | |94609

Dr Rhonda Lobb, LUMS & FHM Impact Support Officer| |95184

Research Institutes Team

The four research institutes, Data Science, Material Science, Security Lancaster & Social Futures provide a framework for collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and education. Bringing together academics, specialists and enterprise, the Institutes aim to develop interdisciplinary research in areas that are strategic in terms of Lancaster’s own research strengths, as well as within the wider research landscape. Last year, the Institutes contributed almost 18% of Lancaster Universities total research awarded grants.

DSI – Data Science Institute

Data Science at Lancaster aims to act as a catalyst for the field of Data Science and to provide an end-to-end interdisciplinary research capability - from infrastructure and fundamentals through to globally relevant problem domains and the social, legal and ethical issues raised by the use of Data Science.

We conduct research into the foundations of Data Science together with cross-cutting theme areas consisting of:

  • environment, resilience and sustainability
  • health and ageing
  • data and society

We take a deliberately interdisciplinary approach, encouraging researchers to work across theme and discipline boundaries. Examples of current collaborative partners include BT, Google, IBM, National Health Service, Public Health England, Shell and the World Health Organisation.

Institute Administrator – Currently Vacant

Director – Prof Nigel Davies

Director – Prof Idris Eckley

MSI – Materials Science Institute

The MSI aims to provide a platform to allow for an interdisciplinary approach to the research, development, commercialisation and education of new materials science that provides solutions to the challenges faced in supporting a productive and healthy nation.

The MSI’s researchers are based around four key themes that are based on Lancaster’s existing strengths and which address key areas where materials science development can have meaningful impact:

  • Active Surfaces and Interfaces – the role of active surfaces and interfaces underpin nearly all materials science and engineering. Core facilities provide solid foundations for larger complex grant applications, and to support the entire process of theorising, designing, making, analysing applying surfaces and interfaces over a large range of scales.
  • Health Innovation Materials – this focuses on the development of new materials to provide materials-based solutions to solve problems in healthcare and medicine. The MSI have a unique niche approach by focusing on materials and engineering solutions, drawn from all four faculties at the university, which address pressing unmet patient needs. Some areas of particular focus are:
    • The early diagnosis of asymptomatic disease
    • New approaches to fight the rise of antimicrobial resistance
    • Enabling early intervention
    • Advanced Manufacturing – advances in additive manufacturing techniques stand to transform the way in which materials are turned into products and components. The MSI uses cutting-edge facilities for preparing objects on a wide range of different length scales.
    • Material Social Futures – This Leverhulme backed Centre of Doctoral Training is a joint initiative with ISF. It is to address the urgent need to provide PhD training for researchers to look beyond their disciplinary boundaries and think about the wider impact of their research. It is hoped that this approach will lead to the development of new materials and methodologies that reduce the need on harmful practices in product life-cycles.

Institute Administrador – Lizzie McAdam

Director – Prof Rob Short

Security Lancaster Institute

Security Lancaster aims to integrate behavioural, management, social and technological research to address contemporary issues relating to the security of individuals, organisations and society. The overarching aim of the institute is to derive additional capability for collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and education. The research in the Institute is driven by an ethos of undertaking theoretically rich, use-inspired research. The latter is achieved through close collaboration between the scientists in Security Lancaster and our industry and practice partners, facilitated by a dedicated partnership management team

  • Behavioural Science - Our work focuses on communicating across cultures, countering terrorism, logging decision expertise, and building techniques for effective detection and resolution of suspicious behaviour.
  • Cyber Security - Our cyber security research is multi-disciplinary and puts the person at the heart of security decisions. We work across a wide variety of sectors to help businesses, other organisations and individuals to gain an understanding of cyber threats, how to counter them, embed cyber security practices and establish a cyber security culture to help support and protect the UK economy.
  • DS:21 - DS:21 is a research space where we explore the changing nature of war, technology and international politics in the 21st century. In the 21st century new technologies are transforming all aspects of society and war, creating new techniques and technologies of conflict
  • Transport & Infrastructure - Our research includes the x-ray screening of cargo and vehicles, sensing and data fusion, analysis of flight and video data, and unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Violence & Society - Our violence and society researchers work together with our partners to enhance solutions to interpersonal violence probing empirical, practical and theoretical links between violence and security through research, training and evaluations that put the victims of violence at the centre of solution-focused work.

Institute Administrator – Paul Bennett

Director – Prof Paul Taylor

ISF – Institute for Social Futures

Thinking futures is now widespread, fateful and problematic. Yet much futures research neglects the insights that social science, the arts and humanities, can offer. Lancaster’s Institute for Social Futures works innovatively across disciplinary boundaries linking science, social science and humanities to examine what futures might develop within key domains of human/material activity.

The aim of the Institute for Social Futures is to improve thinking, visioning, analysis and data relating to futures. It will bring high-quality social science theory and research into productive relations with science, technology, health and management and through working with many external partners.

Institute Administrator – Astra Chifiero

Director – Prof Linda Woodhead

Director – Prof Richard Harper

Director – Prof Rebecca Braun

Senior Research Development Managers

Research Development is a broad remit, but primarily consists of helping academics in preparing their research proposals for submission to a funding agency. What this entails varies, depending on the academic, the size of bid, the funder, and of course, at what point we get involved! We help right from the initial ideas stage of a proposal, developing the idea, preparing documentation for submission, support with peer review and interviews by the funder, right up to the point of award – then it’s over to our colleagues in Post Award.

Our Team

The SRDM consists of four members – Constanze, Hannah, Odette and Mandy. We all have a specific portfolio area, which when combined covers all of the faculties, but often work together on proposals or stray into each other’s areas, in order to provide resilience. We work closely with all faculties, but are not assigned to any faculty in particular – which is a contrast to how others in RSO work.

We work closely with colleagues in RSO, but especially the Research Development Officers, and the Costing team. We do also interact heavily with the Business Partnerships and Engagement teams across all faculties. Our roles also bring us into close contact with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise (Steve Decent), as well as the Associate Deans for Research in all four faculties.

Mission & Vision

The aim of the team is primarily to provide support to academics for large and strategic level research proposals, across the whole of the university’s remit. The team was recruited to aid with meeting the University’s strategy to increase research income year on year, to reach a level of £45M per year in 2020. In the 2017/18 academic year, the SRDM team worked on around 40 successful research proposals, with a value of in excess of £26M to Lancaster.

In addition to research development, the team work closely with Dion, Yvonne, Mark, Steve Decent, and the Associate Deans for Research in each faculty, to drive strategy around research. The team also engage and develop relationships with funding bodies, work on strategic research projects (such as research at our international campuses, understanding future research equipment needs, or how research will fit into the Health Innovation Campus) and provide training for both RES staff and academics on research proposals.

SRDMs Contact:

For further information on research development or large, strategic research investments, please contact or approach one of the team below.

Odette Dewhurst | | 95028

Mandy Dillon | | 92541

Hannah Maytum | | 94776

Constanze Vageler | | 92948

Systems Team

The Systems Team is Becky Gordon (Team Leader), Catherine Pacey (Project Manager) and Chris Adams (Systems Administrator). The Systems team assists in the development, implementation, maintenance, and updating of multiple systems used within RES as well as across the university. Examples of systems that we support are Pure, Agresso and RES webpages.

Systems Team Vision

The systems team will work with teams to identify systems needs and to ensure that existing systems work in the most efficient and functional manner possible.

We aim to:

  • Save time with automated systems

  • Ensure accuracy with data transfers

  • Ensure users have access to help and training

Systems Team Mission

Our current mission is to improve the user experience and enhance productivity by:

  • Developing and launching an electronic Research Ethics Application Management System (REAMS).

  • Keeping Pure up to date in preparation for REF

  • Improving RSO webpages

  • Improving data transfer from Pre-Award to Post Award systems

Systems Team Contacts

Becky Gordon, Team Leader, Email: Tel. 92981

Catherine Pacey, Project Manager, Email: Tel. 94265

Chris Adams, Systems Administrator, Email: Tel. 92084