Research and Innovation Services

Research and Innovation Services works with academic colleagues and with industry clients to create and apply knowledge for the benefit of society, culture and the economy.

Specialist RIS staff support and promote the funding and management of research activity across the University. In addition, specific support is also available within RIS for the commercialisation of research - e.g. taking out a patent, licensing research to a company, or forming a spin-out company.

Research and Innovation Services Senior Team


Jennifer Stergiou

0191 227 4908




Rachel Lawlor
Deputy Director

0191 243 7816




Ap2Andrew Poole
Head of REF Preparations

0191 227 4702




Jess ScottJess Holmes
Head of Grants and Contracts

0191 227 3026





Heather Ledgerwood

Personal Assistant to the Director

0191 227 4004