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The Research team supports academics and post graduate researchers across the University to create new knowledge and deliver excellent research by:

  • providing expertise and advice on accessing and applying for research funding
  • supporting impacts from research so that it can benefit the wider world
  • managing and delivering research-related training programmes for staff
  • co-ordinating the University’s ethical procedures to ensure the highest standards of integrity in our research
  • providing expert insight and advice on research-based policy and strategy underpinning the University’s Research Excellence Framework submission

Support for research policies and initiatives includes: Open Access and research data management; research management systems; ethics; impact; training; early career researcher activity; and support for initiatives such as the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers and Athena SWAN.

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Research Team

Cd1Christine Downes
REF/Research Support Coordinator

0191 227 7261




Jonathon Brown
Impact Evaluation/Evidence Coordinator

0191 227 3622



Gillian Davison
Impact Evaluation/Evidence Coordinator

Gill Drinkald
Policy Coordinator

0191 227 4765



Laura Hutchinson
Research Policy Manager

0191 227 4257



Lucy Jowett
Impact Manager

0191 227 7421



Sk1Samantha King
Research Development Manager

Faculty of Health & Life Sciences

0191 227 7108


Sarah AgnewSarah Agnew 
Policy Coordinator (Acting)

0191 227 3656



Sm1Scott McGee
Research Development Manager

Faculty of Arts, Design & Social Sciences

0191 227 7691



Alisha Peart
Impact Manager

0191 227 5915



 Hugh RhodesHugh Rhodes
IP & Commercialisation Manager

0191 243 7638 | 0772 007 6837



 Alison Vipond
Head of Research Development



 Dy1David Young
Research Development Manager (EE)

0191 227 7793


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