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Our Exceptional People


We have invested significantly in the past 5 years in appointing outstanding early career Academics, into our Research Fellowship roles. Their success has seen them tackle tomorrow challenges, and many have gone on to be promoted into Senior Academic roles. If you want the opportunity to work alongside our exceptional people, and develop your profile to change the world, join us.


Dr Kate Winter

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Geography and Environmental Sciences

A former Northumbria PhD student, Dr Winter joined the Geography and Environmental Sciences team in December 2017 as a Vice-Chancellors Research Fellow. Dr Winter uses ice penetrating radar to investigate ice flows in Antarctica. Her research is world changing – in March 2018 Dr Winter discovered three large valleys near the South Pole which are completely covered by ice. The largest valley, equivalent to the size of New York’s Manhatten Island routes ice from the centre of the continent to the floating ice shelf. In October 2018 Dr Winter became the second ever female to win the Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship. This prestigious Fellowship enables Dr Winter to undertake her research into ice flows and climate change in East Antarctica’s cutting edge Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Research Station.

Talking about her role, Dr Winter says “As a Vice-Chancellors Research Fellow at Northumbria University I am given the time and freedom to explore new avenues of research”. “The Cold and Paleo Environment Group in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment have provided me with all the scientific equipment, and support that I need to rise to the challenges this research brings”.

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Dr Gary Wells

Associate Professor, Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Dr. Wells joined Northumbria University as an Anniversary Research Fellow in 2013. Building on his industrial experience at Hewlett Packard and his PhD in Physics from Nottingham Trent University, he has continued his research in Experimental Soft Matter collaborating in research projects internally and externally, including leading a team to research a prototype which could be used to harvest energy on the surface of Mars.

In just over 5 years, Dr. Wells has been promoted through a Senior Lecturer role and was awarded the Associate Professor title in September 2018.

Could you follow in Dr. Wells footsteps and support him to change the world? Join us. 


Dr Alyson Dodd

Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, Psychology

Dr Dodd joined Northumbria in January 2017 as a Vice-Chancellors Senior Research Fellow in Psychology. Her research investigates the links between psychological mechanisms and mood, and has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the British Academy / Leverhulme Trust. Talking about her reflections on her role at Northumbria, Dr. Dodd said;

‘I found that the dedicated research time, autonomy and flexibility have supported the development of my research profile. Support from experienced senior colleagues and Northumbria’s excellent Research & Innovation Services team have facilitated my transition to an independent researcher. During my time at Northumbria, I have been awarded my first research grant as Principal Investigator from the British Academy for a project exploring what quality of life means to students, and joined the UKRI-funded interdisciplinary network SMaRteN as Co-Investigator. SMaRteN is led by KCL and focuses on improving our understanding of student mental health and wellbeing in Higher Education. I have also continued working on my research on the psychological mechanisms underpinning bipolar disorder, including an NIHR-funded feasibility trial of a novel talking therapy for bipolar disorder with the University of Exeter.

I believe there have also been plenty of opportunities for networking and professional development. I co-facilitate an Early Career Researcher forum in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, which has gone from strength-to-strength and is hosting its first conference in the summer of 2019.

I really enjoy working with fantastic people from both the other side of the world and the other end of the corridor, and I am looking forward to continuing my journey towards leading researcher at Northumbria'.



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