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Professional support for Northumbria's research community

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) provides dedicated, specialist support to Northumbria’s research community throughout the research grant lifecycle to help sustain Northumbria’s position as a research-intensive modern university. 

Support includes sourcing potential funding; aiding proposal development; providing guidance through the authorisation process; monitoring project spend; and assisting production of the final report.

RIS designs and administers research-related training programmes for staff, offers support for the commercialisation of research, co-ordinates the University’s ethical procedures and works with senior colleagues to ensure the delivery of coherent research-based policy and strategy.

The Service also supports the University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission and co-ordinates ways in which the benefits and impact of Northumbria's research are shared with the wider public.

RIS provides professional support for strategy, policy and academic delivery of research and innovation; through a combination of central and Faculty-aligned provision, it supports senior management, academic colleagues and post-graduate research students.


Explore our teams and find key contacts below.

RIS Executive

The RIS Executive Team lead and manage the RIS Service. Together, they work with University and Faculty leadership teams to implement the research & knowledge exchange delivery plan, respond to external requirements, and provide support to academic colleagues and the broader RIS team. They also work across the University to support broader requirements such as Health & Safety, Sustainability and EDI.

Jennifer JohnsonPhoto of Jenni Johnson


As Director of the Research & Innovation Service, Jenni leads the RIS team, working closely with the PVCR to shape and implement the Research & Knowledge Exchange Delivery Plan. Jenni regularly works with external organisations such as funders and government departments to understand and influence the research policy environment and is Chair of the UK Association for Research Managers and Administrators.

Jenny TaylorJenny Taylor

Assistant Director for Regional Economic Development

Jenny is Assistant Director responsible for Regional Economic Development, working with academic teams to develop strategic programmes that support local economic growth, innovation linked to research expertise and job creation in the region. Jenny has particular specialist expertise in non-traditional and regional funding sources, as well as strong partnership links across the region.

Michael ParkerPhoto of Michael Parker

Assistant Director for Impact, IP and Commercialisation

Michael leads the research impact and IP commercialisation teams and is responsible for the development and implementation of University-wide approaches to support the generation of impact. This encompasses engaged research, impact in research assessment, public and policy engagement, and the commercialisation of intellectual property. The Impact and IP commercialisation teams work with colleagues across the university to evidence their research impact and help exploit any commercial potential their research may have.

Andrew PoolePhoto of Andrew Poole 

Head of Research Delivery and Compliance / RIS Lead for Oracle Projects Implementation

Andrew is Head of the Research Delivery and Compliance team within RIS. The team works with Principal Investigators across the University to manage and deliver our externally-funded research projects, providing expert advice, guidance and compliance support to our grant holders.  Andrew is also currently leading the implementation of new pre- and post-award research management systems on behalf of Research and Innovations Services. Andrew led Northumbria’s REF Delivery Team in the three years preceding our successful 2021 REF submission and his previous roles include Head of Grants and Contracts.

Jessica HolmesPhoto of Jess Holmes

Head of Research Development

Jess is the Head of Research Development and leads a team of Research Development Managers and Coordinators who are responsible for supporting academics to develop high-quality research proposals and secure external funding. The team provides hands-on support to our academic colleagues, which includes supporting discussions regarding idea development, training delivery, funder engagement, strategic development of funding plans, critical feedback on applications, costings, navigating the approvals process and liaising with partners, as well as contributing to Funder Liaison Groups and Research Committees.

Laura HutchinsonPhoto of Laura Hutchinson

(Acting) Head of Research Culture and Integrity

Laura is currently heading up the Research Ethics and Integrity, Research Information and Systems, and Research Culture teams within the Research Policy team. Laura works with the team to support the delivery of our ethics policy, HRA and NHS Sponsorship process and compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity; the development of the Research Culture Action plan and activity to support its delivery; and research information systems development and support. Laura's substantive post is Research Ethics and Integrity Manager.

Elizabeth Savage

Executive Assistant to RIS Director

Elizabeth provides executive support to Jennifer Johnson, RIS Director. Please contact Elizabeth for diary availability, matters relating to the RIS Director and to inform of any upcoming deadlines that require sign off.


Research Policy

The Research Policy Team supports institutional alignment with best practice around research policy and culture, provides strategic reporting and ensures that our underpinning systems support our ambitions for growth and quality in research. The team works collaboratively and in partnership with colleagues across the institution on the related agendas of research integrity and ethics, research culture, open research, research evaluation, and researcher skills development and training. The team also ensures that Northumbria’s research has visibility through our research portal and corporate website and that achievements are recognised through the Research Excellence Framework.

Researcher Skills Development

This team develops and delivers learning and development activities and online resources for researchers across all career stages. Northumbria staff can access and register onto upcoming activities on the research development events calendar and research development intranet pages.

Samantha King

Researcher Skills Development Manager

Working collaboratively with Professional Support Services and academic departments, Sam commissions, develops and delivers a range of learning and development activities and online resources related to researcher skills development. Supporting academics across all career stages, these activities and resources are designed to build collaborations, enrich skills, foster talents and to support people to reach their full potential here at Northumbria and wide in the wider world.


Edan PickeringPhoto of Edan Pickering

Research Culture & Development Coordinator

RIS Induction Champion

Edan supports the organisation and delivery of researcher development activities for academics across all career stages at Northumbria University. These opportunities provide academics with the skills and knowledge to enhance their careers. Edan also supports the provision of online resources, including accessible training videos and self-learn modules and is responsible for updating and maintaining the University's Researcher Development events calendar.  Edan is also a RIS Induction Champion, helping new members of staff to settle in.


Emily Howes

Administrator in RIS Research Policy

Emily supports the Research Policy team using a range of systems and processes to help with event planning, committee support, intranet updates, and research support enquiries management. 


Research Culture and Quality

This team supports and implements initiatives related to enhancing the research environment, culture and excellence across the University.

Kevin RichardsonPhoto of Kevin Richardson

Research Culture & Quality Manager

Kevin has experience in the ongoing maintenance and implementation of key University wide research systems, and closely supported the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Kevin leads projects and initiatives designed to enhance the research environment across the University and support our academic staff to deliver the highest quality research.


Ellen Cole

Research Culture & Quality Manager

Ellen leads on initiatives that enhance the research environment across the University, and support our academic staff to deliver the highest quality research. This includes developing the University’s research culture action plan, and the systems and services that support internal and external research assessment processes.  Ellen takes an active interest in open research and participates in both University and sector-wide initiatives to increase access to academic research publications and their underlying data, and implementation of principles of responsible research assessment.


Research Ethics and Integrity

This team offers support and guidance using the online research ethics application system, external ethical approvals and compliance, and can advise on best practice for the ethical conduct of research at Northumbria. For general ethics queries, you can also contact the team inbox at or visit the Ethics and Integrity webpage. If you have a research integrity issue to report you can contact


Laura HutchinsonPhoto of Laura Hutchinson

Research Ethics and Integrity Manager

Laura supports the research ethics approvals processes, advising on best practice, external regulations and frameworks related to research ethics and integrity, including research requiring external ethical approval. Laura works in collaboration with academic and professional support colleagues to embed research integrity at Northumbria through the Ethics Steering Group, Faculty Research Ethics Committees and Research Ethics Committee (acting as secretary).


Gill Drinkald

Research Policy Coordinator

Gill supports a wide range of activities linked to supporting research ethics systems and processes.  These include: validating, extracting and analysing management information; supporting staff to use research systems effectively through guidance and training; providing ongoing support to Research Policy Team events and training; supporting the process of NHS REC and HRA approvals; liaising with colleagues in other Services to support ethics and governance processes; and secretarial support University and Faculty Research Ethics Committees, as well as Ethics Steering Group.

Gill supports Department Ethics Leads in their use of the online ethics system for ethical approval, triage of ethics applications in the new Ethics Online System (launch date October 2022), and coordination of a College of Reviewers to link with new ethics framework and policy.

Gill consults and provides support to Faculty Research Ethics Directors and Department Ethics Leads in relation to ethical approval and internal and external governance requirements related to research ethics and integrity.


Hala OthmanPhoto of Hala Othman

Research Policy Coordinator (Ethics and Researcher Development)

Hala assists users with the Ethics Online System, offering support and guidance on how best to use the system effectively whilst triaging applications. She has a developed understanding of frameworks and regulations pertaining to research integrity and development at Northumbria, sharing resources and information on this. She also offers administrative support surrounding establishing an ethical culture within the university, through the Ethics Steering Group and Faculty Research Ethics Committees.


Research Information and Systems

This team provides help and advice on data integrations, research data management and reporting, or support for users of research systems including Pure. For general PureSupport enquiries, please contact


Peter Cammish

Research Information & Systems Manager

Peter manages data and information related to research systems. This includes our main research information system Pure as well as working with other research support systems such as Worktribe and Ethics Online.  With a strong interest in data management and better utilising information for decision making, Peter is actively implementing ways to streamline integration and reporting of research data and metrics.  Peter can offer help and advice on data integrations, research data management and reporting as well as support for users of research systems.


Paul Mitchell

Research Policy & Systems Coordinator

Paul supports the maintenance and development of the University research information system and repository of scholarly publications, Pure.  Paul offers advice and assistance to academics updating their research profiles via Pure and supports the production of institutional research data and reports.

Research Development

The research development team, comprising Research Development Managers, a KTP Manager and Pre-Award Coordinators and Administrators, offers support for research grant applications from ideas right through to submission.This includes supporting discussions regarding idea development, training delivery, funder engagement, strategic development of funding plans, critical feedback on applications, costings, navigating the approvals process and liaising with partners. 

Research Development Management

Research Development Managers (RDMs) provide specialist expertise in relation to the domestic and international research funding, work closely with a variety of research funders, academics and their non-academic partners and provide professional project management skills to catalyse and coordinate activity to enable the development and submission of strategic and large value collaborative funding proposals. RDMs are primarily funder-aligned, supporting strategic/complex funding opportunities, specifically in relation to their designated funders across the university.


Selina SuttonPhoto of Selina Sutton

Research Development Manager

Funder alignment: ESRC and British Academy

Strategic/Faculty leadership support: Business & Law


David Young

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Research Development Manager

Funder alignment: STFC, EPSRC, NERC, Royal Society

Strategic/Faculty leadership support: Engineering & Environment


Ian Shovlin

Research Development Manager

Funder-alignment: AHRC, Leverhulme, Nuffield, ISRF

Strategic/Faculty leadership support: Arts, Design & Social Sciences


Sarah ThomasPhoto of Sarah Thomas

Research Development Manager

Funder-alignment: ARIA, Innovate UK, Research England

Strategic/Faculty leadership support: No direct faculty alignment, support given as appropriate.


Scott McGee 


Research Development Manager

Funder alignment: MRC, NIHR, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, Academy of Medical Sciences, NIH

Strategic/Faculty leadership support: Health & Life Sciences


Joe Timlin

Research Development Manager

Joe is currently on secondment.

For Horizon Europe Pillar 1 & 2 calls, and larger UKRI-wide calls, please contact the faculty-aligned Research Development Manager in the first instance.


Leona Sutton

Research Development Coordinator


David McPherson

Student Placement, Research Development Team

David has joined the Research Development Team for a placement year as part of his degree in Business Management at Northumbria University. David supports the Research Development Managers with administrative tasks as well as support with internal and external meetings.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

KTPs are a UKRI/Innovate UK collaborative research programme. Northumbria has a structured approach to handling KTP enquiries, funding applications, and project management which is aligned to funder requirements.


Hazel Juggins

KTP Manager

Hazel supports Northumbria’s KTP engagement, providing programme information, enquiry guidance, input to applications and support during project delivery. Pre- and Post-Award expertise is available from the RIS team and Business Development Managers in GMB.


Our Pre-Award team provides expert advice and guidance to researchers applying for externally funded research applications.  Pre-Award support includes the coordination of project costings, approvals, compliance checks, due diligence, and lay review. 


Susan Duffy

Pre Award Coordinator - Team Lead

Susan is Team Lead of the Pre Award Section and has worked at the university for over 20 years and within Research approx 10 years so has a good broad understanding of the Services supporting academics across the university


Sarah Agnew

ADSS/HLS - Research Support Officer (Pre Award)

Sarah currently supports Arts, Design, Humanities and Nursing, Midwifery and Health and provides support to academic staff across all 4 faculties.


Corcyra Burley

EE - Research Support Officer (Pre-Award)

Corcyra supports Andrew Pearce with the Mechanical and Construction Engineering (MCE) department. Corcyra currently works two days per week while completing a master's degree at Northumbria.


Andrew PearcePhoto of Andrew Pearce

EE - Pre-Award Coordinator

Andy currently supports MCE and has supported academic staff across all 4 faculties.


Maureen McCourt

EE - Pre Award Coordinator

Maureen currently supports Geography and has provided support to academic staff across all 4 faculties.


Victoria Boon

EE - Research Support Officer (Pre-Award)

Victoria currently supports Computer and Information Sciences and Maths, Physics and Electrical Engineering departments and has provided support to academic staff across all 4 faculties.


Alex Okike

Research Support Officer (Pre-Award)

Alex currently supports Applied Sciences and Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (SWECW) departments and has provided support to academic staff across all 4 faculties.


James Vesty 

Research Support Officer (Pre-Award)

James joined the team in April 2023 and currently supports Architecture and Built Environment; Law; Psychology, and Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation departments. 


Andrew Latimer

Research Support Officer (Pre-Award)

Andrew joined the team in April 2023 and currently supports Social Sciences and Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) departments.


Tier 1 applications for external funding (typically under £25k)

The team members below provide support and guidance to Tier 1 (typically under £25k) applications for external funding. This support includes the coordination of project costings, approvals and compliance checks:


Carol Bennett

Pre-Award Administrator (EE, BL)

Carol provides support to academic staff with external funding applications, specifically Business and Law (BL) and Engineering and Environment (EE) with Tier 1 funding.  Carol can provide support with costing in line with funder guidelines, institutional approval processes, Worktribe queries and submitting via external submission systems. In addition, Carol assists with Departmental financial support via SAP and Coupa. Carol has over twenty years' experience in Higher Education and has been part of Research and Innovation Services since 2013.


Jessica O'Donnell

Pre Award Administrator (ADSS, HLS)

Jessica provides support to academic staff for external funding applications and is the primary contact for Tier 1 funding for Arts, Design and Social Sciences (ADSS), and Health and Life Sciences (HLS). Jessica can provide support with costing in-line with funder guidelines; institutional approval processes; Worktribe queries; and submitting via external submission systems.


Worktribe/Oracle Implementation

The RIS Worktribe and Oracle Implementation Team is working with colleagues in HR, IT and Finance to introduce new, state of the art, pre- and post-award research management systems to Northumbria. Worktribe is a cloud-based software platform designed specifically for UK Higher Education and is currently used by 46 HEIs, including Edinburgh, Durham, Imperial, Nottingham, UCL, York and Birmingham.  The pre-award module provides a platform for developing complex grants involving multiple parties and costing and pricing scenarios.  Oracle Projects forms part of the Oracle Fusion ERP system which will, when fully implemented, manage all of Northumbria’s HR, procurement, finance and externally funded projects.


Gary HallidayPhoto of Gary Halliday

ERP Worktribe Project Manager

Manage the Worktribe implementation, and integration with Oracle and PURE systems, alongside RIS colleagues. In addition, Gary assists in the Oracle Fusion implementation, specifically on the Projects module. He has previously worked in a research management position with a large HEI and has experience leading the implementation of Worktribe and the Oracle Fusion Projects module.  Gary can offer advice and guidance on how to get the best out of both systems, working alongside RIS and academic colleagues. 


The Post Award Team provides financial management, guidance and support for externally funded projects (internal orders) which include research, consultancy and short courses.  The team liaises with legal services to assist with fully executed agreements, create internal orders, manage the finances of projects within the funder and university guidelines, provide support throughout the project lifetime, provide updates including detailed expenditure, forecasted future spending and income received, compile claims and support internal and external audits.


Wendy Anderson

Post Award Manager

Wendy provides expert advice and guidance on all aspects of Post Award and leads on the continued improvement of procedures across the Team to ensure they are efficient, effective, meet changing needs and reflect best practice.  Wendy provides high quality reports and financial returns as required.


Sarah LordPhoto of Sarah Lord

Post Award Project Coordinator

Sarah provides support on complex, multi-partner research grants, and assistance with internal university policies and processes for the successful start-up of an externally funded grant. Sarah’s specialist areas include financial management of research grants in line with funders terms and conditions along with funder reporting requirements. Sarah is able to provide specific expertise around audits and audit preparation as well as collaboration with external partners to maximise the successful delivery of a grant.

Central Post Award Coordinator

Kelly WilkinsonPhoto of Kelly Wilkinson

Post Award Coordinator

Kelly provides central support across the team. She has created and now maintains central sources for collating important project information such as claim deadlines, forecasts, documentation and more. I also continue to look at ways of improving the management of information, until new systems are in place. Kelly is also an experienced project post award coordinator and provide additional support to colleagues in the faculties during busy periods as well as provide training to new team members. 


Faculty Post Award Coordinators

Karen FinleyPhoto of Karen Finley

ADSS - Post Award Coordinator

Karen provides Post Award support to PIs, mainly in the Arts, Design and Social Sciences Faculty.This includes financial management of externally funded projects, budget monitoring, claims and audits, forecasting and reporting. Karen supports Academic colleagues in managing their budgets, offering advice and guidance on internal policies and procedures, and funder regulations. Karen also works closely with partners on grants to ensure they receive their part of the funding and claim in line with funder requirements.


Maya DuncansonPhoto of Maya Duncanson

BL - Post Award Coordinator

Maya provides Post Award support to the Business and Law Faculty, working closely with PIs on various externally funded projects including those funded by European Commission, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Innovate UK and other collaborative partners. Maya provides expenditure reports and statements to funders and liaises with PIs on post award matters such as budget and spend, quarterly forecast on live projects and audit preparation.


Andrea Reynolds

EE - Post-Award Coordinator

Andrea provides post award support to project teams in the Engineering & Environment Faculty from award through to closure.  Andrea provides support with tasks such as budget updates, claim preparation, invoicing, compliance with funder guidelines, coordination of audits, budget forecasting and reprofiling. Andrea has particular experience of European Funding and is keen to support colleagues to optimise their grants and deliver successful projects.


Holly MonaghanPhoto of Holly Monaghan

EE - Post Award Coordinator 

Holly offers Post Award support in the E&E Faculty, mainly overseeing the departments of MPEE and ABE. This includes, but is not limited to, financial management of externally funded projects, budget monitoring, project forecasting, claims, invoicing, and reporting. Holly works closely with academic colleagues to offer advice and guidance on Funders and knowledge of internal processes. 


Lynn RetallickPhoto of Lynn Retallick

EE - Post Award Research Coordinator

Lynn offers project and financial management skills and expertise to assist in the successful delivery of Research Grants awarded by external funding bodies. Lynn has experience in grant management of revenue and capital projects, forecasting & budgetary control, funding claims/ reporting, compliance and audit and assists PIs to ensure research grants are utilised to their full potential. Lynn works closely with research partners and colleagues within all support areas, to keep research projects on track and successful.


Chris ReynoldsPhoto of Chris Reynold

EE/HLS - Post Award Coordinator

Chris provides financial management and administration of research projects in the Sports, Exercise and Rehab Dept. (in HLS Faculty), and the Computer and Information Sciences Dept, in (EE Faculty), as well as the NUSTEM projects. Chris provides financial statements to funding organisations, reconciliation of project accounts, invoicing, audit preparation and project forecasting.


Bukunola Adekolu

HLS - Post-Award Coordinator

Bukunola supports research projects, managing all aspects of budget and spend monitoring, compliance, claims and invoicing, financial reporting, contracts and procurement.Bukunola’s experience before Northumbria covered programme operational management of donor-funded international development programmes across Africa and the Middle East.


Michael BatyPhoto of Michael Baty

HLS - Post Award Coordinator

Michael provides post award support, financial management and administration of research projects, within the Health & Life Sciences Faculty, mainly overseeing the departments of Applied Sciences and Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing.  Michael prepares financial statements for both internal and external stakeholders, and monitors project accounts to ensure we comply with both funding and financial regulations, including audit preparation as required, and also assists in the preparation of quarterly forecast reports for faculty.


Andrea Palfreeman

EE - Faculty Post Award Coordinator

Andrea provides post award support for externally funded awards which includes monitoring spend against budgets, claims and invoicing, financial reporting, and audit preparation. Andrea works with PI’s to offer advice and guidance on funder and University rules and regulations.


Kirsty HoeyPhoto of Kirsty Hoey

Projects Delivery Coordinator

Kirsty provides support for the CPD and Consultancies across all four faculties.  Kirsty is responsible for the claims, invoicing, reporting and forecasting.  Prior to working in RIS, Kirsty was part of the HLS faculty resource team and  co-ordinated the IAPT project, providing project support and management.


Adam Dixon

Post Award Coordinator





Project Coordinators

Emma CrowleyPhoto of Emma Crowley

ERDF Project Coordinator (NEB52)

Emma is an ERDF Coordinator for the NEBS2 Project, working with the Placements and Internships Team within Graduate Futures, and the Grants and Contracts Team within Research and Innovation Services. Emma brings prior experience of working within an SME to this role. Within the SME, Emma managed several large-scale, multi-party projects, including a multi-million-pound, 5-year strategic project alongside several £500k- £2M projects, the majority grant-funded by bodies such as Innovate UK, DASA and an ERDF project through BIC, in addition to managing the SME’s financial accounts.


Laura Pecorone

ERDF Project Coordinator (IIIP/Creative Fuse)

Laura’s specialist areas are Post award support for Creative FUSE Northeast and IIIP (Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme); placements, internships, and workshops; support to SMEs, PhD students, graduates, and research team. Invoicing, monthly reports, quarterly claims, audits response. Laura can offer an insight into other HEIs processes. Laura collaborated with REF2021 at Nottingham and Warwick University and worked for UCL in two quite different capacities: Research Ethics and Community Development.


Peter StylePhoto of Peter Style

Project Coordinator (HBBE)

Peter is Project Coordinator for the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE), an £8M inter-institutional collaboration bringing together researchers from Northumbria University and Newcastle University.

Peter is responsible for the financial reporting of the HBBE to Research England, and also reporting on new research projects and grants awarded to the HBBE’s Seven Vice Chancellor Fellows.  As the Hub’s Project Coordinator, Peter supports our delivery striving to achieve set objectives and milestones, delivering the day-today coordination with the HBBE’s growing research team.


Paul BealPhoto of Paul Beal

Project Coordinator (HtGM)

Paul Beal is the project coordinator for the Help To Grow management programme, a course delivered with the Chartered Association of Business Schools to support small and medium businesses.

Paul works closely with the programme PI to deliver budget monitoring and project forecasting, financial reports on spending, claim preparation, invoicing, audit preparation and ensuring expenditure compliance.

Project Delivery Assistants

Ashley Coates

Projects Delivery Assistant

Ashley supports Post Award Coordinators with project support for externally funded projects, including claim submissions, reconciliations, journals, invoicing, and forecasting, as well as audit assistance and Tier 1 project portfolio project management including Financial Management.


Impact and IP Commercialisation

The Research Impact Team supports researchers to make a difference from their research in the world beyond the University. The IP Commercialisation Team supports with exploitation of research outputs (Intellectual Property) typically where there is a commercial opportunity.  You can read more and reach out to individual team members below.

Research Impact Team

The Research Impact Team can give help and advice on:

  • Untangling what is impact and what it is not, including providing training and awareness sessions
  • Planning to maximise impact throughout the research lifecycle
  • Impact in research funding applications
  • Engaged research, mapping and communicating with external stakeholders
  • Different routes to impact including through engagement with policy makers
  • Evaluating impact, evidencing and keeping records of change
  • Impact in the Research Excellence Framework (REF)


Alisha PeartPhoto of Alisha Peart

Research Impact Manager

Alisha is an experienced programme manager, grant development manager, and now a research impact specialist. Alisha jointly led the transformative change in the research impact culture at Northumbria University, culminating in the outstanding success for Northumbria in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework Assessment. Alisha jointly leads the Research Impact Team developing and implementing strategies to increase the impact of Northumbria’s Research. Alisha has a national and international profile for sector-leading expertise in Research Impact. She is the Impact Special Interest Group Co-Lead for the Association of Impact Managers and Administrators (ARMA), she has presented at several national/international conferences and delivered training on behalf of ARMA and is also a ESRC panel reviewer. Alisha has co-authored a research publication on writing REF Impact Case Studies and Writing impact for grants book chapter in The Impactful Academic book published September 2022.


Lucy JowettPhoto of Lucy Jowett

Research Impact Manager

Lucy has specialised in research impact since 2014, contributing to Northumbria’s outstanding 2021 REF result. Lucy contributes thought leadership and supports networking and training on research impact nationally and internationally. She is interested in research-informed policymaking and has a background in public services and strategic regional policy.  Lucy co-leads the Impact Team and provides advice and support on: developing an impact-rich research culture; embedding impact and knowledge exchange throughout the research lifecycle; processes and approaches to succeed in research assessment (REF).


Lucy MoorcraftPhoto of Lucy Moorcraft

Impact and Engagement Officer

Lucy has a scientific background and 20 years’ experience of teaching and communicating science and impact to a wide variety of audiences and in many different formats. She offers an impact perspective on research work and provides support and advice on: planning impact into your research; explaining specialist topics to non-specialist audiences; and communicating to different internal and external stakeholders. Lucy is currently aligned with the departments of Maths, Physics and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical, Construction, Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences.


Gabriella Arrigoni

Impact and Engagement Officer

Gabi provides strategic advice on how to best plan, evaluate and evidence research impact, as well as supporting impact within bid proposals and developing impact literacy. She is passionate about building capacity for an impact culture that is inherent to the research process. Gabi is currently aligned with the departments of Architecture, Applied Sciences, Social Work Education and Community Wellbeing, Social Science, Nursing Midwifery and Health. 


Jack PalmerPhoto of Jack Palmer

Impact and Engagement Officer

Jack has over ten years of experience in research, development and impact, mainly in the charitable sector. He has been involved in planning and achieving strategic goals, securing large-scale funding and improving the quality of research and services.  He enjoys learning from and working with people to understand problems, create clear visions for change and evaluate key outcomes, as well as communicating impact to relevant stakeholders.  Jack is currently aligned with the departments of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Psychology, Arts, Design and Geography.


Laura GowerPhoto of Laura Gower

Impact and Engagement Officer

Laura provides strategic advice on how to best plan, evaluate and evidence research impact, as well as supporting impact within bid proposals and developing impact literacy. She is currently aligned with the departments of Humanities; Accounting and Financial Management; Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy; Leadership and Human Resource Management; Marketing, Operations and System; The Business Clinic; and The Law School.


Jenny HasenfussPhoto of Jenny Hasenfuss

Project Officer

Jenny is responsible for coordinating the Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) project related activity across the University of Northumbria and works closely with the other CAPE coordinators at University College London, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester and University of Nottingham, the CAPE consortium and policy partners. Prior to joining Northumbria University in June 2021, Jenny worked for ten years in a range of a research engagement roles within higher education including public engagement, community engagement, patient engagement and policy engagement.


Claire Hutchinson

Policy Project Officer


Matilda Leng

Policy Project Officer


IP Commercialisation Team


The IP Commercialisation Team can:

  • Help find partners or funding to develop ideas further, supporting through the commercialisation process
  • Evaluate and manage the protection of Intellectual Property (IP) incl. patents
  • Support finding licensees
  • Give business support to create a company
  • Advise on IP and exploitation sections in bids or other complex IP situations



Chelsea Brain


IP & Commercialisation Manager

Chelsea is an engineer with business experience and over 7 years of experience in commercialising University technology. For Northumbria academics, Chelsea can: advise on protecting new inventions or ideas (Intellectual Property); support with exploitation of research and the commercialisation process; advise on anything related to IP or commercialisation.  For companies, Chelsea can introduce licencing opportunities or academic expertise fitting to solving company challenges.


Shanjoy Mairembam

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IP Commercialisation Manager

Shan is an Innovation & Growth professional with a background in engineering, management and law and 19 years of experience across IT/Telecom industry, growth consultancy and Higher Education. Shan supports protection and exploitation of research outputs and new venture creation of disruptive innovations. He helps in contract negotiation of ‘licensing, collaboration, joint venture’ deals. Prior to Northumbria, Shan worked at University of Leicester (specialising in IP commercialisation and spinout formation) and University of Westminster (focusing on knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer activities).


Usain AlKadri 

IP Commercialisation Manager


Eoin Kieran

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IP Commercialisation Coordinator

Eoin supports the IP Commercialisation Managers and focuses on managing the University's patent portfolio.


Mia Carruthers

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Student Placement, IP Commercialisation Team

Mia has joined the IP Commercialisation team  for a placement year as part of her degree in English Literature and History at Northumbria University. Her main role is research and creation of marketing materials for University IP. She is also responsible for co-ordinating the Team’s IP commercialisation training activities. Mia is using her time with the IP Commercialisation team to gain understanding of how research generates societal impact.


Economic Development

The Economic Development team work with academics across the university to maximise the potential impact our research can have through directed support for the IDRTs and research peaks as well as developing strategic projects in the region. We also support targeted research communications activities enhancing our partnerships and engagement opportunities. 

Jenny Taylor

Jenny Taylor

Assistant Director for Regional Economic Development

Jenny is Assistant Director (Regional Economic Development) in RIS and leads the Economic Development team. She leads the development of strategic place based innovation and economic regeneration projects for the university identifying and accessing appropriate funding opportunities. She also works closely with local policymakers supporting ambitions for innovation, knowledge exchange and embedding the role of the university.


Lindsay Connolly

Research Officer

Lindsay supports the Academic Leads of the IDRTs and Research Peaks of Excellence.


Carolyn Taylor

Research Officer

Carolyn supports the Academic Leads of the IDRTs and Research Peaks of Excellence. 


Steve Bremner

Research Officer

Steve supports the Academic Leads of the IDRTs and Research Peaks of Excellence. Steve is also a RIS Induction Champion, helping new RIS colleagues with the onboarding process.





Research and Innovation Services

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