October 3rd, 2023
Professor Sam Kingman’s research update
Welcome to my final update as Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange. Thank you for your support and goodwill during my time in this interim role.
I’m delighted to sign off with excellent Knowledge Exchange Framework results and a strong round-up of support and opportunities for our research community.
I hand over to Professor Tom Rodden. Tom is a Professor of Computer Science at the university and had been working at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as its Chief Scientific Adviser.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering, I look forward to working with Tom and supporting him in delivery of the university’s research strategy and enhancing support of our researchers.
Research and Innovation (R&I) is rolling out further improvements and enhanced programmes designed to improve the researcher experience and strengthen support throughout the research project lifecycle.
Its latest programme has focused on delivering faster sign-off of research contracts, which are fundamental to getting collaborative projects off the ground and releasing funding.
This progress has been achieved as part of the R&I Roadmap which was delivered under the leadership of R&I Director Pip Peakman, who has left the university.
Over the past four years Pip has overseen the transition of Research and Innovation to a new operating structure, which has strengthened support to academics and allowed R&I to be more agile in anticipating and seizing funding opportunities.
The Researcher Academy is set to release its new training and development programmes for researchers across the university.
The news comes as we say farewell to Professor Lucy Donaldson, who, as Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Researcher Academy and Researcher Career Development, has played a key role in building a positive research culture. Lucy has brought such positivity to her role and has enabled researchers to work together and take ownership of change.
The academy’s training for the new academic year will be released for booking on 10 October.
Thank you for your support and goodwill during my time in this role. I’m delighted to sign-off with a strong round-up of support and opportunities for our research community.
Professor Sam Kingman
Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange
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