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Research and impact support

The Research and Impact Team supports divisional research strategy and research policy and practice in departments, facilitates research and impact initiatives and provides professional administrative and management advice in support of divisional priorities. Below are details of what the team can assist you with.


Sam Sneddon is responsible for developing relationships with, and is the point of contact for, external research funders. She supports the Divisional research strategy and advises departments on their research strategies. She also coordinates responses government or funder reviews and consultation exercises on which the University is asked to provide a view. These are usually coordinated via email, from Heads of Department, Research Directors/Coordinators and academics and research staff, where appropriate.


Sharron Pleydell-Pearce advises and supports those considering or preparing research funding applications, e.g. ESRC, H2020/ERC, and provides guidance on managing research projects. She runs research workshops, briefings, and training for academics and researchers at all career stages.


Armando Román Zozaya can advise applicants to the John Fell OUP Research Fund.

Find out more about external and internal research funding.


Aileen Marshall-Brown and Francesca Richards advise academic and research colleagues on KE, impact and public engagement activities and support those preparing KE and impact applications to Divisional funding schemes for KE and impact, including the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. They run KE and impact workshops, briefings, and training across the Division and support colleagues in developing relationships with external organisations and partners.

Find out more about Knowledge Exchange and Impact.


The team provides advice and guidance on funder and REF Open Access policies. Find out more about Open Access.

REF, research policy and systems

The team provides information and advice on the Research Excellence Framework, research information and data management, and research support systems, e.g. Symplectic. Please contact Sam Sneddon for advice with any REF-related queries.


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