The Research Policy Unit (RPU)

The Research Policy Unit develops, implements and monitors the University Research Strategy. It is responsible for:

  • supporting the development of research projects and programmes;
  • the enhancement of research quality and developing our Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions;
  • co-ordination of research integrity activities ethics, policy, governance and compliance with research Concordats;
  • management and reporting of research-related management information;
  • providing dedicated impact support for pre and post award activities;
  • development and implementation of research systems and research operations;
  • managing the Research Internal Funding & Investment (RIF) and Quality Research (QR) funding;
  • development and dissemination of institutional research publications and other communications;
  • contributing to researcher development activities (with Doctoral College).

 The Directorate oversees the management of institutional submissions to research assessment exercises (e.g. RAE 2008, REF 2014, 2021) and statutory returns. It works with the International Centre to internationalise research undertaken by the University and assist with the development of networks for Horizon Europe or other forthcoming international initiatives.

It also works with others in the University to address questions around gender imbalance in research leadership positions and to provide the framework to support the development of researchers at all stages of their career in collaboration with HR and the University Careers Service.

RPU Staff

Name & ProfileRole
Professor Silke Machold Dean of Research and Head of the Research Policy Unit
Dr Benjamin Halligan Director of the Doctoral College
Dr Camelia Dijkstra Head of Research Services
Dr Debra Cureton Associate Professor of Equality in Learning and Teaching
Jill Morgan Research Integrity Manager
Vacant Post Research Systems and Operations Manager 
Susan Goodlad Research Development Manager
Dr Amy Tan Research Development Manager
Dr Ben Coleman Research Impact Officer
Jo Mills Research Impact Officer
Dr Chris Wyatt Research Impact Officer
Dr Stephen Greenfield RPU/ Doctoral College Administrative Officer