Our Research and Knowledge Exchange Team

The Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) department is responsible for the University’s strategy around impactful, collaborative, excellent and sustainable research.

Supporting all aspects of research grant applications and contract negotiation, we’re currently leading preparations for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

We work with our academics in several cross-functional ways, including:

  • Identifying suitable funding opportunities for grants and advising on all aspects of the application process
  • Providing high-quality training for researchers at all career stages
  • Contributing to research strategy and policy at university and school level
  • Implementing and managing research management systems
  • Providing a ‘service hub’ of knowledge and expertise on research matters.

Contact Us
 

Leadership Team

Professor Simon Green – Pro-vice-Chancellor (Research)
c/o Julie Goodwin - j.goodwin1@aston.ac.uk
Responsible for the University’s strategy around impactful, collaborative, excellent and sustainable research, as well as leading preparations for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Also serving on the Executive Management Group of Midlands Innovation, which brings together Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick Universities.

Mark Smith – Executive Director of Business Engagement
c/o Sharon Benzing - s.a.benzing@aston.ac.uk
Holds strategic responsibility for all business engagement activities and showcases the commercial benefits of working with Aston to business, professional and public sector organisations. This includes Aston’s business growth programmes, student placements, knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs), and other initiatives. Mark also oversees the development of degree apprenticeship programmes, where students work and study over the course of their degree gaining the exact skills their employer needs.

Dr Angela Jeffrey - Director of Strategic Regional Projects
a.jeffery@aston.ac.uk 
Leading on Regional engagement and strategy, including the development of Aston’s Civic University Agreement, and coordinating strategic projects. Also working closely with our strategic partners, Citizens UK and the Aston Villa Foundation as well as Aston University staff such as the College Associate Deans for Public Engagement and other teams across the university including Centre for Growth, CREME, Student Recruitment and Outreach, Business Support projects, Estates, Go Green champions, Careers & Placements, the Students Union and DARO.

John Richards – Director of Knowledge Exchange
J.E.Richards@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4254       
Working closely with colleagues in the the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office to facilitate the strategic direction of the department to deliver knowledge exchange activities, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Intellectual Property.

Rebecca Stokes - Director of Research Strategy, Funding and Impact
r.stokes2@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3099
Leading the RKE team with responsibility for research funding, impact, research systems and REF. We work closely with colleagues in other RKE teams (Knowledge Exchange, Research Integrity, Graduate School, International, Regional) and Professional Services (particularly Finance, Libraries, International, Philanthropy, and Office of the General Council), to support the work of academics and researchers. 

Knowledge Exchange

Lana Amosova - Knowledge Transfer Partnership Support Coordinator
l.amosova@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3151
Providing administrative support of Aston University’s KTP portfolio. Working closely with colleagues to provide an efficient and customer-focused service to company partners, academic staff, KTP Associates, KTP Advisors and Innovate UK.

Dr Keith Jones - Innovation Business Development Manager (MICRA)
k.jones13@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4067
Supporting academics with all aspects of translational research, with a particular focus on Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator (MICRA) projects. Working closely to define projects, apply for funding, ensure intellectual property protection and spinout company creation and support.

Veronica Littlewood - Strategic Funding Manager (Business and Social Sciences)
v.littlewood@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3814
Supporting the development of a portfolio of funded research for the College of Business and Social Sciences (BSS). Working closely with the Associate Deans for Research to develop a funding strategy for the College, and supporting high-quality research funding applications through bid development, training and provision of advice and guidance on funder priorities and opportunities.

Martin May – Knowledge Transfer Partnership Manager
M.R.May@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4253

Luke Southan - Technology Transfer Manager
l.southan@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 5160
Supporting the College of Health and Life Sciences with all aspects of translational research working closely to define projects, apply for funding, ensure intellectual property protection and spinout company creation and support.

Zaheda Teladia ­– Business Development Manager (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships)
z.teladia1@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3937
Identifying and building mutually beneficial partnerships between academics and companies across a broad range of programmes including collaborative R&D and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Emily Wakefield - Industrial Projects Manager
e.l.wakefield@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3396

Research

Larry Atwood - REF Impact Manager
l.atwood@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4871
Advising researchers and facilitating training for their planning of routes to impact for beneficiaries beyond Aston, and their evidencing of the impacts achieved. Also facilitating the reporting of impacts arising from Aston research, including for statutory exercises such as the Research Excellence Framework.

James Crawford - Impact Officer
j.crawford2@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3208
Advising researchers and facilitating training for their planning of routes to impact for beneficiaries beyond Aston, and their evidencing of the impacts achieved. Also facilitating the reporting of impacts arising from Aston research, including for statutory exercises such as the Research Excellence Framework.

Dr Rich Gough - Research and Information and Systems Manager
r.gough@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4602
Leading on the collection and analysis of internal and external research-related data, in particular data preparation for REF. Managing PURE, ensuring it meets the needs of academics and professional services.

Daniel Hayes - Research Officer
d.hayes@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3728
Supporting the collection and analysis of data for the Aston REF return, with a specific focus on Research Environment, while providing administrative research support to colleagues in RKE.

Dr Purbani Chakrabarti - Strategic Funding Manager (Engineering and Physical Sciences)
p.chakrabarti@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4826
Developing and implementing a strategic approach to research development in the College Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS). Supporting academics to develop high-quality grant funding applications.

Paul Knobbs - International Research Manager
P.R.Knobbs@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3000
Responsible for supporting the development of international research projects submitted to a range of funding sources, such as the EU programmes, Newton and GCRF.

Dr Jen Whale - Strategic Funding Manager (Life Health Sciences)
j.whale1@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3892
Developing and implementing a strategic approach to grant capture in the College of Life and Health Sciences (LHS). Supporting academics to develop high-quality research funding applications.

Kevin O'Reilly - Awards and Contracts Specialist
k.d.oreilly@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4241

Dr Karina Tveen-Jensen - Grants and Contracts Officer (Health Life Sciences)
k.tveen-jensen@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 5020
Assisting academics with submission if applications for research funding, reporting on applications and awards, and drafting and negotiating contracts for successful funding applications.

Suzie Hayman - Grants and Contracts Officer (Business Social Sciences)
s.hayman1@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4716
Assisting academics with submission of applications for research funding, reporting on applications and awards, and setting up contracts for successful funding applications. 

Angels Odena - Grants and Contracts Officer (Engineering and Physical Sciences)
a.odena@aston.ac.uk
Assisting academics with submission of applications for research funding, reporting on applications and awards, and setting up contracts for successful funding applications.

Ronni Littlewood - Strategic Funding Manager (Business and Social Sciences)
v.littlewood@aston.ac.uk 
Developing and implementing a strategic approach to grant capture in the College of Health and Life Sciences. Supporting academics to develop high-quality research funding applications

Research Integrity

Matt Richards - Research Integrity Officer
m.richards3@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 5069
First point of contact for matters relating to research ethics, research integrity and human tissue work at Aston. Secretary to University Ethics Committee (UREC) and Research Integrity Committee (RIC).

Professor James Wolffhson – Associate PVC of Research Integrity
J.S.W.Wolffsohn@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4140
Overseeing research integrity policy procedures, including the research ethics portal. Chair of the Research Integrity Committee (RIC), University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) and Designated Individual for the human tissue act licence. 

Graduate School

Farat Ara – PGR Administration Manager          
f.ara@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3501           
Leading the Postgraduate Research (PGR) Administration team within the Graduate School. The team is responsible for operational management of the postgraduate research degree lifecycle, from enquiry through to award, and supports all PGR applicants, current students and supervisors. 

Stephen Baker - PGR Admissions/Bursaries Officer
s.baker@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 5246           

Dr Fatosh Eren Bilgen – Researcher  Development Advisor
f.erenbilgen@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4609
Designing and delivering training sessions and development activities for postgraduate and early career researchers; coordinating the Graduate School’s annual researcher training programme and PGR inductions. 

Caroline Brocklebank – PGR Progression/ Completion Officer
c.brocklebank@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 4154           
Administration of all aspects relating to progression/completion for postgraduate research degree programmes. 

Sinead Cussen - Programme Support Officer           
s.cussen@aston.ac.uk 

Catherine Jarrett – PGR Progression/ Completion Officer           
c.jarrett2@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 3004           
Administration of the progression of postgraduate research students. 

Katy Physick – PGR Admissions/ Marketing Officer
k.physick@aston.ac.uk | 0121 204 5458         
Administration of all aspects relating to admissions for postgraduate research degree programmes.

research-impact-case-studies

Midlands Innovation Shared Facilities

We are a member of Midlands Innovation, a world-class research and innovation partnership, combining the collective excellence of leading universities in the heart of the UK. The Midlands Innovation equipment catalogue facilitates equipment sharing between its research-intensive universities, with a repository of all equipment available at each member institution. Discover the research facilities you can access as part of this consortium here.

Go to Midlands Innovation equipment catalogue