Our people

Our research influences policy, changes lives and helps us to understand the world so that we can make it better. We're proud of our staff and how their work makes a difference.

Vice-President for Innovation

Professor David Petley

Professor David Petley

Dave provides the strategic lead for research and innovation across the University. He is responsible for developing and delivering the University's research strategy, ensuring that the local community gains maximum benefits from research at Sheffield.

Professor David Petley's staff page

Vice-President for Research

Professor Sue Hartley

Professor Sue Hartley

Sue leads on the University’s research activity, including research excellence, the flagship institutes, Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparations, grant activity and impact. She works closely with Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Innovation.

Professor Sue Hartley's staff profile


Faculty Directors of Research & Innovation

Our five Faculty Directors of Research & Innovation (FDRIs) are responsible for developing and leading research, innovation and knowledge exchange strategies for their respective research areas. 

Arts and Humanities: Professor Nicola Dibben

Nicola Dibben is Professor in Music, and took up the role of Faculty Director of Research and Innovation in 2018.

Research and Innovation in the Faculty

Professor Nicola Dibben's staff page

Engineering: Professor George Panoutsos

George is Professor of Computational Intelligence, with research work focusing on interpretable and explainable machine learning including theoretical work at the interface between control systems engineering and computer science. Over the past 10 years, George's research work has been used on high profile commercial processes and products with significant engineering and societal impact.

Research and innovation in the faculty

Staff profile for Professor Panoutsos

Medicine, Dentistry and Health: Professor Wendy Baird

Wendy Baird's research interests focus on inequalities in health and access to health services for both those with chronic disabling diseases and those who are socially excluded from care, as well as being a leading national advocate for public and patient involvement in research.

Research and innovation in the faculty

Professor Baird's staff page

Science: Professor Simon Foster

Simon is a Professor of Molecular Microbiology having worked for over 20 years on the molecular physiology of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), a major cause of death and disease in humans.

Research and innovation in the faculty

Professor Foster's staff page

Social Sciences: Professor John Flint

John is currently the Co-Executive Managing Editor of the Housing Studies journal and a Trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation. He was also a member of the REF2014 sub-panel 16 and was formerly a member of the Housing Studies Association Executive Committee.

Research and innovation in the faculty

Professor John Flint's staff page