Supporting institutional and cross-faculty activities


As well as supporting the aims of individual researchers, departments and faculties, R&IS supports developments, initiatives and projects which are interdisciplinary, cross-faculty or institutional in nature. R&IS also supports the University's approach to regional engagement and translational research, working in partnership to drive innovation, productivity and growth across the Sheffield City Region. Many of these institutional activities are externally funded through the Research Councils and HEFCE, with dedicated members of staff for each initiative.

R&IS is able to take on roles that are not always achievable at faculty level. For example; providing institutional objectivity, offering University-wide dissemination of good practice and specialist expertise, supporting coherence and consistency across faculties and acting as a contact point for external bodies. R&IS can also provide direct service provision where this provides economies of scale and specialist expertise, e.g. research integrity, demonstration of impact and interdisciplinary research development support.

The below tabs show our current institutional and cross faculty priority areas. Find out how you can get involved in these activities by contacting the relevant R&IS representative or visiting the webpage for further information and guidance:


For information contact:

Mike ArnottMike Arnott

Director of IP Development & Commercialisation
Commercialisation Team

T: 0114 2227448

Mike leads the Commercialisation team who are focused on helping researchers develop work that will be of interest to industry by building a commercial case and developing intellectual property to attract collaborators, partners and funders. The team also have access to finance through a newly established fund that an invest up to £150,000 in projects with strong commercial potential.


Visit the Commercialisation webpages

Early career researcher support

For information contact:

PortsmouthBryony Portsmouth

Researcher Professional Development Team Leader
Researcher Professional Development Team

T: 0114 2220990

Bryony leads the Researcher Professional Development team, whose mission is to provide Think Ahead, “a framework for the continuous professional development of researchers at the University of Sheffield, supporting individual career ambitions in and beyond academia.” Alongside this, the University-wide team drive institutional change to enable sustainable improvements in practice, structures and cultures that support researchers to develop themselves and therefore deliver world class research. 


Visit the Researcher Portal

Economic development

For information on regional development contact:

KNIGHTYasmin Knight

Economic Impact Manager
Research Partnerships and Engagement

T: 0114 222 1057

Yasmin is the University's operational link to the Local Enterprise Partnership, and economic policy officers in the region. Her role is to bring together the University's research with local economic development priorities in a mutually advantageous way.

Regional Development

Visit the Sheffield City Region webpages

EU and large grant implementation

For information contact: 

IsaacDr Andrew Isaacs

EU Implementation Manager
Research Development Team

T: 0114 2221338

Andrew works across professional services and with Faculties to support the implementation of EU, large and/or strategically important research awards.

EU Research

Visit the EU webpage

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

For information contact:

KnightDr Mel Knight

Interdisciplinary Research Development Manager
Research Development Team


Mel and colleagues across R&IS are working with their faculty counterparts to disseminate information about GCRF opportunities, organise workshops to support interdisciplinary collaboration and share intelligence about how funds will be administered. Support is available for anyone preparing an application to a GCRF call, including guidance on ODA compliance.


Visit the GCRF webpage


For information contact:

Cliona_BOYLECliona Boyle

Institutional Impact Co-ordinator
Research Development Team

T: 0114 2227449

Cliona works across the HEI sector and with funders to provide advice to support the development of Impact Strategies and promote best practice. She works across the Institution to ensure researchers understand the importance of impact in all its forms.


Visit the Impact webpage

Innovation & knowledge exchange

For information contact:

Chris_BAKERChris Baker

Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Co-ordinator
Research Partnerships and Engagement

T: 0114 2227443

Chris is responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of the University's Impact, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange activity, including the transfer of best practice between Faculties and the adminisitration of the University's HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund) and IAA (Impact Accelerator Account) funding.

Knowledge Exchange

Visit the Impact, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IIKE) webpage

PGR development

For information contact:

Charlotte WilliamsCharlotte Williams

Doctoral Academy Manager
Doctoral Development Team

T: 0114 22 21432

The Doctoral Development Team provides support for the Doctoral Development Programme, the Graduate Research Centre and the development of the new PGR programmes.

Doctoral Academy

Visit the Doctoral Academy webpage

Public engagement

For information contact:

OLDFIELDGreg Oldfield

Head of Public Engagement
Research Partnerships and Engagement

T: 0114 2220561

Greg is responsible for supporting academics or early career researchers to enable them to bring their research closer to the public and create greater impact locally, nationally and internationally.


Visit the Public Engagement webpage

Quality and research integrity

For information contact:

Unwin Lindsay Unwin

Team Leader
Quality and Research Integrity

T: 0114 2221443

Lindsay and her team contribute to wider efforts to foster research excellence by promoting the understanding and upholding of good practices in research across all disciplines. This includes advice and support on ethical issues in research that involve human participants, issues of integrity of relevance to all research (for example preparing for and managing risks involved in collaborations, authorship, publication, engaging stakeholders).


Visit the Research Integrity and Ethics webpage


For information contact:

Allman Dave Jones

REF Operations Manager
Research Information Team

T: 0114 2220994

Dave works with faculties and professional services to help prepare the University for REF exercises. He provides advice, guidance and best practice on all aspects of the REF, and works with the dPVC and faculties to co-ordinate the annual stock-take. He also works closely with other professional services to put systems in place to help departments and researchers comply with HEFCE requirements, such as on Open Access.


Visit the REF webpage

Research capital equipment

For information contact:

Allman Lee Allman

Research Strategy Manager
Research Development Team

T: 0114 2221418

Lee is responsible for providing information and advice to support the development of strategic capital equipment applications and capital development plans across the University. He also acts as the secretary for the Capital Research Assets Group chaired by (Professor John Derrick) which Advise the Estates and Capital Sub-Group (ECSG) on the shape, size and capabilities of capital research equipment at Sheffield and recommends investment on capital research equipment.

Capital Equipment

Visit the Capital Equipment webpage

Research partnerships development and management

For information contact:

HambletonDr Ruth Hambleton

Partnerships Manager
Research Partnerships and Engagement

T: 0114 2227433

Ruth provides management information and is responsible for the roll out of a new CRM system. She also provides support to develop partnerships with individual companies who require a single point of contact, someone to be responsible for the relationship at an institutional level, for example with Siemens and Airbus.


Visit the Research Partnerships webpage