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Showcasing Hidden Roles in Research & Innovation

Universities have undertaken significant work in recent years to address a number of issues and challenges with the broader ‘research culture’. This has included dedicated action plans to support postdoctoral and early-career researchers, PGR students, technicians and other groups in the ‘research community’; however, these plans often overlook research support staff, who undertake a variety of critical roles that drive excellent research and innovation, but aren’t always recognised for this.

This campaign aims to showcase the important contributions that non-academic staff make to research and innovation activities within the University

This campaign is one element of the work taking place as part of the University’s Research Culture Action Plan (RCAP). The Plan was published in January 2021 and it represents our commitment to promote a more supportive, inclusive, and collaborative research culture over the coming years. 


Vaughan Purnell

Research Computing Manager, Information Services

Vaughan supports the provision of technical research services to the research community within Queen’s, specifically the High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities and the research data storage platform.

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Julia Miskelly

Genomics Core Technology Unit (CTU) Manager, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Julia has established and managed the Genomics CTU and its associated projects since 2017. She manages a team of 11 technicians and oversees all assay development, quality control, budgeting and business development for the unit.

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Dr Eimear O'Connor

Researcher Development Consultant, Graduate School

Eimear supports postgraduate students throughout their academic journey. Eimear helps students develop research skills, she hosts an MS Team to share resources and information, and she has created a communicating with impact series of workshops to support the dissemination of research.

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Dan Holden

Head of Open Research, Information Services

Dan manages the Open Research Team, who are responsible for managing the University’s read and publish journal agreements. The Team also assisted with the University’s REF submission, by ensuring that all the journal articles and conference papers published by academic staff were eligible for assessment.

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Gillian Riddell

Senior Technician, School of Biological Sciences

Gillian has a number of responsibilities, such as Athena Swan Co-Champion, Environmental Health & Safety Advisor, Equipment Liaison Officer, First Aider and is Technical Lead for the Technician Commitment. Gillian also works closely with students and academic staff, organising courses, managing labs, and contributing to research projects.

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Niamh McElherron

Centre Manager, Centre for Public Health

Niamh is responsible for the financial, human resource and physical resource of the Centre for Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Life and Health Sciences, and acts as the conduit between the University's Faculty/Directorates and all staff and postgraduate research and taught students.

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Louise Dunlop

Head of Research Governance, Ethics and Integrity, Research and Enterprise Directorate

Louise is responsible for ensuring that the University can demonstrate compliance with legislative and good practice requirements for research governance, ethics and integrity; and that academic, research and professional support staff know and understand their obligations.

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Donal Phillips

Business Development Manager, Creative Industries

Donal is based in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and provides project management capacity and strategic support on industry engagement while shaping key initiatives with timely and relevant industry input, guidance or insight.

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James Dillon

Research Impact and Engagement Manager, Research and Enterprise Directorate

James is based in the Research Policy Office in the Research and Enterprise Directorate and is responsible for providing support for researchers in identifying potential impact, developing clear evidence for established impact, and supporting public engagement and communication in relation to the University’s impact agenda.

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Geoff Davis

Technician, School of Natural and Built Environment

Geoff currently manages the Materials Characterisation Laboratory and the Thin Sections Laboratory in the School of Natural and Built Environment within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. He works daily with students, academics, researchers and businesses to identify a range of solutions to significant technical issues.

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Dr Amber Glanfield

Research Administrator, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Amber is based in the Research Office in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. She provides administrative and strategic support within the School, works closely with the Director of Research and the Director of Postgraduates, and manages clerical staff within the School Research Office.

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Dr Mani Narayanan

Research Development Manager, Research and Enterprise Directorate

Mani is based in the Research Development Team and supports academics from the Faculties of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences (MHLS) and Engineering & Physical Sciences (EPS) to develop research proposals to secure grant funding.

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Dr Karen McGeough

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Manager, Research and Enterprise Directorate

Karen McGeough is based in the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Office in the Research and Enterprise Directorate. KTPs offer a unique opportunity for academic staff at Queen's to engage with UK Business, and Karen's role involves cultivating effective relationships with stakeholders to identify and develop high potential projects, and facilitating and supporting partnership building and proposal development.

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Marc Fuchs

Technician, Genomics Core Technology Unit

Marc works in the Genomics Core Technology Unit (GCTU) in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. He supports the unit in the wet lab with a wide spectrum of DNA and RNA sequencing techniques; and played a key role in implementing a new workflow designed for high-throughput sequencing of Coronavirus samples in the lab.

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Claire Brown

Research Technician, School of Biological Sciences

Claire Brown is a Research Technician based in the School of Biological Sciences, in the Faculty of Medicine, Life and Health Sciences, and is involved in training and supporting students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) in parasitological lab techniques.

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Paul Monahan

Learning and Development Consultant, People and Culture Directorate

Paul Monahan is based in Organisational Development in the People and Culture Directorate. His primary responsibility is developing and implementing a staff-learning programme for academic and research staff at Queen’s.

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