Our Research and Enterprise (R&E) department is split into five teams. You can find out more about our different teams, and who to contact in the pages below.

The team is led by Alicen Nickson, Director of Research and Enterprise.

Below you will find contact information for each team: 


Research Services

The Research services team will provide support:

  • Identifying and promoting new research funding opportunities
  • Costing, pricing research proposals and workflow approvals
  • Assisting with proposal development and funding strategies
  • Targeted support for major and large interdisciplinary proposals, College Enterprise Centres and Interdisciplinary Centres.
  • Advising on policy and financial matters relating to research grant applications
  • Managing institutional level peer review, demand management, and institutional led proposals
  • Managing PURE and producing management information on proposals and awards
  • Professional REF support
  • Global challenges strategy development and support
  • Research Support Fund (RSF) 

Sue Starbuck

Head of Research Services

Hanna Barclay

Research Grant Manager

Eliza Bailey

Research Services Officer (Providing support for applications funded by EU and International bodies)

Dr Christopher Daley

Research Development Manager (Providing support to Arts, Social Sciences, Management, Economics and Law)

Judyta Golding

Research Services Officer (Providing support to Arts, Social Sciences, Management, Economics and Law)

Dr Hilary Lynch

Global Challenges Strategy Manager

Kathryn Morley

Research Services Officer (Providing support to Sciences)

Emilia Siatrak

Research Information and Analysis Manager

Dr Marcela Acuna Rivera

Research Development Manager (Providing support to Sciences)

General enquiries

For general enquiries please contact researchservices@rhul.ac.uk 

Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise

The Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise team will provide support:

  • Building partnerships with industry and non-academic stakeholders to support the development of new research collaborations and impact generation
  • Impact acceleration including support for commercialisation of research outcomes
  • Regional engagement in support of College engagement with the Industrial Strategy
  • Targeted support for College Enterprise Centres and Interdisciplinary Centres
  • Development of new enterprise activities including a new incubation centre and support for PhD student enterprise
  • Supporting activity to enhance future KEF performance.

Mark Pearson

Head of Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise

Kristina Glushkova

Knowledge Exchange Manager – StoryFutures and Social Innovation

Dr Peter Palasz 

Knowledge Exchange Manager – Physical Technologies

Dr Olivia Swift

Knowledge Exchange Manager – Culture and Heritage


Knowledge Exchange Manager – Biological Technologies

Intellectual Property and Contracts

The Intellectual Property and Contracts team will provide support:

  • Negotiating and agreeing research contracts and grants on behalf of the College
  • Research project risk management
  • Facilitating project set-up for major awards
  • Providing expert advice and support on intellectual property (IP) matters and management of the College’s patent portfolio, ensuring fair and reasonable terms and clean IP.
  • Managing the University consultancy scheme
  • Support for College research ethics 

Dr Kamlesh Chauhan

Head Intellectual Property and Contracts

Gulbin Chaworth – Musters

Consultancy and Contracts Administrator

Dr Miranda Joyce

Contracts and IP Manager

Fay Kassibawi

Technology Transfer Manager

Jonathan Trapp

Contracts and IP Manager (Fixed Term)

Leisha Wickham

Grant Setup Manager

REF Support

The REF Support team will provide support:

  • Provide strategic advice and support to help secure the best possible performance for Royal Holloway.
  • Day-to-day organisation and direction for the planning, oversight and management of arrangements for REF 2021
  • Collection and preparation of narrative and data components. 
  • Systems and processes to manage and validate data.
  • Liaising with academic UoA REF leads on assessment and production of policy papers, briefings and reports.
  • To oversee specific projects arising from discussions at the University’s REF Steering group.
  • Co-ordination of the REF Operations Group 

Katherine Poole

REF Programme Manager

Gemma Vart

REF Manager

John Shepherd

REF Manager

Charlotte Thackery (joining July 2019)

REF Support Officer

Doctoral Training Partnerships

The Doctoral Training Partnerships team will provide support:


  • Management of the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training partnership.
  • Administration of the SeNSS ESRC DTP
  • Manage JeS records for UKRI funded studentships and provide data for the annual UKRI submission rate survey.
  • Administration of the Leverhulme Magna Carta studentships
  • Administration of College studentship funding. 

Carol Hughes

Doctoral Training Partnership Administrator

Jane Gawthrope

Doctoral Training Partnership Manager

John Shepherd

IT Project Manager

Emma Ward

TECHNE Training Officer