Research and Innovation Services

Research and Innovation Services works with academic colleagues and with industry clients to create and apply knowledge for the benefit of society, culture and the economy.

Specialist RIS staff support and promote the funding and management of research activity across the University. In addition, specific support is also available within RIS for the commercialisation of research - e.g. taking out a patent, licensing research to a company, or forming a spin-out company.

Research and Innovation Services Senior Team


Jennifer Johnson

0191 227 4908


Andrew Poole

Head of REF Preparations

0191 227 4702



Jess ScottJess Holmes
Pre-Award Manager

0191 227 3026



Heather Ledgerwood

Executive Assistant to the Director

0191 227 4004