Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Dr Brian Williams



I have over 25 years research experience and 12 years’ experience of leading two different joint university multidisciplinary research units: 5 years as Associate Director and 7 as Director. I do not consider myself a typical academic. Although I maintain an international profile for my personal research in behavioural science and research methods my key focus and national & international reputation is on development of research expertise at the individual, group and organizational level – especially in the area of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (see below). This includes levering and facilitating national policy, and working across HEIs; both Units I have directed have been joint enterprises between two universities.

2005-2010 Associate Director and then Director of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (Universities of Dundee & St Andrews) expanded from 2 FTE academic staff to a total of 25 researchers including two professors, a reader and a number of research fellows and research assistants.

2011-2016 Director of the Chief Scientist Office, Midwifery & Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP RU –Universities of Stirling & Glasgow Caledonian) - this more than doubled in size to over 60 people over a four year period, and an 8-10 fold increase in funding across our two sites (current annual spend £2.75m per annum), and with grant success rates of approximately 50%. The Unit also tripled its staff contribution to REF from 2008 to 2015.

2014-2016 Dean of Research Enhancement University of Stirling. This is a university wide role with a remit to develop the research income of the university and develop capacity and capability across all Schools in the University.


Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Health Research Board for Ireland- young investigator fellowship panel
  • Health Research Board for Ireland - Chair of national funding review group for national PhD programme
  • Health Research Board for Ireland - SPHERE National PhD programme Review Panel Member
  • Norwegian Research Council- HSR panel
  • Chief Scientist Office HSR Fellowship Panel
  • Chief Scientist Office HSR Fundng Panel


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