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.