Meet the Research Culture & Researcher Development Team
We work as one team across Research Culture and Researcher Development. We aim to ensure that every member of our research ecosystem is supported to be at their best, and to be part of an engaging, fair, and collegial environment in which people help each other to succeed and to make informed, active choices about their career ahead.
Head of Research Culture & Researcher Development
Kay leads the Research Culture & Researcher Development Team at the University of Glasgow. The team works in pursuit of our ambition that every member of our research ecosystem, should be supported to be at their best, and to be part of an engaging, fair, and collegial environment in which people help each other to succeed and to make informed active choices about their career ahead. Kay's own specialisms and research interests are in mentoring, research supervisor and leader development, and in community building – anything that revolves around a good quality conversation. In 2018 Kay was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her impact in creating developmental reseach cultures, and this is where her leadership at UofG focuses.
Researcher Development Manager
Joanna leads the team responsible for delivering our rich frameworks of university-wide professional development for all researchers, including Postgraduate Researchers, Research Staff, and Research Supervisors. These programmes, activities and events are designed to enrich researchers’ skills and working relationships, foster their talents, and accelerate their professional prospects. Joanna also leads the Talent Lab suite of research leadership programmes. Joanna is passionate about excellent training and teaching and has committed her career to widening participation, building academic literacies, and fostering supportive communities for different cohorts connected with the University of Glasgow.
Research Culture Manager
Rachel leads the Research Culture Team, overseeing delivery of the five UofG Culture Priorities: Open Research, Research Integrity, Career Development, Collegiality and Research Recognition. This includes leading several flagship projects related to the Career Destinations of Researchers, the PI Development Strategy, and career enhancement for Research Professional Staff. Her aim is to enable all colleagues who contribute to research to develop their confidence to create positive environments, to be better connected with each other, and ultimately to be able to do the best possible research.
Jennifer is the Writing Adviser for PGRs across all four Colleges of the University of Glasgow. She designs and delivers workshops on a range of topics relevant to writing during the PhD, and also works on a 1:1 basis with PGRs with specific questions or issues to address. She has co-authored two books on writing in the sciences and collaborates with colleagues across the institution in order to innovatively support researchers in the development of their writing skills.
Research Governance and Integrity Manager
Samantha sits within the Research Policy, Governance and Integrity portfolio in Research Services. She leads the Research Governance and Integrity team to deliver policy, training and support structures, for PGRs, for Supervisors and PIs, and for Research Staff. Sam and her team play a key role in developing researchers and in supporting research that is conducted to the highest standards of academic rigour, to increase the quality of, and trust in, our research record.
PGR Mental Health Adviser
Suzie is the University’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Campaigns Advisor and PGR Mental Health Advisor, and she leads our Wellbeing Team within Counselling & Psychological Services. Suzie is passionate about building mental health literacy through accessible and engaging communications and activities, and supporting UofG PGRs to build their self-knowledge and access the right workshops, services and support.
Researcher Development Project Officer
Rachel is the lead for the Talent Lab Flourish programme which offers a framework of career-oriented support for Research Staff across the University of Glasgow. The programme provides tailored support for researchers that broadens their awareness of career options and promotes cross-sector mobility. Rachel is passionate about supporting and empowering Research Staff to develop their own unique career paths in whatever sector they choose.
British Academy Early Career Network (Scotland Hub) Project Officer
Robyne (she/her) leads on the Scottish hub of the British Academy Early Career Researcher Network. She is excited about fostering new opportunities to support researchers to further their professional development and collaborate across Scotland. She welcomes enquiries about the network and how it can support researcher-led projects in the SHAPE disciplines. Robyne’s research specialism is in cultural history with research and teaching experience in the history of art, design, fashion, and architecture, including PhD supervision and researcher development. She is also a Research Affiliate in History of Art and teaches Short Courses.
Researcher Development Specialist (Research Staff)
Rhoda leads on Researcher Development for Research Staff, including the implementation of the Researcher Development Concordat, through development of a wide range of opportunities, experiences and resources for Research Staff. She is committed to empowering researchers to communicate, create, collaborate and make informed strategic choices about their career and development while contributing to a positive and open research culture.
Research Culture Specialist (Communities & Collegiality)
As Research Culture Specialist for Communities & Collegiality, Elaine facilitates our researcher communities, networks, and mentoring programmes. Having gained her PhD at UofG, Elaine is passionate about finding ways to ensure that UofG staff and students are able to get the most out of their experiences at the university. Elaine is enthusiastic about fostering strong relationships and believes everyone can find their place in the UofG community. Therefore, her work is centered around ‘Collegiality’, which is a Research Culture priority for UofG.
Researcher Development Specialist (PGR)
Emma leads of Researcher Development for Postgraduate Research Students.
Emma is a passionate educator and committed to ensuring PGRs develop skills during their degree which will benefit a career both in and out of academia. PGR Researcher Development at the University of Glasgow is a rich programme of over 250 courses, including mandatory courses which focus on essentials for all researchers and optional courses which allows PGRs to identify their own areas of professional development.
Emma comes from a lecturing background and has experience in pedagogical design and promoting inclusive teaching practices. In 2023 she was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Glasgow for her work on improving teaching practices to make geoscience fieldtrips more accessible to students.
Research Culture Project Officer
Calum studied English Literature and History followed by Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Glasgow, and then he carried out postgraduate research in History. He has taught at the University of Glasgow and the University of Stirling. Calum started work in Research Services in January 2023. He works to support the Research Culture Team across many projects, including taking a lead on the Pathfinder Career Narratives blog posts series, and the Pathfinder LinkedIn page which posts daily research careers content.
Research Culture Specialist (Career Destinations)
Yinka is committed to helping researchers maximise opportunities at UofG to prepare for careers outside of academia. He brings onboard experience and passion for mentoring and supporting researchers in their career journeys. His work within the Research Culture & Researcher Development Team is focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of 'Pathfinder: your career, your way' including design of a new mentoring initiative for for careers outside of academia. His recent innovations include Pathfinder Interview Panels which provide a mock interview services to prepare UofG researchers to maximise job opportunities and advance their careers.
Research Information Manager
Valerie sits within the University Library and leads on the areas of Research Data Management and Open Access publishing for the University of Glasgow and plays a key role in supporting transparency, rigour, and reproducibility through facilitating early sharing of research data, software, code, and materials to a wider audience.
Nadine is the PGR Writing Intern for 2023-2024. She will be working on the planning, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of PGR writing resources, such as WriteFest, writing workshops, inter-university writing retreats, and peer writing support. Nadine believes that an effective writing practice is built through having access to writing-specific development resources, and a supportive community. Nadine’s always writing at present, as she is in the last year of her PhD in Mechanical Engineering. When Nadine is not working, she spends her time painting, playing with her dog and occasionally weightlifting.
Gabriela (she/her) is currently in the last year of a PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences and has been part of the Researcher Staff Development team since August 2023. Within the team, she leads the Coffee Connect initiative, facilitates the monthly Research Staff Assembly and the quarterly Research Staff Inductions. When she is not organising events for researcher staff, collecting experimental data in the lab or talking about professional development, she is usually found running, cycling, swimming or napping.
PGR Events and Communications Intern
Sasha (PhD Education) is the PGR Development Intern for 2023-2024, taking care of events and competitions for UofG PGRs, such as the Induction Week, Three-Minute Thesis (3MT), This PhD Life Conference, and Visualise Your Thesis (VYT). Also, he maintains social media channels to make doctoral researchers aware of relevant PGR Development opportunities. Sasha believes in the power of connections, support structures, and co-curricular opportunities to promote a sense of belonging, meaning, and growth in one’s PhD journey. In his spare time, Sasha loves to jog, hike, and travel but these days, he’s mostly parenting.
Hollie Jackson Ireland
Research Culture Intern
Hollie is the Research Culture Intern for 2023-2024. She is responsible for handling administration and comms for Catalyst Mentoring, and providing support for the launch of the Research Professionals Network and the Parenting Network. Hollie is passionate about creating a positive, supportive environment for all members of the research community. She believes in embracing diversity and striving for equality and inclusion, so we can create a community wherein all members are supported and encouraged to thrive. Outside of her role as an intern, she is a virology PhD student and you’ll find her over in Garscube campus researching how our bodies fight against HIV.
Paola Alarcon Lopez
PGR Communities' Intern
Paola is the PGR communities’ intern for 2023–2024 and is responsible for facilitating the PGR gardening group, the PGR Bookshelf, and the PGR walk. Paola deeply believes that contact with nature and feeling part of a community are powerful sources of well-being. Outside of this, she is working on her PhD in Law. When she is not working she loves to spend time with family and friends, dancing and watching, and occasionally playing tennis.