During the final stages of my History degree at the University of Utrecht, I was offered the opportunity to gain some work experience in the UK for a year at the University of Leeds International Medieval Institute. Some 25 years later, I am still in in the UK, but with enormous amount of experience and knowledge in research administration and management richer. During these 25 years, I have been able to substantially broaden my horizon and gain a proven record of successful delivery in various research management and research & innovation development roles at the Universities of Leeds, Manchester, York and Hull. All this experience has accumulated in becoming the Interim Director of Research & Innovation at the University of Hull.
As the interim Director of R&I, I am responsible for the delivery of the University's Research Strategy and raising Hull’s research profile in the national and international research community. I also set out the key aims and objectives, milestones and workplans for the central R&I team. The R&I teams include: Research Excellence, Governance and Impact; Research Contracts; Research & Innovation Development; and Research & Innovation Funding Office.
Collaborating closely with the PVC R&E, the Director of Knowledge Exchange, and senior academic and professional colleagues across the University, I work to increase the value and visibility of our research excellence and impact, and through engagement with regional, national and international stakeholders including other HE institutions, government, corporate and third sector, promote the University’s research agenda.
What I enjoy most about what I do is working closely with academics, finding out what makes them tick, what their research ambitions and plans are, and creatively work out how I can best help them to achieve these. By doing this, I also help to achieve the University Research ambitions at same time.