Programme Manager at Vitae.

I have worked for Vitae, as a passionate supporter of researcher development for over 15 years in a variety of project management and training and development roles, both in the UK and Europe.  I am one of Vitae’s most experienced project managers with a particular interest in researcher career development and fulfilment, intersectoral mobility and equality and diversity particularly gender.

I believe that the RRING project is extremely exciting and timely as it tackles a number of issues central to much of Vitae’s work around developing researchers to maximise their potential and address the barriers to both successful researchers and research that we see today particularly around the divide between the academic and non-academic world.  Collaboration and openness will be so important to overall society development and wellbeing in the future.

My most recent project was as co-ordinator of a EURAXESS programme which highlighted the barriers of academic intersectoral mobility demonstrating that this still needs to be tackled on a large scale by both academia and business in order to ensure that researchers are able to fulfil their potential and achieve their best work.  This can be done through better public engagement and heightened public understanding of its importance through science education.  For too long there has been a wider lack of understanding about what researchers do.

On a personal note I am passionate about gender issues and opportunities and as a working mother working in an academic environment, I am more than aware of some of the challenges entrenched in this area and the barriers needed to successfully overcome them.  I have developed resources for gender and wider equality and diversity training for academics and I am keen to see this area develop, it is exciting to work on a project which will look to draw together expertise on this.

The global scale of this project will create a network that will move the RRI agenda forwards for all researchers and develop something that has long term relevance and sustainability.  I am really looking forward to playing my part.