Research Policy Unit (RPU)

The Research Policy Unit develops, implements and monitors the University Research Strategy. It is responsible for:

  • supporting the development of research projects and programmes;
  • the enhancement of research quality and developing our Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions;
  • co-ordination of research integrity activities ethics, policy, governance and compliance with research Concordats;
  • management and reporting of research-related management information;
  • providing dedicated impact support for pre and post award activities;
  • development and implementation of research systems and research operations;
  • managing the Research Internal Funding & Investment (RIF) and Quality Research (QR) funding;
  • development and dissemination of institutional research publications and other communications;
  • contributing to researcher development activities (with Doctoral College).

The Directorate oversees the management of institutional submissions to research assessment exercises (e.g. RAE 2008, REF 2014, 2021) and statutory returns. It works with the International Centre to internationalise research undertaken by the University and assist with the development of networks for Horizon Europe or other forthcoming international initiatives.

It also works with others in the University to address questions around gender imbalance in research leadership positions and to provide the framework to support the development of researchers at all stages of their career in collaboration with HR and the University Careers Service.

Name Role
Professor Silke Machold Dean of Research and Head of the Research Policy Unit
Dr Stephen Greenfield RPU/ Doctoral College Administrative Officer
Loreal Stokes RE/OfS ‘That’s me! Project Manager
The Doctoral College

The Doctoral College’s mission is to support all staff and student researchers at the University of Wolverhampton.  All of our postgraduate research students studying in the UK or abroad, part-time or full-time, are part of both their Faculty and the Doctoral College community.

For more information visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/DoctoralCollege 

Name Role
Dr Benjamin Halligan Director of the Doctoral College
Dr Debra Cureton Associate Professor of Equality in Learning and Teaching/ Research Development Manager
Research Services

Research Services advises, guides and supports research strategic & operational priorities & activities of academic staff with Significant Responsibility for Research within the University’s Faculties & Institutes across the range of their business & the academic mission of the University.

For more information visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/research/researchservices   

Name Role
Dr Camelia Dijkstra Head of Research Services
Research Integrity & Governance Team
Jill Morgan Research Integrity Manager
Jason Jawando Research Support Administrator (FABSS)
Harbinder Johal Research Support Administrator (FSE)
Alexandra Worton Research Support Administrator (FEHW)
Research Systems & Operations Team
James Barfield Research Systems and Operations Manager 
Research Development Team
Susan Goodlad Research Development Manager
Dr Amy Tan Research Development Manager
Research Impact & Excellence Team
Dr Chris Wyatt Research Impact & Policy Manager
Jo Mills Research Impact Officer
Dr Andrea Scarpato Research Impact Officer
Bidding Support Team
Katherine Howard Project Bidding Development Manager
Helen Fowler Funding Information and Research Officer
Vicky Brett Funding Information and Research Officer
Silvia Haycox Research Funding Manager
Lisa George External Funding Officer
Angelique King Bidding Support Officer
Nicky Green Bidding Support Coordinator
Dr Rupert Avis Funding Information & Research Officer (maternity cover)
Catherine Sillitoe Funding Information & Research Officer (maternity cover)