In January 2014, I took over as a Head of Division Innovation, Management and Policy (IMP) in Manchester Business School (MBS). This provides an academic home for about 90 staff, working in three academic units and one research institute (the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research).
Between 2003 and 2009 I was involved in academic leadership and organisation building in two ways:
Between 2003 and 2006 I was the PGR Director of Manchester Business School. In this position I
a) facilitated the merger of the four ‘mother’ organisations; and
b) facilitated the development of the Doctoral School and Training Programme of MBS and mobilised the resources to implement it. This programme has been, since 2008, consistently ranked 1st in the world by the Financial Times.
This was followed by a three year term as Faculty of Humanities Associate Dean for Graduate Education (the University of Manchester) during which time I:
a) organised the submission the recognition document(s) to the AHRC and ensured that the Faculty of Humanities, the University of Manchester was awarded studentships in excess of £5 million;
b) proposed and implemented a number of measures aiming to raise the postgraduate research students’ qualification rates (HEFCE definition);
c) undertook a review of postgraduate research training in the Faculty of Humanities;
d) completed a study of research competencies in the Faculty of Humanities;
e) hosted, on behalf of the University, a visit by the ESRC Training Board to discuss changes in their policy; and
f) led the participation of the University of Manchester in an ESRC case study of postgraduate research funding and recognition practices