Researcher Support

Research and Innovation Services (RISe) provides a range of professional support services to USW’s research community. 

As examples, we can help you with: 

  • Applying for research funding
  • Putting contracts and agreements in place
  • Financial management/oversight of research
  • Research study design and methodological review
  • Research integrity policies and research ethics review
  • Requesting University ethical approval
  • Data collection, management, sharing and storage 
  • Statistical methods or data analysis
  • Assessment of research and its requirements
  • Approaches for the dissemination of research
  • Leadership and management of research teams and project
  • Support for the career development of researchers
  • Support for business engagement
  • Support for Open Access and Research Data Management
  • Using Pure

Contact us

Research and Innovation Services
[email protected]

If you ​have an unresolved query, don't see what you are looking for or are unsure who to contact, please get in touch and we will support or connect you with the relevant expertise within the University. 


Professor Martin Steggall

Pro Vice Chancellor (Research)

Professor Paul Harrison
Pro Vice Chancellor (Innovation and Engagement)

Dr Louise Bright

Director of Research and Business Engagement

Dr Owain Kerton

Head of Research and Innovation Services

Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team

The Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team assists researchers in understanding impact in the context of their research, providing impact training and supporting researchers’ collaborations to developing impact from their research. They provide expertise on knowledge exchange and innovation funding, including IP commercialisation. They also advise and support researchers on good practice in disseminating research to support an accurate and complete research record; recording and communicating the impact of their research including public policy impact, impact through public and civic engagement and REF Impact Case Study support.

Research Infrastructure Team

The Research Infrastructure Team ensures that the University is supported to grow and has a thriving academic and research base, underpinned by fit-for-purpose frameworks and systems. It manages Pure, the University's Research Information System; supports the well-being and career development of researchers, including the Higher Academic Award (HAA) process and the Research and Innovation Development Programme; offers digital marketing advice and support to academics and PGR; and provides operational support and management for all aspects of the REF assessments, including Open Access requirements.

Within this team the ​Research Governance Manager supports researchers who need assistance with research ​governance and integrity policies and procedures, and as well as advising on external and internal ethical approval requirements.

Funding Team

The Funding Team has significant experience of accessing funding and can provide expert guidance on the most suitable source for the research activity you are planning, together with any eligibility and compliance issues and how to compose a bid in order to meet the funder criteria. They can help with queries about funding requirements for Research Data Management and advice on using  External Funding Approval System (EFAS), the University’s online approval system for all funding applications.

Post-Award Funding Team

Once funding has been awarded and a contract signed, the Post-Award Funding Team will support project teams across the University in the administration of their research and grants projects by providing financial advice, performance information and regulatory guidance. 

Graduate School

The Graduate School is the home for a range of postgraduate research degree programmes and provides overarching support for postgraduate researchers, supervisors and examiners at the University. The team oversees the research student journey from application through to award; supports supervisors, examiners and viva chairs, and provides pathways for experience in external engagement.

The KESS team runs the ESF-funded pan-Wales KESS programme (collaborative PGR scholarships) across the University. They provide advice and guidance on ESF regulations for the KESS projects, and support research students, supervisors, external partners from application through to award.

Library Services

Support for Data Management and Open Access is part of Library Services. The Research Librarian is happy to help with queries and provides Open Access training for research staff and students which covers major OA policies, including the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Policy as well as the UKRI Open Access Policy. The Research Librarian is happy to help with data management plans and queries. They can advise on data collection, management, sharing and storage; OA publication options; they also provide data management training for researchers and postgraduate researchers.  Faculty Librarians provide support and guidance to researchers on a range of issues including literature reviews, database searching and information appraisal; and the use of Endnote reference management software.

  • Nicholas Roberts, research librarian
  • Jose Lopez Bianco, librarian for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Lou Wallace, librarian for Care Sciences, Health, Sport and Professional Practice
  • Sharon Latham, librarian for Construction and Surveying, Computing, Electronics, Engineering and Applied Science
  • Gill Edwardes,  librarian for Early years, Education, Psychology, Social Work, Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Catherine Finch, librarian for Business, Accounting and Finance
  • Angharad Evans, librarian for Creative Industries

Faculty Contacts

Head of Research

Ethics Chair

Press Office

  • Sarah Sullivan, Communications and Media Partner, Faculty of Creative Industries
  • Kate Williams, Communications and Media Partner, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education
  • Neil Gibson, Communications and Media Partner, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science