Research and innovation contacts
The University's research and innovation senior leadership team is made up of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Pro-Deans for Research and Innovation and the Directors of the Research and Innovation Service (RIS).
Professor Nick Plant
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation
Phone: +44 (0)113 34 37109
The University’s research and innovation strategy is led by Professor Nick Plant, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation. He promotes partnerships in a number of key sectors, accelerates collaboration across academic disciplines and drives the recruitment of the very best academics.
Pro-Deans for Research and Innovation
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures: Professor Matthew Treherne
Faculty of Biological Sciences: Professor Adrian Whitehouse
Faculty of Business: Professor Mark Stuart
Faculty of Social Sciences: Professor Stuart Lister
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences: Dr Oliver Harlen
Faculty of Environment: Professor Alan Haywood
Deans and Directors of the Research and Innovation Service (RIS)
Members of the Research and Innovation management team at Leeds.
Director of Commercialisation
Phone: +44(0)113 3430918
Andy Duley is responsible for overseeing the University’s research and innovation contracts, intellectual property portfolio, and commercialising research through licences and spin-outs. He has a background in marketing and has worked in both commercial and academic organisations.
Andy has over 20 years’ experience of developing collaborations between universities and industry and has worked with a wide range of investment partners. He has established and managed spin-out companies and negotiated licenses across a broad range of technologies including therapeutics, drug delivery systems, data, engineering, automotive components, telecommunications, computer gaming and healthcare.
Director of Nexus
Phone: +44 (0)113 343 6978
Dr Martin Stow leads on the delivery and implementation of Nexus. Nexus provides seamless access for businesses of all sizes to the expertise, talent, skills and facilities of the University as well as creating a collaborative community of entrepreneurs, startups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the state-of-the-art innovation hub.
Martin is dedicated to ensuring Nexus remains an innovation powerhouse, fostering a vibrant working environment for academics, entrepreneurs and innovative companies. A biochemist by training, he has over 25 years’ experience working in senior research and development and strategic leadership roles. They include multinational businesses (as Vice President for Research and Development with Johnson & Johnson) and in start-up organisations, most recently as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an innovative DNA personalised skincare business.
Dr Ceri Williams
Director of Research and Innovation Development
Phone: +44 (0)113 343 6050
Dr Ceri Williams leads a team of research and innovation development professionals across the University. They help academics to develop strategic research and innovation proposals that align with external funding opportunities, address market demand and build on research capability. This includes working with researchers in fundamental and applied research, supporting interdisciplinary collaborations to address complex challenges and securing investment to translate proven science into technologies with societal and economic benefits. The team works closely with academic, industry, public sector and civic partners.
Dr Williams has a strong track record of strategic leadership in this field; she works with an extensive range of external partners and has previously led science and innovation programmes at Yorkshire Forward.
Professor Luke Windsor
Dean of the Leeds Doctoral College
Luke Windsor is Dean of the Leeds Doctoral College (since September 2020) and Professor of Music Psychology in the School of Music, which he joined in 1998. As Dean, he works with academic and professional colleagues across the University, as well as in partnership with Leeds University Union and individual postgraduate researchers. He chairs Graduate Board, which reports directly to the University Senate on academic matters related to postgraduate research, and leads on researcher development for both postgraduate and early career researchers.
The Doctoral College coordinates across the eight Faculty Graduate Schools and the pan-University services that support postgraduate research. It also guides the development of the Leeds Doctorate, our shared vision for the future of postgraduate research at the University, which aims to facilitate a holistic and equitable approach to supporting and developing postgraduate researchers.
Professor Stuart Taberner
Dean of Interdisciplinary Research
Phone: +44 (0)113 343 2019
Stuart Taberner leads on promoting interdisciplinary research, bringing together colleagues in Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities to address complex global challenges that require expertise and understanding from varied perspectives. He is responsible, with Head of Interdisciplinary Research Samantha Aspinall, for encouraging and embedding collaboration across faculties, schools, themes and platforms.
He is keen to demonstrate and further develop the University’s interdisciplinary excellence, promoting both blue-skies and challenge-led research to address pressing societal problems such as climate change, anti-microbial resistance or mental health, as well as the new opportunities from Artificial Intelligence (AI), advances in design and technology, and rethinking social and economic models.
Stuart is both an active researcher in the fields of German Studies, Holocaust Studies and Memory Studies and an experienced research manager, most recently as Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research at UK Research and Innovation.
Director of Knowledge Exchange and Impact
Steph Morris' role is to develop and implement a knowledge exchange strategy and delivery plan to maximise the impact of our portfolio of underpinning research. She works closely with senior leaders across the University, ensuring effective coordination of knowledge exchange initiatives and enhancing our reputation, profile and influence at regional, national and international levels.
Steph is a strategic leader with more than 17 years’ experience in innovation and knowledge exchange, gained in roles within central government, innovation agencies and higher education.
Before coming to Leeds, Steph spent 10 years working in senior strategic roles at Innovate UK, providing analysis and intelligence to direct national innovation funding to areas where it can have the greatest impact.
Professor Cat Davies
Dean for Research Culture
Professor Cat Davies leads the University in achieving a collegiate, diverse, and ambitious research culture. In collaboration with several groups, she develops initiatives to ensure that our research operates with integrity, openness, and equality, and in a way that works for all members of the research community.
Research culture encompasses the ways we interact: the behaviours, expectations, and values that shape how our research is conducted, and the mechanisms by which our work is recognised and rewarded. Specific activities focus on supportive development for researchers and their teams, open research and impact, equality, diversity and inclusion in research, and sustainable research and innovation.
Cat is an Associate Professor in Language Development. Her projects investigate the interplay of children’s home and educational environments. She is currently focusing on the effects of the COVID-19 lockdowns on language and cognitive development, and collaborates with a range of government and practitioner stakeholders to apply research findings to policy and practice.
Dr Amanda Bretman
Dean for Research Quality
Dr Amanda Bretman’s role is to promote and support high quality research across the University. Leeds’ reputation as a world-leader relies on our ground-breaking research; innovative insights that push the boundaries of knowledge, which we translate to address global challenges.
Our vision is to recognise and support high-quality research that leads to academic and non-academic impact and innovation. To deliver this we need to support colleagues to achieve ambitious research goals within our strategic framework, and identify how we value all aspects of our research activity.
Amanda is an Associate Professor in Behavioural Ecology. Her research uses the classic model species Drosophila fruit flies to investigate the biology of social and sexual interactions. Her current projects seek to understand how individuals cope with environmental stress at a molecular level, such as how social stress alters ageing profiles and how male fertility particularly is sensitive to rising temperatures.