Research Excellence Framework Team

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) team can be found at:

Research & Knowledge Exchange Services (RKES)
University of Strathclyde
Level 3, Graham Hills Building
50 George Street
Glasgow G1 1QE

0141 548 5822


Research Policy Manager

Dr Craig Young is the institution's Research Policy Manager. Appointed in June 2011, Craig is responsible for co-ordinating and managing activities in order to achieve the research objectives of the University, working closely with the Associate Deputy Principal for Research and Knowledge Exchange.

Craig has a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Glasgow), MSc Marketing (Strathclyde), MSc Optoelectronics (Strathclyde) and BSc (Hons) Physics (Strathclyde). Prior to this appointment he was the Senior Research Officer at University West of Scotland for 5 years, co-ordinating their RAE2008 submission.


Research Policy Officer

Jane Winn

With a BSc degree in Psychology and Education, MSc (by research) in Psychology from the University of Hull, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Jane originally taught 'A' level Psychology, then delivered undergraduate courses in Statistics, Experimental Design and Methodology in the School of Psychology, University of St Andrews. She then worked in a variety of administrative roles, joining the RAE team at St Andrews in 2007, and the REF Team at the University of Strathclyde in March 2010. Jane's role now focusses on the Impact element of the institution's REF submission.


PURE Systems Administrator

Christine Gallacher -

Christine graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2004 with a BSc in Computing (Software Development) and spent a year working with HP in Erskine. Christine has since worked as Systems Administrator for SCA Packaging, the world leading packaging company of customer-specific packaging with emphasis on state-of-the art packaging design. This then led to a position at the City of Glasgow College where she focused on the system administration and development of the student records, student services and finance systems. She joined the University of Strathclyde in July 2013 working within Research and Knowledge Exchange Services responsible for the upgrade, administration and development of Pure.

Research Information Manager

Scott Kilgariff

Graduated with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in 1998, and was employed for seven years in operations management roles in the manufacturing industry both in the UK and abroad. On joining the University in March 2006 Scott initially worked on data gathering for RAE 2008. Scott then worked in the Planning Office in a role focussed on management information, moving to Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences as a Research Administrator in July 2008. Scott is now Research Information Manager with the REF team, working particularly on data gathering and data quality, and is involved in the implementation of the Pure, and improving Management Information across the University.


Special Projects Director

Dr Karen Ness

Was the founding Chief Executive of the Institute of Photonics at Strathclyde from 1996 - 2005. She was Director of Research Strategy at the University of Glasgow during RAE 2008, then worked as a feelance consultant. She now provides executive support for the Associate DP Research, Prof David Littlejohn, on research strategy and management.  Karen is currently seconded part time to HEFCE as one of two panel advisors to Main Panel B in the REF.


Research & KE Operations Manager

Dr Emer McDougall

Obtained an MA in Natural Sciences (Physical) from Cambridge in 1992, MSc in Medical Physics from Aberdeen in 1993, and PhD from Cambridge. Emer worked as a Management Consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London before taking an MBA at the University of Strathclyde. At Strathclyde Emer has acted as Interdisciplinary Project Manager on the EPSRC funded 'Bridging the Gap' initiative and supported the creation of the Institute of Advanced Studies. She currently works in Research and Knowledge Exchange Services as project manager with the Research Information Management System (RIMS) Project and with the REF team on various projects including the implementation of Pure research management software.


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