Lorna graduated with her first degree, a BA(Hons) in Sociology, from Strathclyde University. Following 2 years working in the third sector for a major children’s charity, she went on to complete her MA(Res) in Sociology and Social Science at Newcastle University. Her research looked at community music projects and social inclusion within Newcastle, working in collaboration with the Sage, Gateshead. Since graduating from her post-graduate qualification, she has held several roles within Higher Education including in areas such as PGR, business development, research group and conference management, as well as work on the REF2014. She now provides expert development support for colleagues in the Humanities and Social Science Faculty at Newcastle with regards to their external funding applications, which includes providing support with training, managing funder engagement, advice on preparing funding applications and lay review of such applications, as well as providing specialist support for large interdisciplinary proposals such as Creative Fuse North East and the Urban Living Partnership. She is Chair of the NU Women Professional Support Staff Network, and has recently taken on the role of co-champion of the ARMA Research Development SIG.

Sessions

11:30
6th Jun 2017
Room: Room 11B

SIG Session: Revisiting Research Development in a Dynamic Funding Landscape

The practice of research development and its role within institutions across the community is varied and dynamic in its nature, with varying perspectives on exactly what these roles are in place to help facilitate with localised, contextual specific support. There is a need as a SIG to better understand how the concept and practise of

Theme: Developing Proposals, SIG
Level: Operational / Administration
Speakers:Lorna Wilson, Dr Aygen Kurt-Dickson
Time: 11:30
Date: 6th Jun 2017
Room: Room 11B

14:00
7th Jun 2017
Room: Hall 1A

Funders Forum – Expert Panel Session

We are going through an unprecedented time of change with regards to research funding. The onset of the Global Challenges Research Fund and huge increase in Newton Fund investment has initiated a drive to more challenge led research, which presents the community with its own challenges in terms of addressing ODA compliance and delivering research

Theme: Policy and Governance, SIG
Level: Operational / Administration
Speakers:Lorna Wilson
Time: 14:00
Date: 7th Jun 2017
Room: Hall 1A

14:00
6th Jun 2017
Room: Room 3A

Challenge-led Research – Challenge or Opportunity?

With the onset of the GCRF agenda, we are seeing somewhat of an evolution of research development roles. We are becoming even more so embedded within the design and conceptualisation of projects, mainly due to the fact these are “challenge-led”, and this is an opportunity for research development managers to have an even greater impact

Theme: Developing Proposals
Level: Operational / Administration
Speakers:Lorna Wilson, Professor Pauline Dixon
Time: 14:00
Date: 6th Jun 2017
Room: Room 3A