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.


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