Mark Smith

Title: Research Development Manager
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Phone: +44 (0)1782 732966
Email: m.e.smith@keele.ac.uk
Location: FM&HS Research & Innovation Support Hub, Keele University, David Weatherall Building, Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG United Kingdom
Role: Research Development Manager, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Contacting me: By e-mail or telephone please.
My Keele Google diary is usually up to date with major meetings.
LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/pub/mark-smith/24/a40/68a/
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From 18 September 2017 my role is Research Development Manager in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences RaISE Hub, as part of the Research Development ("blue") team reporting to the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Engagement.

From April 2005 until September 2017 I was the dedicated Research Institute Manager for the Research Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine, based at the Guy Hilton Research Centre at Keele's Hartshill site. This broad role supported all aspects of research funding, collaboration, assessment, and operational management of facilities, and enabled close links with biomedial research colleagues and the University Hospital of North Midlands R&D Team. Prior to that I had spent ten years in the central management and administration of Keele's research activity at the Office of Research & Enterprise, including management of the University's submission to the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. Before coming to Keele I worked for the Research Councils at Swindon, managing policy and peer review meetings for grants, fellowships and studentships in the area of materials science. I also managed the (obviously unpopular) down-sizing of a series of EPSRC programme grants and the allocation of time at the facilities at Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire. My route into that was a couple of years in various research projects and some lecturing at Southampton University.

External roles: Throughout 2008 I worked on secondment to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Bristol to support the assessment phase meeting rounds for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. In autumn 2016 and 2017 I worked for the European Commission as an expert Evaluator for proposals to the H2020 MSCA COFUND Doctoral Programme.

From 2010 I enjoyed five years as a member of the UK national Research Organisations Consultation Group (ROCG), which is UK universities' main operational interface with their most important funders, the Research Councils. I have also been employed by the Research Councils as an external consultant on a number of occasions.

Research meetings:

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3ME Initiative Research Retreat, at Raymond Priestley Centre, Lake Coniston, March 2011:
Clockwise around the table:
Ying Yang, Dhaya Perumal, Will Smith, Hareklea Markides, Khondoker Akram, Folashade Kuforiji, Alex Lomas, Neil Telling, Zanzhe Yu, Alan Harper ,Catriona Kelly, Nigel Cassidy, Paul Roach, Alicia El Haj, Sarah Griffiths, Nick Forsyth, Maria Kyriacou, Sammy Wilson, William Webb, Deepak Kumar, Frank Rutten, Ka Wai-Wan, Mark Smith and Ian Wimpenny 

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ISTM Regenerative Medicine meeting, Trentham Monkey Forest, March 2010
Left to right:
Maria Kyriacou, a monkey (cty Photoshop!), Alicia El Haj, Sarah Cartmell, Sarah Griffiths, Jan-Herman Kuiper, Nick Forsyth, John McBeth, Divya Chari, Nigel Cassidy, Sarah Hart, Paul Roach, Mark Smith, Rosemary Fricker-Gates, Monte Gates, Ying Yang.
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 3ME Initiative Sandpit at the Inn on the Lake, Ullswater
Left to right:
Alicia El Haj, Mark Smith, James Richardson, Hu Zhang, David Meredith (STFC Daresbury), Srabasti Chakravorty, Sarah Cartmell, Ying Yang, Helen Wright, Araida Hildago, Jonathan Healey, Peter Styles, Tajeshwar Aulakh, Shailesh Naire, Serguei Annenkov, Graham Rogerson, Darren Clement, Robert Emery, KP Lam.
 

3ME Initiative Sandpit at the Inn on the Lake, Ullswater
Left to right:
Alicia El Haj, Mark Smith, James Richardson, Hu Zhang, David Meredith (STFC Daresbury), Srabasti Chakravorty, Sarah Cartmell, Ying Yang, Helen Wright, Araida Hildago, Jonathan Healey, Peter Styles, Tajeshwar Aulakh, Shailesh Naire, Serguei Annenkov, Graham Rogerson, Darren Clement, Robert Emery, KP Lam.

RAE2008 Panel M58 at Billesley Manor Hotel, Alcester
Left to right:

Andrew Spencer, Peter Austin, Mark Smith, Anders Holmberg, Bill Hardcastle, Kersti Borjars, John Local, David Hyland, Ros Mitchell, April McMahon, Michael Perkins, Jenny Cheshire and Shalom Lappin
 

RAE2008 Panel M58 at Billesley Manor Hotel, Alcester
Left to right:
Andrew Spencer, Peter Austin, Mark Smith, Anders Holmberg, Bill Hardcastle, Kersti Borjars, John Local, David Hyland, Ros Mitchell, April McMahon, Michael Perkins, Jenny Cheshire and Shalom Lappin

 

 

 

Research Grants held as Principal Investigator on behalf of ISTM:


BBSRC/EPSRC
EP/P501237/1 Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award Oct 2005 to Sept 2009: £37,500
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Functional analysis of alternately spliced variants in cancer" (Dr P Hoban)

MRC/EPSRC 
EP/P503019/1 Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award Oct 2007 to Sept 2011: £45,000
"
Investigation of gene-smoking interactions in rheumatoid arthritis" (Dr D Mattey)

MRC/EPSRC 
EP/P504546/1 Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards (x2) Oct 2008 to Sept 2012: £90,000
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Peritoneal dialysis and the evaluation of fluid status in advanced renal failure" (Prof S Davies)
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Exploring Progenitor Cell Regeneration Methods for the Repair of Lung Fibrosis" (Prof M Spiteri, Prof N Forsyth)

MRC MR/J500677/1 Doctoral Training Grant CASE Oct 2011 to Sept 2015: £107,803
"Synthesis and biological evaluation of polymer-autotaxin inhibitor conjugates for the treatment of ovarian cancer" (Dr A Richardson)


Keele Research Management roles and responsibilities have included:

  • Budget & Management Group for the Health Services Research Unit (2013-16)
  • Steering Group of the EPSRC "Bridging the Gaps" Modelling Methods for Medical Engineering (3ME) Initiative (2007-2012)
  • Person Designate for Keele Human Tissue Act Licence, GHRC (2006-2017)
  • GHRC Operations Committee (2005-2017) including as Chair (2005-2015)
  • ISTM Senior Management committee (2005-2016)
  • Faculty Research Strategy committee (2009-2014), Management committee (2006-2017) and Marketing group (2014-2017)
  • ISTM Postgraduate Committee (2005-2017) and Keele Postgraduate committee by rotation
  • ISTM Athena Swan committee (2017-date)
  • ISTM Grants Support Panel member (2016-date)
  • Keele Research Committee (2006-2017)
  • Keele Contract Research Staff Committee (2006-2010)
  • Keele Full Economic Costing / TRAC Working Group (2013-17)

 

Selected Publications and recent Conference Presentations:

Roach P & Smith M (2017) Saudi to Staffs: learning experiences from Saudi Arabian students’ biomedical research visits to Keele University 2011 to 2016; Journal of Academic Development & Education (JADE) pp25-31. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21252/KEELE-0000018; also online at: https://jadekeele.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/jade-eighth-edition-final.pdf).

Smith M, Ashmore C, Hession M, James E, Pullinger M & Simon J (2017) Avoiding Rox, Traps & Gloomy Places - finding your way in the funding landscape; poster presentation at Association of Research Managers & Administrators Annual Conference, Liverpool. Awarded delegates prize for best poster. (Keele Eprints Repository).

Smith M E (2017) Applying for Research Funds; chapter in O'Brien PMS & Broughton Piplin F: Introduction to Research Methodology for Medical Specialists & Trainees, third edition, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107699472.

Smith M E & Bateman S (2016) Brief Encounter or Indecent Proposal?; poster presentation at Association of Research Managers and Administrators Annual Conference, Birmingham (Keele EPrints Repository).

Ormerod R M, James E & Smith M E (2015) The New World of Academic Publishing: what "open access" means for researchers; Midlands Medicine Vol 27 no 6 pp235-238 ISBN-0269-9796 Oct 2015.

Smith M E & El Haj A J (2012) In The Same Room - practical methods to encourage collaboration across scientific disciplines; presented to Understanding Interdisciplinarity - theory and methods conference at Sheffield Hallam University, June 2012 (In The Same Room ppt).

Dickson L & Smith M (2011) Cognisable Caramboles: making your research and impacts clear; presented to Good Advice for Hard Times - Annual Conference of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators, Glasgow, June 2011.

Ashmore C & Smith M (2010) Summarising medical research for a lay audience – what do grant funders expect?; poster presentation at Qualilty Counts - Leighton Exhibition 2010, Leighton Hospital, Cheshire, November 2010.

Smith M & Ashmore C (2010) The Lay Summary in medical research proposals – is it becoming more important?; poster presentation at Making an Impact - Annual Conference of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators, Manchester, June 2010 (The Lay Summary in Medical Research poster 2010 pdf).

Smith M (2009) The Lay Summary in Medical Research - why and wherefore; Midlands Medicine Vol 25 no 5  pp191-195  ISBN-0269-9796 May 2009 (The Lay Summary in Medical Research pdf).

Bilsbrough N & Smith M E (2008) The Challenges of running a Research Institute or Centre; presented to Exploring Similarities - 2nd international conference of INORMS, Liverpool, June 2008.

Smith M (2007) Peer Review - thriving or ailing in the twenty-first century?; Midlands Medicine Vol 25 no 2 pp92-95   ISBN-0269-9796 (Peer Review - thriving or ailing in the 21st century? pdf).

Hazlehurst S & Smith M E (2007) Internal Peer Review of Research; presented to Raising Golden Geese - Annual Conference of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators, Cardiff, June 2007.

Smith M (2004) Review: The Grants Register - the complete guide to postgraduate funding worldwide; Nurse Researcher Vol. 11 no 3 p83.

Smith M E (2002) Getting Your First Research Grant: online oRE resources, Keele University (part of a Grant Tutorial series, currently unavailable online).

Smith M (2000) Making the most of research funding opportunities; Nurse Researcher Vol 8 no 1 pp4-18 (commissioned lead article for special issue on research methodology).

Smith M (1997) Spotlight on Keele; 4 page supplement of articles on research in What Matters Newsletter of NHS Executive West Midlands March 1997.

Current Teaching:

Lectures on UK research policy, international research funding, peer review, intellectual property.

Career and Higher Education:

2017 - date  Research Development Manager, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Keele University

2005 - 2017  Research Institute Manager, Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine, Faculty of Health, Keele University

2002 - 2005  Research Development Manager, Office of Research & Enterprise (oRE), Keele University

1994 - 2002  Research Support Manager, Research Development & Business Affairs (RDBA), Keele University

1992 - 1994  Higher Scientific Officer, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), formerly Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC), Swindon

1988 - 1992  Lecturer (part time), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Southampton

1991 - 1992  Research Assistant (part-time), Faculty of Engineering, University of Southampton

1988 - 1992  Higher degree by research (MPhil): New Technology Research Group, University of Southampton

1985 - 1988  First degree (BSc hons): Department of Geography, University of Reading

 

Professional and other external memberships:

1990 – date  British Science Association

1995 - date  Association of University Research & Industry Links (AURIL)

1997 – date  Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) (formerly Research Administrators Group or RAGnet)

2000 - date  St James Christian Workers Trust - chair and foundation trustee

2006 - date  North Staffordshire Medical Institute (NSMI)

2007 - date  Newcastle Deanery Synod of the Church of England.