How do I get support?

Research and Innovation Support Enhancement (RaISE) is the professional services team responsible for supporting the development of academic projects involving Keele University and its external partners.

Each Faculty is supported by a multi-functional RaISE team who can provide joined-up support for research and partnership development, project costing, contracts and regulatory compliance. These teams are located in Hubs in the Claus Moser and David Weatherall buildings.

To request support for a project, you can either go to the relevant Faculty contact listed in the expandable box below or email research.raise@keele.ac.uk.

The RaISE team provides support on the following:

  • Research projects (eg, research grant applications, studentships and consultancy agreements)
  • Commercial projects (eg, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), knowledge transfer partnerships and contract research)
  • Teaching & learning projects (eg, teaching collaborations)
  • Partnerships, engagement and impact
  • Anything for which a contract is required, with the exception of buying-in services (please speak to Procurement) or employment contracts (please speak to Human Resources).

All projects are allocated a RaISE Project Lead. They will work with you to take your project forward, steering it through the University’s development and approval processes on your behalf. They will act as your key point of contact and will work with you and other professional services colleagues within the RaISE Hubs to support and develop the project, ensuring that it has been appropriately costed and compliant prior to submission.

Administrative support for project delivery following contract signature and setup of financial codes (e.g. procurement, marketing, recruitment and HR matters) is provided by Schools / Research Institutes. The Research Accounting Team in Finance will provide support around the financial management of your grant.

The RaISE Team works with other professional services and Faculty teams across the University to provide an integrated service. We operate a no wrong door policy and if we can’t provide you with support, we will connect you with the appropriate area that can.

Location – David Weatherall Building – Room 0.50

Research Development
The Research Development team is here to support you in developing funding applications to support your research. We lead research-related projects through the RaISE project development process.

  • Dr Irena Zwierska - Research Development Manager (IPCHS; IACS; SHAR; Nursing)
  • Dr James Cook - Acting Head of Research Development

Partnership Development
The Partnership Development team supports you in locating strategic partners for their activities and works to develop and deliver high-impact growth projects. We lead partnership and business engagement projects through the RaISE project development process.

Project Assurance Contracts
The Project Assurance Contracts team supports you in putting in place contracts and meeting regulatory requirements, to enable projects to be developed and delivered within a risk-managed framework.

The team can be contacted via email on raise.contracts@keele.ac.uk:

  • Dr Tracy Nevatte – Acting Head of Project Assurance (Contracts)
    • 01782 734714
  • Joe Clarke – Project Assurance Administrator
    • 01782 732971
  • Donna Sumner – Project Assurance Officer
    • 01782 733443
  • Kate Williams – Project Assurance Assistant
    • 01782 734466
  • Christa Appleton - Project Assurance Contracts Coordinator
    • 01782 732891

Project Assurance Research Integrity
The Project Assurance Research Integrity team supports you in meeting regulatory requirements

Research Funding and Systems
The Research Funding & Systems team work with the Research Development and Partnership Development Teams to produce costings for a variety of different project proposals and ensure that the University maximises cost recovery.

Research Operations
The Research Operations Team maintains oversight of the University’s research infrastructure which underpins the transactional activity supported by the other Teams. The Team supports the University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission and Open Access activities, as well as generating management information for the University on research and innovation activities and supporting Faculty and University Research Committees.

Location – Claus Moser Building – CM1.02; CM1.03; CM1.04

Research Development
The Research Development team is here to support you in developing funding applications to support your research. We lead research-related projects through the RaISE project development process.

Partnership Development
The Partnership Development team supports you in locating strategic partners for their activities and works to develop and deliver high-impact growth projects. We lead partnership and business engagement projects through the RaISE project development process.

Project Assurance Contracts
The Project Assurance team supports you in putting in place contracts and meeting regulatory requirements, to enable projects to be developed and delivered within a risk-managed framework.

The team can be contacted via email on raise.contracts@keele.ac.uk:

  • Dr Tracy Nevatte – Acting Head of Project Assurance (Contracts)
    • 01782 734714
  • Joe Clarke – Project Assurance Administrator
    • 01782 732971
  • Donna Sumner – Project Assurance Officer
    • 01782 733443
  • Kate Williams – Project Assurance Assistant
    • 01782 734466
  • Christa Appleton - Project Assurance Contracts Coordinator
    • 01782 732891

Project Assurance Research Integrity
The Project Assurance Research Integrity team supports you in meeting regulatory requirements

Research Funding and Systems
The Research Funding & Systems team work with the Research Development and Partnership Development Teams to produce costings for a variety of different project proposals and ensure that the University maximises cost recovery.

Research Operations
The Research Operations Team maintains oversight of the University’s research infrastructure which underpins the transactional activity supported by the other Teams. The Team supports the University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission and Open Access activities, as well as generating management information for the University on research and innovation activities and supporting Faculty and University Research Committees.

Location – Claus Moser Building – CM1.02; CM1.03; CM1.04

Research Development
The Research Development team is here to support you in developing funding applications to support your research. We lead research-related projects through the RaISE project development process.

Partnership Development
The Partnership Development team supports you in locating strategic partners for their activities and works to develop and deliver high-impact growth projects. We lead partnership and business engagement projects through the RaISE project development process.

  • Ann Pittard – Head of Partnership Development (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Marie Fowler - Development Officer (Engagement Partnerships and Impact)

Project Assurance Contracts
The Project Assurance team supports you in putting in place contracts to enable projects to be developed and delivered within a risk-managed framework.

The team can be contacted via email on raise.contracts@keele.ac.uk:

  • Dr Tracy Nevatte – Acting Head of Project Assurance (Contracts)
    • 01782 732975
  • Joe Clarke – Project Assurance Administrator
    • 01782 732971
  • Donna Sumner – Project Assurance Officer
    • 01782 733443
  • Kate Williams – Project Assurance Assistant
    • 01782 734466
  • Christa Appleton - Project Assurance Contracts Coordinator
    • 01782 732891

Project Assurance Research Integrity
The Project Assurance Research Integrity team supports you in meeting regulatory requirements

Research Funding and Systems
The Research Funding & Systems team works with the Research Development and Partnership Development Teams to produce costings for a variety of different project proposals and ensure that the University maximises cost recovery.

Research Operations
The Research Operations Team maintains oversight of the University’s research infrastructure which underpins the transactional activity supported by the other Teams. The Team supports the University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission and Open Access activities, as well as generating management information for the University on research and innovation activities and supporting Faculty and University Research Committees.

Location – Innovation Centre 2 – 8.11; 8.15

The RaISE team is managed by Heads of Service within the Directorate of Research, Innovation & Engagement. Heads of Service are responsible for ensuring that the service provided by teams meets the needs of the Faculty and University.

RaISE

  • Victoria Macfarlane – Head of Research Strategy Delivery; Associate Director

Research Development

Project Assurance Contracts

Project Assurance Research Integrity

Research Funding & Systems

Research Operations & Quality

Partnership Development

  • Dr Mark Bacon – Director of Research, Innovation and Engagement