Institutional engagement

At Research England we recognise the importance of working in partnership with the universities and other HE providers that we fund. The knowledge and insights that we get from working with you help us to make better policy choices and to advocate more effectively for the support we provide. It is only through sustained and meaningful engagement and dialogue with the HE sector that we can deliver on our aim to support world-class university research and knowledge exchange that has significant benefits for our economy and society.

Our engagement is guided by our Institutions Engagement Strategy and accompanying Engagement Strategy Equality Impact Assessment (EIA).

Our team of institutional engagement managers will work with your institution to help us understand the outcomes that our funding and policy choices are delivering, and opportunities and challenges you face. Your assigned institutional engagement manager will provide your institution with a dedicated point of engagement with Research England, complementing and strengthening the existing relationships that we have with you.

You can search for the institution engagement manager for your institution below.

Institution engagement managers

Alexa Bishop

Alexa Bishop

Alexa Bishop

Following a PhD in cellular biology from University of Manchester, Alexa has worked in academic research engagement in the museum and charity sectors for over 10 years. Through roles at Manchester Museum and Cancer Research UK, she has experience in stakeholder and relationship management, public engagement with research, project management and research strategy. Alexa has a BSc in Biochemistry from University of Birmingham.
alexa.bishop@re.ukri.org

 
Jill Downey

Jill Downey

Jill Downey

Jill joined the higher education sector in 2018, bringing 22 years of experience from NHS, local government and charity settings. Her career has encompassed service user and public engagement, stakeholder management, commissioning and quality assurance of health and social care services, safeguarding, and equality and diversity. Jill has a degree in Literary Studies and an MA in Oral Culture and Literature.
jill.downey@re.ukri.org

 
Liz Kebby-Jones

Liz Kebby-Jones

Liz Kebby-Jones

Following degrees in Classics and International Public Policy, Liz worked as an analyst in business and human rights risk before joining the HE and research sector in 2014. As an Engagement Manager at HEFCE she specialised in college HE before transitioning to work on the Office for Students registration process. Alongside her responsibilities as an Institutions Engagement Manager at RE, Liz oversees Research England’s stakeholder relationship with UUK International (UUKi), working with RE’s Director of Research and colleagues at UKRI on international research policy.
liz.kebby-jones@re.ukri.org

 
Rommany Jenkins

Rommany Jenkins

Rommany Jenkins

Rommany began her career in research management at Birmingham City University where she worked in REF, researcher development, and research funding-related roles. She later joined the University of Birmingham’s EU & International Research Funding team, working on pre-award Horizon 2020 and National Institutes of Health funding. In 2019, Rommany joined AHRC’s International Partnerships and Engagement team where her portfolio included partnership development and programme delivery with overseas partners in China, Japan and India. She has a degree in Classics and Italian from Durham University and a PhD in Italian Studies from University of Birmingham.

rommany.jenkins@re.ukri.org

 
Kim Seth

Kim Seth

Kim Seth

Kim has experience of working in relationship management roles across several sectors, including accountancy and law. She joined Research England at its inception, working for HEFCE prior to the transition. Kim has a Dance and Culture Degree from the University of Surrey and a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from CIM.
kim.seth@re.ukri.org

 

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Institution name Engagement manager
AECC University College Alexa Bishop
Anglia Ruskin University Jill Downey
Aston University Liz Kebby-Jones
Bath Spa University Kim Seth
Birkbeck College Jill Downey
Birmingham City University Liz Kebby-Jones
Bishop Grosseteste University Liz Kebby-Jones
Bournemouth University Alexa Bishop
Brunel University London Liz Kebby-Jones
Buckinghamshire New University Alexa Bishop
Canterbury Christ Church University Jill Downey
City, University of London Kim Seth
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama Kim Seth
Courtauld Institute of Art Jill Downey
Coventry University Liz Kebby-Jones
Cranfield University Rommany Jenkins
De Montfort University Liz Kebby-Jones
Edge Hill University Alexa Bishop
Falmouth University Rommany Jenkins
Goldsmiths' College Liz Kebby-Jones
Guildhall School of Music & Drama Rommany Jenkins
Harper Adams University Jill Downey
Hartpury University Jill Downey
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Alexa Bishop
Keele University Liz Kebby-Jones
King's College London Rommany Jenkins
Kingston University Alexa Bishop
Lamada Limited Kim Seth
Leeds Arts University Rommany Jenkins
Leeds Beckett University Rommany Jenkins
Leeds Trinity University Rommany Jenkins
Liverpool Hope University Alexa Bishop
Liverpool John Moores University Alexa Bishop
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Alexa Bishop
London Business School Rommany Jenkins
London Metropolitan University Alexa Bishop
London School of Economics and Political Science Rommany Jenkins
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Alexa Bishop
London South Bank University Liz Kebby-Jones
Loughborough University Rommany Jenkins
Middlesex University Alexa Bishop
Newcastle University Jill Downey
Newman University Rommany Jenkins
Norwich University of the Arts Kim Seth
Oxford Brookes University Kim Seth
Plymouth College of Art Rommany Jenkins
Plymouth Marjon University Rommany Jenkins
Queen Mary University of London Alexa Bishop
Ravensbourne University London Rommany Jenkins
Roehampton University Alexa Bishop
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance Kim Seth
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Rommany Jenkins
Royal Academy of Music Jill Downey
Royal Agricultural University Jill Downey
Royal College of Art Jill Downey
Royal College of Music Kim Seth
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College Alexa Bishop
Royal Northern College of Music Kim Seth
Sheffield Hallam University Jill Downey
SOAS University of London Jill Downey
Solent University Liz Kebby-Jones
St Mary's University, Twickenham Alexa Bishop
St. George's Hospital Medical School Jill Downey
Staffordshire University Liz Kebby-Jones
Teesside University Jill Downey
The Arts University Bournemouth Alexa Bishop
The Institute of Cancer Research Alexa Bishop
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Alexa Bishop
The Manchester Metropolitan University Kim Seth
The National Film and Television School Rommany Jenkins
The Nottingham Trent University Jill Downey
The Open University Rommany Jenkins
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Jill Downey
The Royal Veterinary College Jill Downey
The University of Bath Kim Seth
The University of Birmingham Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of Bolton Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of Bradford Rommany Jenkins
The University of Brighton Jill Downey
The University of Bristol Kim Seth
The University of Cambridge Jill Downey
The University of Central Lancashire Rommany Jenkins
The University of Chichester Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of East Anglia Kim Seth
The University of East London Jill Downey
The University of Essex Rommany Jenkins
The University of Exeter Alexa Bishop
The University of Greenwich Alexa Bishop
The University of Huddersfield Rommany Jenkins
The University of Hull Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of Kent Jill Downey
The University of Lancaster Rommany Jenkins
The University of Leeds Rommany Jenkins
The University of Leicester Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of Lincoln Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of Liverpool Alexa Bishop
The University of Manchester Kim Seth
The University of Northampton Rommany Jenkins
The University of Oxford Kim Seth
The University of Portsmouth Jill Downey
The University of Reading Kim Seth
The University of Salford Kim Seth
The University of Sheffield Jill Downey
The University of Southampton Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of Sunderland Rommany Jenkins
The University of Surrey Kim Seth
The University of Sussex Jill Downey
The University of Warwick Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of West London Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of Westminster Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of Winchester Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of Wolverhampton Liz Kebby-Jones
The University of York Alexa Bishop
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Kim Seth
University College Birmingham Liz Kebby-Jones
University College London Liz Kebby-Jones
University College of Osteopathy Jill Downey
University for the Creative Arts Kim Seth
University of Bedfordshire Alexa Bishop
University of Chester Rommany Jenkins
University of Cumbria Rommany Jenkins
University of Derby Alexa Bishop
University of Durham Rommany Jenkins
University of Gloucestershire Alexa Bishop
University of Hertfordshire Alexa Bishop
University of Northumbria at Newcastle Jill Downey
University of Nottingham Jill Downey
University of Plymouth Rommany Jenkins
University of Suffolk Kim Seth
University of the Arts, London Kim Seth
University of the West of England, Bristol Kim Seth
University of Worcester Alexa Bishop
Writtle University College Jill Downey
York St John University Alexa Bishop