Associate Director of Analysis
Vasanthi Waller is the Associate Director of Analysis at Research England. She leads on the data and analytical functions of the organisation, a key part of which is the allocation of formula-driven research and knowledge exchange funding to higher education institutions.
Having worked in analytical roles at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Universities Funding Council (UFC), Vasanthi has over 27 years of experience in data analysis and in developing and implementing formula-driven funding models. She has a sound knowledge of the research data underpinning these models, and an understanding of wider funding processes and data assurance procedures.
Along with calculating quality-related research (QR) allocations since 1993-94, another long-running feature of her role has been to provide analytical support for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and, previously, the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which she has done since 1992. Vasanthi has worked with policy colleagues to produce evidence-based research funding policy options to inform various reviews, which has included providing advice to the Government to inform Spending Review decisions.
Vasanthi holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Surrey, and an MSc in Information Systems from the University of the West of England, Bristol.