Meet the Team

Here are the people who make this blog happen:

samSam King – Research Development Manager: Sam is the main point of contact for research proposal development for NIHR, BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust and other medical charities. She is aligned to the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Alongside her focus funders, Sam designs and delivers a range of research development and training activities, including online resources. Before coming to Northumbria Sam worked at Newcastle University as a Project Manager in a business focused nanotechnology centre, prior to that in Research & Enterprise Services.

davidDavid Young – Research Development Manager: David is the main point of contact for research proposal development for EPSRC, NERC, STFC, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society. He is aligned to the Faculty of Engineering and Environment. Alongside his focus funders, David designs and delivers a range of research development and training activities, including online resources. Prior to Northumbria, David worked at the University of Lincoln in a research support role. He has also worked as a Grants Officer for the Big Lottery Fund, in grant-giving rather than getting. He completed an AHRC-funded PhD in Linguistics at Newcastle University in 2006.

Joe Timlin – Research Development Manager: Joe is the main point of contact for international and GCRF proposals. Alongside his focus funders, Joe designs and delivers a range of research development and training activities, including online resources.

scottScott McGee – Research Development Manager: Scott is the main point of contact for research proposal development for AHRC, ESRC, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. He is aligned to the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences. Alongside his focus funders, Scott designs and delivers a range of research development and training activities, including online resources. In 2013 he relocated from the University of Liverpool where he had worked in the Research Support Office for 5 years. Prior to this he had toyed with being an English teacher, and has worked for Merseyside Police, Barclays Bank and the NHS.

Alison Vipond – Head of Research Development: Ali joined Northumbria University in 2018 and leads the Research Development Team.