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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Research Funding and Strategic Initiatives

School Research Facilitators (UK, EU and Overseas)

Please contact the School Research Facilitators to:

  • discuss how to translate a research idea into a project that fits funders' requirements
  • learn about suitable funding options for your research plans
  • seek support with the writing of applications and feedback on draft applications
  • seek advice on funding bodies and their funding schemes
  • build and fund a research network for interdisciplinary research, international projects, etc.
  • submit a proposal to the University's internal peer review to receive first-hand comments from reviewers.

UK Funding                     

Dr Anna Cieslik

+44 (0)1223 761365

EU & International Funding   

Dr Elizabeth Penner

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REF Assessment and Strategy Manager

Dr Andrea Salter

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Research Impact Facilitators (Arts and Humanities/ Social Sciences)

The Arts and Humanities & Social Sciences Impact Facilitators are available to: 

  • provide specialist advice and support to researchers who are preparing funding applications with impact components, including feedback services for those writing ‘Pathways to Impact’ documents for AHRC and ESRC bids
  • meet with researchers one-to-one, to identify and explore impact opportunities arising from current and prospective research plans
  • deliver bespoke impact training sessions for Faculties and Departments
  • facilitate applications to internal funding schemes, including the Arts and Humanities Impact Fund and ESRC IAA 
  • advise on designing and evaluating public engagement events for maximum impact
  • help connect researchers with interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral organisations and networks, to add breadth and variety to impact work

Please note that the Arts and Humanities Impact Facilitator should be contacted in respect of research that falls within the AHRC disciplinary space and the Social Sciences Impact Facilitator for work in the ESRC disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Dr Lucy Sheerman
+44 (0)1223 764079 

Social Sciences

Dr J.K. Tina Basi
+44 (0)1223 762691    



Faculty-based Research Grant Administrators

Across the institutions of the School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences administrative staff provide insitutional support for the planning and preparation of research grant applications and awards.


School of Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Architecture and History of Art Chris Butler
Faculty of Classics Claire Kempson
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Claire Kempson
Faculty of Divinity Chris Butler
Faculty of English Chris Butler
Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics  Anna Frohnwieser
Faculty of Music Claire Kempson
Faculty of Philosophy Claire Kempson
CRASSH Mette Rokkum Jamasb


School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Economics Craig Langton
Faculty of Education David Carter
Faculty of History Allison Ksiazkiewicz
Faculty of Law Maggie Easton
Institute of Criminology Anna Zofka
Department of History & Philosophy of Science  Dan Jones
Department of Land Economy Mick Carr


Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science

Department of Sociology Tara Wilson

Department of POLIS Dan Jones
Department of Archaeology Katherine Boyle
McDonald Institute Nicholas Ward
Department of Social Anthropology Sue Cowen
Mongolian and Inner Asia Studies Unit Chloe Gayer-Anderson



School of the Humanities and Social Sciences - School Research Team

About the team: 

This team provides dedicated research grant support and expertise to Research Grants Administrators and academics within the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences’ departments, faculties and centres.

They assist with the preparation of complex applications - budgets, eligibility of costs, X5 - and with post award activities and management. Assistance is given in resolving administrative issues throughout the project lifecycle.

The team proactively engages with the changing regulatory framework of research grants and generates relevant information / resources to support an efficient, accurate application / grant management process.

The team also directly provides the research administration function for four SHSS institutions: History & Philosophy of Science, Sociology, POLIS and the Centres, and Social Anthropology.

Who to contact:

The team is led by Daniel Starling, Senior School Research Grant Administrator, who can be contacted for expertise and guidance on both research grant applications and best practice in grant management.

Dan Jones, Tara Wilson and Sue Cowen, School Research Grant Assistants, are the primary contact for advice on, and the costing of, research grant applications. Assistance is offered either remotely or by site visit. Queries can be received on all pre award matters. Bespoke training on the X5 system is offered to both new and existing users.

Contact Details:

Senior School Research Grant Administrator Daniel Starling

School Research Grant Assistant  Dan Jones

School Research Grant Assistant  Tara Wilson

School Research Grant Assistant  Sue Cowen

The School Research Team can also be contacted through its regularly monitored joint inbox:

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