Faculty Research and Impact Support Team

We provide high level support for academic research and impact activity, including PGR, by identifying and responding to opportunities, and working collaboratively with researchers to achieve their objectives. We provide advice based on previous experience, e.g. of funding applications and of the framework of internal and external policy surrounding this activity.

We work with research and finance teams within the Schools and with central departments, including Research Support Office, Business Gateway, Research Policy, Marketing and Communications, the International Development Office, the PGR Student Team and the Liverpool Doctoral College, to facilitate and develop academic research and impact activity.

Our areas of responsibility are identified below and we are happy to discuss any aspect of research and impact with interested colleagues.

Mrs Nicky Schofield

Research and Impact Manager

Nicky supports the Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Georgina Endfield, contributing to the development of institutional policies and procedures through membership of the Research and Impact Strategy Committee and development and delivery of the annual Faculty Research and Impact Plan to meet the ambitions set out in Strategy 2026. She coordinates the preparations for the Faculty's submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2021 for our 400+ researchers across main panels C & D.

Nicky has oversight of the research support function for Humanities and Social Sciences. This includes a network professional services research support staff in the four constituent Schools within the Faculty (Arts, Histories, Languages and Cultures, Law and Social Justice and the Management School). She is the key point of contact for senior colleagues in Research Partnerships and Innovations Directorate as well as the faculties of Health and Life Sciences and Science and Engineering. 

  • Member of Research and Impact Strategy Committee (RISC)
  • Member of the Elements Board
  • Member of Faculty Management Team (FMT)
  • Member of Faculty Professional Services Leadership Team (FPSLT)
  • Professional Services Lead for the Heritage Theme
  • Secretary to Faculty Research and Impact Committee
  • Char of PROFile Group
  • Member of HSS Impact Forum
  • Member of HSS REF Advisory Board
  • Chair of HSS Research Support Forum

0044 (0)151 794 1432 | nscho@liverpool.ac.uk


Ms Maeva Zimmermann

Research Development Officer

Maeva is responsible for the support of the Faculty’s growing strategic income portfolio (£2m+ in 2016-17). This includes the dissemination of funding opportunities, design and organisation of associated demand management processes. She represents the Faculty’s interest on the institutional Global Challenges and Industrial Challenge Operational Group. Maeva provides management information to support academic colleagues in their Research Excellence Framework preparations and through ad-hoc and twice yearly faculty income performance reports. Maeva is responsible for the Faculty’s annual programme of research funding events. As the key point of contact for Principle Investigators and Co-Investigators developing strategic funding bids she co-ordinates support across Research Policy, the Research Support Office and School Support Teams.

  • Member of Global Challenges and Industrial Strategy Operational Group

0044 (0)151 794 1325 | maeva.zimmermann@liverpool.ac.uk


Dr Chris Williams

Research Impact Officer

Chris supports the development and promotion of impact across the Faculty, working to enhance our current recording and promotion of the outcomes of research, and to help embed the mechanisms for capturing and demonstrating impact as part of planning for future research/KE assessment, including supporting the development of future impact case studies.  Working with Research Policy and School leads as well as individual academics, he is producing materials and guidance to help ensure both staff and PGRs are able to benefit from KE and outreach opportunities, and to ensure impact activity is firmly embedded within policy and process.

0044 (0) 151 794 2472 | cmw@liverpool.ac.uk


Ms Hayley Meloy

NWSSDTP Manager / PGR Development Officer

Hayley is responsible for managing the ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) across its four constituent Universities (Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester) and also oversees the Faculty’s involvement in the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP).

In addition to her work with the DTPs, Hayley manages the Faculty PGR Team - and works closely with PGR support teams in Schools - to coordinate PGR development activities across the Faculty. Hayley also provides strategic support to the engage@liverpool methodological initiative.

  • Secretary to the Faculty PGR Committee
  • Chair of the Faculty PGR Support Forum
  • Secretary to the ESRC NWSSDTP Academic Management Committee, Strategy Board and TEKE Panel
  • Member of the AHRC NWCDTP Academic Management Committee
  • Member of the Methods North West Executive Committee

0044 (0)151 794 1482 | hmeloy@liverpool.ac.uk


Dr Julie McColl

DTP Coordinator (Impact and Collaboration)

Julie is responsible for supporting existing - and cultivating new - collaborative opportunities for ESRC NWSSDTP students across the four DTP institutions, working with staff, PGRs and non-HEI partners. Julie also oversees support for DTP students in terms of impact training and careers support. Julie is responsible for ensuring DTP policies and processes are up-to-date, coordinating the administration of the annual ESRC NWSSDTP and AHRC NWCDTP studentship competitions, and is also responsible for communicating events and opportunities to ESRC-funded students across the North West.

  • Minute Secretary to the ESRC NWSSDTP Academic Management Committee
  • Minute Secretary to the ESRC NWSSDTP Strategy Board
  • Minute Secretary to the ESRC NWSSDTP TEKE Panel

0044 (0) 151 794 1324 | j.a.mccoll@liverpool.ac.uk


Ms Tricia Mackin

PGR Development Coordinator

Tricia coordinates the annual series of Faculty PGR events including the PGR Induction, PGR Open Day, Final Year Refresher Workshop and Faculty PGR Showcase. Tricia is also responsible for maintaining the Faculty PGR webpages and coordination of the Faculty PGR Development Fund. Tricia also has a specific remit for PGR wellbeing and pastoral support.

  • Minute Secretary to the Faculty PGR Committee
  • Secretary to the Faculty PGR Support Forum

0044 (0)151 794 1356 | trishmac@liverpool.ac.uk


Mrs Grace Gaynor

PGR Administrator

Grace is responsible for the communication of funding opportunities and events to PGR students in the Faculty, via the fortnightly PGR bulletin and the HSS PGR Twitter account (@LivUniHSS_PGR). Grace provides administrative support to the engage@liverpool scheme. Grace is also a PhD student within the Faculty, in the Department of English.

0044 (0)151 794 3013 | gkelly@liverpool.ac.uk


 Sarah Elsdon

DTP Administrator

Sarah Elsdon is responsible for the administration of ESRC NWSSDTP Research Training Support Grant expense claims, additional funding competitions (i.e. Overseas Fieldwork, Internships and Overseas Institutional Visits) and pathway/interdisciplinary events.

0044 (0) 151 794 1324 | selsdon@liverpool.ac.uk


Nick Jones

Digital Content Coordinator 

Nick is responsible for managing the Research & Impact team intranet and web pages, our regular newsletter and blogs which profile colleagues and opportunities within the Faculty, plus our social media presence (@livuniHSS) which we use for communicating opportunities, news, events and celebrating our successes. He also works with the Faculty Research Theme Leads to ensure digital content is created, shared and updated about the themes and contributing research. 

0044 (0)151 794 1329 | n.d.jones@liverpool.ac.uk


Victoria Irvine

Research & Impact Administrator and PA to Professor Georgina Endfield

‌Victoria is responsible for supporting Faculty committees and groups, assisting with the dissemination of research funding opportunities and supporting the Faculty Research Theme Leads. They are also the PA to the Faculty APVC for Research and Impact, Professor Georgina Endfield.

0044 (0)151 794 1329 | batesv@liverpool.ac.uk